Photo on the Left: Top: Parker Duofold SET, 1940, fine nib, with some slight flex. Refurbished with new diaphragm (uses a vac-fill filling mechanism). Blue/cream/black striped pattern, with wide "jeweler's" cap bands. There is some slight plating loss on the pencil's clip. Pencil works, and uses a .09 mm lead.. Comes in a Parker box. Duofolds from the 1940s are not easy to find in a set. Price until January 15th. 2024: $205. At Philly Show: $225.00
Bottom Left: Waterman 452, sterling-silver clad over black hard rubber, circa 1918. Nice chased pattern to the overlay. Fine, rigid Waterman "Ideal" nib. Lever fill, with new sac--fills only from an ink-bottle, and as it should. No dings, cracks, or other signs of heavy use. Price until Jan. 15th, $270. After Jan. 15th, $295.00.
Photo on the right: Bottom pen: Parker Vacumatic Oversize, double jewel , dated coded 1936, 5 1/4" capped. Uses a lock-down vac filler (natch), with a new diaphragm. Green/cream/black horizontal striping, gold-filled hardware--Very slight plating loss on pen clip. Medium nib. Very faintly personalized on barrel with "Josipe Du Vivier." Very hard to find in this excellent condition. Price until Jan. 15th: $355. After Jan. 15th: $395.
Middle pen: Esterbrook Model J, in solid red plastic. Made in England--very hard to find from that period (1942--1946.). Refurbished with new sac (fills only from a bottle) and with a 9550--Fine nib. No dings, cracks, or plating loss to hardware. Price until Jan. 15th, $100. After Jan. 15th, $110.
Top Pen: Eagle "Never Break" silver-plated metal pen., circa 1920--25. Clip etched "Eagle Pencil Co., USA." Pen is not marked, but slight plating loss on the cap and barrel indicates it is plate, not sterling. Lever-fill, with new sac--fills only from a bottle. Extremely difficult to find and hard to date (my conclusion is an estimate; could be earlier.) Senior size (5" capped) and slender. Flexible 14-kt. nib. Price until Jan. 15th: $160. After Jan.15th $195.00
1. Banker, circa 1920. Oversize senior (5 3/8" capped), black hard rubber, possibly made by Julius Shnell or Joe Walsh--two names associated with Banker pens during the period 1912--1920. (Before John Kelley brought out a different "banker pen" that was interior.) Lever fill--fills only from a bottle. Fine, rigid Warranted 14 kt. nib. Refurbished. $95.
2. Reliable senior size (5" capped) pen in orange-red ("Big Red") plastic. Marked "Reliable, RELCO New York USA" on the barrel. GF clip and lever (fills only from a bottle), with fine medium flex Warranted 14 kt. nib. Possibly a sub-brand of Eclipse's New York manufacturing plant. Clip has laurel wreath with a "B" inside it. Refurbished. o5.
3. Justrite oversize senior (5 3/8" capped) pen, in Mandarin yellow plastic. Appears to be a Japanese pen from about 1930, made for export to the USA. Nib marked "Duoway Tip Gold Plated" with a circled star similar to that used by the Lucky Star pen company of Tokyo. Gold plating has worn off, revealing a stainless nib, writes a medium line. Lever fill, refurbished, fills only from a bottle. $75
4. Luinn's senior oversize (5 3/8" capped) pen from about the mid-1920s. Orange-red plastic ("Big red") with gold filled Z-clip. Nib marked "14 Kt. gold lated" with most of the plating intact. Writes a medium line, lever fill, refurbished. Othan than the name on the clip, nothing is known about the company that produced this Duofold look-alike. $50
5. Pyralin senior sized pen (5" capped) in Mandarin yellow plastic, about 1930. Number 8 "Nechro tip" gold plated rigid medium nib, Lever fill--fills only from a bottle--and refurbished. Nothing is known about the Pyralin company (Pyralin was a trade-marked cellulite made by Eversharp) though other Pyralin pens occasionally surface, this one mimics the Duofold quite well. $75
6. Miracle senior sized (5" capped) pen in cream and black striped plastic. Distinctive because of the steel-encased 14 Kt. gold nib, similar to ones made by Wearever in the 1930s. Miracle has never been listed as a Wearever brand, but other similar Miracle pens with the same nib have been seen. Lever-fill, (refurbished) with gold-filled hardware. The narrow cap band has a n unusual etched design within it. $70.
7. Majestic oversized (5 3/8" capped) pen in black and cream "moderne" pattern.from about 1935. Majetic was made by the J. Harris company, and there are many variations. This is the largest and most elaborate I have seen, with a wide etched "jeweler's" cap band. Rigid nib is marked "Curvey 14 Kt. gold plated," with plating mostly intact. The hardware is nickel (clip) and gold filled, and the lever is encased in a portective box--much like the patented Waterman's lever. Refurbished $90.
8. Krako senior size (5 1/4" capped) pen, from about 1935, made for Kress (Kresge's) Five-and-Dime Stores.. Green/black/cream mottled plastic, with black end caps. Wide intricate design cap band, gold-filled hardware. Rigid "Durium" stainless medium nib, marked "Durium 14 Kt. gold plated." Lever fill--fills only from a bottle--refurbished. $ 50.
9. Medford senior size (5 1/4" capped) pen in black/pink/blue design plastic, from about 1935. Gold filled hardware, plating loss at one spot on cap band. Gold-colored nib, marked "Medford Durium" writes a fine line. Lever fill, refurbished. $50
10. National Secuirty Junior size pen (4 1/2" capped), in brown/black swirled plastic. Pen resembles a Parker Duofold, including the button-filling mechanism (fills only from a bottle.) Appears to be from about 1928/30, and could be a Parker made for a chain store. Has a 14 Kt. semi-flexible fine nib, marked "Fillip 14 Kt. Oxford." (Oxford was an Eversharp brand, so this is probably a replacement.) $80
11. HyGrade senior size (5 3/8" capped) fountain pen in cream and black "moderne" patterned plastic. Wielded clip--like Waterman's--and etched pattern on lever--like eclipse. Nib marked "14 Kt. Jos Lipic St. Louis USA" with a semi-flex fine--medium stroke. Nickel (clip, lever) and gold-filled (cap band, hardware. Lever fill, refurbished. $70.
12. Treasure junior size (4 1/4" capped) fountain pen, made by Wearever, about 1935. Fine semi-flex nib marked "stainless 14 kt. gold plasted," though most of the plating has worn off. Lever fill, refurbished. $30.
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