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Welcome to the March 2018 Vacumania.com website update, Fountain Pen Eclexia (neologism alert!), featuring quality pens of mixed makes and eras, an... eclectic... mix. Three updates now in fewer than three months.  I'm on a roll and am am on schedule to list 500+ pens this year, a reboot after couple years putting website a bit on the back burner

30 pens-- mostly old some relatively new-- compose this offering.  Most are in quite nice condition,  and some feature special points (stub, flex, etc).  All vintage restored and with year function warranty. You won't know what's coming next as you scroll down the page.

You are on the update page for freshly listed pens. Recall you can explore sales pages by brand as well and see hundreds more pens. Reminder: there is no e-cart. You should get in touch with me to confirm availability. All pens save those in the "basement" are working and carry a 1 year function warranty.  Shipping starts at $10 or so within USA and tends to range $35-70 internationally. Paypal is easiest way to pay.

A few of these have sold already,  to want lists and via requests when I dropped images over at the facebook group.

I packed a fair bit of info into each description. Enjoy!




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Pen  4099 K: Waterman Lady Patricia  $415
Early 1930s. Moss Agate Celluoloid Monster NIb

Overall: Excellent
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: Exc

Point: Stub Flex Monster Imprint:  Exc
Size: 4 1/4", 10.7 cm
PRICE: $415
COMMENTS: Waterman offered a range of fountain pens during the early 1930s, offering a different series at nearly each price point, in contrast to Sheaffer and Parker, who tended to offer a wide range of differently priced models within given series.  Lady Patricia was the high quality short-slender version of the oversized Patrician. This one pops. Clean condition and lovely Moss Agate Celluloid. Icing on cake is a broad, flex stub nib that writes a needle thin cross stroke and can give monster width on the downstroke with minimal pressure.


Pen 4100 Z: Sheaffer Balance Autograph (Solid Gold Trim)   $595
Red Veined Gray with Solid Gold Trim. Standard Size

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Exc
Color:  Exc .CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: FXF Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2" 13.9 cm
PRICE: $595
COMMENTS: A frankly rare Balance variant in nice condition. The Autograph line references Balances with solid gold trim, generally found in black plastic (early Marine Green also not too hard to find). In Gray Pearl (red veined gray) I've fewer than 10 the past 20 years, split evenly between this long-standard size and the oversized pens. Clean example. XF to XXF point. An "advanced" pen within the Balance series.


Pen 4116 K:   Parker Vacumatic Oversize  $650 SOLD
The largest first generation model

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: Extra Fine

Point: Fine  Imprint:  Exc
Size: 5 3/8" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $650 SOLD
COMMENTS: The large 1st-Gen pens turn up well less often than the later Senior Maxima. Silver Pearl is hard to find clean. This one pops.


Pen 4106 K  Sheaffer Snorkel Demonstrator  $465
"Store # 1130. Louisville, KY"

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

Point: Fine Imprint:  Perfect
Size  5 5/8" 14.2
PRICE: $465
COMMENTS:  Snorks gave Parker 51 arun for the money during the 1950's. The true Demonstrator in practice was a clear Valiant model (plastic cap, White Dot, Triumph gold nib). Demonstrators are relatively scarce, as they were not offered for routine sale to the public.  This one is nice. No  fatal flaws. If had complete  original black lacquer that covers the lower 60% of the cap, it woudld be the nearmint sort that pulls $650+.  This one has nice fine point, with Sheaffer's classic upturned point. Hefty tipping material present.   No internal cracks or stress marks, as are commonly found with these. Mechanism recently restored and works well. 


