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Pen 3844 :  Pelikan M-625  $535 Sold
Out of production and relatively uncommon

Overall Grade: As mint.
Trim: Perfect Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Perfect
Threads: Exc
clarity: NA  
Point: Medium Imprint: Exc Size: 5 1/4" 13.3cm
PRICE: $535
COMMENTS: The sterling cap and blind cap and dark translucent barrel pastic mark the "25" part of "625".  Three colors were offered with three total cap styles released sequentially during a three year period from 2006-2008. The combination of the  translucent deep blue barrel with silver fittings is... elegant. This pattern brings to mind the "slotted" patterns used on some 1920s Sheaffers and Watermans.  This is one of two near-modern Pelikans in this website update  I'm tempted to keep.  Medium point, 18-C nib. Original Retail supposedly was $990, and pens still ar being offered retail at $750+.  I suspect price on the secondary market will creep up in coming years.

 More Pelikans Old and New
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A quick shot of more pens to follow. Each of the above is detailed with its own photo.

Pen 3832 :  Pelikan M-600  Green Stripe. Medium Point . 1997+  $235 SOLD

Overall Grade: As mint
Trim: Perfect Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: As mint
Threads: Perfect
clarity: Perfect

Point: Med Imprint: NA Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $235
COMMENTS: Superb condition. Medium Point.

Pen 3833 :  Pelikan M400 Red Stripe.  $255 Sold

Overall Grade: As Mint
Trim: As Mint Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: As Mint
Threads: Perfect
clarity: Exc  
Point: Fine Imprint: NA Size: 4 7/8" 12.7 cm
PRICE: $255
COMMENTS: Red striped M-400 in great condition. This one has the older style (out of production) cap with black top and gold-tone bird. Later (post 1910?) pens have a frosty all gold-tone tip.


Pen 3834 :   Pelikan M 450  $525 Sold
Mint Condition. Pale Tortoise with Vermeil Cap and Knob.

Overall Grade: Mint
Trim: Mint
Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads: Perfect

clarity: Mint
Point: Med F Imprint: NA
Size: 4 7/9" 12.7cm
PRICE: $525
COMMENTS: The "honey-tortoise" used for this out-of-production near-modern tribute to the 1950's Pelikan 500 leans a bit more green/gold than does  the usual browner  tortoise Pelikan. Special for this model. Vermeil (gold-on-sterling) for caps instead of usual gold-plated trim.  I'm tempted to keep. This really is a stunning pen.

Pen 3835 :  Pelikan M-805  $395 Sold
Nib possibly tweaked by John Mottishaw  for italic writing.

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Trim: Superb Color:  perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads: Perfect
clarity: Perfect

Point: Italic Medium ** Imprint: NA Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $395
COMMENTS: Lovely condition. A modern tweak on the conventional M-800, offering white trim instead of yellow.  The collector from whom I purchased this pen had a "John Mottishaw" notation with the pen, and the pen very well could have been tweaked by him, as the medium point actually writes with a charming italic flavor.   But, I don't have receipt for that work and connot prove the connection.

Pen 3825:  Pelikan 140. Solid Burgundy. Mint, unused $325 Sold
1950s Pelikan in an uncommon color   Flex Nib

Overall Grade: Mint
Trim: Superb Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads: Perfect
clarity: Superb
 
Point: Med Flex Imprint
Size 4 3/4" 12.5cm
PRICE: $325
COMMENTS: Relatively scarce color for a 1950's Pelikan 140, as most are green striped. This one is mint. The feed has no ink showing, and shows that charming oxidated olive look found with old unmolested hard rubber feeds.  I water dipped and blotted only water, no ink.  Color is perfect. Any bright spots in the pic are because I had to blast the saturation and brightness in Photoshop to get the dark burgundy to show in the image (kept turning out black). I

Pen 3826 :  Pelikan 140, Forest Green  $375 SOLD
1950s Pelikan in an uncommon color. Mint Condition. Oblique Broad Semi-Flex Nib.

Overall Grade: Mint
Trim: Superb Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads: Perfect
clarity: Superb
Point: OB, semi-flex Imprint: NA Size 4 3/4" 12.5cm
PRICE: $375

COMMENTS
:
Relatively scarce color-- essentially British Racing Green--  for a 1950's Pelikan 140, as most are green striped. This one is mint. The feed shows no ink, and water dip- and-blot revealed only water, no ink.  Color is perfect. I'm tempted to keep this, as it is the only one I've owned and as it matches my Jaguar.

Pen 3824: Pelikan 400-NN and Matching Pencil in Period Purse-Case.
Tortoise. 1950s.  $380 SOLD
Flex nib.

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COMMENTS
:  400 NN  Fountain  Pen/Pencil set from the 1950s . Superb condition. Still with nib-grade sticker on barrel. Medium line with nice flexibility. The leather purse-case is well made and offers gentle pull to the hinge (does not just flop open). Similar shape to some I've seen marked Pelikan, though this period case is not so marked. One collector commented these might have been made for MB and for Pelikan by a company called Golden Seal. I do not know... 
$380


SEPTEMBER 2015 Update.  In April 2015 I offered a "one time only" offering of vintage and near-modern German Pens.  The response was nice. Figure I found some more.  Check out the new stuff.  Some nice material from the prior update can be found further down the page

Please remember there is no sales cart, as I don't want want anyone to pay for a pen that might not still be available. Please email me to confirm availabilty and to figure payment, which generally is via Paypal. Money Orders and Bank Checks are taken too.

My email is isaacson@frontiernet.net (yes 2 'nets'). Please copy that into your email program/browser page and drop me a note.


A Pair of Montblanc 149s.
 $525 each, each with box.



COMMENTS:  No idea if the box shown (the other is similar)  is appropriate for a 149, but the box fits and the pens arrived to me in them. Very clean 149s.


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3819 MB 149
Two tone proper MB "14k" nib with central white plating surrounded by a frame of gold. Plastic filler threads. It writes to my eye a Fine-Medium line. Nearmint condition.
 F-M
$525
Sold
2 3820 MB 149
Two tone proper MB "14k" nib with central white plating surrounded by a frame of gold. Plastic filler threads. Fine Point. (ships after nib resetting). Nearmint condition.
Fine
$525

Pen 3871a, 3871b, 3871c:  Pelikan 400NN, Late 1950s.  $250-290
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COMMENTS:  Big brother to the 140, the 400NN, the more streamlined version of the earlier-in-1950s 400, offered a bit more "oomph" than the 140. These measure 5 1/4", 13.2 cm. The 400NN is a bread-and-butter vintage Pelikan.  The three basic colors are green, Tortoise, and Black in ascending rarity.  Other more exotic colors do turn up.  These often pack exotic points, allowing for high flex and more frequently found oblique and stub than are found with USA_made pens during the 1950s.

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3871a Pelikan 400NN  Light Tortoise
Exc+ condition. Light Tortoise that has hint of green to it. Lovely. Killer nib with high flex.
High Flex
F-M to BB
$290
SOLD
2 3871b Pelikan 400NN Green
Exc Condition. Slight edge brassing as shown in image. Monster Nib Full Flex Fine to Broad+
Flex
$250
SOLD
3
3871c Pelikan 400NN Dark Tortoise
Exc Condition. Tortoise a bit darker/richer than 3871a. Light brassing on clip edge shows in photo
Flex $290
SOLD


Pen 3873 :  Pelikan  P1   $160 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Trim: NM Color:  NA
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect
clarity: Exc

Point: fine-med Imprint: NA Size: 5 1/4" 13.4cm
PRICE: $160
COMMENTS:  Clean condition with no dings and no brassing.  Pelikan's answer to the Parker 51/45?


Pen 3875 :  Pelikan M200  $115 SOLD
Fully marked Double Broad Nib.

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Trim: Perfect Color:  Exc
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Nib condition: NM
Threads Perfect
clarity: Exc

Point: BB Imprint: NA Size:
PRICE: $115
COMMENTS:  A near modern Pelikan M200 with double broad (marked "BB") bold signature nib.


Pen 3876 :  Pelikan 120 $130

Overall Grade: Exc
Trim: Exc Color:  NA
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads Exc
clarity: Exc
Point: Oblique Broad+ Imprint: NA Size
PRICE: $130
COMMENTS:  Pelikan's affordable piston-fill pen from the 1950s, positioned below the 140. Gold-plated nib. This one has monster nib, oblique double broad. I fear it sold at the SF Pen Show before I could finish the website update.


 April 2015 Update: Collectible German Fountain Pens


Welcome to the April 25, 2015 Vacumania website update. This one is a a little bit different, Vacumania's  first (and likely only) focused offering of quality vintage and near-modern German fountain pens, about 50 of 'em. Vacumania's core focus of course is on vintage American fountain pens. But Ye Olde Proprietor from time to time stumbles across quality pens from Europe and Asia. The 50 pens in this update have accumulated during the last three or four years, often part of more broad collections purchased, sometimes as individual pens that found the website.  Some choice material is present, mainly 1950s-and-later Pelikans and Montblancs. Some uncommon variants too. The pens are ready to roll, save for one or two that need nib tweaks (likely to be done at the big pen show next week). At least four MB 149s can be found in this group.  I hope I won't have to change my name to Penguin.  It is quite likely that Vacumania will not have another offering of this sort during the next decade. Note there are many "special" nibs in this group: Flex, Stub and Oblique.  Get 'em while they're hot. 

Note that the above photo does not show all pens in this update.
The pens are found below



Pen 3942 :  Montblanc Hemingway $2450 SOLD


COMMENTS:  First of the MB Writer's Series LEs. As-mint condition. No problems with the pen. No ink in water dipping, but with the thermometer shake (with the nib wrapped in paper towel), I was able to see the most faint blue, so the pen was at least ink tested before. Fine point.  Includes the storage book, pamphlet and white outer box marked with the original $600 price. As you can see in the photo above, the right lower front corner of the storage book has a small crimp.



Pen 3496  Conklin Endura Symetrik Standard  ~1930  $265 SOLD
Black and Bronze Celluloid. Great Condition

Overall Grade:  Excellent
Metal: Excellent Color: Excellent
Nib condition: Excellent
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  Firm Fine Imprint: Excellent Size5 1/4 " 13.3 cm PRICE: $265
COMMENTSConklin was a major US pen manufacturer, on the scene long before Sheaffer and Wahl first appeared.  Many collectors consider it part of the "Big 5" of USA pendom, though some later writers didn't include it in the later-described "Big 4".  The streamlined (Symetrik) Endura appeared around 1930. In fact, in my earliest days in the hobby, I set out to collect this attractive color (indeed, emailing a seller to ask if in fact this really was a discolored black-and-pearl... ahhh, the early times). I have had about 9-10 variants based on size, shape and so forth.

This one pops. Great color with no loss of the metallic essence to the brown panesl. NO brassing, not even at the high points of the clip. Sharp imprint (often lost as "Endura" and "Symetrik" tend to be faint from the get -go). Smooth very firm (manifold) nib, fully marked as Endura.  I'll miss this one.



German and England.
Pelikan Old and New. Modern Conway Stewart

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COMMENTS: A nice mix of quality pens old and new. Some killer nibs.

