11872: D. J. Kennedy pencil: Morrison (?) pencil with rhodium-plated sterling silver overlay from the 1930s, elaborated upon in gold and cast silver, including two snakes, a scimitar, and a mermaid; in contrast to the metal pens Kennedy sold through Neiman Marcus, pens and pencils of this kind were typically given or traded to D.J.'s friends in the pen collecting community. Unsigned, missing a cabochon.
DATE: c. 1996 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • $275
13608: Diamond Medal Standard: black and pearl flat-top lever-filler, 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim, black ends with white trim rings, Wahl-style pressure bar toggled to the lever and held by a keeper at the end of the barrel; made for sale by Sears, part of the so-called National Pen Co. of Chicago group, excellent quality; name on cap, barrel ambered more than cap, but good color balance, strong barrel imprint, smooth Diamond Medal #2 nib.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $145
12569: Diamond Point eyedropper-filler: slender and early black hard rubber straight-cap, 13.1 cm long, strong barrel imprint, slight even fading, ventless underfeed-style nib with narrower heel, marked only "14K", feed resembles that found on 1890-patent Eagle glass-cartridge pens. Cap is cracked, has not been repaired.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $145
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.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine flex • $3850
12342: Dunn pump-filler: uncommon long and very slender model, black chased hard rubber, 14.3 cm long, gold filled trim, orange hard rubber filler knob, crisp chasing and imprints with a slight price band shadow on the cap (see detail); came to us lacking the nib but never filled, has been recorked and a correct #2 Dunn nib installed.
DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine semiflex • $300
12364: Dunn pump-filler: black chased hard rubber, 11.5 cm long, gold filled trim, orange hard rubber filler knob, crisp chasing and imprints; came to us lacking the nib but never filled, has been recorked and a correct #2 Dunn nib installed.
DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: needlepoint • $175
12745: Dur-O-Lite pencil and utility knife set in box: light greenish pearl celluloid Eversharp-style faceted pencil, 14.6 cm long, chrome plated trim, with matching slide-action two-bladed Dodson utility knife; both pieces imprinted with a phone number but apparently unused, some age spots to plating, pencil barrel bent, with some discoloration to the eraser cap and some small age shrinkage cracks at ends (see details).
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: fine* • $120
4163: Eagle Just for Fun: giant wooden novelty pencil, 27 cm (10 1/2 inches) long, brass ferrule; slight gaping of longitudinal seam from age shrinkage of wood.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG • $30
11839: Eagle pull-filler: large black chased hard rubber screw-cap, 14.8 cm long, gold filled trim, unusual filling system is like a reverse button-filler, end knob is pulled to flatten sac (US patent 680117 of 1901). Excellent quality, pen is unusually big, equivalent to a Waterman #6-size, nib has Eagle shield imprint, Masonic imprint on barrel for Martha Washington Lodge; cap more worn than barrel, two small stable hairlines in lip (see detail), front portion of barrel from barrel band forward has been restored.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $400
13736: Eagle combination: black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 15.7 cm long, nickel plated trim, pencil end uses standard 2mm drafting lead; introduced no later than 1911, this appears to have been the first mass-produced pen-pencil combo. Good sound example of later production with clip, moderate fading, imprints and chasing all good, notably precise and responsively calligraphic nib.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $275
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.
DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium fine • $120
13514: Edacoto injector pencil: interesting French-made all-metal nickel-plated brass design, 11.35 cm long, styled like an Eversharp, but crown is pressed to advance the 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: exc • $65
12297: Edward Baker magic pencil: large 9K solid gold ringtop, 7.4 cm long closed, 13.5 cm extended, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead; solid with real heft, weight 30 g.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $450
12702: Edward Baker ejector dip pen: sterling silver, London hallmarks worn but legible, 15.4 cm long excluding nib. The end of the taper is spring-loaded; when pushed, the nib is ejected. Plunger spring has taken a set, so plunger does not spring all the way back, slight bend to plunger, small seam split at end of taper (see detail), but all fully functional.
