Vintage Pens

Catalog #74 Vintage Pens

The March 2015 Catalog #74 opens Tuesday, February 24, 2015 for subscribers, and March 2nd to the public. You can always browse the other active Catalogs #73, #72, #71, #70, #69 and #68 (10% off Catalogs 68 through 70). Click here for more information on becoming a subscriber and getting first dibs on the Catalog goodies.

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Celluloid Disease on Vintage Pens

Celluloid is, unbeknownst to many, a type of plastic. It’s a class of compounds created from cellulose nitrate and camphor. Celluloid was used frequently as the material for vintage pen caps and barrels because it was more durable than hard rubber and because it was available in a myriad of colors, not just cardinal or black. It’s not used as often as plastics/acrylics today for pens because it’s not as stable as these materials, even …

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Vintage Pens – The Pen For Roughing It

Waterman came up with some pretty good lines for their Ideal fountain pens – this time, that they worked both on land and sea because they didn’t get seasick! Of course, that doesn’t mean the user wouldn’t. Truly the “ideal” fountain pen!

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Waterman’s Perfect Simplicity Vintage Pens

The simplicity of an eyedropper is one of the reasons to love it. The less parts there are, the less there is to break. One of our customers loves eyedroppers because of how easy it is to disassemble to clean thoroughly. What is your preferred vintage pen filling mechanism?

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Vintage Stamps For Handwriting Lessons

At first glance, one probably has no clue what this could be! In the good days, when handwriting and cursive was taught in elementary schools, an individual teacher would have to grade and correct an untold number of handwritten papers of many, many students. Pictured below are various stamps, designed with the intent to assist a teacher in correcting papers. The stamps have various corrections on them: Use more pushing motion Watch the down stroke …

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Crocker Hatchet-Filler Vintage Pen

This 1917 Crocker fountain pen (#263) uses the unusual “hatchet-filler” mechanism. Crocker was founded in the late 1890s by Seth Crocker, who then went on to start the Chilton Pen Company. This is a black hard rubber ring-top model with a gold-filled knurled cap top and an extra-fine/fine flexible nib. This Crocker Boston #3 is in near mint condition! (Still available!).  The Crocker is a wonderful vintage pen. The hatchet-filler came in 1913, after the “blow-filler.” …

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The Universal Gift – Vintage Pens

What could the universal gift be? Ask any fountain pen lover, and they’ll probably say a fountain pen. Waterman’s Ideal fountain pen was a gift for everyone in the family, except the baby. This is a cute and comical ad! Appropriate name, calling it the “Ideal Fountain Pen.” There was a Waterman for everyone then …and now. The Ideal Fountain Pen was not just a new pen that was launched: it was the pinnacle of …

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Swan Safety Fountpen Ink Window

Although I recently shared an ad about the Swan Safety Fountpens (and the delightful pricing), I came across another Swan Safety Fountpen ad that I enjoyed. The ad below emphasizes the features of the pens: they never leak because of the screwdown cap, they never blot because of the ladder feed which controls ink flow and supply, and they always write because of the feed and 14KT gold, iridium-tipped nib. Aside from that, the “little windows” …

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Catalog #71 – 10% Off Sale

We are pleased to announce a sale of 10% off of any item remaining in Catalog #71. There are about 60 wonderful vintage pens and pencils remaining – hopefully one will be just what you’re looking for.  Please be sure to also check out the remaining pens in the other active Catalogs!

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Mabie Todd Swan Trench Pen

This 1915 Mabie Todd Swan Trench Pen in #2 size (pen #178) is an eyedropper-filled pen in simple black chased hard rubber. When WWI started, soldiers were sent into battle and the pen industry filled the demand for fountain pens that could be used in the trenches. Parker was first to introduce the Trench Pen, but Mabie Todd & Co. followed not long after. The Trench Pen had a compartment in the barrel designed to hold …

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