15305: Aikin Lambert dip pen, pencil, and manicure set in box: a most unusual presentation set, all in sterling silver, the three pieces engraved "M.M.", "to", and "Maiza". The reversible dip pen carries a ventless gold #4 Aikin Lambert nib, while the pencil uses .075 inch lead and extends and retracts. Some small dings here and there (see details), faceted colored glass end stones. Pencil is 12 cm long, other two pieces are 9.3 cm long, closed.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $650
15745: Aikin Lambert eyedropper-filler in box: black hard rubber taper-cap with full gold filled filigree overlay, 14.8 cm long, narrow feed, #1 Aikin Lambert nib is an excellent writer but has a hairline crack under the section and coming up through the imprint which should be repaired if the nib is to be used extensively. Monogram on barrel cartouche, overlay on cap has shifted slightly (vent holes on overlay and liner do not line up perfectly), one small sealed hairline in hard rubber looks like a scratch. Overall excellent appearance, hard rubber has not been reblackened. Box hinge has been repaired.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $950
13943: Aikin Lambert Mercantile: unusual red hard rubber lever-filler, 14.05 cm long, gold filled trim, with a #2 Aikin Lambert nib, but the pen itself is the size of a Waterman 55 and was likely made using Waterman reject parts (both cap and barrel have tiny black specks and surface pits); name on barrel, condition otherwise factory new, came to us clearly never filled.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: extra-fine flex • $450
4251: Ancora glassine envelope: original vintage advertising for Duplex pens, 5 x 9.5 cm, new old stock, several available, price is for a single envelope printed on both sides.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: mint • $5
13949: Ancora Cielo demonstrator in box: limited edition of 500, large transparent pale blue piston-filler, 14.4 cm long, gold-plated sterling silver vermeil trim, 18K gold nib; original packaging includes ink bottle, no outer sleeve.
DATE: 1998 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $500
14357: Ancora Cielo demonstrator in box: limited edition of 500, large transparent pale blue piston-filler, 14.4 cm long, gold-plated sterling silver vermeil trim, 18K gold nib; original packaging includes inner and outer boxes, certificate, and pin. Nib has been adjusted and smoothed.
DATE: 1998 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $500
14350: Ancora Cielo demonstrator in box: limited edition of 33, large transparent piston-filler, 14.7 cm long, gold-plated sterling silver vermeil trim, 18K gold nib; has been filled, light traces of blue ink visible in a few places. Original packaging includes certificate and outer sleeve, inner box exterior has become sticky but interior is fine. Nib has been adjusted and smoothed.
DATE: 2000 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium • $450
15082: Aurora 88P in box: black piston-filler, gold plated cap and trim, 13.4 cm long; barrel ink window transparency as new, seals replaced; late production with no serial number. Marks on right tine of nib do not affect function, appear to be from use of pliers for nib adjustment. With box, outer sleeve, and guarantee certificate.
DATE: c. 1963 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium • $275
13951: Aurora Carlo Goldoni in box: limited edition of 1793, piston filler with engine turned sterling silver cap and barrel, 12.9 cm long, gold plated trim, 18K gold nib; boxed with papers.
DATE: 1993 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $795
13956: Aurora Optima demonstrator in box: limited edition of 1936, transparent piston-filler, 12.7 cm long, chrome plated trim, 18K gold nib, with all original packaging; internal stress marks visible in the barrel around the filler unit (see detail), do not affect function, may be covered under Aurora's guarantee.
DATE: c. 2008 • CONDITION: mint* • NIB: fine • $450
13960: Aurora Optima Sketch Pencil demonstrator in box: limited edition of 936, transparent clutch-action thick (5.6 mm) lead holder, 11 cm long, chrome plated trim, 18K gold nib, with all original packaging including transparent desk base and leather carrier; has been lightly used, but appearance as new noting internal stress marks visible in the barrel (see detail), which do not affect function, may be covered under Aurora's guarantee.
DATE: c. 2008 • CONDITION: near mint* • $325
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
13250: Cartier d'Exception ballpoint with watch in box: limited edition of only 2000 pieces, grey lacquer with platinum finish, mother of pearl dial, full packaging including outer box, matching numbered certificate, other accessories. Watch may require battery replacement.
DATE: c. 2006 • CONDITION: mint • $1800
15624: Conklin pencil in box: gold filled, crisp chevron pattern engine turning, 13.5 cm long, new but for a spot of corrosion at the very tip; uses 1.1 mm lead, imprint with 1920 patent date.
DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: near mint • $110
11699: Conklin lever-filler set in box: gold filled "all-metal" pen, chevron pattern engine turning, 12.4 cm long, #3 nib, matching pencil uses 1.1 mm lead, both engraved with monogram "L. B. G." but otherwise as new, box virtually perfect as well with New Orleans retailer label.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine semiflex • $400
15291: Conklin Endura Symetrik set: lever-filler ringtop in Leaf Green, 11.7 cm long, gold filled trim, perfect color, crisp imprints; matching pencil uses 1.1 mm lead, retains original price sticker. Both pieces as new, pen showing no signs of having been filled, original hardened sac has been replaced with a nonreactive silicone sac. Very early production, with full Endura Symetrik imprints and incised trim rings carried over from the flat-top Endura.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $650
15659: Conklin Ensemble in box: pen-pencil combination, green veined pearl lever-filler, 14.7 cm long, gold filled trim, excellent color preservation in this material that is so prone to discoloration; bold imprints, plating excellent, some light toothmarks visible on cap on close inspection, 1.1 mm lead pencil nozzle has a hairline crack that does not affect function, looks like a scratch, otherwise excellent condition. Noteworthy nib.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $595
15543: Conway Stewart 550 Dinkie set in box: gold-veined red pearl miniature lever-filler, 10.3 cm long, gold plated trim, matching twist-action 25 pencil uses 1.1 mm lead. Nib opens with only slight pressure, not for the heavy-handed. Lovely material is casein-based, should be kept away from water.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium flex • $225
15302: Crown dip pen in box: unmarked gold filled holder, knobby branchiform mother of pearl taper, 14 cm long overall excluding ventless gold Crown #2 nib. Pen in excellent condition, but hinged box is rather rough, wood core has shrunk so will not close and latch. Crown was a Chicago company.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $150
14173: Cushman and Denison CADO Flo-Master Fountnbrush in box: all-metal marker pen, 14.6 cm long, black anodized cap, complete with two spare felt tips, ink bottle, and instructions. Can be cleaned out and used as a distinctive felt-tip or highlighter. Esterbrook acquired rights to the Flo-Master in 1964, after this example was made.
DATE: c. 1960 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-broad • $60