11522: A. A. Waterman twist-filler: black hard rubber slip-cap with full gold filled overlay, diamond and snail pattern, all-metal cap, 14.25 cm long, name lightly and elegantly engraved in indicia, hard rubber filling knob crisp, #5 nib is a responsive writer.
11007: A. A. Waterman 80: rare black chased hard rubber giant twist-filler, 15.3 cm long, nickel plated trim, #8 Modern nib with characteristic trefoil vent hole, feed with "PAT/PEND" imprint, crosshatched interior face. Hard rubber is well worn and moderately faded, but all imprints are legible except the first line of the infamous "NOT CONNECTED WITH/THE L. E. WATERMAN CO." disclaimer. There are various longitudinal scratches to both the barrel and the cap: they are not cracks, despite initial appearances.
10793: A. A. Waterman 21: black chased hard rubber twist-filler, 14.8 cm long, nickel plated clip, crisp and glossy, a few scuffs to the filling knob, #3 warranted nib is a replacement, but of excellent quality; Chicago production, with Resevo imprint. Original nib is included, in good shape but will require retipping to be usable.
10794: A. A. Waterman Resevo: black hard rubber ringtop twist-filler, 11.9 cm long, gold filled overlay with panels of high quality hand-engraved scrollwork; clip may be a custom addition (mounting hole is roughly cut), #3 warranted nib is of excellent quality, opens up with light pressure. Brassing to overlay most extensive at end of barrel, test cut there as well; pen is mechanically sound and still very attractive.
11564: Aikin Lambert sleeve-filler: black hard rubber self-filler, gold filled hand engraved overlay, 14.1 cm long, barrel sleeve rotates to provide access to pressure bar (Waterman's first sleeve-filler patent of 1905, but used only on subbrand pens and Aikin Lamberts, after Waterman's takeover of Aikin Lambert c. 1907); #2 nib is lively and expressive, a few shallow marks to the cap crown, condition otherwise excellent; a high quality pen with an unusual filling mechanism.
10508: Arnold Fountain Safety Razor: patented portable razor in the form of an oversized black chased hard rubber pen, complete with gold filled cap band; 15 cm long, crisp chasing and imprints, moderate fading; blade holder unscrews to allow blades (not included) to be replaced.
11163: Arnold Fountain Safety Razor: patented portable razor in the form of an oversized black chased hard rubber pen, complete with gold filled cap band; 15.1 cm long, blade holder unscrews to allow blade to be replaced. Hard rubber has been professionally reblackened.
10790: Autofiller twist-filler: oversize black chased hard rubber slip-cap, 15.7 cm long, crisp and glossy, bold imprints, big #8 Autofiller nib is toothy, much like a Victorian dip pen, wide double-vented feed, twist knob is a replacement copy in hard rubber to original dimensions.
11487: B. B. Stylo stylographic pen: black chased hard rubber ringtop with unusual "swing-filler" (the lever pivots sideways), apparently invented by Julius Held (read more here); gold filled trim, crisp imprints and chasing, glossy black hard rubber.
10782: Baignol Tank 400: unusual French oversize eyedropper-filler, 14.8 cm long, originally sold with multiple interchangeable transparent Lucite barrels pre-filled with ink; original gold-plated stainless steel Baignol semi-tubular nib, truly enormous ink capacity.
10711: Cattaraugus knife pencil: white-veined orange-brown marbled celluloid body, chrome plated trim, 12.9 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead; one cutting blade and one nail file, good snap to both, barrel imprinted "COOPER BOX, BUFFALO, N. Y.". Though very rare, Waterman did make a few knife pencils of this sort, using Cattaraugus components along with their own clips and pencil mechanisms.
11516: Cattaraugus knife pencil: red-speckled silver pearl Waterman-style celluloid body, chrome plated trim, 12.85 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead; one cutting blade and one nail file, good snap to both, barrel imprinted "PAT. PENDING", with a bend at that point. Though very rare, Waterman did make a few knife pencils of this sort, using Cattaraugus components along with their own clips and pencil mechanisms.
6864: Conklin demonstrator: rare black chased hard rubber cutaway #20 crescent-filler, 13.6 cm long, gold filled trim, crisp and glossy, hole for clip on back of cap, but appears never to have been installed (ditto for the nib and feed, as is typical for this sort of demonstrator pen); original hardened sac has been left intact.
