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Welcome to the English pen sales page at Vacumania. Please note that this website has no sales cart. Most pens shown are singletons, and I sometimes lag with updates noting completed sales.   Please contact me to confirm availability. Payment typically is by Paypal, though Postal Money Order can be done too. Shipping starts at about $9 insured in USA and ranges up with price of pen. International shipping tends to run $25-$50




Pen  4098 M: Mabie Todd Blackbird.  $225
English. Mottled Pearlescent Gray and Blackn(BB2/45 imprint) : Flex nib

Overall: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc .CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA

Point: Fine Full Flex Imprint:  Extra Fine
Size:  4 7/8", 12.3 cm
PRICE: $225
COMMENTS: Mabie Todd had branches in the USA and in England. English pens gave us some amazing colors and of course interesting nibs, going well into the 40s, perhaps the 1950s. This one is clean. Great color and trim. Model/Series code in butt of pen BB2/45. Lovely flexible  "blackbird"-marked 14k nib that offers flex from fine to broad+.  You just don't see these every day


Pen 4081 K:Pen  Mabie Todd (English Division) Swan   $185
Black Chased Celluloid (not Rubber). Flex Nib

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Superb Color: NA
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Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine-Med Stub/Flex Imprint:  Superb
Size: 4.75" 12.5 cm
PRICE: $185
COMMENTS: English Swan by Mabie Todd.  Most pen makers gave up on chased finishes when hard rubber yielded to plastic for pen manufacture, but chased plastic pens do turn up. This one is a bit of a monster. Dating likely to the 1930s, though I can't exclude 1940s.  It riffs on the flat-top style, but with slightly beveled ends.  Condition is just superb, with clean chromr trim, unworn chasing and sharp imprints everywhere. It has the black lever I've seen with some colorful Mabies also from this era Terrific nib. Fine-med with bit of stub quality, with light touch it writes a razor thin corss stroke and fine-medium downstroke. Additionally some flex is present. With gentler pressure when pen held at modest angle to paper, the dowstroke can hit double broad.  I probably should keep this one, as I've not had another Mabie of its sort, but I don't aggressively collect this brand, so I'll let it go to someone who can appreciate it. Another one that looks even cleaner in hand than in photo.


Pen 4045, Mabie Todd (USA) Swan Eternal 44
Black Celluloid.Late 1920s  $250

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc* Color:  NA .CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA

Point: Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $250
COMMENTS: Mabie Todd's USA division Swan Eternal line was a top quality pen, with large heavy nib and impressive gold-filled trim. Eternal 44 was the standard diameter and full length pen.  This one rocks, with sharp manufacturer's imprints everywhere, clean plastic, clip and cap-ring. Lever had high point brrassing typical to this series. Nice fine point. Far more scarce than similar period Parker/Sheaffer. A example that looks better in person than the (diffused light) photo suggests.


Pen 4043 JB:  Early 1940s Moore 94-A. Jet Black Celluloid  $125 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Superb
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA

Point: Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5" 12.8 cm PRICE: $125 SOLD
COMMENTSThe "A"-line Moores from the early 1940s have become a bit of a focus for me. I'm working on an article for Fontain Pen Journal to appear during the next couple years, I hope. These were good quality pens, with nibs of appropriate size, nicely imprinted barrels, and gold-filled trim. This one is quite clean, with its elegant "Life Maniflex" Moore nib and its unbrassed  trim.  


Pen 3788  :  Carter Fountain Pen ~ Early 1930s $875
Scarce and Off-Catalogue Olive "Snakeskin" Celluloid. Nice nib.

Overall Grade: Excellent+
Trim:  Superb Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc+
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine-Med Semi Flex Stubbish Imprint: Exc Size: 5 1/8" 13cm
PRICE: $875


 My personal collection

COMMENTS
: Carter was a well known maker of fountain pen ink, but made fountain pens only for a few years, around 1930.  It offered very high quality pens, highly sought today by those who want top-tier pens by small makers. 

Pendom has a couple of Carter's period catalogues, which show some conventional Celluloid models along with the Pearltex Celluloid line.  None of the known paper shows the "snakeskin" pens. The pattern of  mottled brickwork is more subtle than that found on Parker's Golden Web. These are lovely and elegant fountain pens, quite scarce too.  I have four  in my personal collection-- two colors each in two styles-- and offer this one only because it is a duplicate.

This one is  freshly home from an excellent Mike Kennedy restoration and is at least as nice as the example in my own collection.  A great  writer, this has a fine-medium  point with a bit of the stub (thinner cross strokes) and a bit of flex.


Tray 1000: The Last of the Rotrings
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COMMENTS:  These are the very last of about 50 Rotrings that Paul Erano and I purchased together in 2009, found in the Great Long Island Pen Hoard.


LEFT to RIGHT
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Tray
Slot
Item # Model/Finish
Details
Nib: Price:  
1
3624 600 Rollerball Silver-tone metal. Will need fresh RB refill.
$115
Sold
2 3625 600 Rollerball Black metal finish. Will need fresh RB refill
$130
3 3626 600 Multipen
Black Tri Pen

$190
Sold
4 3627 600 Fountain Pen Earlier style with knurled top Fine
$150
Sold
5 3628 Pencil
Desirable Lava finish

$125
6 3629 Black Tri-Pen (round contour) Marked for Red BP, Blue BP, 0.5mm Pencil.  BP likely will need fresh refills.
$55
7 3630 Black Pencil (? 600?  Not marked)
Octagonal Pencil. Not marked "600".

