The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
The Lifetime Triumph pens of the 1940s were the culmination of Sheaffer's streamlined lever-fillers. The larger models especially are becoming increasing difficult to find in clean condition.
14864: Sheaffer Lifetime Triumph Valiant: large black lever-filler, 13.5 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot on end of cap, big two-tone conical Triumph nib with turned up tip, section with ink window. Excellent overall appearance, but light tool marks to section (see detail).
DATE: c. 1943 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine • $165
14866: Sheaffer Lifetime Triumph Valiant: large black lever-filler, 13.5 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, big two-tone conical Triumph nib with turned up tip, section with ink window, wide cap band. Excellent overall appearance, but some areas of plating loss to wartime gold over sterling silver trim.
DATE: c. 1945 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine • $165
14865: Sheaffer Lifetime Triumph Statesman: black lever-filler, 13.3 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, section with ink window, two-tone conical Triumph nib; clean condition, slight swelling mid-barrel over the lever retaining clip.
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine • $125
14867: Sheaffer Lifetime Triumph Sentinel DeLuxe: large black lever-filler, 13.4 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. Name on barrel, clip end has left a mark on the cap underneath (see detail). This first model of the Sentinel was sold only from 1946-47, as the cap was changed to a bright polished finish in 1948.
DATE: c. 1947 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium firm • SOLD
14868: Sheaffer Lifetime Triumph Sentinel DeLuxe: large black lever-filler, 13.4 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, but a shallow pinhead ding to the back of the cap (see detail). This first model of the Sentinel was offered only from 1946-47, as the cap was changed to a bright polished finish in 1948.
DATE: c. 1947 • CONDITION: exc-near mint* • NIB: medium • $225
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14876: Aikin Lambert dip pen in box: unmarked rose gold filled holder with imitation ivory celluloid taper, 14.6 cm long excluding ventless gold Aikin Lambert #1 nib, lovely gold filled and silver inlay piquet work on both sides of taper. Taper is slightly bent and has a subtle molding ridge, guaranteeing identification of material.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $220
14850: Carter pencil: red hard rubber ringtop, 10.7 cm long, nickel plated trim, uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1924 • CONDITION: fine • $65
14879: Conklin Jaxon: black chased hard rubber clipless screw-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.2 cm long, wide feed, warranted #3 nib is a soft wet writer with some paper feel. Jaxon was a Conklin sub-brand; most were self-fillers, using a variant of the Conklin crescent-filling mechanism, eyedropper-fillers are rare. Clean imprints and chasing, moderate even fading.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium flex • $265
14873: Eagle dip pen and desk pencil: nickel-plated brass holder, 15.4 cm long excluding nib, fully marked, very unusual as this is a classic form in sterling silver and less commonly gold filled metal -- we cannot recall having seen another in nickel. Clean condition, some minor plating loss to the edges of the ferrule (see details), matching desk pencil shows more wear, uses standard 2 mm thick lead.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine/VG • $225
14857: Eagle combination: rare late-production example of one of the first mass-produced combos, in woodgrain celluloid rather than the usual hard rubber, but retaining the original eyedropper-filler design; 15.5 cm long, nickel plated trim, hard rubber pencil nozzle uses 2 mm lead, Eagle nib is a precise and responsive writer.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $450
14869: Gorham dip pen: sterling silver, 15.2 cm long excluding plated nib, twist and scroll pattern very distinctive and in clean condition, imprints on holder largely polished away and illegible, front of nib holder very slightly shortened.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine* • $175
14877: Mabie Todd retracting dip pen: gold filled body, marked "MABIE TODD & CO. No. 1", pearl taper, 11 cm long closed, 13.75 cm extended including ventless gold Mabie Todd #1 nib. Splits to the collar of the nib holder (see details) do not affect function, the nib is still held securely. Nib has good springback, is not soft.
DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $120
14874: Mabie Todd (?) pencil: unmarked gold filled twist-action model of lobed form used by Mabie Todd but also other early American makers; 7.35 cm long closed, 9.5 cm with nozzle extended, uses 1.5 mm lead, unusual smaller size (most examples are significantly longer).
DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: fine • $60
14884: Parker Classic ballpoint: sterling silver grid pattern, gold plated trim, button actuated, made in USA, marked "STERLING CAP & BARREL", no date code, uses standard Parker refills.
DATE: c. 1978 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $85
14875: Salz Army and Navy: WW1-era black hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler in the form of a .30-06 US service rifle cartridge, 10 cm long; good imprint, warranted 14K nib.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $265
14862: Sheaffer Imperial III: grey Touchdown pneumatic-filler, 13.5 cm long, gold plated trim, two-tone gold-plated palladium silver Triumph-style conical nib is a smooth, wet writer.
DATE: c. 1961 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • $115
14863: Sheaffer 500: black "dolphin" cartridge-filler, 13.3 cm long, brushed stainless steel cap, distinctive inlaid nib in white metal (palladium silver?) is a smooth writer.
DATE: c. 1963 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • $80
14878: Waterman 552½: black hard rubber lever-filler with smooth solid 14K gold overlay and trim, 13.6 cm long, #2 nib has a semistub tip, responsive flex with great line width variation. Number on barrel end missing, shallow irregularities to overlay, fine overall appearance.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $685
14872: Waterman Citation pencil: grey with gold filled trim, 13 cm long, wide barrel band, new old stock with minimal shop wear, uses .9 mm lead, matches Taperite or standard Citation fountain pen.
DATE: c. 1945 • CONDITION: near mint • $55
14845: unmarked dip pen: black hard rubber holder, 17 cm long excluding plated nib, ribbed gripping section, flattened letter-opener taper with interesting advertising imprint for the Leviseur and Conway Leather company of Boston.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: fine • $85
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