9984: Crocker Ink-Tite: black hard rubber ringtop blow-filler, 10.7 cm long, gold filled overlay with scrollwork-bordered fine parallel lines pattern; elegantly engraved monogram in indicia, #3 Crocker Boston nib. Crocker blow-fillers are uncommon, and overlay examples are rare.
7659: Cross stylographic pen: black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 11.9 cm long, thick model with unusual chased cap; crisp and glossy, bold section imprint without patent date, has been converted to a scribing tool -- probably as a means to recycle unused but obsolete old stock (not usable as a pen).
10850: Dictator Water Pen: unusual sleeve-filler was intended to be filled with water, making its own ink with an integral solid ink reservoir (two-part section unscrews to reveal the ink reservoir), also fills from an ink bottle in conventional manner; sterling silver trefoil overlay over black hard rubber; #3 Dictator nib is a smooth writer, puts down a nicely shaded line. A fine example from a very short-lived New York penmaker.
11210: Dunhill Twopen: English-market version of the legendary Zerollo double-nibbed pen; helically-chased black hard rubber, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim. Crisp imprints, fully marked, both nibs very soft and flexible.
10466: Eagle Prince combination: black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 15.4 cm long, pencil end uses standard 2mm drafting lead; introduced no later than 1913, this appears to have been the first mass-produced pen-pencil combo -- the present example dating slightly later, however, with a 1915 patent date on the characteristic Eagle nickel plated clip; moderate fading, imprints light but legible, nib is smooth and gives wide line variation.
11199: Eagle (?) Pepsi-Cola advertising pen: colorful lever-filler, 12.4 cm long, gold plated trim, typical paint loss to metal clip in form of Pepsi bottle, plated steel nib.
10417: Edward Todd dip pen and pencil combination: sterling silver, 16.1 cm long excluding nongold nib, end of taper twists to extend 2.0 mm lead. Nice substantial proportions, sharp scroll relief decoration, fully marked on ferrule, with engraved name "EMILY". Lead has to be pushed back, does not retract automatically.
10258: Edward Todd telescoping ruler pencil: sterling silver, 13.1 cm long, extends to 31.8 cm; square body ruled to 4 1/2 inches, 12 inches extended. Early production version has hand-engraved numbers, full imprints with maker's mark and 1897 patent date, uses standard 2 mm lead. Initials engraved on side, one small shallow bump to side, hard to photograph.
10884: Edward Todd telescoping ruler pencil: sterling silver, 13.9 cm long, extends to 33 cm; square body ruled to 4 1/2 inches, 12 inches extended. Earlier production version with hand-engraved numbers, full imprints with maker's mark and 1897 patent date, uses standard 1.1 mm lead. Name on side, some bumps to the nozzle as well as some minor splits (does not affect function). Added gold filled clip is of excellent quality, would appear to be a copy and likely an infringement of Wahl's design.
10460: Eisenstadt lever-filler: unusual black chased hard rubber oversize pen with distinctive reverse-action lever; 13.6 cm long, no brassing to the gold filled trim, hard rubber moderately faded, barrel imprint lighter to the left but fully legible, scratch in top of cap (see detail); big #6 nib is fully marked, including logo of "E" and try square; Eisenstadt was primarily known as a leading St. Louis jewelry company: their pens were of high quality, but limited in production and distribution; the "PAT. PENDING" imprint indicates production before the approval of patent 1,531,800 on March 31, 1925.
9705: Eversharp Bantam set: red pearl miniature bulb-filler, 9.7 cm long, gold plated trim, plated #0 nib, matching 1.1 mm pencil; very lightly used, pen retains its original crimped-on rubber bulb -- very uncommon. Pen not usable as is, since the bulb is partially hardened.
10815: John Hancock cartridge-filler in box: black hard rubber, 14.2 cm long, gold filled trim, green casein trim band; original black japanned screw-in copper cartridge is present, along with three extras in their metal case. Sealed hairline crack in pen cap does not affect function, runs between cap band and inner cap, not to cap mouth (see details). Pen has name on barrel, some cartridges dented and one has damaged threads at the mouth and will not mount, all cartridges but one still unused with mouth seal intact and ink still inside.
11125: Laughlin doctor's pen: black chased hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler, thermometer in compartment at end of barrel; 16.3 cm long, crisp and glossy, as new, never filled.
