Extraordinary Pens


Vintage Pens – Parker Student Victory Prototype

These 1955 prototypes are Parker Student “Victory” cartridge/converter-fillers – one in White with brushed Lustraloy stainless steel cap, and one in Grey with the same cap. Both feature a dimpled gripping section. When the barrel is removed, it provides access to an area just below the gripping section for the student to add a paper with his or her name under a protective clear plastic sleeve. Features a spring loaded clip. These were never marketed. Alloy nib …

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Vintage Pens – Waterman #7 Yellow

This special vintage pen is a 1930 Waterman #7 “Yellow Banded” lever-filler in Red Ripple with the “Yellow ” cap band and corresponding nib. The Yellow nib is described as: medium “rounded, writes smoothly in any direction, suits southpaws” and right-handed writers as well. Waterman used a color-coding system so buyers could select their style of nib by ‘color’ – identifiable by the color-coded band on the cap and the label on the nib. It …

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Vintage Pen Sheaffer Targa Black Matte

This special vintage pen is a Sheaffer 1980 Targa #1003 cartridge/converter-fill in Black Matte, including the cap top (later versions had a gold-plated cap-top). The trim is gold-plated, and the pen features an inlaid 14K nib (medium). New-old-stock. A little wear to the finish where the cap is posted onto the barrel, otherwise near mint in box with papers and cartridges. Converter included. Item #196 in Catalog #83

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Vintage Pens CentroPen Rippet

The vintage pen here is the 1950 Centropen/Rippet Barclay 1304/809 in a #4 size Vac-fill, in 835 Coin Silver with alternating wave-chased and Barley panels. CP clip. This is a high-quality pen made in Czechoslovakia, with Czech. control marks on cap and barrel. Removing the blind cap reveals a hollow clear acrylic plunger which is pressed several times to fill the pen. The hollow plunger also actually fills with ink, allowing the user to monitor …

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Vintage Pens Soennecken Safety

Soennecken pens, no longer in production today, was founded by Freidrich Soennecken in 1875. While they sold a vast array of office products, they are most famous for the pen (his main invention is the “round writing” style of calligraphy and the pen nib associated with it), ring binder, and the two-hole punch. He was the first German company to sell fountain pens (they are in his 1890 products catalog). As a result of the …

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Extraordinary Vintage Pens Mabie Todd Jackdaw Toledo

This 1920 Mabie Todd is a “Jackdaw” Toledo lever-filler in Damascened-inlay overlay on Woodgrain Hard Rubber. Damascening is the art of hand inlaying different metals into one another, typically, 24K gold or fine silver hammered into a darkly oxidized steel background, to produce intricate patterns and designs. The English term comes from a perceived resemblance to the rich tapestry patterns of damask silk. Often called “Toledo” because much of the art comes from Toledo, Spain, a …

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Extraordinary Vintage Pens Aikin Lambert Poinsettia

This 1900 Aikin Lambert is the “Poinsettia” #2 eyedropper-fill straight-sided in repousse gold-filled “Poinsettia on hand hammered background” pattern (very rare). Aiken Lambert was a NYC based manufacturer founded in 1864. They started making pens in the late 1880s, all high quality. They supplied gold nibs to Waterman who, in 1915 acquired the company to ensure their continued supply. A wonderful example, with an unengraved barrel indicia and no brassing evident anywhere. Extra-fine, semi-flexible nib. Tiny …

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Extraordinary Pens – MacKinnon Fluid Pencil

This is an 1880 MacKinnon “Fluid Pencil” eyedropper-fill stylographic pen in Black Chased Hard Rubber with (2) gold-filled repousse bands and repousse cap. Douglas MacKinnon is recognized as the inventor of the stylographic fountain pen (more here, thanks to George Kavalenko). The rear knob is turned slightly to allow air into the barrel and avoid vapor lock when the pen is in use. 1879 Patent date on gripping section. May never have held ink. Near mint+ …

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Extraordinary Pens – Moore Trench Pen

This is a 1915 Moore Trench Pen model 62/6.00 Safety eyedropper-fill in Black Chased Hard Rubber. Cap imprinted “THE INK TAB” with patent dates. Barrel with normal Moore imprints. Cap-top unscrews to access ink pellet storage. Pellets are dropped into the barrel and water is added to make ink, which eliminated the need for soldiers in the trenches to carry ink in glass bottles. The top 1 3/16″ of the cap, which is the pellet storage compartment, …

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Extraordinary Pens – Parker 51 Presidential

This is a Parker 1952 51 Presidential Aerometric-fill set in 14K solid gold. It has a medium/fine nib, near mint in box with perfectly clear plyglass and no signs of use. Item #5 in Catalog #81.

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