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Vintage Pens: 0818 Fountain Pen
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $25.00
Vintage Pens: 0818: Fountain Pen
We cannot confirm it, but we think this Waltham pen was made by the same people who made the famous watches. Ours is a fully restored button filler from the 1930s. The green radiates a special glow from the art deco era. The barrel and cap show plenty of wear, but the green finish conceals much of the wear until you look up close. The golden plate is missing from the cap ring and much of the clip. You can see a chip in the finish of the cap ring in the photo. Click the blue headline font to see what remains of the gold plating left on the steel nib, which writes a fine line. 12.7cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0817 Parker 45
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1960-1979
Price: $19.99
Vintage Pens: 0817: Parker: 45
Parker's first major foray into the mass consumer market for cartridge and converter pens was the Parker 45 in the 1960s. This attractive pen comes with neither a cartridge nor converter, but a modern Parker piston converter will fit it just fine. The two-tone cap is in excellent condition with only a couple minor traces of wear. The barrel is similar, although it does show a bit more wear, including a scuff on the tail. The section/hood doesn't show much wear but a little warping that shouldn't effect anything. The nib writes a nice medium line. 13.6cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0600 Wearever Flat Top
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $19.99
Vintage Pens: 0600: Wearever: Flat Top
Wearever Pens were the Bic of their day, but now they are quickly becoming sought after by collectors looking to fill out the spectrum of vintage pens across the ages. We don't actually know much about Wearever, but we feel reasonably confident that this fountain pen came from the late 1920s or 1930s, as it is borrowing from popular designs of that period. We replaced the J-bar pressure spring and ink sac. The wide-bodied pen and cap show some wear, but don't have any cracks. The nib likely isn't 14k Gold Plate as imprinted. It is some kind of alloy that was nearly impossible to polish back up to this condition. The nib writes like a scratchy steel dipper and snags a bit on ascenders. It still writes a tolerable medium line. The pocket clip is pretty loose. 13.2cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0816 Sheaffer Tuckaway
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 0816: Sheaffer: Tuckaway
Blue is beautiful on this early TouchDown-filling Sheaffer Tuckaway. This vintage pen has been fully restored with a new ink sac and wide-body O-ring. It is a short classic pen, but it has a wider barrel than the "Thin Models." The Sheaffer white dot stands proud over the stubby Tuckaway clip, which along with the cap ring, is in excellent condition with no brassing. The clip was short to hide the pen in the pocket of an Army uniform dress shirt. (Nothing was supposed to stand out on those shirts except your medals and badges. The short clip allowed the pen to hide under the buttoned-down flap of the breast pocket.) The barrel viewing window is very clear. There is a little scuff on the section grip. The barrel imprint is strong. The 2-tone 14k gold nib writes a very smooth fine-medium line. 11.9cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0811 Sheaffer Statesman
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $44.99
Vintage Pens: 0811: Sheaffer: Statesman
One of the most popular pens of the early 1950s was the Sheaffer Statesman. Clean modern design, an easy-to-use TouchDown filler and a handsome two-tone 14k gold nib: what's not to like? Our vintage pen has a fresh sac and working O-ring. The nib writes a smooth bold line. This was a well and heavily used pen, and you can see the substantial wear on the burgundy barrel and cap. The gold plated trim looks great, but the plastic is obviously worn. You can also smell the off-gassing inkfeed, if that sort of thing bothers you. The barrel imprint is faded but still legible. There also is a tiny crack in the theads of the barrel where the cap threads on it. We have sealed it up, and the Sheaffer fills like a champ. Great daily user. 12.7cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0762 Esterbrook LJ-1550
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 0762: Esterbrook: LJ-1550
The 1950s were the heyday for the Esterbrook pen company. This was the decade in which their colorful pens fit so well. Plus, these were the training tools of millions of school kids and stenographers learning to maximize their writing skills. Our Esterbrook LJ model shows some wear, but the fiery copper colors shine through as a beautiful distraction. The imprint is clean and strong. There are no cracks, chips or dents. The bladder has been replaced. The steel 1550 bookkeeping nib writes a much sought-after extra-fine line. The black plastic jewels are in great condition. 12cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0756 Esterbrook LJ-1555 GREGG
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 0756: Esterbrook: LJ-1555 GREGG
Esterbrook pens remain a hot commodity on The Pen Market. This Esterbrook LJ model is an attractive grey vintage pen. It has been fully restored with a new ink sac. The barrel and cap show wear, but there are no cracks or tooth marks. The clip is a shade loose, but it isn't in danger of coming off. The jewels are whole. The steel nib is a 1555 Gregg that writes a fine-medium line with a bit of scratch, as is customary with these nibs until you "break them in" a bit. 12cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0601 Wearever Unknown
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $19.99
Vintage Pens: 0601: Wearever: Unknown
Wearever has been hot of late, as many collectors are now turning toward 2nd and 3rd tier pens. We aren't sure of this model name, but it is clearly marked Wearever on the barrel. The cap and barrel feature a mild green pearl and black design. There are no cracks, chips or dings. There is light scratches and brassing. The clip has the initials "TFK," but the T is upsidedown! We replaced the bladder, and the original lever and spring are still in good shape, which is really rare on Wearevers. The nib is in not-so-good shape. The plating is coming off. It is stamped "Nichro Tip 5." You can't see it in the photo, but the nib is missing a small piece of its left tine. It writes bold and a little scratchy, but it still writes. Collectors can no doubt find a good replacement for it or want to preserve the original parts as best they can. It is an okay writer, but it might get on your nerves after a while. Better for the collecting than the writing--especially at this price. 12.5cm.



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