10461: Mabie Todd Swan Military Safety: rare screw-cap black chased hard rubber ink-tablet eyedropper-filler, 14.2 cm long, gold filled overlay. New York production, imprints and chasing crisp, feed shows signs of having been overheated during nib setting but the pen is otherwise like new -- was found as part of a group of mostly new old stock Swans. Plain black hard rubber Swan Militaries are uncommon; examples with overlays are rare.
9064: Mabie Todd Swan Self-Filling: rare and unusual black celluloid clipless lever-filler in the form of a turn of the century desk pen, 15.6 cm long, gold filled trim, imprinted "POSTING" next to the lever. A small number of similar pens were made by Mabie Todd earlier as hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-fillers for a Pittsburgh stationer as a special order. This pen is also New York production and also not catalogued -- and at least as uncommon as the Pittsburgh pens. Like new condition, with minor shop wear.
9063: Mabie Todd Swan Self-Filling: rare and unusual black celluloid lever-filler in the form of a turn of the century desk pen, 15.3 cm long, gold filled trim. A small number of similar pens were made by Mabie Todd earlier as hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-fillers for a Pittsburgh stationer as a special order. This pen is also New York production and also not catalogued -- and at least as uncommon as the Pittsburgh pens..
11043: Mabie Todd Swan Leverless demonstrator: rare transparent celluloid version of the classic British twist-filler, 13.6 cm long, black hard rubber ends, #2 size, not sold to the public. Some plating flaking to the entangling bar, barrel mouth is quite fragile with multiple stress lines visible.
10545: Manos Standard: black chased celluloid piston-filler, 13.7 cm long, made in Austria, replaced brass dip pen nib, piston mechanism turns but not guaranteed ink-tight or functional; usual barrel warpage, tool marks on filler knob. These pens were widely exported in the early 20th century and are found under various brand names, but are nearly impossible to repair.
10544: Manos Ajano: smooth black celluloid piston-filler, 13.7 cm long, made in Austria, steel dip pen nib, piston mechanism turns but not guaranteed ink-tight or functional; slight barrel warpage and swelling. These pens were widely exported in the early 20th century and are found under various brand names, but are nearly impossible to repair.
6550: Mordan eyedropper-filler: black chased hard rubber straight-cap, 13.9 cm long, unusually thick barrel with equally unusual wavy-line chasing, imprinted "MORDAN/LONDON"; ventless nib missing tipping material from underpart of one tine (not apparent from above), cap faded less than barrel (probably because smooth, and could be polished without weakening chasing); Mordan fountain pens are rare -- this is only the second we have handled.
11633: Parker 020: rare black hard rubber "Jointless" eyedropper-filler, 13.9 cm long, barrel imprint worn but legible, early Lucky Curve feed with side cuts only at tip. Slight cap shrinkage two-thirds from top, probably from heat-fitting of cap, cap lip has been trimmed 1 mm, retaining original lip profile. Teardrop-vent Lucky Curve #2 writes an effortless shaded line, opens up easily.
9996: Parker 70: rare gold filled telescoping ringtop, 10.6 cm long, extends to 12.3 cm (excluding cap, which is not designed to post onto the barrel); overlay is crisp and unbrassed, name engraved very lightly on the cap indicia, the inevitable two dings to the side of the bulbous barrel end. Intact Lucky Curve feed with notably smooth and calligraphic #3 Lucky Curve nib.
11536: Parker 70: rare gold filled telescoping ringtop, 10.5 cm long, extends to 12.75 cm; intact Lucky Curve feed, #3 Lucky Curve nib has been retipped, usual multiple shallow dings to the bulbous barrel end.
6218: Parker Jack-Knife Safety: rare baby Bakelite-barreled ringtop eyedropper-filler, black hard rubber, 7.75 cm long, gold filled trim; good barrel transparency, cap imprint light but legible, tight stable hairline in cap lip (see detail), Lucky Curve feed intact, #2 Lucky Curve nib has longitudinal hairline from base up to "C" in imprint.
8772: Parker 70: rare gold filled telescoping ringtop, 10.8 cm long, extends to 12.7 cm (with cap off, which is not designed to post onto the barrel); fully and crisply marked, typical dings to bulbous barrel end, intact Lucky Curve feed with #3 Lucky Curve nib; note short axial hairline from vent hole.