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Nib: Price:  
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3399 Pelikan 100N Green 1930s-50s:
Condition: Excellent
Variant with small "Export" marking at base of barrel. High Flex nib. Well preserved green color (many of these suffering fading) EF nib flexes to Broad+ $350
2 3400 Pelikan 400 Green. 1950's:
Condition: Nearmint
Great condition with perfect barrel transparency
ExtraFine. Slight Flex $210
SOLD
3 3401 Pelikan 400 Green: ? modern

Condition: nearmint
  --not available until model  details sorted-
Marked "Broad" it is in fact Broad Oblique Price: Deferred
4 3402 Pelikan 400NN Tortoise 1950s:
Condition: Mint
Mint stickered, with highly flexible nib (EF to Broad+). Doesn't get much better than this
High Flex EF $245
 SOLD
5 3403 Pelikan M250 (1990's) 400NN:
Condition: Mint
Early-ish 1990's, with out of production trim style. Gold-plated nib as is correct to this model.
Medium $90
SOLD
6 3404 Kaweko Monopol 200:
Condition Mint
High Flex nib with generous iridium. The nib is not marked as alloy gold, but acts like it is.  Piston Fill. Fine- Broad+ high flex. $150
7 3405 Conway Stewart (Modern) 84:
Condition: Mint
Hefty modern Conway in chased black plastic. Elegant pen. 18k nib. Fine $345
SOLD
8 3406 Conway Stewart (Modern)  100: Hefty modern Conway named for the classic "100" model. Nib marked, "broad" has slight flex and stubbish quality. Very pretty pen "Broad" with slight flex and some stub quality $425
SOLD


Pelikan Old n' New
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COMMENTS:  With 8 pen collections purchased during the last year, an array of nice Pelikans  found its way to Vacumania...  All nibs are 14 karat unless otherwise noted. This bunch spans more than 60 years of Pelikan production. The 101-N Tortoise has great color. Some have quite interesting nibs :)

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Nib: Price:  
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3379 100N Green 1930s-50s:  
Condition: Extra Fine
Clean plastic, nice flex nib, bit of brassing to bottom cap-band and clip tip. Very rich green binde color (most are relatively faded)  F/M to Med+
FLEX
$350
SOLD
2 3380 100N Black 1930s-50s:
Condition:
Extra Fine
Black is well more scarce than green for early Pelikans. Clean plastic. Bottom capband 25% brassed. Monster nib Med to Double Broad High Flex $530
SOLD
3 3381 101N 1930's-1950's (a later example with single piece barrel-section).
Condition: Extra Fine
Birght clean plastic, nice color, bottom cap-band largely brassed. Smooth flex nib.
Fine-Medium to Broad-plus Flex $1300
4 3382 400-N Tortoise: Modern 
Condition: Nearmint
Quite uncommon tweak on the 1950's 400-line, longer in cap than the typical  400. All proper parts, confirmed with Rick Propas Medium. Smooth. $375
SOLD

5 3383 400NN Tortoise: 1950's- ?1970's
Condition: Extra Fine
Clean plastic, slight edge brassing to cap-band. smooth point with moderate flex.
Flex F/M up to Broad+ $225
SOLD
6 3384 400NN Black: 1950's- ?1970's
Condition: Excellent+
Black 400NN is well more scarce than green and tortoise. This one is in grand shape with clean everything and with excellent barrel clarity. The nib does the "Pelikan song" when writing, with plump point complimented by significant flexibility. Med+ Flexes up to Broad+ $240
SOLD
7 3385 120 Green: 1950's (?)
Condition Nearmint
The look of a 140, with opaque barrel and gold-plated nib.   Superb condition, as mint. Extra Fine  $115
SOLD
8 3386 M- 200 (?).  Gray Marble. 1990's (?):
Condition: Mint
An  older near-modern M200 from 1990's, with domed top. Mint condition. Firm gold-plated nib. Med $90
SOLD
9 3387 M- 200 (?).  Blue Marble. 1990's (?):
Condition: Mint
Suspected to be an "older" near-modern M200 from 1990's. Mint condition. Firm gold-plated nib. Fine $90 SOLD
10 3388 Honey White Special Edition:
Condition: Mint
Out of production special edition M-400 with two tone gold nib.  I'm tempted to hang on to this one. I like its look. Med $175
SOLD


Pen 3494  Visconti Manhattan  $430 SOLD

Overall Grade:  MINT
Metal: Mint Color: Perfect
Nib condition: Mint
Threads: Perfect clarity: Perfect
Point:  Fine Imprint: Perfect Size5 1/2 " 113.9  cm PRICE: $430 SOLD
COMMENTSManufactured in the mid 1990's, the Manhattan's plastic evokes Parker's 1930's-1940's Vacumatic, and the power filling system is based on Sheaffer's plunger-fill system from that same era.  Not so easy to find these days. This one is in mint condition and shows no signs ever of having met ink.  Three colors were made;  this one is blue (a  rather turquoise take on blue)


Pen 3783 : Chilton (Long Island) Senior (full size, not OS) "#17"  $350 SOLD
Jet Black Celluloid

Overall Grade: Fine+
Trim: Extra Fine
Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Flex Stub  (Fine-to-Broad) Imprint: Superb Size: 5 1/16" 12.9cm (fat)
PRICE: $350 SOLD
COMMENTS: Clean plastic and trim. Freshly restored. Razor-sharp manufacturer's imprint. Fairly flexible large Chilton nib with stubbish quality (thin cross strokes, flexes from Fine to Broad on downstrokes).  I'd planned to offer this as full excellent condition with $600 price tag, but final review with loupe shows a) tiny scratch from the lower capband heading toward cap lip and b) light crimping marks to the cap band (not perfectly smooth all the way arond) just to left of the clip. Only noticeable under loupe.


Pen 3784 : Conklin "Halloween" set   $825 SOLD
From the "Gang of FIve" Ohio Pen Show Purchase, Nov 2012

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Trim: Extra Fine
Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 5" 12.7cm
PRICE: $825 SOLD
COMMENTS: An iconic pen, the late 1920's Conklin 2nd tier pens were positioned below the vaunted Endura


Pen 3580  Montblanc Hemingway FP   $2600 SOLD
1992. First of the Writer's Series.  Need I say more?

Overall Grade:Mint Dipped
Metal: Mint Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  Fine Imprint:  NA Size5 1/4" 13.4cm PRICE$2600 SOLD
COMMENTSI was finishing my intern year  and back at college reunions at Princeton when I spotted an orange and black pen in a jeweler's window on Withersppon Street, back in 1992.  Wandered in. Figured it would be nice to get a pen in my colors. Had used a fountain pen occasionally before.  $695?  Insane.  So I skipped it.  Always wanted one. But in later years, as I found my way to collecting old pens, I still had a bit of desire to own one. But, these days, I'm just not so much into modern pens.   And, I've had the chance to own and to photograph this one, thanks to the Gang-of-Five Pen Hoard purchased at the Ohio Pen Show (200 pens of this sort, from which my share came to about 40 pens.   I'm not a serious MB collector so after two months it is time to pass this to a new owner.


Pen 3487  Pelikan 400  1950's  $250 SOLD
Oblique Double Broad Flex Nib. Monster Nib

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: Extra Fine Color: Excellent
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads: Perfect clarity: Superb
Point:  OBB-Flex Imprint: NA Size5 1/6 " 13 cm PRICE: $250
COMMENTS: Classic vintage 1950's Pelikan, with green celluloid binde.  Killer nib. Bit of edge brassing at cap ring, which I left unpolished to allow to appear in photo.


Pen 3003-S  Moore Fountain Pen $215 SOLD
Standard Size. Green "Candystripe" Celluloid. Probably late 1930's

Overall Grade:  Fine
Metal: Bands Brassed Color:  Extra Fine CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Exc clarity: NA
Point: Medium Imprint:  Fine Size: 5 5/16" 13.2 cm
PRICE: $215 
COMMENTSMoore generally is considered a seoond tier manufacturer , though it had its share of first quality pens. Moore tended to follow the herd.  This one is amongst the prettiest Moores I've handled. Candystripe plastic is  known more from overseas than from the USA. This one is a hefty pen, "double jewel" with great color noting a bit of ambering by the threads.  Clip and tassies have clean gold-filled metal, but the cap-bands largerly are brassed (or in this case, maybe "nickeled" as the base-metal is white and holding color well).  Imprint if light but legible. Nice smooth firm wet  medium point.  A big "Deco" celluloid pen. I thought of hanging onto these candy stripe Moores, but I have waaay to many pens lying about already ;)

Pen 3323:  Rotring 600 Fountain Pen $140 SOLD
Out of Production.

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: mild Red
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14cm
PRICE: $140
COMMENTS: Rotring has a nice following. Recently- iirc- taken over by Parker, no more Rotring badged pens are being released.

Pen 2235F Esterbrook Pastel Pen in light yellow plastic $125 SOLD
Monster Nib Alert-  Oblique nib writes broad line. Very smooth.

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   2314-M Oblique Imprint:  Exc Size: 4 3/8 " 11.2cm
PRICE: $125
COMMENTS:  Pastel Esties are amongst the "better" collectables from that maker. This one has great color and trim, and NONE of the hairline cap-lip cracks that can plague the series. This is the light yellow and appropriately features black endjewels. MONSTER NIB alert. The Esterbrook Relief 9314-M Oblique is a "standard" Oblique meant for right handed writers and puts down a smooth wet nearly broad line. 


Pen 2182 Esterbook Gray Icicle  $40 Vacumania's Basement SOLD

Overall Grade:  User Grade
Metal: perfect Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   2550 XF point Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/8" 13.cm
PRICE: $120  SOLD
COMMENTS:   The Icicle pattern is late Esterbrook product,  dating to mid-late 1960's.  Packing nice eye appeal, the icicles probably fall below the pastel purse pens but above the conventional marbled plastics in terms of collector cachet. Essentially unusused, it nonetheless has a hairline crack in cap-lip


Pen 3587 mf:  Mabie Todd Sterling Silver Ring-top $215 SOLD
Likely mid 1920's. Lever Filler.  Flexy nib.

Overall Grade: Excellent+
Metal: Exc+ Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Fine-Med with Flex Imprint: Exc Size: 3 1/2" 9cm
PRICE: $215
COMMENTS: Mabie made pens as good as those from the Big Five. The 1920's saw significant production of ring-top metal pens (used by ladies whose dresses lacked pockets, and by men to match their suits' vest pockets. Wahl, Waterman, Sheaffer and Mabie  put out a fair range of these pens-as-jewelry.  Mabie had some stunning patterns. This one pops.  I might end up keeping it.  If only it weren't for the other 4500 pens...

Nib writes a nice fine-medium point at rest and does offer flex when pressure is applied, though not an extreme "wet noodle" sort.  Lovely pen.


Pen 3478  Pelikan Demonstrator    $265 SOLD
Pre German Reunification. Domed Cap. Upgraded 18k Nib

Overall Grade:  Nearmint
Metal: Excellent Color: NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  X-Fine 2-tone 18k Imprint: NA Size5 " 12.8 cm PRICE: $265
COMMENTSBased apparently on a Pelikan 200, this 1980's clear pen was (at least I so far believe) the first of the modern era Pelikan demos. It has West Germany markings and a domed (not later stepped) top.  My chats with Pelikaners at the Los Angeles Pen Show indicates this originally was found with plated nib, but the owner updgraded it to a 2-tone 18k Pelikan nib.  