DATE: c. 1902 • CONDITION: fine* • $250
12259: Edward Baker cedar pencil holder: hand engraved sterling silver ringtop, 8.25 cm long, full Birmingham hallmarks.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $150
13629: Edward Todd telescoping ruler pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 11.3 cm long, square body ruled to 3 5/8 inches, extends to 32.5 cm to measure a full 12 inches; hand-engraved numbers, 1897 patent date, uses standard 2 mm thick lead. Early production, unusual size, only example we have handled that is three-draw, rather than two. Ringtop attachment appears to have been resoldered in the past (see detail).
DATE: c. 1898 • CONDITION: fine* • $350
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".
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine • $425
11276: Edward Todd eyedropper-filler: small black hard rubber vest-pocket screw-cap ringtop, 9.1 cm long, smooth solid 14K gold overlay with dated engraving on cap; extra-large vent hole at edge of inner cap is a characteristic Edward Todd feature, nib is a semistub with some flex. Tiny stress crack in metal at top of cap (see detail) probably from manufacture.
DATE: c. 1917 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium semiflex • $225
10504: Edward Todd pencil: handsomely engine-turned solid 14K green gold, 12.85 cm long, no maker's mark, but imprinted "PAT. 58001" (an Edward Todd design patent awarded May 24, 1921); uses 1.1 mm lead, initials engraved on barrel, multiple test marks (see details) shallow mars to the back of the nose cone; stress cracks at tip opening do not affect function, appear to be the result of over-aggressive removal of jammed lead. Overall weight is 19.5g, including internal mechanism.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: VG* • $295
12956: Edward Todd lever-filler: oversize all-metal 16K gold filled, 13.2 cm long, grouped parallel lines pattern; initials in barrel cartouche, damaged original #6 Edward Todd nib included, has been replaced with a contemporary warranted #6 nib of excellent quality. An Edward Todd this large is most unusual.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: needlepoint • $450
14108: Edward Todd lever-filler: gold filled ringtop, 10.65 cm long, all metal construction with hard rubber section, initials on barrel, an attractive user with an outstanding nib; condition would be fine to excellent but for pinch marks on opposite sides of the cap and missing metal on sides of the heel of the nib (nib has been set more deeply into the section to provide proper support, now fully functional).
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: G-VG* • NIB: extra-fine stub flex • $85
13438: Edward Todd lever-filler set in box: rare and elegant, solid 14K gold with black enamel trim, 12.4 cm long, #3 nib has a semistub tip, matching pencil uses 1.1 mm lead, both pieces neatly monogrammed "S.W.M.". Leather-covered box bears the name of the retailer, famed jeweler Caldwell & Co. of Philadelphia.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $1650
13382: Edward Todd combination: smooth gold filled all-metal lever-filler, 14.25 cm long, pencil end uses 1.1 mm lead, #3 Edward Todd nib is slightly upturned, a smooth and flexible writer. Interesting inscription on barrel for the Fort Pitt Spring & Manufacturing Co. of Pittsburgh. Excellent quality, solid construction.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $295
10094: Eggens Hambler (EHCO) lever-filler: new old stock black chased hard rubber pen, 13.3 cm long, nickel plated trim, original price band ($1.50), crisp and unfaded, original hardened sac has not been replaced (will resac at no extra charge if desired). Four available -- a good quality second-tier New York penmaker.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium fine • $150
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.
DATE: c. 1924 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $685
11974: Fairchild magic pencil: large and striking, 8.4 cm long closed, 14.1 cm extended, finely ribbed body alternating rose gold filled and black (celluloid?) rings. Fully marked, including "PATENTED JUNE 22.1869" (Rauch's US patent 91,665), nozzle marked "9", uses standard 2.0 mm lead. Stress hairline in front cap opening, dents at end of extending shaft, otherwise crisp with relatively little wear.
DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • $275
12224: Fairchild magic pencil: unusual ringtop, 6.75 cm long closed, 11.8 cm extended, alternating rose gold filled and black celluloid ribbed rings; slight gap between end rings due to age shrinkage of celluloid, mechanism works smoothly and positively, uses 1.0 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $150
14223: Fairchild (?) novelty pencil: gold filled and silver magic pencil in the form of a champagne bottle, 4.7 cm long closed, 8.4 cm extended, uses 1.0 mm lead, mechanism works easily. Not marked, but identical to Fairchild-marked examples.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $225
11957: Fairchild (?) magic pencil: unmarked gold filled ringtop of good size, 6.3 cm long closed, 12 cm extended, black lacquered bands and fluted center for a sculptural effect, attached badge for Delta Omega Sigma in low carat rose gold; uses standard 1.1 mm lead, mechanically perfect noting hairline crack in front cap (see detail).
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine* • $125
13458: Foster penner: classic Sheffield brass writing compendium, 10.5 cm high, inset glass inkwell is unchipped, brass has some shallow bumps but none of the splits and deep dents often found on surviving examples. This design was made for decades, through the 18th century up into the beginning of the 19th, with examples in use in the Americas in the Revolutionary War era. Thomas Foster, "brass inkstand manufacturer", was listed at 51 Burgess St. in the 1820s, but apparently left the business to become a teacher of music. This penner could just as well have been made by his father, however.
DATE: c. 1825 • CONDITION: VG • $650
13884: Geha Hermetic ballpoint demonstrator in box: transparent plastic, 12.9 cm long, gold plated trim, not sold to the public; made in Germany, with instructions.
DATE: c. 1960 • CONDITION: near mint • $250
14036: Gold Bond lever-filler: oversize orange flat-top, 14 cm long, black ends, gold filled clip and lever but solid 14K gold trim bands on cap, each individually stamped. Some irregularities to the bands, name on barrel, large #8 nib cracked but functional -- a replacement can be found at additional cost upon request.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine firm • $265
10532: Gold Bond combination: black and pearl lever-filler, 14 cm long, gold filled trim, excellent quality, Wahl-style pressure bar, toggled to catch-equipped lever; #4 warranted nib is generously-sized, smooth, and opens wide with light pressure, pencil end uses 1.1 mm lead; name on barrel.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $195
13151: Gold Medal set in box: green and black striated button-filler, 13.35 cm long, gold filled trim, section with ink window, matching 1.1 mm pencil; both crisply marked with Art Deco "Buck Rogers" style clips. As new, noting bubbles and blobs in ink window.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine firm • $120
13208: Gold Starry safety: black chased hard rubber, made in France, 9.8 cm long, crisp and glossy, strong imprints, 18K warranted nib may be an old replacement.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: medium flex • $120
13421: Gold Starry (?) No. 3: large black chased hard rubber clipless French safety, 13 cm long, 18K warranted nib; barrel imprint worn and largely illegible below the first line which reads "HACHETTE'S" -- surely a retailer's imprint, for the famous Paris publisher and stationer; comparable in girth to a Waterman 45.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $225
12588: Gorham dip pen: sterling silver, fully marked, 16 cm long excluding plated nib, bold twist pattern, engraved initials, incipient stress cracks at hinge points on underside of holder, but no dings.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG* • $265
13672: Gorham dip pen: sterling silver, 15.2 cm long, fully marked, model number 140, beautiful floral repoussé work; bumps to nib holder, overall surface roughness from chemical dip cleaning; ex-Tefft collection.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG • $165
13675: Gorham dip pen: sterling silver, 15.25 cm long, fully marked, model number 140, beautiful floral repoussé work; initials on nib holder, minor roughness to front, some waviness to taper; ex-Tefft collection.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $200
12253: Gorham dip pen: bold sterling silver twist pattern, 16.2 cm long excluding nib, fully and strongly marked, initials and scattered pinhead dings in gripping area (see detail).
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG • $265
9299: H. Thompson quill knife: tapered, flat-sided wood handle, imprinted with Victorian crown and cipher, as well as "H. THOMPSON/9 NASSAU ST."; 17.6 cm long overall, blade sound, tiny chip to tip.
DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: fine • $75
13460: Heath dip pen: sterling silver, 15.75 cm long excluding plated nib, fully marked, relief work is an interesting variant of the Waterman "Puritan" or "Patch", with larger patches of scrollwork and the areas separating those patches narrower and with a hand-hammered surface; crisp and details not softened by polishing, one nip towards end of taper (see details).
