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Vintage Pens: 1018 Diamond P.P. Fountain Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $99.99
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Vintage Pens: 1018: Diamond P.P.: Fountain Pen
Orange, black and sparkly grey undercoating make for poor camouflage but a handsome vintage pen. Today's classic pen is a great curio from Diamond P.P. That is the only branding on the pen, and you can see it on the clip along with a "New" logo, an indiscernible circular logo under "Diamond P.P." and "Made in U.S.A." There are no cracks, chips or deep scratches. There's a little brassing on the top of the clip and on its ball. The lever and cap bands are perfect. We restored it with a new ink sac. The "Warranted 14k" nib has a wrinkle in the tines and some wear toward the base, but it still writes a smooth medium-broad line with a fair degree of flex. Please note that it is not a wet noodle. 13cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 1031 Parker Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $125.00
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Vintage Pens: 1031: Parker: Vacumatic
Whenever we stumble upon vintage pens this clean, we tend to romanticize the story behind it. No cracks, minimal surface wear. Clean see-through barrel. Strong imprint from 1944. Perhaps it belonged to a young G.I. who bought the pen to write one last letter to his sweetheart before leaving it behind, never to return from storming Normandy or some Pacific island. We have no idea, but it is in excellent condition. We replaced the diaphragm a couple years ago, and it still works great. The 14k gold nib writes a smooth fine line. The working pencil is from 1947, and it has a twist tail that still extends and retracts the lead. Pen measures 12.7cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0993 Waterman Fountain Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $49.99
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Vintage Pens: 0993: Waterman: Fountain Pen
Waterman made these beautiful "Blue Pearl" fountain pens between 1941 and 1946. As it has steel or nickel trim, I am pretty certain it was made during the war years. There is light wear from daily use in the 1940s, most notably to the right of the threads in the photo where the lip of the cap rubbed against the barrel. However, there are no cracks in the lip or in the top where the pocket clip fastens. The deep radiant blue shines through the light surface wear. We replaced the ink sac, and it is ready to write. The name Claire Brooks is engraved on it. The imprint by Waterman also is strong. The original inkfeed and 14k gold nib write a nice fine line with some FLEX. 11.8cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 1000 Onoto de la Rue The Pen--49
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $125.00
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Vintage Pens: 1000: Onoto de la Rue: The Pen--49
Globally popular but rare to find in the U.S. is this London-made Onoto de la Rue fountain pen. It has an extremely handsome smokey blue art deco barrel and cap. Sparkle dust still glimmers though the finish that is worn from use but not terribly so. No cracks or deep scratches. Its strong imprint reads "Onoto The Pen / De La Rue Co. Ltd London." On the side of the black tail piece is the number 49. We restored the ink sac with a fresh new one. The cap ring is in great shape. The pocket clip is a little sprung with a gap between the ball and the cap. The ball has heavy brassing, as does the lever filler. The original 14k gold nib has a little wave, but it writes a really smooth fine line with a tiny hint of flex. Click the headline font to see it. 12.3cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0874 Reform 1745
Filling Mechanism: Piston Filler
Era: 1960-1979
Price: $19.99
Vintage Pens: 0874: Reform: 1745
Want a trusty German-made piston filler without the Pelikan or Mont Blanc price? It is time to give the Reform 1745 fountain pen a serious look. We have 16 of these new-old-stock pens that borrow heavily from Pelikan designs. The two-tone steel nib is a medium writer that is better than an Esterbrook 1000 or 2000 line nib but not as good as the 9000 line nibs. The piston fills by twisting the tail. It even comes with its original sticker. Although these are brand new pens, we apologize many are getting a little green tarnishing on the pocket clips. 12.8cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0998 Esterbrook LJ-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 0998: Esterbrook: LJ-2668
It is the vintage writing instrument that taught a generation of Americans how to use a ink pen. Esterbrook is an iconic vintage pen from the 1950s. This one is an LJ model that has been fully restored with a new ink sac. We found it in this condition with the cap a darker grey than the barrel. We suspect it is a married pair. The cap is in very good condition with only light surface wear and no cracks. The clip is on tightly, but it isn't lush with the side of the cap, leaving a little gap. The barrel also only has light surface wear. The imprint is partially worn off on the front half. The stainless steel nib is a 2668 model was originally advertised as a medium nib for general writing. The only real flaws with the pen are some deep but worn scars on the section grip. 12cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0999 Carter’s Ladies’ Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 0999: Carter’s: Ladies’ Pen
Carter's Ink Company was one of the most popular ink manufacturers of the 1920s and '30s. They expanded their offerings to include several lines of fountain pens. Less common to find, compared to the old ink, these pens are a rare treat to find. This lady's model was a really attractive blue with turquoise and green hues. It saw its share of action, as can be seen in little marks and scratches all over the pen. However, there are no cracks, and it is solid and sturdy condition. The imprint is strong but off-center. It reads "Carter's / Patented / The Carter's Ink Co. / Boston - New York - Chicago." We restored it with a new ink sac. The lever filler has a still working bracing bar helping to press the sac flatter against the inside barrel of the pen. (Really rare to find.) The 14k nib is a replacement from Parker! It writes a super-smooth, wet extra-fine line! (More of a fine by today's standards.) 11.3cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 1020 Wahl-Eversharp Gold Seal--Personal Point
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 1020: Wahl-Eversharp: Gold Seal--Personal Point
Wahl made some fabulous pens, and its Gold Seal model was a real step forward for the company between 1927 and 1932. Ours is the famous pearl and black design that is remarkably well preserved, without a lot of discoloration. There is a weird black blob on the top of the cap and a crack below it by the "Made in U.S.A." imprint. It seems stable. No cracks in the lip of the cap. There also is a crack under the level on the barrel. It, too, seems stable and is almost unnoticeable as it is between a black and pearl patch. No deep scratches. Some light surface wear, but it isn't isn't readily visible without close inspection. It has a new ink sac and is ready to write. It writes a lush wet, medium line with its original 14k gold nib. Click the headline font to see the straightened wrinkle in the nib. The nib writes very well, but it is not longer flexible as imprinted. Not oversized but definitely larger than a junior. 13.5cm capped.



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