Pen 2377R  Conklin Endura Oversized Jet Black  $495 SOLD
A big honkin' Conklin

Overall Grade:  Exc+
Metal: Extra Fine Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point: Smooth XF-F Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/4" 13.2cm
PRICE: $495
COMMENTS:  Conklin was one of the "Big 5" of American pendom during the "golden age".  High quality pens- well able to go head to head against Parker, etc- are well appreciated by today's collectors.  This one is the big boy  Sharp imprint.  Plastic is very clean.No Brassing. Sharp imprint.  A lovely big conklin.  Dunno if the following is pro or con but here it is... The nib is not "Endura". It is a Conklin nib (Conklin Toledo with diamond symbol beneath), which is well larger than the Endura Senior nib. Dunno if it is a #7 from the old "Crescent" days or what, but it is as i found it.

Pen 2378R Conkliin Endura Standard. Red.  $225 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads perfect clarity:    NA
Point: F-M Imprint:  Exc Size: 4 7/8" 12.4cm
PRICE: $225 
COMMENTS:  Conklin was one of the "Big 5" of American pendom during the "golden age".  High quality pens- well able to go head to head against Parker, etc- are well appreciated by today's collectors.   Color is superb.  Plastic is very clean. A smidge of brass at front and back end of clip (common spots) as per picture, and spec at proximal edge of lever. Sharp imprint.  A lovely big conklin.


Pen 3486 NB:  Mabie Todd   $225 SOLD
English Variant of this Multi-National Brand.  Great Flex Nib. Monster Nib

Overall Grade:  Excellent
Metal: Extra Fine Color: Excellent
Nib condition: Excellent
Threads: Perfect clarity: Moderate Amber
Point:  Fine-Medium Flex to BBB Imprint: Extra Fine Size5 1/8 " 13 cm PRICE: $225
COMMENTS: Killer celluloid and killer nib from this venerable maker. I am overdue to reread my copy of the Mabie book, so feel to email me with info on manufacture date. The look is 1930's, but I have vague recollection Mabie used this look into the 1950's.  Light brassing to trim (bit on cap-band, some visible in photo at top of clip) as is not uncommon to English pens.  Fun writer with great eye appeal.


Pen 3490  New Dunn Tattler    $145 sold
A quite recent release by ol' Richard Binder. NM-in-Box

Overall Grade:  Nearmint
Metal: Superb Color: as mint.
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  Fine+ Imprint: Superb Size5 3/8 " 13.6 cm PRICE: $145 sold
COMMENTS: Richard's Gate CIty Pens recently released this modern incarnation of a classic well known 1920's pen, one  known to serious pen collectors.  Holds huge ink volume in clear barrel. Fine nib (modern. To me seems Fine+). Original box. Steel two tone nib. Very smooth writer.  Richard is selling these at $200. Nib was hand adjusted by Richard, as are all Gate City pens. Having acquired this in a pen collection purchased at a recent pen show, I can let it go for $145. Please don't tell Richard. As it is he  kvetches enough over dinner at the pen shows


Pen 3473  Platinum President in Onyx Black   $185 SOLD
A Modern/Near-Modern Pen

Overall Grade:  Nearmint
Metal: Superb Color: NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  Medium Imprint: NA Size5 5/8 " 14.4 cm PRICE: $185
COMMENTSA big honker by Platinum, found in a collection I bought at pen show several months ago.  Very high quality pen by a respected Japanese pen maker in the business nearly a century.  Large 18k two tone nib that writes a smooth "modern" Medium line (Med+ in my "vintage" hands). A very nice writer.


Pen 3479  Pelikan M-600    $450 SOLD
Sony Special Edition

Overall Grade:  Nearmint
Metal: Superb Color: as mint. CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  Fine+ Imprint: NA Size5 1/4 " 13.3 cm PRICE: $450
COMMENTSA 2001 special edition offered to Sony employees in Malaysia, with just 3500 issued, per Martini.  First of these I've had the pleasure to see or to handle. Very clean. Two-tone 18k "Fine" marked nib, which must be a "modern' fine, as to me it seems Fine+ or straddling fine-medium.


Pen 1969 Mabie Todd Gold Filled Overlay Ringtop
Charming Engine Turned Pattern  $125 SOLD
Overall Grade: Fine
Metal: Fine Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point: Med Semi-Flex Imprint:  Exc Size: 3 7/8"
PRICE: $125 
COMMENTS:  Smidge of edge brass, speckling and pin dings to the Gold Filled overlay.  Nifty pattern with at least three distinct design regions to the overlay.  Gorgeous wee pen

Montblanc 146 and several 149s  $275-435
All with nibs adjusted by nib specialist  Mike Masuyama


COMMENTS:  I don't focus on near-modern Montblanc, but the above MB's turned up in pen collections purchased this year, so now I have a few.  All are clean.  I'm not expert on the nuances of dating these (they go back to, what, 1952?), but will post some key details to assist you.  I had the pleasure, at the Ohio Pen Show  in November 2010, to have the nibs re-set and adjusted for smoothness and for ink flow by Mike Masuyama, a recognized nib expert, whose website is www.mikeitwork.com.  Amazon has the  149 mint at $760.  I might have a couple MB clamshell boxes lying about. Inquire if you want one at nominal cost.

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slot item# Model/Grade Nib Threads Price
1
3439 146: Excellent Condition Monotone 14k. Smooth Medium
Plastic
$275
SOLD
2
3440 149: Excellent Condition SOLD Two tone 14c. Outer 1/3 is gold color. Broad Stub Plastic $445 SOLD
3
3441 149: Possibly Mint Two tone 14c. Middle 1/3 is gold color, surrounded by two white sections. Fine and indeed a bit  flexible. Plastic $430
SOLD
4
3442 149: Excellent Condition Two tone 14k.  Outer 1/3 is gold color. Smooth Medium Plastic $420
SOLD
5
3443 149: Excellent Condition Two tone 14k.  Outer 1/3 is gold color. Smooth Fine-Med Plastic $420
SOLD


Pen 3468:  Platinum 3776 $265  SOLD
MUSIC NIB

Overall Grade: Nearmint/Mint
Metal: NM Color:  NA
Nib condition: Perfect
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: MUSIC Imprint: NA Size: 5 3/18" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $255
COMMENTS: I still have my Koy Fish 3775 pen with music nib, and have had chance over the years to offer a couple 3776 pens with that nib.

Pen 3220 JB:  Moore L-94A. Late 1930's (?)  $185 SOLD
Silver/Brown Striped  Celluloid with Gold-Filled Trim.

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: Extra Fine Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine to Fine-Med Imprint: Exc Size: 5 1/8" 12.9cm
PRICE: $185
COMMENTS: Relatively late Moore product (i'd guesstimate late 1930's), available in several sizes/patterns/colors. No doubt influenced by  Vacumatic and Balance, as many things Moore were "influenced" by the big boys. Quality pen with hefty gold Moore "Maniflax" nib.  Found in at least three sizes and with a variety of patterns, these have a small but loyal following. I have several at home, including "candy stripe" and "snakeskin" patterns.  The silver/brown seem to be "each pattern different".  This is the standard size pen. 

Pen 3243 R:  Chilton Standard Size   $525 SOLD
Black and Bronze Celluloid. Pneumatic-Fill

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: Minimal Red
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 5" 12.8cm
PRICE: $525 SOLD
COMMENTS: Chilton was a small manufacturer of very high quality fountain pens. Far more scarce today than equivalent pens by the "Big 5", they hae a loyal following. This one is quite clean, with nice color and imprint. Bottom capband has small amount of brassing.

Pen 3249 :  Esterbrook Icicle. Gray 1947 $75 Sold to Want List

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: Minimal Red
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 5 1/8" 12.9cm
PRICE: $75
COMMENTS: 3rd Generation Major and Junior offer nice combination of good size and reasonable price, making for popular "first Vac" status.  This one has nice color and smooth fine point. Not much barrel clarity left.

Pen 3250 R:  Esterbrook Icicle. Short Model 1947 $70 Sold to Want List

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: Minimal Red
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 5 1/8" 12.9cm
PRICE: $75
COMMENTS: 3rd Generation Major and Junior offer nice combination of good size and reasonable price, making for popular "first Vac" status.  This one has nice color and smooth fine point. Not much barrel clarity left.

Pen 3246:  Esterbrook Icicle Red $110 Sold via "Want List"
9128 Flex Nib

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: Minimal Red
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 5 1/8" 12.9cm
PRICE: $110
COMMENTS: Icicles are late Esties. Nice condition. Uncommon nib.

Pen 1715 Esterbrook pastel Purse Pen in light yellow
Mint Uninked and featuring a 9000 series nib!  $135 SOLD

Overall Grade: MINT Trim:  Clean
Plastic: Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: MINT Threads:  Perfect  Transparency:  NA
Point9550 Imprint:   Perfect Size4 1/2" PRICE: $135 
COMMENTS:     Estie purse pens have come into their own and are appreciated for their charming pastel colors, high quality, reasonable price point, and readily swappable nib assemblies.  Part of a large lot of Esties acquired during the last few months, this one is done in pale yellow with black end jewels.  It grades at worst near mint. If you happen to be tired grabbing cracked pens from Ebay... well... here you go.

Pen 1719 Esterbrook "Icicle" pattern
NM (mint dipped)  $80 SOLD

Overall Grade: Nearmint Trim:  Perfect
Plastic: Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM Threads:  Perfect  Transparency:  NA
Point2668 Imprint:   Perfect
Size:  5" PRICE: $80
COMMENTS:    The Icicle pattern is late Esterbrook product, probably dating to mid-late 1960's.  Packing nice eye appeal, the icicles probably fall below the pastel purse pens but above the conventional marbled plastics in terms of collector cachet. This one is verrrry clean with no problems.

Pen 3154 Omas Milord "Old Style" Fountain Pen $295 SOLD
Piston-Fill. Out-of-Production

Overall Grade:  Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: N/A
Point: F Imprint: NM Size: 5 3/8th" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $295
COMMENTS:  Not the usual Vacumania vintage fodder, this is a near-modern yet early-style Omas Milord  in blue Vegetal Resin (iirc my limited Omas knowledge).  Picked this one up as part of a large pen collection some months back.  Pretty pen in clean shape, priced here (albeit only "near" mint and without box/papers)  well below the readily available modern variant.

Pen 3124 -S  Diamond Medal Flat-Top  Oversized  (late '20's- early 30's)  $240 SOLD
Woodgrain (apparently celluloid, not HR). Superb Writer.


Overall Grade: Exc+
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Exc clarity:  NA Plastic: Fine
Point:  Wet Medium Imprint:  Exc Size:  5 3/8" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $240
COMMENTSDiamond Medal was Sears's in-house brand, manufactured for it over the years by a variety of pen makers.  This one likely dates to late 1920's-early 1930's, preceding the era in which Parker made pens for Sears and likely representing the work of National Pen Company in Chicago.  While "woodgrain" pens tend to be of hard rubber, I get no "hard rubber smell" when friction is applied to the material. The pen might actually be of woodgrain-pattern celluloid.  It is in sueprb shape with clean trim, plastic, imprint, and nib.  The top of pen has a crest or coat-of-arms in attractive blue (enamel?) on gold-tone metal. Such were popular options in the day.  Superb writer with wet medium point  Great example of not-so-easy-to-find pen.

Pen 3096 Moore Safety. Black Chased HR. ~1910  $80 SOLD
With Original Sticker. Flex "warranted" nib.

Overall Grade: rather nice
Metal: NA Color:  ExtraFine CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA 
Point: F-M + FLEX Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/4" 12 cm
PRICE: $80
COMMENTS: Moore made a very high quality hard rubber pen. The barrel-sleeved safety pen is well known and well collected, found in a range of colors, sizes and finishes. Even solid gold overlay pens can be found. This one is bit of an odd-duck. Cap and barrel essentially black with razor sharp imprints and chasing. The slide/sleeve shows wear and some oxidation. I cannot exclude replacement part, though I suppose it is possible that part was handled more than the others. The nib has met ink and is a "warranted" solid gold replacement with very nice flexibility. The seals have not been formally restored, but can be done (at some delay in shipping) by Ron Zorn before shipping for $35 extra.