$40
Sold
8 3631 Silver Tone Tri-Pen (round contour)
Marked for Red BP, Blue BP, 0.5mm Pencil.  BP likely will need fresh refills.
$40
9 3632 Silver Tone Ballpoint and ?pencil?
Black BP cartridge loaded. Has marking "0.5" suggestive of pencil function, but I cannot get that one to appear.

$20
10 3633 Chrome Finish Ballpoint. Porthole Gripping Section. Uncertain Model


$20
Sold
Special Offer (while all remain in stock):  Take items 7, 8, 9, and 10 for $100.




International Pen Spread:
Japan, England, USA, France, Italy

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COMMENTS:  Parker's Duofold Greenwich is long out of production and tough to find.  Present are a couple vintage Parkers made in France, with at least one "Monster Nib". Pens also from England, Italy, and Japan.

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Tray
Slot
Item # Model and Condition
Details:
Nib: Price:  
1
3407 Sailor 1911 Collection Black:
Condition: Nearmint
21k nib. Clean example of this venerable Japanese make. Converter included XF-F $225
SOLD
2 3408 Sailor 1911 Jade (Medium Size Pen:
Condition: Nearmint-Mint
14k nib. Converter included XF-F $225
SOLD
3 3409 Parker Duofold Greenwich Special Edition:
Condition: Nearmint
The only chased finish in a modern Duofold. Long out of production. Converted included. Classic two tone "arrow" 18k Duofold nib
Med $575
SOLD
4 3410 Conway Stewart Chruchill
Condition: Nearmint
The big boy from the modern incarnation of Conway.   The color is, i believe, "LAVA".  Converter included.  Retail on these reportedly is $700 or so. Broad $475
SOLD
5 3411 Caran D'Ache:
Condition: Nearmint
Elegant slender pen from this Swiss make, featuring a most interesting locking posting mechanism. I suspect this version, with beveled nib, is long out of production. Converter included Med $245
6 3412 Parker Sonnet (French Production):
Condition: Excellent
French production Sonnet. Possibly silver plated finish (no "sterling" hallmarks). Monster nib, broad stub. Converter included. Couple light marks at bottom of pen
STUB $150
SOLD
7 3413 Parker 75  Thuya pattern. (French Production):
Condition: Nearmint
French lacquered model.Monster nib, an "extreme" double-broad oblique, catalogue described as "broad oblique italic 30-degrees". French nib not shown in USA listings. sharp
double broad oblique
$240
SOLD
8 3414 Parker 75 (French Production):
Condition: Nearmint
Gold-plated finish with vertical lines pattern. Medium $245
SOLD
9 3415 Krone Transition "Salmon":
Condition: Mint
I picked this up several years ago at a close-out a pen show. The squat pen in Salmon color  struck me as a modern more "deco" version of Esterbrook's pastel pens. Mint condition, accompanied by a large display box. I like the original patina on the silver trim, but I can polish this for you if you prefer. Broad point 18k two-tone nib. Broad $225
10 3416 Visconti Ashford:
Condition: Excellent
Sound basic pen from the Italian maker made for Ashford.com back in 2002. Big pen in gray pearl with 14karat gold white (?white gold or rhodium plated gold) nib. Med $100s
SOLD



Pen 3179 -NB Moore Streamlined  $ 175
Green Mottled Celluloid (Wahl's Kashmir). Fine Semi-Flex Nib

Overall Grade:  Ex
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: Exc
Point: F-M Imprint: Fine Size: 4 1/2" 11.4 cm
PRICE: $ 175
COMMENTS Probably an early-mid 1930's vintage, this charming Moore has no model name of which I'm aware. The color appears to be Wahl's Kashmir and this one has excellent pearlescence with no sign of evil fluorescence.   Trim is quite clean. Top line of the maker's imprint is sharp'; bottom line not sharp. Nice Fine flexy  (moderate not noodle) point that can squeek up to Medium + with pressure.

Pen 1711 Mabie Todd 1920's sterling engine turned overlay
  $475 (Pen on Right, in photo below)

Overall Grade: Exc Trim:  Exc
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Nib condition: Exc Threads:  Perfect  Transparency:  NA Cartouche nicely personalized
Point: Fine flex
Imprint:   Perfect Size:  5 1/4" PRICE: $475 
COMMENTS:     Mabie-todd is another high quality make that during the golden age was not quite as big as the Big-5.  With strong branches in the USA and in England, many verrrrry pretty Mabies lurk out there. This one is a large clip pen, well less common than the little ring-tops, in sterling silver overlay alternation engine turned pattern with smooth columns. The zig-zags are reminiscent of Sheaffer chasing.




Please contact me to confirm availability. Payment typically is by Paypal, though Postal Money Order can be done too. Shipping starts at about $9 insured in USA and ranges up with price of pen. International shipping tends to run $25-$50
Contact: isaacson@frontiernet.net