Pen 4086 S: Wahl-Eversharp Doric  2nd Generation  $575 SOLD
Emerald Shell Celluloid. Largest Size. Mid-Late 1930s

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Excellent Color:  Light Oxidation
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Nib condition: Exceellent
Threads: Perfect clarity: Moderate Amber

Point: Adjustable High Flex Imprint:  Excellent Size: 5 3/8" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $575
Comments: Perhaps the most elegant American fountain pen from the 1930s, this faceted 2nd generation Wahl-Doric packs all the bells and whistles. It is the largest size amongst three (two diameters made, with two lengths for standard diameter), as long-standard. It packs the Gold Seal, pierced-work cap-band, the (in)famous Ink shut-off valve and a monster #9 Adjustable Nib that flexes better than most Waterman Pink nibs with which I've played. Clean trim and color. Bright but ambered barrel transparency.  It has couple light tooth-marks on the blind cap. Hint of crimp where the big #9 nib was squeezed into the gripping section ( you can see in picture)


Pen 4102 K: Parker True Blue  1929 $475 SOLD
Flex Nib

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

Point: FLEX Fine-to-Broad+ Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 " 12.8cm
PRICE: $475
COMMENTS: True Blue was offered in 1928-1929 first as traditional flat-top then in streamlined flat-top forms. It's primary weakness is the pale celluloid which turns up dark yellow to brown instead of cream white with most examples found.  This one pops. Superb color and superb condition overall, it also offers a full flex Parker Lucky Curve. I should put that nib in a black "Raven" where the added value of the flex nib really could shine.


Pen 4085 NB:  Parker 51 Flighter $345
Clean Example witih smooth fine to extra fine point.


Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc
Color:  NA
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Nib condition: Excellent
Clutch Exc clarity: NA
Point:  Fine to XF Imprint:  NA
Size: 5 1/2" 13.9cm
PRICE: $345
COMMENTS: The metal cap and barrel Aeros pretty much are at top of the Aerometric food chain, trumped by solid-gold pens and a bit of other exotic.  This one has short clip and dateless barrel, "press-4-times" brushed aluminum (with black end plug) filling unit, dating it to early-mid 1950's Nice Mark I Flighter with great original finish to the metal.


Pen 4087 :  Sheaffer (for Levengers) Connaisseur  $215 SOLD
  2nd Gen Orange-Copper: Includes Converter

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

Point: Medium Imprint:  NA Size: 5 1/2",  14cm
PRICE: $215
COMMENTS: The for-Levengers first series featured  translucent/transparent  "Seas" colors, and  the second series had palladium trim. Sheaffer manufactured the Levenger variants from 1998-2001 or so.  All pens have solid gold nibs, with those found with the Levengers second series having a white finish.  Grand Connaisseur has two-tone gold nib. As a Levenger's viersion this has the white-tone solid gold 14k nib, writing a nice medium line

These are cartridge/converter filling, and all pens sold in this cluster save one have converters, these days a $20 value each.



Pen 4090 NB:  Conklin Nozac Wordgauge Set. Mid 1930s  $215 SOLD
Standard Diameter 5M (5000 word) set

Overall Grade: Exc*
Metal: 1 Issue (capband) Color:  Superb
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: Moderate Amber

Point: Fine Imprint:  Superb Size: 5 1/4" 12.2 cm PRICE: $215
COMMENTS:  "Nozac" for no-sac. Conklin did the "transparent barrel with visible ink level". Conklin is grouped with the other Big Five pen makers from pendom's Golden Age, and it offered some excellent quality series. This mid 1930s Nozac offered alternating longitudinal lines of pearlescent gray and of transparent celluloid (even the cap!). The classic word gague imprint is sharp. Nib is a sweet flexible thing.  Shooting pen for this update I did find a flaw. The cap-band has either deep scratch or slight separation (factory defect? No plastic damage nearby) as vertical line that can be seen below  the clip. Cap-band is snug and unworn.j Weird. Big pencil included. I knocked off $80 for the cap-band thing. Kills me a bit this sells for less than a bunch of relatively common Sheaffer Snorkels from 20 years later, but the market is what the market is. Note that the pencil is from the more upscale Deluxe line (fatter cap-band), but matches the pen well enough.


Pen 4105 Wahl-Eversharp long-slender flat-top 1927-1929-ish   $345
 
Killer Color. Monster NIb.

