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Vintage Pens: 1940 Esterbrook J-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 1940: Esterbrook: J-2668
Esterbrook pens taught the Baby Boom generation how to write using an ink pen. Extremely popular for their bright colors and interchangeable nibs, they were required writing instruments by many high schools, shorthand schools and journalism schools. They remain the #1 selling pen on this website! We have fully restored this J-model pen with a new ink sac. The steel 2668 nib was originally advertised as being for "General Writing." We dipped it, and it seems to write a wet medium for us. J-models were the widest pens of the Esterbrook line at the time, which makes them much easier to hold for people with arthritis and troubles with hand cramps. Our grey-green beauty has some light wear, a weak imprint and no cracks. We think it started as a deeper green but faded over the years. The threads covered by the cap are much darker than the cap and barrel. 12.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1936 Esterbrook J-9788
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 1936: Esterbrook: J-9788
Esterbrook pens taught the Baby Boom generation how to write using an ink pen. Extremely popular for their bright colors and interchangeable nibs, they were required writing instruments by many high schools, shorthand schools and journalism schools. They remain the #1 selling pen on this website! We have fully restored this J-model pen with a new ink sac and straight-from-the-box new 9788 nib. The nib was originally advertised as being for "Shaded Writing." We dipped it, and it seems to write a wet medium for us. J-models were the widest pens of the Esterbrook line at the time, which makes them much easier to hold for people with arthritis and troubles with hand cramps. Our copper beauty has some light wear, a strong imprint and no cracks. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1935 Esterbrook 116 Desk Set
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 1935: Esterbrook: 116 Desk Set
Make your desk or the registration counter at your bed & breakfast, doctor's office, boutique and many other businesses look great with this vintage Esterbrook 116 desk pen set. It features a shiny blue (box says gray but looks blue to us) bulb-shaped ceramic base with a black felt bottom and a fully restored lever-filling desk pen. The base is in mint condition without any scratches or chips. The fountain pen is a rare robin's egg blue model. Click the headline to see a close up. These are rare because of all the cracking in the original plastics. This one is also cracked, but it seemed very stable as we restored the pen with a new ink sac. Its steel 2668 nib is an upgrade nib that was advertised back in the day as "general writing" nib. We've dipped it and it writes a very smooth medium line for us. Complete with original box, although the box is missing its top.
Vintage Pens: 1934 Esterbrook 114 Desk Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 1934: Esterbrook: 114 Desk Pen
Make your desk or the registration counter at your bed & breakfast, doctor's office, boutique and many other businesses look great with this vintage Esterbrook 114 desk pen set. It features a shiny black, almost art deco, ceramic base with a black felt bottom and a fully restored lever-filling desk pen. The base is in mint condition without any scratches or chips. The fountain pen is in excellent condition with only some light wear and a bite mark at the very tip of the tail. Its steel 2968 nib is an upgrade nib that was advertised back in the day as "broad writing" nib. We've dipped it and it writes a very smooth fine line for us. Complete with original box, although the box shows more wear than either the pen or base.
Vintage Pens: 1910 Esterbrook J-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 1910: Esterbrook: J-2668
America learned to write using Esterbrook fountain pens. They were among the most popular due to their incredible colors and interchangeable nibs...and affordable price tag. Our black Esterbrook J model is the largest of the Esterbrooks of the 1950s. It comes with a steel 2668 nib, which writes a very nice fine line. It was advertised as an upgrade nib for "general writing." Click the headline to see the scuff marks on top of the nib, which don't effect its writing. The cap and barrel are worn but free of cracks. Black plastic jewels intact. Fully restored with a fresh ink sac. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1893 Esterbrook LJ-1551
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 1893: Esterbrook: LJ-1551
Yellow hues warm up this Esterbrook LJ with a steel 1551 nib. Paler than many green Esterbrooks we've seen, this LJ was made in Canada. The LJ meant that this was the shorter more slender model of the vintage pen. We have fully restored it with a new ink sac. There are no cracks, but the pen has a little wear from daily use. The clip is tight, imprint strong and the cap jewels are in good condition. The nib is particular about its low-angle sweet spot. It writes a smooth, line-variant broad line in its sweet spot, but the second you leave the sweet spot you get feedback. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1890 Esterbrook J Model
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 1890: Esterbrook: J Model
Esterbrooks taught the nation how to write with a fountain pen. It is hard to argue with their bright colors and interchangeable nib system. Very easy to use and customize. They were highly requested by high schools, secretaries, stenographers, reporters and many others. Our vintage pen has been fully restored with a new ink sac. This J-model is the larger, wider Esterbrook size. It is very comfortable with which to write, especially if your hands tend to cramp while writing. The steel 9668 nib writes a smooth, medium line with minimal feedback when you find the sweet spot. Light wear, strong imprint. No cracks! The pen measures 12.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1889 Esterbrook J Model
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 1889: Esterbrook: J Model
Esterbrook pens remain among our most popular, and it is no wonder. These are the pens that taught a generation of Americans how to write with an "ink pen." Inexpensive, easily customized...these were the preferred pens of many high schools, stenographers, reporters, secretaries and many others. We restored this handsome copper-colored vintage pen with a fresh ink sac. There are no cracks, but it has a few little scratches here and there. Strong imprint! The biggest flaw is a series of plier marks around the section where a previous repairman gripped the pen. The steel 1551 nib writes a fine line with a little feedback. The clip rests off the body of the cap, as you can see in the photo. Both jewels intact, though bottom one has a few scratches. 12.7cm capped.
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