The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
Waterman is surely our favorite maker, and this selection spans their heyday of the first decades of the 20th century.
14890: Waterman 13: scarce #3-size mottled hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 13.5 cm long, early form with domical ends, #3 New York nib imprint also early with circular layout; crisp patent imprints on feed, strong barrel imprint with 1884 patent dates.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $450
14933: Waterman pencil: large, woodgrain hard rubber, 14.05 cm long, gold filled trim, would match 55 or 56 fountain pen; interesting imprint "10TH ANNIVERSARY/WALTERS RUBBER CO. INC./1916-1926". Imprint with 1924 patent date, uses 1.1mm lead, clip ball has been somewhat awkwardly reattached, barrel band has wear and marks, tip of hard rubber nose cone has been slightly shortened, does not affect function.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: G-VG* • $80
14932: Waterman 52: red and black woodgrain hard rubber lever-filler, 13.7 cm long, gold filled trim, long-tined nib opens easily for dramatic line width variation; fine imprints and color, but clip plating has flaking losses (see details), appearance otherwise excellent -- and a notable writer.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $325
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
15011: Waterman JiF glass-cartridge pen: scarce high Art Deco classic, made in France, black celluloid with full sterling silver overlay, 12.5 cm long, includes original (empty) glass cartridge, can be refilled with syringe and reused indefinitely; Waterman 18K gold #2 nib is responsive and flexible. A few small dings and a patch of wear to the barrel engine turning, overall appearance is excellent and condition is far better than the norm for this iconic model.
DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $865
15019: Waterman Commando: black celluloid lever-filler, 12.9 cm long, gold filled over silver war-era trim, smooth-writing #5 nib, responsive medium flex with semistub tip; strong barrel imprint, clean trim plating.
DATE: c. 1943 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine flex • SOLD
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15056: Conklin Endura Symetrik: oversize black veined "Leaf Green" lever-filler, 14.25 cm long, gold filled trim, very early production with "ENDURA/SYMETRIK" barrel imprint, large Endura nib, and incised colored lines on cap and barrel (the last feature only used for the first few months, according to Alfonso Mur's Conklin monograph). A hard to find model in clean condition, moderate darkening overall with one darker patch above the clip.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium • $650
15043: Cross stylographic pen: black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 12.4 cm long, gold filled trim, fully marked with Jan. 29, 1878 patent date crisply imprinted; sprung needle design, needle and tip intact, hard rubber glossy and dark.
DATE: c. 1879 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium fine • $225
15024: H. C. Hook torpedo pencil: chrome plated brass, 11 cm long, brass propellors, excellent quality and workmanship, uses 1.1 mm lead. The source of these pencils has only recently been discovered to be the H. C. Hook Company of Auburn, Massachusetts. Minor marks, bump to nozzle mouth does not affect function.
DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $120
15058: Parker Duofold Senior: oversize black Permanite button-filler, 14 cm long, Lucky Curve imprint, slightly later numbered nib, feed with cut tail; good barrel imprint, minor marks to cap top milling.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine • $450
15053: Parker Vacumatic Maxima: oversize "Azure Blue" pearl laminate single-jewel, 13.8 cm long, gold filled trim, Blue Diamond clip, early wartime pen with strong barrel imprint but no date code, aluminum Speedline filler indicative of 1942 production. Notable barrel transparency, two-tone nib plating is well preserved, but one odd nick to the "R" of "PARKER" may be a manufacturing slip. Blue Maximas are scarce, and single-jewel examples are scarcer yet.
DATE: 1942 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine firm • $950
15057: Parker Duofold: blue and silver pearl striped Vac-filler, 13 cm long, Blue Diamond clip, wartime gold filled over silver trim, strong barrel imprint with 3rd quarter date code, matching date code on nib, excellent barrel transparency, wartime filler unit with plastic collar, diamond imprint on plunger.
DATE: 1943 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine • $195
15054: Parker Duofold Senior: red and silver pearl Vac-filler with black stripes, 13.6 cm long, gold filled trim, Blue Diamond clip, geometric patterned cap band, largest size, much scarcer than contemporary Vacumatics; bold imprint with 1st quarter date code, matching date code on nib, excellent barrel transparency like new, distinctive wartime filler unit with diamond on plunger end.
DATE: 1945 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-fine • SOLD
15051: Pelikan 101N: classic German piston-filler, red ends, tortoiseshell celluloid cap and barrel sleeve (binde), 12.2 cm long, gold filled trim, acrylic barrel with synthetic piston seal; freshly serviced by Osman Sumer.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $1400
15050: Sheaffer Lifetime Balance: jade green oversize streamlined lever-filler, scarce version with black composition screw-on taper, 15.7 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, massive Lifetime nib. Fine color, strong imprints, some brassing to trim and two cracks from top of clip attachment point (see detail -- does not affect function). Silicone sac has been installed to preserve the color of the celluloid barrel. A significant model in the development of the Balance, as discussed by Daniel Kirchheimer.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine firm • $325
15060: Sheaffer Balance pencil: black celluloid with inlaid genuine abalone flakes, 12 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $65
15059: Sheaffer Crest set in box: first model with threads at front of section, brown striated lever-filler with gold filled cap, 13.9 cm long, White Dot, two-tone Lifetime nib with turn-up tip; matching pencil uses 1.1 mm lead, early caps with rectangular cartouches on the back, no dings or brassing but pencil cap indented underneath clip ball (see details). Smooth writer, crosspin holding section an uncommon and especially early feature. Influential design, which started the trend for metal-capped pens. With original and scarce "Penvelope" case, in hardshell box.
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine • $295
15062: Stratford Magnetic: unique and futuristic design, with the cap held in place at either end of the barrel by magnetic action; blue button-filler, 13.1 cm long, gold plated trim, typical slight cap shrinkage, extensive pitting to trim (see details); 14K gold Stratford nib, barrel imprint includes "PAT. PEND." indicating manufacture prior to Feb. 15, 1949 issuance of patent D152717.
DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: G • NIB: medium fine • $120
15026: Waterman Stateleigh: black slip-cap lever-filler, 13.4 cm long, crisp gold filled cap, lined pattern, smooth and responsive nib.
DATE: c. 1949 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine flex • $150
15046: unmarked pen wiper: round base, 7.7 cm (3 inches) in diameter, acanthus molding decoration, bronze finish, heavily weighted, bristles in fine condition, small stress crack on top side (see detail).
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • $95
15045: unmarked pen wiper: gold plated finish, 6.7 cm (2 5/8 inches) square at base, bristles worn but usable, name scratched on bottom along with "Xmas '09".
DATE: c. 1909 • CONDITION: VG • $75
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