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $265
13318: Hicks dip pen: sterling silver, 16.2 cm long excluding plated nib, acorn maker's mark, metal crisp with original manufacturing marks visible on the ferrule, excellent quality, nice girth; initials "C. L." engraved in cartouche.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $265
13928: Hicks magic pencil: rare oversize ringtop, 8.7 cm long closed, 15.3 cm extended, uses 2.5 mm lead, advances and retracts; no maker's marks but of distinctive construction, scattered pinprick dings, one larger bump and test mark on end (see details), mechanism works solidly and smoothly.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG • $245
11102: Hicks The Quill: black hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler with gold filled overlay, 14.3 cm long; crisp engine turning of unusual complexity, barrel overlay marked "W. S. HICKS NEW YORK", nib is marked "LONDON". Hicks had a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic, concentrating on dip pens and pencils rather than fountain pens until the later 1920s. Early Hicks fountain pens are not at all common -- overlay examples even more so.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $850
10749: Hicks magic pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 6.9 cm long closed, 12.1 cm extended, uses standard 2.0 mm thick lead; fully marked, grouped parallel lines pattern, initials on barrel, crisp condition, no dings, very solid.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: exc • $120
13081: Hicks magic pencil: large smooth gold filled ringtop, 7.9 cm long closed, 14.4 cm extended, uses 2.5 mm lead, extends and retracts; interesting and elegant 1915-dated presentation inscription, maker's mark and "10K GOLD PLATE" imprint. Some small marks and dings to the end of the extending shaft, and to the ends of the barrel.
DATE: c. 1914 • CONDITION: fine • $195
14049: Hicks magic pencil: 10K gold filled ringtop, 6.4 cm long closed, 11.6 cm extended, high quality hand engraved scrollwork decoration, fully marked, excellent working condition, initials "J. C. S." in cartouche, uses standard 2 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: VG • $85
11917: Hicks magic pencil: 10K gold filled, with swivel and ring suspension sheath; 11.4 cm long extended, 6.4 cm retracted, uses 1.7 mm lead, propels and retracts; pencil has a couple of shallow bumps, hard to photograph.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine • $120
12945: Hicks magic pencil: solid 14K gold with hand-hammered engine turned sheath with suspension ring; 9.9 cm long extended, 5.9 cm closed; very clean, fully marked, uses standard 2.0 mm lead, propels and retracts, elegant geometric monogram engraved in cartouche. Weighs 22.3g.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: exc • $425
11544: Hicks combination: sterling silver lever-filler and pencil, 11.9 cm long, unusual hand hammered finish over finely engine turned ground, 18K Hicks nib; identical to a Twinpoint combo, but marked only "STERLING". Initials in barrel escutcheon, uses 1.1 mm lead, nib gives wide line variation, not hallmarked for export so appears to be intended for jewelry store retail sale.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $595
11563: Hicks (?) magic pencil: large sterling silver ringtop, hexagonal body, 8 cm long closed, 13.6 cm extended, very solid construction, maker's mark small but appears to be Hicks, consistent with overall design and quality. Monogram on barrel, action smooth and positive, uses 1.5 mm VS lead.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine • $175
14006: Hide penner: portable brass writing compendium, 11.2 cm tall, Sheffield manufacture, marked "W/HIDE" on the bottom of the inkwell base; reversible top with quill knife (blade tip chipped), quills would have been carried in the now-lost outer leather case. This design was made from the 18th century up into the beginning of the 19th, making individual specimens difficult to date; this example is solidly made and unusually free of dents.
DATE: c. 1800 • CONDITION: VG • $650
12365: Houston eyedropper-filler: distinctive full-length mottled hard rubber ringtop, 14.9 cm long, gold filled trim, barrel imprint well worn and only barely legible, #2 nib is intact but center of imprint polished away ("MINN. U.S.A." on second line), tipping scant; original suspension chain and fitting attached.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: G • NIB: extra-fine • $275