8370: Parker Jotter saccharine dispenser: hard to find pocketable sweetener carrier, 11.4 cm long, transparent barrel, brushed steel cap, chrome 45-style clip; new old stock, minimal shop wear.
10270: Pelikan 60 pencil: dark green, 11.8 cm long, gold filled trim; singular "Knickebein" mechanism advances lead when pencil is "bent" between the fingers (see video here); a real conversation piece, quite scarce and desirable, uses 1.1 mm lead. Two hairlines in the front of the barrel next to the nose cone (see detail), do not affect function as the front part of the barrel has a brass liner.
11242: Pelikan 60 pencil: dark green, 11.8 cm long, gold filled trim; singular "Knickebein" mechanism advances lead when pencil is "bent" between the fingers (see video here); a real conversation piece, quite scarce and desirable, uses 1.1 mm lead. As new, with original price sticker, toning to trim can easily be polished bright if desired.
10999: Redipoint squeeze-filler: unusual all-metal pen, 12.5 cm long, nickel plated brass with fleur-de-lys patterning; Redipoint #2 nib is slightly toothy, opens up with light pressure. Novel squeeze filler with just one pressure bar, with the apparent intention to squeeze the sac between the bar and the outside of the barrel. Marked "PAT. PEND'G".
11441: Ruxton Multi-Vider slide rule pencil: black bakelite with silver-filled trim, 16.5 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, lead reservoir revealed by sliding open the body; operates smoothly, a high-quality instrument in pristine condition. A 1929 advertisement can be viewed here. Unusually, this example is unmarked, perhaps because it came to us along with a group of factory experimental pieces. Plating losses to the very edges of the top ferrule (see detail) appear to be from manufacture, not usage.
8742: Schnell Penselpen: black and bronze pen-pencil combination, 15.2 cm long, gold filled trim, distinctive sliding "switch" filler, airplane clip; pencil end uses 1.1 mm lead, name neatly engraved on barrel; correct original nib and feed, narrow area of discoloration over lower barrel threads; a short lived and celebrated design, made by Julius Schnell, one of the most important behind-the-scene figures in early 20th-century fountain pen manufacture.
7187: Schnell Penselpen: striking red and pearl pen-pencil ringtop combination, 14 cm long, gold filled trim, distinctive sliding bar filler, pencil end uses 1.1 mm lead; correct original nib and patent feed; sac removed to preserve near-perfect color.
10588: Sheaffer Craig: rare full length black chased hard rubber coin-filler, 13.4 cm long, warranted #3 nib, narrow keel feed, mechanically sound, evenly faded, more wear to barrel but imprint clear; the coin-filling system was never used by Sheaffer for its own-brand pens, and is seldom seen in their Craig sub-brand either.
11526: Sterling middle-joint eyedropper-filler: mottled hard rubber slip-cap, 13.1 cm long, #3 size with notably calligraphic teardrop-vent nib. No visible imprints, mechanically perfect, early production with thin-lipped cap, tapering section.
11378: Sterling middle-joint eyedropper-filler: mottled hard rubber slip-cap, 13.9 cm long, a high quality Massachusetts-made model, this example custom-marked as an "I. C. SPECIAL" with a warranted #3 nib. Barrel imprint very worn, includes 1900 patent dates, ribbed gripping area an early feature.
11515: Sterling middle-joint eyedropper-filler: mottled hard rubber slip-cap, 14.3 cm long, a high quality Massachusetts-made model, #4 size with teardrop-vent nib. Imprints worn but legible, include 1899 and 1900 patent dates.
11513: Sterling middle-joint eyedropper-filler: oversized black chased hard rubber slip-cap, 14.6 cm long, teardrop-vent #7 nib, good clear imprints include 1899 and 1900 patent dates; very hard to find in such a large size. Slip-on clip is Mabie Todd manufacture.
11211: Unic Duocolor: French-market version of Zerollo's famous two-nibbed fountain pen, boldly patterned red and black hard rubber, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, bold imprints with patent number and both Unic and Zerollo names, crisp knurling at cap top. Condition is like new, noting a tiny nick to the cap lip (see detail; very common on these pens). Unusually, the nibs are different in tip width, one being more calligraphic and the other more suitable for note-taking.