Pen 3004-S  Moore Fountain Pen $235 SOLD
Burgundy "Candystripe" Celluloid. Probably late 1930's
Monster Nib Alert. Silky and  Flexy Fine-to-Broad Point

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
PointMONSTER NIB  Imprint:  Exc Size: 4  3/8" 11 cm
PRICE: $235
COMMENTSMoore generally is considered a seoond tier manufacturer , though it had its share of first quality pens. Moore tended to follow the herd.  This one is amongst the prettiest Moores I've handled. Candystripe plastic is  known more from overseas than from the USA. The Burgundy color is superb. Imprint sharp. Trim very clean. An outrageous wee writer for someone seeking the vintage  flex feel in a pen.

Pen 2467R Mabie Todd All-Gold-Filled  Pen $475  SOLD
Monster Nib Alert

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color: Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity: N/A
Point F-M flexes to Broad+ Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/8" 13cm
PRICE: $475 
COMMENTS:  Mid 1920's Mabie, demonstrating Mabie's penchant for off-the-beaten-path metal patterns. A mix of columns of squiggly lines, columns of straight lines, and splotches comprising many shorter lines, this one is just pretty.  Has a neat flexy nib, too.

Pen 1939 Esterbrook Pastel Purse Pen set in Esterbrook Pouch $175 SOLD

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Perfect
Threads:  perfect clarity:    Exc
Point:  1551 nib Fine Firm Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8"
PRICE: $175 
COMMENTS:  Estie purse pens have come into their own and are appreciated for their charming pastel colors, high quality, reasonable price point, and readily swappable nib assemblies.  Part of a large lot of Esties acquired during the last few months. This one is a matched set of the pale blue with black end jewels. Near Mint pen perhaps dipped.  Perfect color, trim and imprint. Pencil perfect though eraser has been used. The flower-pouch is stamped, "Esterbrook" on the back. These travel pouches are well more scarce than the pens and do add charm to the package.

Pen 2888  Aikin-Lambert Flat-top (Sub-brand of LE Waterman)  SOLD
 Jade Celluloid  (Early 1930's?) 
Wet Noodle Flex Nib $240 MONSTER NIB ALERT


Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: NM Color: Extra Fine CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads perfect clarity:  NA
Point: F- 2B Monster Flex Imprint:NM Size: 5 1/2" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $240
COMMENTS: Aikin-Lambert was bought by Waterman during the 1920's, resulting in  Waterman-esque Aikins, often including  flat-top pens in  unusual colors (for Waterman) or seemingly with left-over Waterman material (eg. ripple).  I've owned two or three of these relatively hefty Aikins in Jade celluloid. The bandless cap with flat-top styling adds to the charm.  The color on this one is well better than average though not perfect. The overall even color is shade or so away from ideal, with a bit of darkening by the cap.  The nib is... outstanding. Smooth with good inkflow-it can flex from fine to double broad (maybe more).  A grand writer. Do treat it gently when you get it. Noodles can... snap... if overworked.

Pen 2277 PELIKAN M600 MODERN  $190 SOLD
Green Striped Celluloid

Overall Grade:  NM
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    Exc
Point:  Fine-Med firm smooth Imprint:  Exc Size: 4 7/8" 12.8cm
PRICE: $190 
COMMENTS:  A smooth writing modern Pelikan. Nib is marked "F" but vs my usual vintge pen stock writes a line a bit plump relative to "vintage" fine. I call it Fine-Medium.

Pen 1712 Mabie Todd gold-filled engine turned overlay.
Medium Flex nib.  $475   SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc Trim:  Lever only with some brassing (<15%)
CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Perfect  Transparency:  NA Cartouch nicely personalized.
Point: Medium Flex
Imprint:   Exc 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. This one is a charmer, packing a circumferential engine-turned pattern quite different from what is found on most other makes.  I like this one.

Pen 1717 Esterbrook Pastel Purse Pen. Rich Green with Lilac End Jewels
Mint Condition and featuring a 9000 series nib  $135  SOLD

Overall Grade: Mint Trim:  perfect
Plastic: Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint Threads:  Perfect  Transparency:  NA
Point9550 Imprint:   Perfect Size:  4 1/2" PRICE: $135 
COMMENTS:   Estie purse pens have come into their own and are appreciated for their charming pastel colors, high quality, reasonable price point, and readily swappable nib assemblies.  Part of a large lot of Esties acquired during the last few months, this one is rich (dark) green with lilac end jewels.  In Mint condition, it offers a nice alternative to the trashed cracked examples that crop up so often.

Pen 2253R  Conklin Sub-Endura  $600 SOLD
Scarce plastic. Only one i've seen. ~ 1930

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: ExtraFine Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads:  Exc clarity:    NA
Point:   Fine Semi-Flex Imprint:  Exc Size: 4 15/16" 12.6cm
PRICE: $600
COMMENTS:  Neat Conklin. Suspect this one is in the same range as the Halloween and Zebra.  Targetted below the Endura range, more wild plastics appear, much to our happiness today.  This plastic shares a bit with Wahl's Green/Gold and with a similar color on Waterman 92, but has a much larger amount of metallic-tone plastic than either of those two pens. Recognizing i've not seen every Conklin out there, i note this is the only Conklin i've ever seen in this plastic. Couple specks of brassing on clip edge and at bottom edge of cap-band.

Pen 2468  Aikin-Lambert Eyedropper GF Overlay $725 SOLD
Sort of "hand-engraved-vine" pattern

Overall Grade:  Exc+
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  NA clarity:  Modest amber
Point: ExtraFine Flex Imprint:  NA Size: 5 1/8" 13 cm
PRICE: $725
COMMENTS:  A pen well off my beaten path. Probably dates to around 1910. Aikin Lambert made some gorgeous overlays. The company eventually was absorbed by LE Waterman. This pen pops. Crisp overlay, clean glossy black hard rubber. Modest flex to the nib.

Pen 1731 Chilton Fountain Pen. Chartreuse. Late 1920's-early 1930's
Medium High Flex Nib  $800 SOLD

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Excellent Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Smooth Medium FLEX
Imprint:  perfect Size: 4 3/8
PRICE: $800 
COMMENTSChartreuse is a high cachet Chilton. This clean pen has a quite nice nib, too.

Pen 2376R Conklin Endura  Oversized"Lime" Green $595 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Extrafine CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads perfect clarity:    NA
Point: Medium-stubbish Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.5cm
PRICE$595
COMMENTS:  Conklin was one of the "Big 5" of American pendom during the "golden age".  High quality pens- well able to go head to head against Parker, etc- are well appreciated by today's collectors.  This one is the big boy.  Plastic is very clean. No Brassing.  Sharp imprint.  A lovely big conklin. Color about 90%, just bit of lightening relative to the protected barrel under the cap- actually is much richer color than the wan photo suggests, no joke. Nib is medium with stubbish cut. Nice wet writer that gives thin cross strokes and fatter down strokes.

Pen 1709 Conklin Endura Oversize
Sapphire Blue
 450  SOLD

Overall Grade: Fine Trim:  20%brass to lever high point
CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc Threads:  Perfect  Transparency:  NA Personal Name neatly barrel stamped
Point: F-M
Imprint:   Perfect Size:  4 7/8" PRICE: $450 
COMMENTS:    Conklin was one of the "Big 5" of American pendom during the "golden age".  High quality pens- well able to go head to head against Parker, etc- are well appreciated by today's collectors.  This one is the big boy  Color is superb.  Trim is clean with just a smidge of the nearly inevitable brassing at the ends of the spring clip. This can be seen in the photo, above.  RA Anderson apparently owned this pen at one time :-)  Imprint is sharp. Color is superb.  A lovely big conklin.

Pen 2064 Conklin Endura Oversized. Rosewood Hard Rubber   $500   SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic:
Point:  F Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/4"
PRICE$500
COMMENTS:  OS Flat Top Conklin Endura pens  (late 1920's) have grown tough to find. This one is of hard rubber, not plastic. Sharp imprint and clean trim, with just specks of brass at usual spot- lower edge of clip.  Gripping section matches the cap n' barrel.

Pen 2860-M  Mabie Todd Gold-Filled Ring-Top  $145 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color: Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity: NA
Point:   Flex Med Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/8" 13.0cm
PRICE: $145 SOLD
COMMENTS:  Charming metal ring top probably from mid 1920's. Great flex nib too.

Pen 2560R Conklin Endura Flat-Top ringtop set
 $75 Vacumania's Basement: SOLD

 Black and Bronze Celluloid

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Thread:  Extra Fine clarity: NA
Point: XF-F  Imprint:  Exc Size: 4 3/8" 11.1 cm
PRICE: $75
COMMENTS: Pen has clean trim and plastic.  Threads grumble a bit on closing. Pen is personalized, "Helen Wilson".  Lever protrudes a tad. Pencil is tossed in as bonus and- obviously- has significant fading to the bronze panels. Pencil does NOT work (might just be jammed lead).

Pen 2107 Conklin Endura Flat-Top Oversize $575 SOLD
Sapphire Blue Celluloid

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: ExtraFine Color:  Superb CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   Medium Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.6
PRICE: $575 
COMMENTS:  Conklin was one of the "Big 5" of American pendom during the "golden age".  High quality pens- well able to go head to head against Parker, etc- are well appreciated by today's collectors.  This one is the big boy  Color is superb.  Plastic is very clean. A smidge of brass at front and back end of clip (common spots) as per picture, and spec at proximal edge of lever. Sharp imprint.  A lovely big conklin.

Pen 1924 Conklin Endura Standard Flat-Top . Lapis Blue  $265 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Firm F-M Imprint:  Exc Size: 4 7/8"
PRICE: $265 
COMMENTSConklin was part of the Big-5 of American pendom during the "golden age". The Endura was a Duofold fighter.  This one is very clean with bright color and no brassing

Pen 2480R Webster Flat-Top Oversized  $225 SOLD
Woodgrain Celluloid. National Pen Co. Probably late 1920's

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: ExtraFine Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Exc clarity
Point: F-M responsive Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2" 13.9 cm
PRICE: $225  SOLD
COMMENTS:   Quality pen with nib a bit smaller than First Tier pens of this size. Webster likely was a store-brand (as with Diamond Medal for Sears), with some made by National and at least a couple made by Parker. Or so i believe...   Clean pen with some brassing on lower cap-band opposite the clip and bit on clip-ball. Top bands and bulk of clip quite clean.  Nice writer.

Pen 1708 Monroe Ringtop
Purple/Bronze celluloid   $170 SOLD

Overall Grade: Fine Trim:  Lever 20%brass at highpoint
CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM Thread:  Perfect  Transparency:  NA name engraved
Point: Fine semiflex Imprint:   Perfect Size:  4 3/4" PRICE: $170
COMMENTS:    Monroe is a small make of good quality, well appreciated by its cadre of collectors. The big ones can cost >$1000. This one is not a big one though :-)  The trim is clean, imprint is excellent. Color is a dark purple with bronze.