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

Point: STUB FLEX Imprint:  Extra Fine
Size: 5 1/8" 12.9 cm
PRICE: $345
COMMENTS: Wahl of course was a "BIg Five" American pen maker. This late 1920s pen is from Wahl's Canadian division and packs Canadian imprints.  A top-grade example. Even unworn pens often see the Jade celluloid head to "spinach" over time. This one is top 5% on color. Clean trim and plastic. Pencil has different clip, but came with the pen when I bought it at the Chicago Pen Show few years back and also has Canadian imprints. Not sure this pencil ever was offered roller-lip, so this could be formally proper set, though at worst it is a reasonably matched pair. The pencil really doesn't mattter though and is tossed in gratis.  

Beyond gem condition, this one has a monster nib, double-broad stub flex. The "stub" means that even with the potential for double broad or wider (with flex) downstrokes, the crosstroke is very  thin. Stub is better for most non-artists who seek vintage style shaded handwriting.  The Flex thing is getting out of hand with some collectors, with $100 pens on ebay pulling $500 because of "flex".  This one has flex and better still has the stub feature, at trivial bump up for price of this already desirable specimen. Hmmm... perhaps with all my whining it is time to return to ebay after years away and offer flex points there ;)   You'll like this one.


Pen 4093   :  Sheaffer Legacy (1st style: 1996) SOLD
Fountain Pen: $315
SOLD
BallPoint $165 SOLD
Set: $440 SOLD

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  NA .CLICK FOR LARGER PIC SOLD
Nib condition: Mint
Clutch Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Medium Imprint:  NA
Size: 5.5" 14cm
PRICE: $See above
COMMENTSLegacy really is a legacy, bringing into modernity the form of Sheaffer's vaunted PFM (1959-1963+), Legacy was released in 1996, featuring what appears to be a Touchdown filling system though featuring an internal converter activated via Touchdown-like action. Later pens would see conventional cartridge/converter. All here have the more appealing pseudo-Touchdown system. This laquer-finish blue with brushed gold-plated cap is one of the early Legacy pens, from around 1996.  Fountain pen has original chalk mark on gripping section, citing the medium point, though the nib looks on the fine side of medium to my eye.


Pen 4096 K:  Wahl-Eversharp flat-top Gold Seal set  $495
Milatary clip, Standard diameter, Lazulitic Blue Celluloid. Flex nib

Overall Grade: Near Mint
Metal: NM Color:  Superb
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Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: F-M + FLEX Imprint:  Exc
Size: 4 5/8" 11.7cm PRICE: $495
COMMENTS: A superb example of a hard to find pen from ~1929.  The miitary clip standard-diameter Personal Point essentially is a stubby model, fat but a bit short. It is not a slender ladies' pen. It packs a #4-size Gold Seal nib as does its side-clip brother. This one has it all. Superbly preserved Lazulitic Blue Celluloid, even at the threads. Gold Seal. Clean trim. Clean plastic. Gold Seal nib that is very flexible, going from fine-medium to double broad without inappropriatre pressure.  A gem.


Pen 4088: Sheaffer Targa Model 1080   $265 SOLD
Classic (full size) Cadmium Yellow Swirl 

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: As mint Color: Perfect
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Nib condition: Nearmint
Clutch: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Medium Imprint:  NA
Size: 5 3/8" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $265
COMMENTS: Offered from 1976 though the end of the 1990s, Cadmium Swirl appeared 1995-1996, offered I think only in the standard size (Classic) line. Part of the Laque line, it featured 14 layers of lacquer, hand polished, yada yada. The Targas have come into their own the past couple years, quite a bit different from 15 years ago when Sheaffer blew out remaining stock through some wholesaling stores online.  Cadmium swirl is one of the more desirable Laque colors, Nice medium point. Nearmint with nib grade chalk mark still visible on gripping section.  Sheaffer Converter (these days a $20+ value) included.


Pen 4094: Pelikan 400 (1950s) Black Celluloid $315 SOLD
Nice writer

Overall Grade: Excellent
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: As Mint

Point: Oblique Fine with flex Imprint:  Exc
Size 54 7/8" 12.4 cm PRICE: $315
COMMENT:  The 400 had classic Pelikan lines (still seen today) and was issued in the 1950s before yielding to the more streamlined 400NN.  Plain 400 is less common, and black is less common than green and tortoise.  The blind cap marks the nib an Oblique Fine, and I can barely see (but can feel with writing) the oblique element not usually seen with fine points. Very nice writer allowing right handed folk a bit of natural rotation of point on paper. Smooth flexy writer.


