10895: unmarked miniature safety set in box: beautiful ensemble, German manufacture, purple transparent enamel over silver. Black hard rubber safety pen is 7.2 cm long, fully functional, and appears never to have been used (we have replaced its cork seal and repaired a small crack in the internal spiral). The magic pencil is 5.25 cm long and bears an 835 silver content stamp on its ring; shaft and nozzle are gold-plated, and it uses standard 1.1 mm lead. The enamel is intact on pen and pencil, but is damaged on one side of the matching wax seal (see detail). Box is marked "Joyeria Zerbino", a retailer in Montevideo.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: fine • $795
14113: unmarked safety: smooth black hard rubber, 10.7 cm long, small and slender, made in France, 18K warranted nib is quite toothy but entirely usable with a light hand. New old stock, excellent quality, from a mostly unimprinted group of identical pens, a few with various Paris retailer imprints (shown in the last photo, not this pen).
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine flex • $115
14262: unmarked crescent-filler in box: Japanese pen of the style commonly imported to the USA under the SPORS brand, this example unusual in being entirely made of transparent celluloid, with a metallic gold colored glass nib; 11.9 cm long, age roughness to the nickel-plated brass trim, a transparent silicone sac has been installed.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine • $165