The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
The Sheaffer Snorkel is a 1950s classic, with its understated streamlining and sophisticated mess-free filling mechanism. We keep a lot of Snorkels in inventory, but we'd fallen behind in adding them to the catalog. We'll be continuing to catch up in adding more over the next week or two.
15913: Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper: early production black pneumatic-filler, 14 cm long, polished stainless steel cap, gold filled trim, White Dot, precise-writing conical palladium-silver Triumph nib with early narrow skirt, matching section, 14K solid gold Snorkel filler tube; excellent condition but for a couple of small rough patches on the cap, new PVC sac installed.
DATE: c. 1952 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine • SOLD
15909: Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel: first-year green pneumatic-filler, 14 cm long, polished stainless steel cap, gold filled trim, White Dot, conical two-tone 14K gold nib with early narrow skirt, matching section, 14K solid gold Snorkel filler tube.
DATE: c. 1952 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • SOLD
15908: Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant: first-year burgundy pneumatic-filler, 14.15 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, two-tone conical nib, solid 14K gold Snorkel tube, narrow nib mounting skirt; PVC sac has been installed for maximum durability.
DATE: c. 1952 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine • SOLD
15914: Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman: black pneumatic-filler, 14.2 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, conical palladium-silver Triumph nib marked "M4", as new with original barrel chalk marks, has been serviced.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium • SOLD
15912: Sheaffer Snorkel Signature set in box: burgundy pneumatic-filler, 14.15 cm long, solid 14K gold cap band, gold filled clip, two-tone conical Triumph M5 nib, long-lasting PVC sac installed. Matching .9mm mechanical pencil excellent but clip can wiggle side to side; as usual, cap bands engraved.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • SOLD
15911: Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral desk set: brown pneumatic-filler, 14K gold conventional nib, new PVC sac has been installed; handsomely figured marble base is 5 x 3.5 inches (12.6 x 8.8 cm), excellent but for chip at back left corner.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium fine • $120
15910: Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman: black pneumatic-filler, 14.1 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, conical palladium-silver Triumph nib marked "F4",.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • SOLD
15907: Sheaffer Snorkel Signature: black pneumatic-filler, 14.2 cm long, gold filled clip, facsimile signature lightly engraved on 14K solid gold cap band; two-tone conical Triumph nib is a smooth and precise writer.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine • $205
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15931: Eversharp Bantam set in box: green swirled pearl miniature bulb-filler, 9.8 cm long, gold filled cap band, gold plated clip, translucent barrel, 14K gold "0" size nib, matching twist-action pencil uses 1.1 mm lead. Pen has original price sticker on cap, only traces of sticker on pencil barrel. Fancy patterned foil box has pencil dedication on inside of lid.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-fine flex • $165
15944: Eversharp Skyline: burgundy lever-filler with uncommon parallel lines pattern gold filled cap, 13.35 cm long, notably flexible nib.
DATE: c. 1943 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $165
15961: John C. Wahl 120 repeater pencil: 1/10 14K gold filled oversized thick lead (3mm) model, 14.3 cm long, yellow end jewel of either Bakelite or celluloid; not strictly a Wahl-Eversharp product, but a side project by John C. Wahl, covered by US patent 2,210,845. Top quality manufacture, seldom seen.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: fine • $150
15941: Moore Fingertip 76-B: small burgundy slip-cap lever-filler with stainless steel cap, gold filled trim, 11.7 cm long, distinctive stainless nose cone with inset gold nib. Typical slight heat swelling to barrel ends, cracks at end of barrel also typical, result of manufacture from tube stock (see detail).
DATE: c. 1949 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine • $165
15946: Parker Vacumatic Major: golden pearl laminate double-jewel "long Major" (slender Maxima length), 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim, Blue Diamond clip, black end jewels, good barrel imprint with 4th quarter date code, two-tone arrow nib with 3rd quarter date code, aluminum Speedline filler.
DATE: 1941 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • SOLD
15925: Parker 51: dark blue Vac-filler, scarce coin silver cap with grouped parallel lines pattern, rhodium plating, gold filled over silver wartime Blue Diamond clip; filler unit with diamond imprint on plunger end. Strong barrel imprint with 3rd quarter date code. Parker's 1942 production levels were low as they were concentrating on producing war materiel.
DATE: 1942 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine • $325
15924: Parker 51 Heritage set in box: black double-jewel Vac-filler, bold barrel imprint with 2nd quarter date code, wartime filler unit with diamond imprint on plunger, uncommon 1/10 16K gold filled over silver cap with grouped parallel lines pattern, geometric band, and rectangular cartouche, solid 14K gold Blue Diamond clip and trim. Matching .9 mm twist-action pencil cap is 1/7.5 12K, also with solid gold trim. Pen's collector is made using Buckskin Tan acrylic stock -- no wasted material during wartime shortages. With 1944-dated instructions with handwritten 1944 date as well.
DATE: 1944 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $695
15915: Parker 75 ballpoint: silver grid pattern, gold plated trim, cap actuated, marked "STERLING CAP & BARREL", made in USA, uses standard Parker refills.
DATE: c. 1978 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $150
15959: Pelikan 400: green striated piston-filler, black cap and filling knob, 12.6 cm long, gold filled trim, transparency like new, nib marked "M".
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium stub semiflex • $350
15938: Pelikan 400NN set in pouch: classic German piston-filler, 13.15 cm long, brown cap and turning knob, tortoiseshell striated transparent barrel, "F" marked nib, matching 450 repeater pencil uses 1.1 mm lead, eraser at top in brass sheath. Excellent overall but for typical stress hairlines in pen cap (see details) which look like scratches and do not affect function due to the metal inner cap liner. Leather Pelikan zipper pouch is as new.
DATE: c. 1959 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $425
15943: Sheaffer Crest set in box: first model with threads at front of section, black lever-filler with gold filled cap, 13.9 cm long, White Dot on end of barrel, two-tone Lifetime nib with turn-up tip; matching pencil uses 1.1 mm lead. Used but sound, pen cap has pinhead ding on back, barrel has slight swelling around internal lever retaining ring.
DATE: c. 1941 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium • $195
15936: Sheaffer Lifetime Valiant: large red pearl striated "Carmine" plunger-filler, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot on cap, big two-tone conical Triumph nib, ribbed section with ink window, crisp imprints.
DATE: c. 1947 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium • $275
15905: Sheaffer Autograph Stratowriter: black ballpoint, 13.5 cm long, solid 14K gold trim, signature engraved on wide cap band, introductory year model without White Dot, original refill is stuck in place, would have to be extracted if pen is to be used (would also require an adapter, not included).
DATE: 1947 • CONDITION: exc* • $150
15926: Sheaffer Admiral set in box: Persian Blue lever-filler, 12.9 cm long, gold filled trim, section with ink window, two-tone #5 Feathertouch nib; matching twist-action pencil uses .9 mm lead. Appears to be new old stock with slight shop wear, ring of subtle ambering by barrel threads.
DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine semiflex • $95
15930: Waterman Skywriter in box: black celluloid lever-filler, 12.75 cm long, nickel plated trim, Canadian-made subbrand model by Waterman's subsidiary Alco (Aikin Lambert Co.). Wartime pen, great nib but cap bands irregularly crimped, slight swelling of barrel over lever pivot. From the Hopkins collection, dispersed at Bonhams some thirty years ago. Hopkins was a British Army officer, meticulous about recording the circumstances of each purchase, retaining and annotating receipts, instructions, and boxes to an almost obsessive degree.
DATE: c. 1943 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: fine stub flex • $175
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