Pen 4113 K: Wahl-Eversharp Equi-Poised Type III $750
1930-1932. Side-Clip Oversized. Black and Pearl. Flex Nib

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc+ Color:  Extra Fine
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Finee-med Flex Imprint: Superb
Size: 5.75", 14.6 cm
PRICE: $750
COMMENTS: Let's do a bit of a Wahl primer.  Wahl saw frantic evolution of pens from 1929-1932.  The Type III Equi-Poised (1930-1932) can loosely be seen as a bridge between flat-top style and the faceted and streamlined Doric which would dominate Wahl's 1930s. The colors mostly were carryover from flat-top era. The contour can be seen as a a mildly streamlined and bevel-tipped version of the flat-top, or can be seen as a non-faceted version of the Doric.  The oversized pens and the standard pens were offered in longer (side clip) and shorter (soldier clip) versions. The side-clip oversized pen (this one!) was a massive thing, 5.75" long a  Gold Seal pens (flat top and Equi-Posied) pens at discount price, marked by the punching of the Gold Seal and generally with the presence of non Gold Seal but Wahl-made "warranted" gold nibs, #7-marked for oversized pens. The big Equi-Poised is much more scarce than large  Wahl ("Deco-Band") flat-tops.

The pen today is a quite clean Black and Pearl oversized side-clip Type III Equi-Poised, with punched seal and the Wahl-made "warranted #7" nib.  It thus prices a bit below one still with Gold Seal intact and with Gold Seal nib.  But, the main value is in its size, quality, color and rarity.  This one ahs clean metal and color. Color is not perfect but is top 10-15%. Even light yellow pearl throughout with hint of pink near barrel threads and bit more at top of cap. These don't turn up often, and most are well more worn and discolored. Nice flexy fine-medium point.


Pen 4089 K: Sheaffer Balance Petite Set 1932-ish: $275 SOLD
Uncommon Blue Celluloid.

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

Point: XF-Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 4 1/8" 10.5 cm
PRICE: $275
COMMENTS: The mottled Celluloid Sheaffer called Blue was different in pattern as well as color from anything else in the Sheaffer line. Offered around 1931-2 it could be had only as third line (3-25 nib or later #3 nib) slender pens, either long-slender or Petite (extra-short slender). The color was also offered (rare today) as non-Balance Sheaffer Junior.  The Petite line offers charm in general, beyond Blue, as it is relatively uncommon and particularly charming. It channels a bit of the magic of other tiny models, such as Parker's Duofold Vest Pocket model and outprices typical slender ladies' models. This one is quite nice. Color is excellent, top 5-10%, as most in this color have seen the blue fade to a drab gray-blue. Pencil has bit of lightening of some of the black panels.  Freshly restored, this one writes a nice very fine line. It has no real flex, but is responsive enough to give just a hint of line shading with a bit of pressure. There is a pin mark/pin-ding to bottom edge of cap-band just below clip ball (shown in pic). Nib is Sheaffer #3 which I think kicked in just after this model was sold (usually 3-25 nib), but the edges are fuzzy enough this could have been factory with the tail end of production. In any case, the #3 nib and 3-25 nib are same tier, size, and value today.  Neat little set not often on the market.


Pen 4097 Waterman Edson:  Stub Double Broad Nib  $715
Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect
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Nib condition: NM
Clutch: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Faaaaat Stub Imprint:  NA
Size: 6" 15.2 cm PRICE: $715
COMMENTS: One of the most attractive of recent fountain pens, this hefty Waterman sports a stub nib that effectively is at least double broad on down strokes, with thin cross lines thanks to the stub effect. Remarkable nib.


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 4111 NB   1950s Parker Vacumatic "Jeweler's Band" 3rd size $330 SOLD
Azure Blue Celluloid. Standard Size. Superb Example.