Pen 1630 Chilton Ringtop "Turquoise" celluloid  $400 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc+
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc. replacement
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Smooth F-M semi-flex
Imprint:  perfect Size: 4 1/4"
PRICE: $400 
COMMENTS: A gem clean as a whistle. NOTE- the nib is a replacement Wahl-Eversharp.  Great color, imprint

Pen 2465R Conklin Endura Flat-top  $165 SOLD
Likely late production piece.  Monster Nib Alert

Overall Grade: Fine
Metal: Fine Color: Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Exc clarity:  NA
PointF-M-- 2xB High Flex  Imprint:  ExtraFine Size: 5 1/8" 12.9 cm
PRICE: $165 
COMMENTS: Late production flat-top Endura, flat top with crescent symbol.  Killer flex nib. The negatives?  Barrel is neatly personalized Curtis De Rodes, Top capband has a ding and bottom cap-band has brassing.

Pen 2395R Conklin Flat-Top Cream/Black $205 SOLD
A sub-Endura model in non-Endura color. Late 1920's-early 1930's
Ultra Flex nib.

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color: Extra Fine CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:  none
Point:   Fine -2X-Broad Imprint:  Exc Size: 4 7/8" 12.4cm PRICE: $205
COMMENTS:    Relative   tp  some of the pastel Conklins, not to mention Halloween and Zebra, this sub-Endura offers  color not available in the high line pens, but offers similar quality.  Color is not at all bad as these go, but  is not perfect. The nib makes the pen. Smooth and highly flexible, ranging from fine to double broad depending on the pressure one applies.

Pen 2396R Conklin Endura Senior (oversized)  $500
Bronze/Black Celluloid. late 1920's

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: No Brassing Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: exc
Threads:  perfect clarity: NA
Point:   Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.5cm
PRICE: $500 
COMMENTS:   Conklin was one of the "Big 5" of American pendom during the "golden age".  High quality pens- well able to go head to head against Parker, etc- are well appreciated by today's collectors.  This one is the big boy.  Plastic is very clean. No Brassing.  Sharp imprint.  One pin mark to cap-band

Pen 2455 Esterbrook. Red  $40 SOLD
 Short, Slender model  "SJ"

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color: Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity: N/A
Point:   Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 4 3/4" 12.dcm
PRICE: $40 
COMMENTS:  A basic Estie in popular color.  Original working condition.

Pen 2318 Esterbrook Pastel Purse Pen $100 SOLD
Uncommon Lilac/Lavender hue

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  VG CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point: 2556 F-M Imprint:  extra fine Size: 4 1/2" 11.2 cm
PRICE: $100
COMMENTS:  The purple Estie is one i encounter not often. Well more scarce than most of the pinks and greens.  This one has bit of fading to the color.

Pen 2379R Mabie Todd Swan 44 Eterna  $225 SOLD
"Cracked Ice" black/pearl. Excellent color. Unusual inital engraving (see below)
Medium Ultra Flex Nib. Quite noodly (noodley? noodle-y?)

Overall Grade: Exc*
Metal: perfect Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: perfect
Threads perfect clarity:    NA
Point: Med Ultra Flex Imprint:  perfect Size: 5 1/4" 13.2cm
PRICE: $225 SOLD
COMMENTS:  Crisp pearl/black color, probably in top  decile. Razor sharp imprints. No brassing. Weird "reversed" personalization (i'm sure some art term is out there for this. I dunno what it is).  Instead of stamping or engraving  "W.S.H". the stencil (of sorts) around the initials was carved out leaving the letters raised relative to the cutting, at the level of the rest of the barrel.  The letters then were stained black. First time i've seen this done to a celluloid pen.  Only flaw with pen is a bit of play to the lever which seems to want to stay a mm or so elevated. I believe the wire lock is bit misaligned with the lever's catch, causing this.  The nib is killer. Medium to triple broad high flex.

Pen 1721 Esterbrook late Icicle
Note the unusual clip  $110 SOLD

Overall Grade: MINT
Metal: MINT Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: MINT Threads:  perfect clarity:    Perfect
Point:  2550 fine-xf Imprint:  perfect Size: 5 1/4" 
PRICE: $110  
COMMENTS:  An  icicle pattern pen with unusual (to me) long smooth clip. I'm guessing (!) this is late product, even for icicle, but will keep open mind. 

Pen 2247 Stipula 1990's Midnight Voyager $360 SOLD
Mint Condition, but without boxes etc. Medium Point

Overall Grade:  Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads:  MInt clarity:    NA
Point:   Medium  Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14 cm
PRICE: $360 
COMMENTS:  OK. So when i buy collections, sometimes i end up with near-modern pens too. Hey, it happens. This one utilizes Visconti's "Power filler" plunger mechanism. The pen is mint unused. Retailed around $650, but this one is just the pen. No Box etc.  Beautiful big modern pens.

Pen 2360M  Mabie Todd  Swan. Arrow-Clip 1930's   $170 SOLD
A color not found in D. Moak's book.  Big #6 Mabie Todd Swan nib.

Overall Grade: VG-F
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: extrafine
clutch   perfect clarity:    NA
Point: XF-F Imprint:  Exc Size: 5" 12.7cm
PRICE: $170
COMMENTS Very funky pen, with matching ends, arrow clip and big Mabie Swan nib. I picked this one up at Brimfield a few years back. Only pen i've ever seen in this plastic, one not shown in the recent Mabie book. Very clean plastic. Sharp imprint. The clip is white metal, which i'm guessing indicates loss of prior gold wash. The capband has  brassing along the edges. The lever is brassed.  The lever slot is slightly spread.  Smooth writer and very pretty pen.   Probably worth the price of entry just for the nib.

Pen 2344 Chilton Pencil $275  SOLD
Large cream/bronze color, very well preserved 


Overall Grade:  Exc+
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NA
Clutch  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   NA Imprint:  Exc Size: " 13.9cm
PRICE: $275 SOLD
COMMENTS:   Scarce large  pencil from high quality pen maker.

Pen 2342 Camel. Late 1930's $275 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Exc Pen
Metal: Exc  Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Base crack
Threads perfect clarity:    NA  
Point:   Fine  Imprint:  Exc Size
PRICE: $275  SOLD
COMMENTSPopular pen by small maker. The pen itself is quite clean. Nib has bit of a crack at the base. Sold unrestored.

Pen 2275 Mabie Todd Swan 142/35  $225 SOLD
Black Hard Rubber. Flex Nib

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   F-M FLEX Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2 " 13.9cm
PRICE: $225 
COMMENTS:  An unusually well preserved Black Hard Rubber Swan. Lever Fill. Cartouche is personalized,  as are most. Nice imprints. Smooth nib with moderate flex. Late 1910's.  

Pen 2254R  Mabie Todd Swallow. Coral Celluloid $310 Sold

Overall Grade:  ExtraFine
Metal: ExtraFine Color:  Superb CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   Fine Flex. Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/4" 12.9cm
PRICE: $310 
COMMENTS:  A big Mabie with superb color.

Pen 2252R Aikin Lamber "Mercantile" $270 SOLD
Jade Celluloid. High Flex Nib. Aikin was owned by Waterman 1920's-1930's

Overall Grade:  Extrafine
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   Fine Flex. Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2" 13.8cm
PRICE: $270 
COMMENTS:  Known best for some glorious overlay eyedropper-fill pens from twenty years earlier, Aikin Lambert eventually came under the ownership of LE Waterman and took on a rather Waterman-ish look, though often featuring smaller nibs than similar Waterman-branded pens. This one is rather clean. No clip brassing.  The plastic has an area of translucency opposite the clip, but the color overall is sound. Most jade has discolored well more than this. Big pen.

Pen 1988 Conklin Nozac Oversized (7-M) Black Herringbone  $925
Broad Semi-Flex Nib. Nearmint

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Nearmint Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    Ambert Plastic: Perfect
Point:  Broad Semi-Flex Imprint:  Perfect Size: 5 3/8"
PRICE: $925 
COMMENTS:  About the most significant Conklin offered yet at Vacumania.com.  An oversized Herringbone in black celluloid with perfect white trim. This one is OS but is a variant not showing any word guage numbers on side.  Working order. Neat nib.  A pen not easy to find at all, never mind in clean shape.

Pen 1348 Conklin Endura Symetrik DEMONSTRATOR  $625 UNRESTORED.  SOLD
Overall Grade: Good Trim:  minimal edge brass Color:  partial ambering of barrel CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Fine Threads:  closes hair off center  Transparency:  VG Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Fine-medium  Imprint:   nearly gone Size:  5 1/4" PRICE: $625 SOLD
COMMENTS:  A significant pen for collectors of Conklin. An early Endura Symetrik demonstrator with clear barrel.  Pen is sound but worn.  A personal name is neatly stamped in barrel. The cap has on gouge near the crescent (can see in pic). Note, i cleaned up some of the dust and polish powder showing in the pic by the clip. True Demos generally were not intended for sale. Pen will need the nozac filler restored if he wishes to fill it.

Pen 1574 Chilton in Turquoise Celluloid  $700

Overall Grade: Exc Trim:  no brass. one tiny shallow cap  pin ding
CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM Clutch:  Perfect  Transparency:  NA
Point: Fine firm Imprint:   Perfect Size:  4.125" PRICE: $700  
COMMENTS:    The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. The "V" features a gold-fillec cap and blindcap plate and a solid gold nib. Blue is second in cachet only to gray.

Pen 1631 Chilton TIger-Eye Celluloid  $500

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Fine Semi-Flex
Imprint:  perfect Size: 4 1/4"
PRICE: 500
COMMENTSClean, with great trim, imprint and color

Pen 2248 Stipula Etruria Amber "Cigar Pen" $240 Sold
Standard Size. Broad Point

Overall Grade:  NM
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Broad Imprint:  NM Size: 5 1/2" 13.6cm
PRICE: $240 Sold
COMMENTS:  From my first year with nice pens, before i discovered "vintage", this amber cellulose acetate "cigar pen" by Stipula of Italy  caught my eye.  Broad point. Grand condition. Solid 9k trim. Converter filler.

Pen 2249 Watrerman "100 Year" Oversized Fountain Pen $425 SOLD
Oversized. Piston Fill. Broad Point

Overall Grade:  Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   Broad Imprint:  NM Size: 5 3/4" 14.4cm
PRICE: $425 SOLD 
COMMENTS:  From my first year with nice pens, before i discovered "vintage", this amber cellulose acetate "cigar pen" by Stipula of Italy  caught my eye.  Broad point. Grand condition. Solid 9k trim.

Pen 2320 Esterbrook Pastel Purse Pen $125 SOLD
Dark Yellow with matching Yellow End Pieces. 9000 series nib upgrade

Overall Grade:  NM (maybe mint)
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Perfet
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point: 9550 XF-F Imprint:  Exc Size 4 1/2" 11.2 cm PRICE: $125  SOLD
COMMENTS:  Generally, the dark Pastels carry greater cachet and are more scarce than the light colors. Colored end jewels tend to be found in the darker series.  This pen pops.  If it ever has met ink, that would be all that was "wrong" with it.

Pen 2239F  Esterbrook Pastel Pen $115
True Clipless model. Rich Pink (sort of watermelony)

Overall Grade: EXC
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: VG
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   2314-F Imprint:  Exc Size4 3/8 " 11.2cm PRICE: $115
COMMENTSPastel Esties are amongst the "better" collectables from that maker. This one has great color and trim, and NONE of the hairline cap-lip cracks that can plague the series.  True clipless models are not common. This is the first i've offered, indeed the first i've seen.

Pen 1732 Chilton Ringtop Pencil. Black/Bronze  Late 1920's-early 1930's  $100

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NA Threads:  NA clarity:    NA
Point:  NA
Imprint:  Exc Size: 3 3/4"
PRICE: $100 
COMMENTS:  Not much to say. A clean Chilton pencil to match a ringtop pen of similar color and style.

Pen 1826 Mont Blanc. Matte Black Finish. Probably 1980's  $100

Overall Grade: Nearmint+
Metal: Exc Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Clutch:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2"
PRICE: $100 
COMMENTSA long skinny MB seemingly done in a matte finish powder coated metal. Don't hold me to that. Nib is not marked as Karat gold so might be plated. Wing shaped nib. Fine Point. White dot at bottom of clip (shown) also at very top and bottom of pen.

Pen 2183 Pelikan 140. 1950's $65
Green striped Celluloid. 

Overall Grade:  VG
Metal: VG Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   Fine Flex. Imprint:  Exc Size: 4 7/8" 12.5cm
PRICE: $65 
COMMENTS:  About theCore Pelikan model from the 1950's. 14 Karat nib  highly flexible. Capband is all brassed.

Pen 2109 Conklin Gold-Filled lever filler $155
Ultra Flex Nib goes from Fine (or Fine-med) to BBB

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Perfect Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Ex
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   fine-med Ultra Flex Imprint:  Exc Size:  4 1/4" 10.5cm
PRICE: $155 
COMMENTS:  One of the "BIg 5" of vintage American pendom, Conklin turned out quite a number of nice "jewelry'" pens, in metal finishes. This little gold-filled example packs a sweet Conklin #3 nib that is extremely flexible
 
 Pen 1448 Conklin Ensemble (Endura level) Combo. Early 1930's $295
Overall Grade: Fine Metal. High point brass to clip. Specks of brass on cap-band. Partial brass to bottom ring and to top of pencil cone. CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc Conklin "cushion point" nib. Threads:  Perfect cap threads. 
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Point: Med Semi-Flex Imprint:   Exc Size: 6" closed PRICE: $295
COMMENTS:   The "combo craze" hit pendom ~1930. Found  commonly in low-quality  makes, still combos do crop up in Big-4 models and in high quality smaller makes, too.   The Conklin Ensemble  is amongst  the best. Recently restored by Joel Hamilton. The often-discolored green celluloid has superb color here.

Pen 1847 Conklin Oversized Endura (Flat Top) Set
Black and Bronze Celluloid. Lovely   $590

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Nearmint Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:  NA
Point:  Firm fine-medium Imprint:  Perfect Size: 5 1/4"
PRICE: $590 
COMMENTSA stunning and crisp Endura set. Long fond of the Black/Bronze color (very 3-D look), i have a pile of Enduras of various models lying about.  This set is about as good as it gets. No brassing. Razor imprints. Clean plastic.  I have not had the painted circumferential lines touched up (i prefer the natural aged look), but if that matters i can ask one of my favorite restorers to repaint the lines before shipping. A set that makes me say, "yeep!".

Pen 1562 Conklin NON-Endura.  $345 High Flex Nib SOLD
Monster Nib Alert

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Trim:  Perfect Color: Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NearmInt Threads: Perfect  Transparency:  NA
Point: high flex
Imprint:   Perfect Size:  5" PRICE: $345 SOLD
COMMENTS:   This non-Endura flat-top is identical to the high line Endura save for lacking the circumferential barrel and cap lines, the Endura nib and an Endura barrel imprint.  This version indeed is far less common. Color and trim just are perfect and the nib is a gem of a writer. If the reader is tired of "would by Near Mint, save for yada yada yada..." he will find this pen refreshing.

Pen 1886 Mabie-Todd Gold-Filled Metal
Stock Broker's Pencil  $250

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: One tiny mark on cartouche Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NA
Threads:  NA clarity:    NA
Point: NA Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8"
PRICE: $250 
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 stock broker's pencil using huge grease pencil refill. Lovely engine turned pattern. Crisp condition with only imperfection a superficial pin mark on the cartouche, which is not personalized.

Pen 1733 Chilton large Lox Top Fountain Pen
Fully intact lock mechanism. Near Mint. Fine Flex nib.  $700

Overall Grade: NM
Metal: Perfect Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM Threads:  perfect clarity:    NM SLIGHT barrel bulge
Point:  Fine Flex nib Imprint:  Perfect Size: 5 3/8"
PRICE: $700 
COMMENTS:  This black Lox Top Chilton just pops.  Featuring the appropriately notched red-edged gripping section, it has intact the red locking mechanism under the clip (cannot see in pic head on). One clipped to shirt pocket, the red lock is compressed, locking the pen and preventing the cap from unscrewing. Neat.  The diffused-lighting photo above woefully minimizes the razor sharp, near mint barrel imprint. A somewhat scarce variant from a manufacturer from whom all pens today are tough to find.  The fine flex nib does not hurt :-)

Pen 1446    Carter's Fat Ringtop.  ~ 1930  $165
  Burgundy/Black Coralite (celluloid)

Overall Grade: Excellent Metal: Trim Superb CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Fine Threads:  Perfect c 
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Point: MEDIUM semi-flex Imprint:   Superb Size:  4  3/4" including ring. PRICE: $165
COMMENTS:  Carter (Carter's)  produced ink for decades but pens for but a fewe years. High quality items, they are well more scarce than similar style "Big 4" product. Models can be found in Hard Rubber and later in celluloid of two general styles, "Coralite" and "Pearltex".  Coralite pens were produced in 5 sizes/styles per the catalog generally seen, though some exotic items crop up, too.  The Coralite pens can be found both in flat top and  streamlined modesls.   This Ringtop is a chubby model, featuring a larger nib and  higher original price point than  the thinner, longer clip pen.. This one is gorgeous and is a nice writer, too.

Pen 1447 Carter's Fat Ringtop ~1929  $165 
Blue Coralite (celluloid)
Overall Grade: Excellent Trim: Excellet CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Excellent Threads:  Perfect cap threads.  color:  Bit of end darkening noted. Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: MEDIUM Flex Imprint:   exc Size:  4 1/2" with ring. PRICE: $165
COMMENTS:  Carter (Carter's)  produced ink for decades but pens for but a fewe years. High quality items, they are well more scarce than similar style "Big 4" product. Models can be found in Hard Rubber and later in celluloid of two general styles, "Coralite" and "Pearltex".  Coralite pens were produced in 5 sizes/styles per the catalog generally seen, though some exotic items crop up, too.  The Coralite pens can be found both in flat top and  streamlined modesls.   This Ringtop is a chubby model, featuring a larger nib and  higher original price point than  the thinner, longer clip pen.. A nice writer with flexy nib. 

Pen 1925 Moore L-84 Royal Blue. Flex Nib   $165

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Flex Fine Imprint:  Perfect Size: 4 1/2"
PRICE: $165 
COMMENTSVery sharp example of a high quality smaller make.  Flex nib with bit of toothiness.

Pen 1962 Pilot Murex. ?? 1970's ??  Mint-in-Box  $225

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: MInt Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Clutch  Perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Perfect Size:
PRICE: $225 
COMMENTSPilot's 1970's answer to the Parker T1 and Falcon has surged in popularity in recent years. This one is mint, stickered and boxed.

Pen 1875 Eclipse Semi-Streamlined  celluloid
Semi-Flexible Nib  $70

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 2-tone
Threads:  perfect clarity:    Exc
Point: Medium+ Semi-Flex Imprint:  NA Size: 5 3/8"
PRICE: $70 
COMMENTSA pen of decent quality from a second tier pen maker.   Nice color. Clean trim.  Nice writer.

Pen 1854 Peter Pan by Salz  $40 SOLD

Overall Grade: VG
Metal: Good Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition:VG
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point: Fine Imprint:  NA Size: Little
PRICE: $40 SOLD 
COMMENTS Cute lil' Peter Pan. White metal trim might once have had gold wash on it. Idunno

Pen 2034 Esterbrook "J"  Standard Copper Pearl Double Jewel   $65
Upgraded "9000"  series nib  

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Perfect
Point:  9556 fine Imprint:  exc Size: 5 1/8"
PRICE: $65 
COMMENTS: Rich plastic color. Upgraded nib (these sell in the $20's and up for nib alone)

Pen 2035 Esterbrook "J" Gray/Green. Double Jewel   $80  
Upgraded "9000" series nib. Price Sticker showing nib options

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Perfect
Point:  Med 9668 Imprint:  NM Size: 5 1/8"
PRICE: $80 
COMMENTS: Upgraded nib 9000 series. Price sticker on pen cites nib options. Nice Estie.

Pen 2120 Pelikan 400NN  Jet Black Celluloid  $195
Flex Nib

Overall Grade: extrafine
Metal: Perfect Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NExc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   Fine-Med + Flex Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/4" 13cm
PRICE: $195 
COMMENTS:  TBe Very nice writer.  Black 400nn is les common than green.  Slight shrinkage at blindcap.

Pen 1714 Esterbrook pastel Purse Pen in dark Peacock Blue with Lilac End Jewels.
Mint Uninked and featuring a 9000(!) series nib $135

Overall Grade: MINT Trim:  Perfect
Plastic:Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: MINT Threads:  Perfect  Transparency:  NA
Point: 9788 Imprint:   Perfect Size:  4 1/2" PRICE: $135 
COMMENTS:    Estie purse pens have come into their own and are appreciated for their charming pastel colors, high quality, reasonable price point, and readily swappable nib assemblies.  Part of a large lot of Esties acquired during the last few months, this"rich" blue (vs the pale-color line) is more uncommon than than most of the light colors out there and packs pastel end jewels too. In mint condition, it has no flaws. If you happen to be tired grabbing cracked pens from Ebay... well... here you go.

Pen 1718 Esterbrook Pastel Purse Pen Set  $70 from VACUMANIA's BASEMENT
Pale Yellow with Black End Jewels. 9000 series nib.

Overall Grade: VG Trim:  PERFECT
Plastic: VG CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Clutch:  Perfect  Transparency:  NA
Point: 9556
Imprint:   Perfect Size:  4 1/2" PRICE: $70
COMMENTS:   Estie purse pens have come into their own and are appreciated for their charming pastel colors, high quality, reasonable price point, and readily swappable nib assemblies.  Part of a large lot of Esties acquired during the last few months, this one shows little sign of regular use, but there is a slight depression in the barrel near front end of pen. Unsure if represents a polished mark, an overly aggressive squeeze or what. Set is priced for hte nib and pencil.  Worth more than $70 for parts.

Pen 1322 Conklin Black Chased PLASTIC sub-Symetrik ~1930 $195
Overall Grade: Extra Fine Trim:  few brassing specks to ring and clip Color:  Excellent with CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Excellent Threads:  Perfect  Rubber:  Deep chasing. minimal marks Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Fine-medium Semi-Flex Imprint:   exc Size:  5" PRICE: $195
COMMENTS:  An interesting specimen. By the time Conklin produced the rounded Endura Symmetrik high line pens, the company was using plastic, not rubber, for the vast majority of its product. This pen, possessing that "late" shape, looks like black chased HR, with a chasing pattern of clusters-of-lines, but appears to be made of celluloid. Most unusual- at least to me. I'm no Conklin maven, but amongst the 5000 vintage pens i've photographed, i've not seen one of these. I would speculate that this represents a student line pen. Still, it is a very solidly constructed pen in clean shape; it is  a funky Conklin.

