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Vintage Pens: 0849 Eyedropper Abalone Fountain Pen
Filling Mechanism: Eyedropper
Era: 1910-1919
Price: $74.99
Vintage Pens: 0849: Eyedropper: Abalone Fountain Pen
There is a lot to be said for the old-world aesthetics of filigree and abalone on black hard rubber eyedropper fountain pens. We have no idea who made this beauty, although we have seen similar Parker 15s. The barrel is still 100% in tact with no cracks. The section unscrews easily. There are scratches and wear to the hard rubber. The abalone shell inlay is beautiful, but a bit faded and browned with age. There is a tiny chip missing on the edge of one inlay. The filigree on the cap seems to have been a rolled imprint before being put on the cap. Nothing on the golden trim is stamped as actual gold. The seam of the filigree is a little separated but not badly. The most egregious flaw is an off-center hole in the top of the cap where it looks as if someone once tried to put a necklace tassie. The nib is stamped "Warranted / 14kt / No. 4." It writes a wet fine line with some flex and a little scratch. 13.4cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0898 National Pen Co. Gold Medal
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $225.00
Vintage Pens: 0898: National Pen Co.: Gold Medal
Hold on to your fedoras! This blast from the past is a National Pen Company pen oversized Gold Medal pen in excellent condition. Chicago born and bred, this orange ripple hard rubber beauty has no cracks or egregious scratches. There is some slight wear and a little brassing on the bottom cap band and a lot of brassing on the ball of the clip. It has been fully restored with a large new ink sac. The strong imprint reads "National Pen Products Co./Gold Medal Pen/Chicago, Ill." The large size 8 14k gold nib is visible when you click the headline font. It has a short tip, which takes a little adjusting to write with. It writes a fairly smooth fine-medium line, but the ascenders and descenders have a hint of scratch that should smooth out when you write with it more. We don't know if the nib is original. It claims "Diamond Point," which might very well have been an imprint company of National Pen Co. While from the '20s, it might not be the original nib. 13.5cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0855 Eyedropper Fountain Pen
Filling Mechanism: Eyedropper
Era: 1910-1919
Price: $49.99
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Vintage Pens: 0855: Eyedropper: Fountain Pen
There's a lot to be said for the simple eyedropper fountain pen. They make for wonderful curios in any collection. We aren't certain who made this brandless hard-rubber pen from the 'teens. Some speculation points to Penman, but it is only speculation, as we haven't confirmed it. The golden filigree isn't stamped gold, so we cannot confirm that either. The hard rubber pen is sound without any cracks, but you can see a big one in the photo running up the filigree on the cap. There's also a dark line on the barrel filigree that isn't coming off easily. The Warranted 14k nib is stamped as gold. There's a teeny piece missing from the right tine, which makes it nearly impossible to write with it. However, it has some flex and is worth restoring. The nib damage is so slight, it looks fine for display. The section unscrews nicely, if you want to fill it. Unrestored, as is. 13.1cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0895 Sheaffer Targa
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1980-present
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 0895: Sheaffer: Targa
Stately elegance defines the ruggedly masculine Sheaffer Targa in matte black. One of the last great fountain pens Sheaffer intended for mass consumption, it fills using a cartridge or converter. Are the 1980s really entering vintage pen territory? Kids today think dinosaurs roamed then, so I guess that is my smell test for defining vintage. It's brass barrel and cap construction makes for a very durable pen. The classic inlay 14k gold nib writes a smooth fine-medium line. We gave it a sonic cleaning to make sure it was degunked. The cap still clicks tightly to the barrel. There are little nicks and scratches in the finish, but no brass is exposed or worn through. Only a tiny dimple is dented into the cap about a 1/4th of the way down from the top of the clip and just to the left. 13.5cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0822 Parker 45
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1960-1979
Price: $19.99
Vintage Pens: 0822: Parker: 45
One of the last mass-produced pens for the writing public, the Parker 45 is an amiable work horse of very modern design. This vintage pen has been cleaned with a sonic cleaner and appears ready to write. It has a golden alloy medium nib. It comes with an original empty cartridge, but we think these pens will use modern Parker ink cartridges or converters. The cap and barrel are in pretty good shape, with only minimum wear. The section/hood is heavily marked by the inner parts of the cap. 13.6cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0823 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Aerometric Filler
Era: 1960-1979
Price: $29.99
Vintage Pens: 0823: Parker: 51
Enjoy a late model Parker 51 Special, for a good knock-around pen. This pen is likely from the 1960s, as it has a black jewel on the top of the stainless steel cap. The vintage pen is an aerometric filler, with its original ink sac. The nib writes a fine-medium line. The name John Kohlmoos is engraved on the barrel. You can see lots of small scratches on the cap from daily use. A blemish in the hood is obvious in the photo. The pen's color is a tad greener in real life. The barrel and hood have lots of surface wear from use. Unrestored, but still working. 13.1cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0799 Sheaffer Lifetime Oversized
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 0799: Sheaffer: Lifetime Oversized
Click the headline font this instant to see the beautiful fine-point oversized 14k gold Sheaffer Lifetime nib. To us, these nibs are just breathtaking to look at and write with. Although it has a little discoloration the body and cap are breathtaking, too. Fully restored with a new ink sac, this epic torpedo-shaped Sheaffer is ready for many more years of dependable service or display. There is some wear on the pen, including a little dab of red paint on the tail end of the barrel. The cap also has an apparently stable hairline crack between the lip and the cap band. The Sheaffer imprint is nice and clear. Wide bodied and 14.9cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0893 Waterman 100 Year Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $175.00
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Vintage Pens: 0893: Waterman: 100 Year Pen
Advertised to last for a century, Waterman's Hundred Year Pens rarely made it half that time. Luckily, this rare black beauty is still with us in pristine condition. Notice the barrel band and no cap band! It is a handsome twist on traditional design. The imprint is strong on the cap, and there are no cracks, chips or deep scratches. There is light surface wear and an inscription of D.L. Durst on the barrel. The pen has been fully restored with a new ink sack. There is no brassing. The clip has no branding, but the clip button on top is "Ideal" in a globe. The original 14k gold Hundred Year nib writes a smooth fine line. 13cm capped.



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