Overall Grade: Exc+
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect

Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: Moderate Amber-yellow

Point: Responsive Fine Imprint:  Superb
Size 5 1/8" 13cm PRICE: $330
COMMENTS: I can't do the whole "Jeweler's Cap-Band" lecture here. Briefly...  Off-catalogue wide/lined cap-band. 2nd Generation generally 1939-41. Factory original despite the name. Relatively uncommon at least, some frankly rare. Four sizes, bracketed by Oversized and Slender, with two lengths of Standard in the middle.  This one is the standard-length, standard-diameter (the 3rd size from top), the same as the better known third-generation Major and Junior both. 5 1/8", 13cm. Azure Blue Celluloid. The blue Jeweler-band pens do not turn up often and should carry more of a premium, but esoterica only goes so far.  Gem condition for the pen. Particularly rich blue color. Great maker's imprint. Clean plastic and trim. Nice fine point that gives slight shading with pressure due to increased ink flow (no real tine separation as with flex nibs). I'm sure I've seen in this color/size  at least a dozen, perhaps two, the past twenty years, and this is near the top of the pack for condition.

The pencil is a toss-in. Exposed to light and/or overpolishing it has some rippling (texture) bertween black and blue lines. It's offered gratis to keep the set complete (I'd charge same for pen alone)


Pen 4091 K:  Sheaffer Statesman (post-WWII model) $175
Emerald Pearl Celluloid. Likely late 1946-7. Less common White Dot location
Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint:  Fine
Size: 5" 12.8 cm PRICE: $175
COMMENTS: Sheaffer's post-War 1940s celluloid pens pack remarkably complicated collecting into a sub-three year period, and for reasons I won't outline here long fell under collectors' radar. I've termed it the Sheaffer Interregnum-in-retrospect.  I recently wrote an article for Fountain Pen Journal on the earlier WWII era pens. Presenting the post-War pens in digestible fashion offers some challenges, but there will be articles forthcoming. This one?  The Statesman?  It is the 2nd size post-War all-Celluloid (cap and barrel) model, a smidgeon smaller than Valiant. For the mid 1945-1947 post-War celluloid run, this dates later rather than earlier, as it has partially tranparent black gripping section, wide cap-band,  and opaque barrel.  As a "Triumph" (conical) nib model, it is of course White Dot, with the relatively scarce finding of the White Dot at very top of pen rather than just above the clip. This one is quite nice, packing a recent proper restoration (plunger fill restoration alone is a $50 value). It writes a nice firm wet fine line. Fun to use. Condition would ge all-Excellent save the last 1/3 of manufacturer's imprint is weak/faint.


Pen 4103 k  Parker Duofold Juniorette   ~1930  $215 SOLD
Mandarin Yellow. Flex nib

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

Point: Fine Flex Imprint:  Extra fine
Size 4 1/2" 11.4 cm PRICE: $215
COMMENTS: Mandarin Duofolds are relatively uncommon, made briefly and reportedly unpopular in the day. The color is fragile, so many have been lost to cracks and such, over the years. This one is clean. No cracks. Clean trim. Bright yellow color. Intract imprint weak for word "Duofold". Single light short scratch on cap (between clip and bands, shown in photo).   Adding to the charm is a flex nib, uncommon in any USA-made Duofold. Nice writer.


Pen 4095 K:  Sheaffer Balance Statesman  $225 SOLD
 Late 1930s. Marine Green Celluloid. Smooth XF point
Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect
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Nib condition: Exc+
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Extra Fine Imprint:  Exc
Size: 5 1/2" 13.9 cm PRICE: $225
COMMENTS: Balance is the second most prevalent pen in my personal collection, and perhaps you can see why, Statesman (long-standard, White Dot, Lifetime nib) is the 2nd largest Balance, same length but mm or so thinner than the oversized Premier. As with Vacumatic Major, this model offers good mix of price and size for entry to collecting the series. Gem condition with very smooth truly extra-fine point. Nice mirror finish to the two tone nib.