6520: Waterman Remex Self-Filler No. 101: one of Waterman's earliest self-fillers, and so rare that most advanced collectors have never seen a complete example; construction is all-aluminum, with a hard rubber press-fit section assembly, sleeve rotates rather than slides to expose filler bar; this example is new old stock, and the hardened sac is preserved with the pressure bar laced in place exactly according to the William Ferris patent 799,897 of 1905 (Ferris' patent 950,817 of 1910 is the one covering the usual Waterman sleeve-filler design); 14 cm long, superficial shop wear, "PAT. APPL'D FOR" imprint.
10242: Waterman 12P: rare mottled hard rubber pump-filler, 13.8 cm long, good color, imprints worn but mostly legible, including patent dates and arrow on filler knob. Filler knob end has been shortened by about 5 mm, possibly due to breakage of the original end notch. #2 nib has surface roughness, but is a wonderful, soft writer; pen is mechanically sound and filler works perfectly. Waterman pump-fillers are hard to find, but are truly rare in mottled.
11590: Waterman 18 SF: extremely rare black chased hard rubber sleeve-filler, 15.4 cm long; well-used, with sleeve imprint barely visible, chasing worn, two cracks in cap lip stabilized by insertion of a metal ring inside the cap (see details), surface of hard rubber has been chemically reblackened. Waterman sleeve-fillers are uncommon in any size, but are almost never seen in sizes larger than #5. This is only the third #8-size we have seen in the last 20 years.
10561: Waterman 16 SF: large black chased hard rubber sleeve-filler, 14.5 cm long, even wear, has been reblackened, mechanically sound, notable long-tined #6 New York nib provides great line width variation. Sleeve-fillers in sizes larger than 12 or 14 are rare.
10832: Waterman 12 PSF coin-filler: black chased hard rubber, nickel clip, 13.4 cm long; well-used, chasing worn smooth, imprints all legible, lower clip rivet loose (clip will not snap back if ball end is pulled away from cap). Long-tined New York #2 nib has considerable flex and a bit of tooth. A good example of one of Waterman's shortest-lived and scarcest filling systems.
10402: Waterman 52 combination: rare hard rubber lever-filler with sterling silver overlay incorporating a retracting propelling pencil in the end of the barrel; 13.5 cm long, barrel end twists to extend Mordan-mechanism pencil (uses VS lead); full London hallmarks, maker's mark for Mappin & Webb, though overlay identical to others bearing Waterman's FDW mark. Fine barleycorn pattern, multiple scattered shallow dings, dent to clip ball, soldered patch to front edge of barrel overlay (see detail), smooth and responsive #2 Canada nib.
11046: Weidlich Star: black chased hard rubber screw-cap coin or matchstick-filler, 13.7 cm long, #2 Weidlich nib writes an elegant line; even wear, moderate fading.
8097: Wirt Safety: mottled hard rubber clipless screw-cap eyedropper-filler, 12.7 cm long, unusual reciprocating ink shutoff valve actuated by a central post inside the cap (covered by US patent 978,419); Wirt ventless #2 nib with narrow gold underfeed, slightly toothy but very flexible; Wirt Safeties are uncommon, and most are found in the vest-pocket size.
11209: Zerollo Duo Color in box: legendary two-nibbed Italian pen in smooth black hard rubber, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim, good strong cap imprint, clean original box.
9700: unmarked middle-joint eyedropper-filler: clipless black chased hard rubber slip-cap, 13.65 cm long, no maker's name but could be A. A. Waterman or Sterling, cap marked "PAT.APPLD. FOR"; narrow feed, #3 warranted nib of fine quality, good writer with plenty of line variation though a bit draggy; owner's name on barrel, surface slightly granular on close inspection due to chemical reblackening. For more on middle-joint eyedropper-fillers, see our Pen Profile.
7189: unmarked dummy display pen: heavy solid rubber, 13.9 cm long, looks like slip-cap eyedropper-filler but does not open.
10951: unmarked Graf Zeppelin dip pen: rare figural holder, made to commemorate the Graf Zeppelin's visit to Estonia in 1930; .875 fine silver, Estonian hallmarks, 14.8 cm long excluding nib, nicely detailed, excellent quality; discreet engraving on top, fine example lacking the usual deep nicks and dings.
11435: unmarked novelty pencil in box: chrome plated brass, in the form of a screw, 10.7 cm long, marked "MADE IN ENGLAND" and "USE NETTLEFOLDS SCREWS"; head turns to propel 1.1 mm lead, in gift box from Guest, Keen & Nettlefolds of Birmingham, like new.