Pen 1706 Conklin Crescent Flex Nib  $95  SOLD

Overall Grade: Fine Trim:  Exc
CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc Threads:  Closes well*  Transparency:  NA
Point: Fine High Flex
Imprint:   Perfect Size:  5 3/8" PRICE: $95 
COMMENTS:    Serviceable early Conklin. Couple slight indentations in cap probably where an "accomodation" (add on) clip had rested. High flex nib with some toothiness. Entry level Crescent. Entry-level to Flex.  Cap closes smoothly but is wee bit off center as can be seen in the photo.

Pen 1633 Chilton Long Island City "Starry Sky" Celluloid  $750

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Extrafine Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Smooth Medium FLEX
Imprint:  perfect Size: 4 7/8
PRICE: $750 
COMMENTSThis "Starry Sky" (looks like linoleum) Long Island City Chilton has the thin cap-band.  Color and Imprint are great. Clip is clean. Capband has <10% Brassing. Nib is a smooth medium Flex.  Lovely pen.

.Pen 1416 Conklin Endura Symetrik Standard. Bronze/Black celluloid  $185
Overall Grade: Fine Trim:  couple specks of brass/pitting Color:  Very Good CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Excellent.  Threads:  Perfect cap threads.  Transparency:  Modest Amber Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Fine-Med Manifold Imprint:   Excellent Size:  5 1/8" by 1/2" PRICE: $185
COMMENTS:  We are fond of Conklin. Part of what really still should be considered the Big 5, Conklin produced great pens. There is a speck of brassing/pitting at bottom of clip. Capbands are clean.  Occasional superficial use marks,etc on plastic.

For Sale Unrestored.Pen 1321 Moore Safety. Black Chased Hard Rubber.
"checkerboard" chasing.$90 For Sale unrestored.

Overall Grade: Excellent Trim:  NA Color:  Excellent CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Excellent Threads:  Perfect cap threads.  Transparency:  N/A Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Fine. Flexible Imprint:   Excellent Size:  4.75 PRICE: $90
COMMENTS:  For decades, the Moore Pen Company produced many high quality models. This example is in great shape. Color is sharp, with minimal oxidation. Imprints are deep including "2.50" (price?) and "1"  near the bottom. The nib emerges smoothly from the pen. Note that the pen has not been restored regarding seals, and i have not tested this one for function. The nib is a sweet, with moderate flex and smooth tipping. A very nifty Moore, lacking the capcracks that plague so many bandless HR pens. This one is unrestored and presumably needs new seals.

 Pen 1387 Conklin Endura Symetrik Oversize ~1931 $140 User Grade

Overall Grade: VG* nib flawed Metal. Mild cap and clip brass Color:  darkened, obviously CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: crack at base of nib Threads:  Perfect cap threads. 
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Point: Fine Imprint:   exc Size:  5 1/2" closed PRICE: $140
COMMENTS:  A restored user, one which i took with me to work in the ER for months when i bought it 6 years ago. This is just a user, though the pen is intact without cracks. The nib has a crack at base which does not affect use but which does affect value.  A superb color gem pen would run $1000. Figure this one is fair as a user.

Pen 1629 Chilton "Starry Sky" Celluloid Full Size Set  $775 SOLD
Fine Ultra Flex Nib

Overall Grade: Fine-XF
Metal: <10%brass Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Fine Ultra-Flex
Imprint:  perfect Size: 4 7/8" by
PRICE: $775  SOLD
COMMENTSUncommon Chilton plastic- looks like linoleum. Overall clean with about 10% capband brassing (sides of clip) though prominent where present. Wet noodle flex nib. Lovely set

Pen 1323 Hutcheon Bros. Mottled Hard Rubber. ~early 1920's  $170

Overall Grade: Extra Fine Trim:  minimal edge brass Color:  Excellent CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc. Marked "Hutcheon" Threads:  Perfect cap threads.  Rubber:  no cracks. some speckling to the gripping section Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Fine-medium Firm Imprint:   exc Size:  5.5". A long pen. PRICE: $170 
COMMENTS:  A high-quality pen from a small mafacturer

Pen 1380 Conklin Endura IMPERIAL. 1930 or so  $525

Overall Grade: Exc Trim:  Clean Trim  Color:  Rich purple background CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Excellent Threads:  Perfect cap threads.  Rubber:  Clean. Slight oxidation of orange Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Broad Stub. yow!! Imprint:   exc Size:  1.2" by 4 15/16 PRICE: $525 
COMMENTS:  One of the most desirable flat-top Enduras, the Imperial is a bronze with a blue/purple base, rather than the typically seen bronze and black. It is a catalogued model. It is believed to exist only in standard size.  Complimenting this scarce pen is a sweet broad stub nib. 

Pen 1643 Conklin Crescent  $135 SOLD

Overall Grade: Extrafine
Metal: Exc Color:  VG CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Fine Flex
Imprint:  VG Size: 5 3/8
PRICE: $135  SOLD
COMMENTS:  A nice entry level Crescent

Pen 1608 John Holland 1940's "Cinti"  $65
Sorry for dust on pen :-)

Overall Grade: Fine Trim:  Clean
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Nib condition: Exc (JEWEL)
Clutch:  Perfect  Transparency:  NA
Point: Med Semi-Flex
Imprint:   Perfect Size:  4 1/2" PRICE: $65 
COMMENTS:    A late John Holland packing a John Holland Jewel Nib that might or might not be correct to this modest pen. A nice smooth writer. I'm asking $50 for the clean Holland Jewel Nib and will toss in the restored rest of the pen for $15 more. Nice writer.

Pen 1537 Conklin Endura Oversized
Black/Bronze Celluloid. Late 1920's  $325 


Overall Grade: Fine Trim: 1/3+ capband brassing
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Nib condition: Excellent Threads:  Perfect cap threads.  color:  Excellent
Point: Med+ Wet line!
Imprint:   Fine Size:  5 1/4"
PRICE: $325
COMMENTS:  Nice nice eye appeal and a terrific writer. Color is great. Imprint mostly very sharp. Save couple hundred bucks due to  cap-band brassing.

Pen 1578 Leboeuf #6-size
Tiger-Eye Celluloid and high flex nib  $550

Overall Grade: Fine Trim:  Slightest edge brassing to capband
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Nib condition: NM Threads:  Perfect  Transparency:  NA Plastic: couple tiny flea bites
Point: high flex
Imprint:   Weak Size:  5 1/8" PRICE: $550 
COMMENTS:    Leboeuf Fountain Pens are amongst the most cherished celluloid pens to those who know. With the largest (#8 nib) pens reaching $2000-3000 in better colors, they outprice pens by the Big-4.  This is a second largest size pen in a black/bronze celluloid that is similar, though perhaps more rich appearing, than that found on Conklin, Moore and others. A gem of a flex nib (Leboeuf, not Warranted as often is found) does not hurt. The major weakness is nearly gone imprint, with just "unbreakable" still visible from the imprint on this lever filling pen. A couple tiny marks can be found on the plastic. No cracks, no significant brassing. Beautiful eye appeal. This is the pen that at the Washington Pen Show had Al M spewing epithets and threatening fisticuffs (if you can believe it) because i'd gotten to the pen before he had. Weird world. Well, it has been photographed for my digital pen archive (6000 pens and growing) and now is offered here.

Pen 1579 Moore L-83 (or 84)  $140 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc Trim:  exc
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Nib condition: NM Threads:  Perfect  Transparency:  NA
Point: Fine firm Imprint:   Perfect Size:  4.25" PRICE: $140  SOLD
COMMENTS:    Nice high quality pen from Moore.

Pen 1628 Chilton Pneumatic Filler Oversized Set $1150 SOLD
Jet Black Celluloid. Gorgeous

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Smooth Flex Imprint:  perfect Size:
PRICE: $1150 SOLD 
COMMENTSOne of the crispiest Chilton sets i've had the pleasure to handle, though in all fairness it is noted that i don't handle too many of these. Lush, full flex nib.

Pen 1329 Crocker "pseudo" hatchet filler. BCHR. Model L-50 $175 flex nib
Overall Grade: Extra Fine Trim:  some wear to metal lever Color:  Mild oxidation to HR CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: scant iridium. Smooth. Threads:  Perfect cap threads.  Rubber:  Chasing complete. Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Fine flex nib Imprint:   exc Size:  5.5" PRICE: $175 
COMMENTS:  A fairly substantial Crocker with four separate imprints, and a "Crocker Boston" #4 nib. The nib is smooth and flexy but the iridium is light.  The pen features what many call a "hatchet" filler, but this is not the classic Hatchet as sween with Holland pens. It is more of a long end-lever which is worked by unscrewing the blind-cap. The pen is free of cracks or dings. Pen dates probably to late 19-teens. Crocker and Chilton pens have a nice following. I've imaged probably 150 of them.

Pen 1522 Crocker Black HR pseudo-Hatchet Filler   $195 on Hold

Overall Grade: Exc Trim:  Light wear
Color: Excellent CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc Threads:  Perfect  Transparency:  NA
Point: Fine firm Imprint:   Perfect Size:  5.5" PRICE: $195
COMMENTS:   Nothing really to ad.

Pen 1494 Chilton Pencil. Cream-Bronze Celluloid  $105

Overall Grade: Fine Trim:  Clean Band and Cone. Ring is brassed.
color: Exc
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Nib condition: NA Mechanism:  Functions  Transparency:  NA
Point: NA Imprint:   Perfect Size:  3 5/8" PRICE: $105 
COMMENTS:   A gorgeous chiltoni pencil. Turn your pen into a set.

Pen 1457 Esterbrook Purse Pen. Solid Red. 1950's  $155

Overall Grade: Exc Trim:  clean Color:  Excellent  CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Excellent Threads:  Perfect  Plastic:  Exc Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: #8996 Medium Imprint:   exc Size PRICE: $155
COMMENTS:  The pastel Purse Pens are amongst the most sought Esties. This cherry red color is amongst the best of the Purse colors. A sweet pen in great shape  and with a better nib.
 
.Pen 1408 Esterbrook Pastel Purse Pen.  $95
Overall Grade: Excellent Trim:  NA Color:  Excellent CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Excellent. Later Monotone nib Threads:  Perfect cap threads.  Transparency:  Modest Amber Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Fine. 1555 Gregg nib Imprint:   Excellent Size:  5 3/8" by 9/16" PRICE: $95
COMMENTS:  A clean one showing pink a bit darker and richer than it appears on my monitor. None of the hairline cap cracks that can plague these. Freshly saced by Ron Zorn.

Pen Pelikan 400 NN 1950's Green Celluloid  $180
Overall Grade: Exc Trim:  Exc Color:  Excellent CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc.  Threads:  Perfect cap threads. 
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Point: Fine-medium FLEX
Size PRICE: $180 
COMMENTS:  A high-quality pen with that wonderful flex pelikan nib.

Pen 1378 Conklin Goldfilled overlay on Black Hard Rubber. Short model.  $325
Overall Grade: Exc Trim:  clean Color:  Excellent  CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Excellent Threads:  Perfect  Rubber:  Exc Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Fine-medium Semi-Flex Imprint:   exc Size PRICE: $325
COMMENTS:  A lovely Conkliin Overlay.

Pen 1329 Crocker "pseudo" hatchet filler. BCHR. Model L-50 $175 flex nib
Overall Grade: Extra Fine Trim:  some wear to metal lever Color:  Mild oxidation to HR CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: scant iridium. Smooth. Threads:  Perfect cap threads.  Rubber:  Chasing complete. Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Fine flex nib Imprint:   exc Size:  5.5" PRICE: $175 
COMMENTS:  A fairly substantial Crocker with four separate imprints, and a "Crocker Boston" #4 nib. The nib is smooth and flexy but the iridium is light.  The pen features what many call a "hatchet" filler, but this is not the classic Hatchet as sween with Holland pens. It is more of a long end-lever which is worked by unscrewing the blind-cap. The pen is free of cracks or dings. Pen dates probably to late 19-teens. Crocker and Chilton pens have a nice following. I've imaged probably 150 of them.