Pen 4104  Montblanc 146 STUB NIB  $345 SOLD

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  NA
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Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA

Point: STUB! Imprint:  NA Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $345
COMMENTS:  Clean lightly used example. "Germany" imprint on clip washer. Monotone 14k nib. Killer stub nib for elegant writing.


Pen 4101 K: Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper  . Fat Stub Nib  $235
Statesman: White Dot. Polished Steel Cap. Triumph PdAg nib

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

Point: Stub Imprint:  Exc
Size: 5 1/2" 14 cm
PRICE: $235
COMMENTS: The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money. Collecting interest in these has grown the past few years. This Pastel Blue Clipper is nearmint and still has a bit of the "stub" (nib grade) chalk-mark on the barrel. A one in fifty nib, this fat stub writes in italic fashion, offering shaded writing with thin cross strokes and fat down strokes.


Pen 4108 K:  Conklin Endura "Stubby" model $265 SOLD
Sapphire Celluloid. Nearmint Condition. Ultrafine "accountant" nib.

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Nearmint Color:  Perfect
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Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Ultrafine Imprint:  Superb
Size 4.5"  11.2 cm PRICE: $265
COMMENTS: I'm fond of Conklin, what toward the end was the smallest of the Big Five American pen makers. The late 1920s Enduras were high quality things, pens that had no trouble competing on beauty and engineering with the other big manufacturer's products.  Classic flat-top styling. Hefty cap-band. Spring clip. Sweet colors.  This one is Sapphire (mottled blue) in the stubby model, which was short but standard-diameter, not to be confused with slender ladies' pens. 4.5 inches long, it posts to 5.75" or 15cm. This one is a gem, with appropriate claim to the oft misused "near mint". Perfect color including barrel threads. Razor sharp maker's imprint. Clean trim.  This one has a verrrry fine point, which is smooth. Worthy of any collector-grade Conklin collection, and ready to write of course.


Pen 4117  SheafferSnorkel Clipper  $425 SOLD
Reverse Trim

Overall Grade As-mint
Metal: superb
Color:  NA
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Nib condition: Mint
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint:  Perfect
Size: 5.5" 14 cm
PRICE: $425 SOLD
COMMENTS: Snorkel has risen in appeal amongst collectors the past decade. This one is frankly rare. I've seen probably a dozen reverse trim pens the past 20 years, and probably did not encounter my first until ten years ago. I've seen no catalogue documentation for this odd variant. I remain overdue to review the Sheaffer service manuals.


Pen 4110 K 1950s Conway-Stewart #27  $225 SOLD
Gray Pearlescent "Candy Mesh" Plastic. Flex nib

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

Point: F-M F Imprint:  VG
Size: 5 1/8" 13 cm
PRICE: $225
COMMENTS:  Conway offered some of England's best pens, many featuring particularly pretty plastic. The model 27 was one of the larger pens offered. Conway offered good quality, though-- having handled a bunch over the years--  i find the trim plating tends to be weaker than that found with most American pens. This one is quite nice. Great color. Clean plastic. Excellent trim plating. Mode 27 features a big cap-band, which looks nice on the gray pen.  The maker's imprrint is weak just at the words "Conway Stewart. Neat fine-medium nib that "sings" on paper (I see that more with Pelikans) offering moderate flex for shaded writing


Pen 4107 :  Sheaffer Modern Crest $295

Overall Grade: Mint/Nearmint
Metal: Mint Color:  NA .CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM/M
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA

Point: Broad Imprint:  Superb Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 PRICE: $295
COMMENTS:  The 1990s "modern" Crest channeled the look of the 1950s Snorkel. The Nova series offered four colors, Cadmium Yellow (yellow laque) the most desirable. The one is as-mint with hard-to-find hefty broad "signature" nib, still with the "B" chalk-mark ont he gripping section. 


Pen 4109  Wahl-Eversharp Doric  $325 SOLD
Mid-late 1930s. Sapphire Shell Celluloid. Lever-fill. Two-tone nib. Clean!

