The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
Some noteworthy Victorian writing instruments in this group, both English and American.
12862: Aikin Lambert magic pencil: sterling silver twist-pattern ringtop, 7.7 cm long closed, 13.25 cm extended, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead; fully marked, metal crisp and clean, mechanism smooth and positive.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $265
12857: Fairchild/Johnson magic pencil: large sterling silver ringtop with bold Art Nouveau floral repoussé decoration, 7.4 cm long closed, 13.2 cm extended, uses standard thick 2mm lead, propels and retracts. Crisp metal, fully marked.
DATE: c. 1898 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $350
12858: Mordan pencil: solid gold, not hallmarked but at least 15K, 8.8 cm long closed, 11 cm extended, beautiful trim details, uses 1.05 mm "M" lead; bloodstone seal engraved with initials, shaft bears early imprint used 1845-1860, mechanism functional, dents and damage to shaft (see details), weighs 16 g, prices well under melt value.
DATE: c. 1850 • CONDITION: fair* • SOLD
12864: Mordan combination dip pen and pencil: sterling silver, 9.65 cm long closed, evenly worn but solid and sound, no dents, some scratches to sides of screw-off lead compartment cap; pencil uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead, London hallmarks, good size and weight.
DATE: c. 1899 • CONDITION: VG • SOLD
12855: Mordan (?) combination dip pen and pencil: sterling silver, six-sided fluted barrel, 9 cm long retracted, well-worn throughout but mechanically sound, marked only "VS" on the nozzle; chips to bloodstone seal, high quality English manufacture.
DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: fair • SOLD
12861: unmarked extending pencil: large, high quality English manufacture, brocaded shaft, deeply carved scrollwork on crown, unusual oblong bloodstone seal engraved with a seated cat; 9.15 cm long closed, 11.9 cm extended, no metal content marks but appears to be solid gold of at least 14K, no trace of brassing anywhere, dings to the shaft with slight seam opening as a result, does not affect function. Nozzle appears to have been fitted with an insert to use standard .9 mm lead, total weight 14.75 g.
DATE: c. 1850 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • SOLD
12863: unmarked extending pencil: medium-quality gold filled construction, English manufacture, 9 cm long retracted, 11.4 cm extended, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead; initials engraved on barrel cartouche, wear and shallow dings, green faceted "jewel" in crown is probably an addition along with the crown itself, which is yellower and of much higher quality, very probably solid 14K gold.
DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: VG* • $80
12856: unmarked magic pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 6.1 cm long retracted, 11.6 extended, high quality American manufacture, uses standard 2mm thick lead, hefty silver relief work, dings visible on shaft when pulled out.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG • $145
12860: unmarked combination dip pen and pencil: gold filled ringtop, 7.7 cm retracted, barrel extends to 12.25 cm to permit access to sliders to extend penholder and pencil nozzle; oval-section barrel has relief decoration of the Bowl of Hygieia, symbol of pharmacy, with two inset stones, one as the snake's eye. Some wear and dings, probably South American.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: VG • SOLD
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12852: Aikin Lambert eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber slip-cap with hand-engraved gold filled overlay, 12.7 cm long, ribbed section, distinctive Aikin Lambert #1 nib with vent hole set back, not connected to slit; opens up wide with only slight pressure, easy flex. Hairline along left edge of nib, only goes all the way through at the very front (see details). Overlay in excellent condition but for some plating flaking along the top rim of the cap top.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $400
12831: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: sterling silver with elaborate engine turning, 12.8 cm long, New York production, monogram engraved on barrel, otherwise as new, some tarnish, in box with original instructions, uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $120
12839: Parker Lady Duofold pencil: orange ringtop, 12.3 cm long, gold filled trim, strong barrel imprint, uses 1.1 mm lead; unusually clean crown, noting visible vertical striations from original manufacture.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: exc • $80
12837: Parker Lady Duofold Deluxe pencil: black-veined pearl streamline ringtop, 12.2 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead; excellent but for plating wear to ringtop fitting.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $70
12836: Parker Lady Duofold Deluxe pencil: black-veined pearl streamline ringtop, 12.1 cm long, gold filled trim, attractive user, takes 1.1 mm lead; name on barrel, tool marks on nose cone, but fully functional.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: VG* • $40
12865: Parker 61 Insignia: later production with gold plated cap, barrel, and end jewels, uses cartridges or converter (included), made in England; excellent working condition but for loss of inlaid metal arrow from nib hood (see detail -- does not affect function).
DATE: c. 1968 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine • $165
12833: Parker Classic Ambassador set in box: ballpoint and pencil, made in USA, heavy silver plate in uncommon and desirable longitudinal lines pattern; "QC" date code on both pieces, some light tarnish but as new.
DATE: 1980 • CONDITION: mint • $275
12854: Platinum Sharp commemorative Ever Sharp pencil in box: specially made for the Sharp Electronics Corporation, to commemorate one of founder Hayakawa Tokuji's first products; injector pencil uses .5 mm lead, chrome plated trim with applied spiral pattern; in gift-wrapped original packaging.
DATE: c. 1990 • CONDITION: mint • $80
12829: Sheaffer Lifetime: oversize black and pearl lever-filler, 13.2 cm long, gold filled trim, massive Lifetime nib with serial number, later production with longitudinally seamed cap; strong barrel imprint, trim plating excellent, moderate barrel ambering, small patch of pitting to cap top next to White Dot.
DATE: c. 1934 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine rigid • $200
12841: Waterman 25: black chased hard rubber taper-cap eyedropper-filler, 15 cm long, gold filled barrel bands, rare early crisscross chasing, two-line pre-globe imprint with 1884 patent dates, narrow feed, early #5 nib is by all appearances original to the pen. The second-largest size for this model (rare in any size over #4). Hard rubber is evenly faded, cap lip crack has been sealed and internally sleeved, nib retains its tipping but with a flat spot -- not a user. One of the earliest Watermans we have ever offered for sale.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: fine • $650
12851: Waterman 452 Filigree: black hard rubber lever-filler, sterling silver overlay, 13.65 cm long, elegant monogram engraved on barrel overaly, hard rubber has been professionally reblackened; very fine #2 nib has plenty of paper feel, enough flex for shaded lines, best used by the light-handed.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $450
12842: Waterman 452 Filigree: black hard rubber lever-filler, sterling silver overlay, 13.8 cm long, metal clean with only slight irregularity to rim of cap crown, hard rubber has been professionally reblackened.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $495
12834: Waterman 0552½: black hard rubber lever-filler with 18K gold filled smooth overlay, 13.8 cm long, hard rubber slightly faded, clean imprint on side of posting end, noting scratch or crack next to end of barrel overlay (see details).
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $395
12853: Waterman 7 Ripple: red and black hard rubber lever-filler with legendarily rare "Black" nib and band; 14.25 cm long, gold filled trim, good color, clean barrel imprint, made in Canada. Trim has been replated, nib has had extensive crack repair (see details), writes well but aggressive use decidedly not recommended. Only a handful of "Black" Waterman 7 pens are known -- probably the rarest of all the Ripple series.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: G-VG* • NIB: fine flex • $2750
12843: Williamson Stylo: smooth black hard rubber lever-filler, 12.6 cm long, gold filled trim, crisp imprints, intact weighted needle.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $165
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