Ultra Flex Pen 1330 Aikin Lambert (??) Victorian slider pen/pencil in Box $175 Ultra Flex
Overall Grade: Excellent* Metal. Clean and lovely pattern. Color:  Excellent CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Excellent Threads:  Perfect cap threads.  Transparency:  na Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Fine-medium Semi-Flex Imprint:   exc Size:  3 7/8" closed PRICE: $175
COMMENTS:  A beautiful dual pen/pencil of the sort i just do not collect. Pushing the ring forces the $4 ultra-flex Aikin-Lambert nib from the front of the pen. Twisting the back of the pen extends the pencil. The nib is clean. The pencil??? I am uncertain. The front of the pencil holder has a separation on either side. Whether this is correct or represents a split in the metal, i cannot say.  The barrel of the pen is not marked by a maker's name. Both the nib and the worn and tattered box carry Aikin markings.  A pretty litttle thing.

 
Pen 1253 Gold Bond oversized set in Black/Pearl Celluloid  $285
responsive semi-flex medium nib
Overall Grade: Extra Fine Trim:  Exc Color:  Moderate barrel ambering noted click for larger pic
Nib condition: Exc Threads:  El Perfecto note: Personal Name in Barresl- BA OCOBOCK Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Medium semi-flex  Imprint:   Some central weakness in the imprint Size:  OS pen. PRICE: $285
COMMENTS:  Gold Bond pens often are high quality pens that can run head to head with the Big-4.  This set is a prime example Ths one is a clean OS pen with a Gold Bond #8 gold nib.  The pen writes a semi-flex medium line and is a quite nice writer.

 
Pen 1345 Valentine (English) in reticulated Magenta celluloid $145
Overall Grade: Fine-ExtraFine Trim:  some brass to capband Color:  Excellent CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Excellent Threads:  Perfect cap threads.  Clip: washer ring a tad wide for pen* Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Medium+ semi-flex Imprint:   exc Size:  5 1/8: PRICE: $145 
COMMENTS:  Valentine pens are from England; the company spent some time owned by Parker. Certainly, the look of this one is Parker-esque. A nice writer, it is sports one of the most lovely plastics out there, a reticulated candy-stripe pattern that crops up on a several English and American makes.  The Clip is snug as it should be, but the washer (by the top black endpiece) is a smidge wide. Whether the plastic shrank a bit or the clip was harvested from a slightly larger pen, i will leave open to the crowd. A classic vintage item.

 
Pen 125 Diamond Medal Oversize in Black  Celluloid  $195
Overall Grade: Exc Trim:  Exc.  Slight brass to clip ball. Color:  Exc click for larger pic
Nib condition: Exc Nib is marked "Diamond Medal" Threads:  Perfect cap threads. Imprint: Excellent Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Firm Medium point Imprint:   Exc Size:  OS pen. 5 1/2" + PRICE: $195
COMMENTS:  Diamond Medal produced a wide range of pens, some being of high quality pens designed to  run head to head with the Big-4. Ths one is a clean OS pen with a  proper  large nib.  The pen writes a smooth fine  line and is a quite nice writer. NOTE: A Good thing.  DM was noted for offering emblems and coats-of-arms emblazoned on the top of the  cap. This one has a gem of one in what looks like Goldfilled metal with enamel. A charming addition and one which, unlike names engraved in barrel, does not detract from value of pen and indeed might enhance it a bit.

 
Pen 1328 Montblanc Meisterstuck 146. Perhaps early 1980's $205
Overall Grade: Extra Fine Trim:  no brass Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Excellent Threads:  Perfect cap threads.  Transparency:  MINT Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Medium Semi-Flex. Monotone Imprint:   exc Size:  5.75" PRICE: $205
COMMENTS:  A modern-ish era MB, this one likely dates to early 1980. Medium monotone MB nib, sweet smooth wet writer.

 
Pen 1325 Carter streamlined Coralite Standard. Jet Black. ~ 1930 $165
Overall Grade: Extra Fine Trim:  minimal edge brass Color:  Excellent CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Excellent Threads:  Perfect cap threads.  Transparency:  N/A Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Fine-medium  Imprint:   exc Size:  ~5" PRICE: $ 165
COMMENTS:  A clean classic Carter.  Deep manufacturer's imprint. A good one. 

 
Pen 1254 Diamond Medal Oversize in a coco-boloesque Celluloid  $240
Masonic Crest on cap!
Overall Grade: Exc Trim:  Exc Color:  Exc click for larger pic
Nib condition: Exc  12k Nib is marked "Diamond Medal #8" Threads:  Perfect cap threads.  note: Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Fine. Smooth  Imprint:   Exc Size:  OS pen. 51/2"+ PRICE: $240
COMMENTS:  Diamond Medal produced a wide range of pens, some being of high quality pens designed to  run head to head with the Big-4. Ths one is a clean OS pen with a  proper  large nib.  The pen writes a smooth fine  line and is a quite nice writer. NOTE: A Good thing.  DM was noted for offering emblems and coats-of-arms emblazoned on the top of the  cap. This one has a gem of one in what looks like Goldfilled metal with enamel. A charming addition and one which, unlike names engraved in barrel, does not detract from value of pen and indeed might enhance it a bit.

 
Pen 1256Conklin Endura Pair Standard Size Blue Celluloid  Late 1920's  $250
Overall Grade: Fine-Extra Fine Trim:  few pin marks to topo of clip Color:  Barrel by the threads is a bit darkened click for larger pic
Nib condition: Excellent Threads:  Perfect cap threads.  note:  Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Medium  Imprint:   Excellent Size:  Standard pen.Smidge <5" PRICE: $250
COMMENTS:  A quite nice Conklin Pair. The pencil has double cap-band, indicating production a year or two later than the pen, which has single cap-band.

 
Pen 1213 Chilton Jade Celluloid pneumatic filler late 1920's-early 1930's  $175
Overall Grade: Fine Trim:  bit o' brass and couple tiny pin-dings to clip Color:  modest, typically seen ambering.  CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc Threads:  Perfect Transparency:  NA Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: fine. hint o' flex Imprint:   Sharp large imprint. Size:  Smaller Chilton. PRICE: $175
COMMENTS:  A first qualtiy pen by a regional manufacturer. Chilton pens are highly collectable. This one is solid and was restored this summer. Couple light marks to clip and to the filler knob keep it away from lofty "excellent".  Nice eye appeal. A charming little pen. $175

 
Pen 1168 Pair of unrestored Lo/No-Name ~1930's lever filler celluloid pens. $65 from Vacumania's Basement. Unrestored
green pen is a no namer checkerboard pen is by Congress.
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COMMENTS:  The larger no-name pen at top is interestingn in that it uses a lovely green-with-black-veined celluloid best known for  appearing in the Conklin Endura Symmetric. Decent color with clean trim on the cap, note the lever is all brassed.  The bottom pen is by Congress in an outrageous checkerboard pink/black plastic. This one illustrates one of the principles brought out in Erano's "Fountain Pens Past and Present. 2nd Ed" in that what appears to be a quadruple cap-band in fact is a single capband with painted black lines to simulate divisions. This was done by lower price point pen manufacturers to mimic the truly split capbands of better makes. Both pens will need re-sac but could make fun projects for someone dabbling at his own restorations. Or, i'll be happy to refer you to pen repairmen.

 
Pen 1144: Grieshaber Burgundy Flat-top ~ 1930  Flex vfine nib.  $150
Overall Grade:  XF Trim:  Exc  NOTE that to gold -fill ring (at captop) spins,  and it  wiggles a bit. Color:  excellent CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition:EXC Threads:  perfect Transparency:  NA Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Fine proper #4 Grieshaber. Fine-med with some nice flex Imprint: sharp Size: Standard- about 5.25" PRICE: $150
COMMENTS:  Grieshaber was a high quality, regional manufacturer. This pen has a barrel stamp which adds a bit of charm, but which needs to be noted. Apparently Antonio received this pen, presumably for his 75th birthday. He would be 150 years old today.

 
Pen 1137 Majestic Jade Green Celluloid with superb Broad-Double Broad wet-writing nib $70
Overall Grade:  XF Trim:  Exx Color CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc Threads:  Perfect Transparency Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Broad to Double Broad Imprint:  Lo-name Size PRICE: $70
COMMENTS:  Not a maki-E, not a No-Nami (no name), but a true Lo-Nami, Majestic pens generally were low priced, lo quality items. This one is a bit of the exception. The Jade Celluloid retains better color than most hi-name pens. The goldfill trim is free of brassing. Cap threads work fine. Note there is a bit of barrel swell just around the center of the lever .  Nib is amazing.. A warranted gold nib (lo name pens typically did not have their own name on nib) which writes a wet broad to double broad.  This pen is a bit pricier than a typical restored Majestic, but it is a NICE pen and would make a good intro to 1930's vintage pens in working shape, with great color and with funky nib.

 
Pen 1084: Pelikan 100-N Gray Celluloid. 1930's 
Overall Grade: EX -NM Trim: excellent Color: excellent CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib Condition: EX Threads: PERFECT Transparency: excellent Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: medium firm Imprint: sharp,complete,excellent Size: 4.75" by 0.5" PRICE: $390
COMMENTS: The Pelikan 100-N series represented Pelikan's 2nd major pen series, following the original 100 pens. Available in a plethora of colors, the 100-N is amongst the most collectable of European pens.  The gray celluloid (sometime called gray-green to differentiate from gray with black veins) is less common than the standard green. The fluted cap-band and milled cap-band both are more uncommon than the typical smooth clip and smooth band, respectively. 

This one is in exceptional shape, with crisp trim, crisp color, crisp barrel clarity, and no defects to the plastic.


 
Pen 1063: Moore Pen. a large Standard size pen. Black/Pearl with overall very good color. early 1930's $150
Overall Grade:Fine Trim: speckling of light brass  Color: fine CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib Condition: exc Threads: PERFECT Transparency: NA Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Med Imprint: some central weakness. Size: 5 1/8 by slightly > 1/2" PRICE$150
COMMENTS:  A plump Moore in clean black/pearl with slight pinking at the ends. A charming, quality pen from a non "big-4" manufacturer

 
Pen 1078: Pelikan 100-N Green Celluloid. Superb pen with neat Oblique Broad Semi-Flex nib  $395
Overall Grade: EX- NM Trim:  Perfect Color: excellent CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib Condition: Ex-NM Threads: PERFECT Transparency: Perfect Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Oblique Broad Semi Flex. Smooth Imprint: sharp,complete,excellent Size: 4.75" x 0.5" PRICE: $395
COMMENTS:  A gem. Features the less common fluted clip and coin-edge cap-band.

 
Pen 1075: Pelikan 400 (1950's). Green Celluloid. Transparent barrel. 1950's:  Oblique Broad Semi-flex Nib. $190
Overall Grade: EX  Trim: excellent Color: excellent. Note- green paint partially absent from Pelikan logo at top of cap CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib Condition: NM Threads: PERFECT Transparency: Nearmint Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Oblique Broad SEmi Flex Imprint: sharp,complete,excellent Size:  4 3/4" by 7/16ths" PRICE: $190





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