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect
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Nib condition: Extra Fine
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Extra Fine Imprint:  Exc
Size 4 5/8" 11.8 cm PRICE: $325
COMMENTS: Doric was offered by Wahl-Eversharp, a Big Five American pen maker. It inspired Omas during the 1930s. That maker in turn (until Omas closed recently) made pens for the next 80 years that channeled Wahl's classic pen: faceted contour, roller clip, etc  This 2nd-generation ("shell" pattern Celluloid) example is slender sized and dates likely to the late 1930s, given presence of keyhole nib which is unusual with two-tone effect (mostly preserved). Wahl also differed from most of the other big players by offering "white" trim on pens that were not gray. This Sapphire Shell pen features white gold-filled trim, accounting for the slightly warmer look (and better wear characteristics) than is found with the chrome-plated "white" trim pens by the competition.   Offered both plunger-fill and lever-fill, the lever fillers (this one is lever-fill) offer easier restorations.  This one is quite clean with superb color, clean trim and imprint, clean plastic, etc. It writes a very fine line, Extra Fine or perhaps accountaint.


Pen 4112 G: Sheaffer sub-brand WASP Clipper Deluxe:  $165
Brown pearl "circuit board" Celluloid. Standard Diameter. Plunger-fill

Overall Grade: Fine+
Metal: Fine*
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: moderate amber

Point: Fine Imprint:  Superb
Size: 5",  12.8 cm
PRICE: $165
COMMENTS: The 1st-generation "circuit board" WASP Clippers (Sheaffer sub-brand) pens ran 1937-9. Bit of retro "flat top"look but with shallow beveled metal end plates. Lovely plastic. Decent nibs. Priced below (though overlapping) the premier Sheaffer balance line. A Deluxe Clipper was offered in standard and oversized pens, featuring a wide lined cap-band and two tone nib, priced in both sizes at $5.  This is the standard deluxe model. Clean overall and better than average, but not perfect. Clean plastic with excellent color and imprint, free of crazing. Clip and wide cap-band with excellent preservation of gold-filled metal. The end-plates (gold plated?) have typical brassing, out of proportion to the more importand and more visible clip and cap-band. Clean nice writing nib. Fully serviced plunger-filler of cousre.  The black blind cap has some light toothies and is just a hint off center and tilted.


Pen 4114 K:  Parker Royal Challenger  $495 SOLD
Sword Clip. Large model (Standard). Brown Pearl Celluloid. 1937

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Extra Fine Color:  Exc
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine  Imprint:  Exc
Size 5 3/8" 13.6 cm PRICE: $495 SOLD
COMMENTS: The first of the Royal Challengers, the top of the Challenger line. The Royals ran 1937-1940 and offered three major variants in three colors and two sizes, allowing for an 18-pen complete collection, which I have, though it took me more than a decade to put that together. The sword clip is the most desirable trim variant. This is the large model in pbrown in really nice condition (pen looks too yellow in photo. I must fix that)


Pen 4115:  Parker Vacumatic Senior  $700 SOLD
Scarce and desirable model in quite nice condition.

Overall Grade: Ecellent
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: amber bright

Point: Fine Imprint:  Exc
Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $700 SOLD
COMMENTS: With about a year run in 1936, introduced as essentially a Slender Oversize, It was the only Vac to feature a wide middle cap-ring.  Seniors are hard to find with proper parts and in nice shape. Standard barrels and standard nibs sometimes are found mixed in with Senior parts.  By now you shoul dknow my rant about Silver Pearl Celluloid. It often underprices other colors as it tends to show discoloration more than other colors and its associated chrome plated-trim does not handle wear as well as does the gold-filled trim on other colors. However, gems really pop and do command premium. This is one of the nices Silver Pearl Seniors I've handled. The parts are proper, the trim is clean, etc.


Pen 4118  Wahl-Eversharp Doric  $494
Late 1930s. Jet Black Celluloid

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Exc Imprint:  Ex
Size:
PRICE: $235
COMMENTS: Very clean mid-late 1930s Doric in Silver Shell Celluloid. The "white" trim of Doric was not chrome-plated as with most makers from that era, but was  white gold-filled. It holds up better and has warmer look.  This one is clean and has very flexible Wahl adjustable point. Collector grade all the way


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