13641: A. A. Waterman 70: rare oversize black chased hard rubber slip-cap twist-filler, 15 cm long, nickel plated trim, #7 Modern nib with characteristic trefoil vent hole, opens wide with minimal pressure. Good chasing and strong imprints, including the infamous "NOT CONNECTED WITH/THE L. E. WATERMAN CO." disclaimer. Hard rubber has been professionally dye-reblackened.
DATE: c. 1913 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $695
13802: Artbrown safety: unusual and interesting mix of styles, Vac-like end jewels, cap like an early 1940s Waterman Emblem Pen; 11.7 cm long, gold plated trim, nib is gold plated stainless steel, cap and barrel appear to be lacquered hard rubber. Internal spiral has been repaired, seals replaced. Japanese-made safety pens are uncommon.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine stub semiflex • $265
14991: Boston eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber ringtop, smooth sterling silver overlay, 10 cm long, marked only "STERLING" on cap and barrel; factory italic #2 Boston Safety nib is notably calligraphic. Fine overall appearance, bumps to end of barrel (see detail).
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium italic semiflex • $265
15033: Boston Safety eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber ringtop with full 1/8 18K gold filled overlay in fine parallel lines pattern, 9.8 cm long, notable rounded stub #2 nib. Clean and crisp, one very slightly raised bump on cap (see detail).
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium stub semiflex • $250
12754: Carey eyedropper-filler in box: black hard rubber straight-cap, gold filled chased pattern overlay, 13.5 cm long, nearly identical to a contemporary Aikin Lambert, narrow feed, #2 Carey nib has been retipped, is extremely soft and should be used with a light touch; "Cecilia" engraved on barrel cartouche, cap crown disk bumped askew from dings to cap top bead (see detail); fancy box is clean with full Carey markings on the interior.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine stub flex • $895
12957: Century eyedropper-filler: black chased hard rubber taper-cap, 15 cm long, over and under feed, imprint with 1893 patent date. Moderate even fading, imprints and chasing are sharp except where heat-softened towards front of barrel, nib is usable as is but has lost its tipping. An early pen of excellent quality, from a company closely tied to Parker.
DATE: c. 1898 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $250
14015: Conklin S8: rare oversize black chased hard rubber slip-cap crescent-filler, gold filled trim, 15.1 cm long, noteworthy #8 nib is a smooth flex italic; minimal wear to barrel, cap is as new and appears to be a near-perfect reproduction made by Lynn Sorgatz several years ago, using original material with an original chasing machine (since destroyed in a fire).
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: medium broad italic flex • $895
14136: Conklin 75: oversize black chased hard rubber crescent-filler, 14.5 cm long, gold filled trim, #7 nib, sharp chevron pattern chasing, strong imprints, hard rubber black and glossy, no brassing to trim; near mint but for a tiny chunk from the front edge of the crescent opening (see detail). Largest production crescent-filler made, hard to find in any condition.
DATE: c. 1921 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $895
15027: Conklin lever-filler: small black chased hard rubber ringtop, 10.6 cm long, gold filled trim, nice clean example noting ding to cap band (see detail), slight waviness to nib from restraightening.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $145
14962: Conway Stewart Scribe 330: black chased hard rubber clipless lever-filler, 13.3 cm long, nickel plated trim; barrel end threaded, cap screws on to post.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium oblique semiflex • $175
13747: Esterbrook Relief 314: mottled hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.3 cm long, fully Esterbrook-marked, manufactured by Wirt. Characteristic bottom-vented Wirt feed, pen shows no sign of ever having been filled, ventless gold Esterbrook-marked nib has one superficial nick or tool mark on the top right tine (see detail).
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: near mint* • NIB: medium oblique italic • $950
11132: Mabie Todd Swan: hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler with extremely rare Fleur-de-lys pattern gold filled high relief overlay; 13.5 cm long, full Mabie Todd & Bard imprint on barrel with 1880s patent dates, classic over and under feed with twisted silver wire "tail". Initial on cap, name on barrel, only a handful of examples of this design are currently known, with a silver specimen selling for over $11,000 on eBay in November 2013.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium stub flex • $4500
15111: Mabie Todd Swan 2 Self Filler: rare black chased hard rubber slip-cap bulb-filler, 13.6 cm long, New York production, calligraphic #2 nib is very flexible, with gold overfeed. This short-lived design was Mabie Todd's first self-filling fountain pen, and incorporates an internal check valve inside the filler housing (a full discussion of this design can be found here).
DATE: c. 1914 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium stub flex • $450
13813: Mabie Todd Swan Military Safety: uncommon screw-cap black chased hard rubber ink-tablet eyedropper-filler, 14.5 cm long, nickel plated trim, New York production but bearing retail imprint on cap top of Mark Cross of London; even fading, imprints legible, marked "PAT. APPL'D FOR", typical flakes off very end of ink compartment knob (see detail).
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium broad stub flex • $495
15182: Mabie Todd Swan Military Safety: rare screw-cap black chased hard rubber ink-tablet eyedropper-filler, 14 cm long, full sterling silver overlay. New York production, imprints on hard rubber worn but legible, noteworthy #2 nib goes from extra-fine to extra-broad with minimal pressure. Dings to sides of cap, hard rubber surfaces show fine age alligatoring, overall condition sound and original. Plain black hard rubber Swan Militaries are scarce enough -- those with overlays are much less common.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: G-VG • NIB: fine stub superflex • $865
12717: Mabie Todd Swan in box: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with full heavy 18K solid gold overlay, checkerboard pattern engine turning, 13.1 cm long, in extra-fancy original box with instructions, dropper still below pad, though bulb is hardened and broken. Pen is US-made, for the English market, slip-on clip is added and appears to be solid gold as well, total pen weight is 21g. Metal is undinged and with full London hallmarks, excellent but for what appears to be a polished-out inscription on the barrel.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $1100
13632: Montegrappa The Elmo Pen: early production black hard rubber safety, 12.75 cm long, smooth gold filled overlay, #2 Elmo nib, Moore-style one-piece shaft and feed; cap has engraved monogram, dings to crown, cap lip has been replaced. Nib has a crack from the vent hole, usable with a light hand. The Elmo Pen was one of Montegrappa's very first models, and an overlay example is unheard of.
DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $650
13425: Moore Non-Leakable: black hard rubber retracting-nib safety with smooth gold filled overlay, 12.1 cm long, Moore #2 nib; one shallow ding and some pinprick marks to the cap, small patch of corrosion at front of barrel overlay (see details), safety post inside cap is absent.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine stub flex • $650
13523: OMAS T2 Paragon 75th Anniversary in box: limited edition of 750, solid milled titanium, 14.25 cm long, gold plated trim, with inner and outer boxes, instructions and other paperwork; doubly rare with factory stub nib.
DATE: 2000 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: broad stub semiflex • $1950
13552: Parker 018: rare black hard rubber "Jointless" eyedropper-filler, 13.9 cm long, spearhead Lucky Curve feed, barrel imprint heavily worn, no visible cap imprint, hairline from vent hole of teardrop-vent Lucky Curve nib should be repaired if pen is to be used extensively, otherwise usable as is.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: medium fine stub flex • $250
15123: Parker Duofold Junior: red hard rubber button-filler, 11.6 cm long, gold filled trim, single raised cap band, clean small imprint, well preserved milling on ends, cap lip slightly trimmed.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub • $250
13753: Parker Duofold Junior: rare and unusual Canadian button-filler in orange Permanite (celluloid) but with giant barrel imprint normally seen only on early hard rubber pens; 11.6 cm long, gold filled trim, single raised cap band, nib is notably calligraphic.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium stub flex • $495
15157: Parker Vacumatic Junior demonstrator: black pump-filler with transparency barrel, 12.15 cm long, gold filled trim, marked "DEMONSTRATOR/NOT FOR SALE". Sharp imprint with 4th quarter date code, nib slightly later with early 1936 date stamp. Some scratches to inside of barrel, fine transparency.
DATE: 1934 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $600
13620: Parker button-filler: uncommon Depression-era model, 12.2 cm long, gold filled trim, like a Deluxe Challenger but different trim, colored rather than black ends; 2nd quarter date codes on both barrel and nib.
DATE: 1936 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine stub • $165
14205: Parker 65 Flighter: stainless steel cap and barrel, gold plated clip and end jewels, 13.45 cm long; uses cartridge or converter (included), made in England, not sold in the USA. Usual slight shrinkage and clutch marks on section.
DATE: c. 1970 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine stub • $185
15171: Parker 75 Florence: solid sterling silver, French-hallmarked, black cabochon in cap, 18K French nib, uncommon factory italic, "94" feed imprint, early thick metal squeeze convertor.
DATE: c. 1990 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: broad italic • $850
15113: Sheaffer Lifetime Triumph Sentinel DeLuxe: large black plunger-filler, 13.2 cm long, brushed stainless steel cap, gold filled trim, White Dot at end of barrel, big two-tone conical Triumph nib, section with ink window. New old stock with original barrel sticker, notably chisel-tipped nib. This first model of the Sentinel was offered only from 1946-47, as the cap was changed to a bright polished finish in 1948. Original seals have not been replaced, not guaranteed ink-tight as is (repair can be arranged at additional cost).
DATE: c. 1947 • CONDITION: mint* • NIB: extra-fine stub • $185
14342: Summit S.130: black chased celluloid lever-filler, 13.5 cm long, chrome plated trim, over the top clip, chasing and imprints sharp, correct 14K warranted nib has a crack from the vent hole (see details), but as the nib is firm it appears stable and fully functional.
DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium italic • $145
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.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: near mint* • NIB: medium stub flex/fine semiflex • $5685
14921: Wahl Tempoint: early green gold filled lever-filler ringtop, 9.85 cm long, no Wahl marks on metal, only Boston Safety patent dates and "14 1/8"; crisp "Grecian Border" pattern, early Sheaffer-licensed sprung lever mechanism, #2 Tempoint nib; some loss of hard rubber liner at cap mouth, does not affect posting or function.
DATE: c. 1919 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine stub flex • $250
15230: Wahl Signature: smooth red hard rubber lever-filler, 13.95 cm long, gold filled trim, roller clip, notable Signature nib; no brassing, no sign of ever having been filled, some handling marks and what appears to be a manufacturing defect in the form of a tiny nick to the end of the barrel (see detail). An uncommon model, and especially rare in red hard rubber.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium fine stub flex • $625
14043: Waterman 414: early black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with .999 fine silver filigree Art Nouveau overlay; 13.1 cm long, #4 nib is a notable writer, early imprint, stable base crack; imprints on the silver are clean and legible, hard rubber has been professionally chemically reblackened. #4-size fine silver overlays are much less common than #2-size.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium stub • $875
15068: Waterman 0512 Majestic: black hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, gold filled overlay, 13.5 cm long, "Majestic" is one of the scarcest and most desirable patterns, with hand-chased floral repousse work against a finely stippled background. Elegantly engraved monogram in the barrel cartouche, #2 nib is a factory stub with early imprint, matching imprinted feed.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine italic • $3450
8403: Waterman 14: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with smooth sterling silver overlay and bloodstone cap top seal; 13.1 cm long, a rare but catalogued factory model most often found in France and England (a version appears on p. 53 of Waterman's 1908 USA catalog under "Special Mountings" as Emerald End Special Fluted, priced at $50 -- more than three times the cost of a full sterling silver Snake); London hallmarks are worn but mostly legible, one ding to the side of the cap, #4 nib with unusual turnup grind at tip; the smooth silver version of this pen is several times rarer than the fluted version in gold, which is itself quite hard to find.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium oblique • $1950
9184: Waterman 442½V in box: black hard rubber ringtop safety, 9.6 cm long, smooth sterling silver overlay with hard to find telescoping outer cap; metal clean, imprints on hard rubber strong, initials "M.W.D." on barrel. Patent imprints on feed, responsive nib.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine stub flex • $425
8907: Waterman 472: uncommon black hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler with smooth sterling silver overlay; 13.1 cm long, London hallmarks, number at barrel end is simply "72" with no hundreds column digit, as is typical for English-market Watermans; 1925-dated presentation inscription, nice stub #2 nib has an incipient hairline from the vent hole, but should be stable if used without excessive writing pressure; even wear, light marks to metal, one tiny stress crack where barrel overlay crimped in place (see detail; for some reason these are extremely common in English-market Waterman overlays).
DATE: 1920 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium italic flex • $485
14935: Waterman 52½V: black hard rubber clipless vest pocket lever-filler, 11.1 cm long, seven-sided 9K solid gold London-hallmarked engine turned overlay with enamel-inlaid perpetual calendar. Initials "P.S" engraved on cap top, date letter for 1930/31. A very rare and characteristically English model in notably clean condition.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: broad oblique • $2950
15075: Waterman 92V: golden pearl snakeskin lever-filler, 10.9 cm long, gold filled trim, made in Canada; scarce and desirable pattern, good imprints, clip has been reattached at some point, a couple of pitted patches next to the lower barrel band (see details), notably calligraphic Canadian #2 nib.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: broad oblique italic flex • $285
13532: Webster Four Star: striated silver-grey pearl twist-filler, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, section with transparent ink window, Four Star nib with turnup tip, over the top military clip; a true twist-filler directly descended from A. A. Waterman, here made for retail by Sears as an own-brand pen of excellent quality.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine stub semiflex • $145
15025: Weidlich Star: black chased hard rubber ringtop lever-filler, 11 cm long, gold filled ringtop fitting may be an old addition, as lever is nickel; some fading including the shadow of a slip-on clip on the cap, chasing and imprints good, high quality Weidlich #2 nib writes a nicely shaded line.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $120
15143: unmarked eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber slip-cap, 13.6 cm long, gold filled Art Nouveau filigree overlay has not a trace of brassing (was sold to us as tested as 14K, but more likely top quality very thick gold laminate). Closely resembles a Waterman, similar quality but parts do not interchange. #2 warranted nib is a notable writer, only slightest fading to hard rubber.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium stub flex • $425