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Vintage Pens: 2809 Esterbrook SJ--Grey Icicle
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2809: Esterbrook: SJ--Grey Icicle
Esterbrook pens hold a special place in the hearts of Americans who grew up in the 1950s. Preferred, and even demanded, by many high schools and professional schools, these pens taught the Baby Boomers how to write with a fountain pen. Our Esterbrook SJ-Icicle in grey is in nearly perfect condition. There are no cracks, dents or serious cosmetic problems. It even has a strong imprint! We restored this pen with a fresh ink sac. An upgraded 9550 nib graces this vintage pen, as it writes a nice fine line with a light touch. 12.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2808 Esterbrook LJ-Icicle 9555
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2808: Esterbrook: LJ-Icicle 9555
Although Esterbrook made millions of pens in the 1940s and '50s, the Esterbrook Icicle design was one of its rarer designs. This electric sapphire blue is an added bonus, as this photo doesn't do justice to the color. Almost in mint condition, there are no imprints and minimal wear. No cracks. We restored this pen with a fresh ink sac. As an added bonus, it comes with an upgrade nib numbered 9555, which was advertised as a shorthand nib! It writes a smooth medium line in its sweet spot. This is a longer Esterbrook LJ model. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2811 Esterbrook SJ-1551
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 2811: Esterbrook: SJ-1551
Esterbrook pens taught an entire generation of Americans how to write with an ink pen. Baby Boomers were often mandated by their high school teachers, stenography teachers and journalism instructors to use this brand that was bother affordable and easy to modify with interchangeable, screw-in nibs. Our rarer copper-colored Esterbrook SJ model is the shortest of the 3 J-series pens. Luckily, good things come in small packages! Hardly any wear shows on this pen that also has a good clean imprint. We restored it with a new ink sac. The steel 1551 nib was advertised as a "student" nib. It writes a smooth medium line in its sweet spot range but can grab at the paper a little on some ascenders and descenders. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2810 Esterbrook Transition
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 2810: Esterbrook: Transition
As Esterbrook switched from the Dollar Pen to the J-models, they had a brief run of pens with the new caps and flat-tailed bodies. These vintage pens from the 1940s are known as Esterbrook Transition pens. This candied red model is a shorter size, similar to the SJ model soon to come. Fully restored, it sports a new ink sac. No cracks blemish this classic writing instrument. It has a only minor wear and a little chocolate hazing on the section. The stainless steel nib is a 1555 Gregg nib, which was designed for practitioners of the Gregg shorthand method! One might safely assume this pen once belonged to a stenographer, secretary or journalist. It writes a surprisingly nice fine line for a 1000 series nib, with only a little feedback. 11.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2803 Esterbrook J-9284
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2803: Esterbrook: J-9284
We're just "Signature Stub" crazy these days! Enjoy this rare steel upgraded 9284 nib on the most popular pen of the 1950s...the Esterbrook J model. Full Esterbrook J's were the widest bodied pen of the Esterbrook line. Our's is a fully restored sapphire blue model. This vintage pen might look on your screen to be two distinctly different blues, but in real life they are only a little more than a shade different. Possibly married. Everything fits very nicely and works well. We installed a new ink sac. The nib is geared more for right-handed people, and it writes a reasonably smoothly with great line variation. No cracks, only light wear. 12.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2802 Esterbrook Dollar Pen-9284
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 2802: Esterbrook: Dollar Pen-9284
Stand back. We've got one heckuva Esterbrook Dollar Pen. It is the rarer copper colored version with an even rarer 9284 "Signature Stub" nib! We restored it with new ink sac. The pen has some light wear but no cracks. There's what looks like a drop of clear glue to the right of the lever, but we don't think anyone will notice at writing distance or farther. The imprint is a little faded, but you can read the entire imprint at the correct angle. Speaking of angles, the original 9284 nib is angled more for right-handed folks. It writes a smooth, juicy signature stubby way. We love it. Click the headline for a close-up. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2801 Esterbrook 444 Dip-Less Pen
Filling Mechanism: Dip)
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 2801: Esterbrook: 444 Dip-Less Pen
Give your bed-and-breakfast, church or small business a classic vibe with a dip pen to sign the register. We aren't sure why the Esterbrook 444 desk well set-up was called "dip-less," when it was still a dip pen. However, the dip/holder is an inkwell that keeps the pen wet and ready to fill out a check or other brief writing experience. The glass base is cleaned and has a cork bottom. The black, hard-rubber plate/cover has shallow but obvious wear from past cleanings and such. The photo doesn't show all the mini scratches, but there are lots when you look close. The pen is dip only, and it comes complete with an upgraded 9668 nib that writes a smooth fine-medium line. Complete with original box and instructions!
Vintage Pens: 2767 Esterbrook Icicle LJ-2556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2767: Esterbrook: Icicle LJ-2556
Vintage pen fans are always on the prowl for a great red pen, as it was universally the rarest color of most pen lines. This is not only a rare Esterbrook Icicle pen, it is a red one. Better yet, it has an imprint that wraps around the barrel instead of running up and done it lengthwise. No cracks. Fresh ink sac. BUT, look closely and you might notice something substantially out of place. Check out the lever. It has serious brassing, and we aren't aware of Esterbrook every using brass parts. It fits perfectly and works well, but we suspect it was cannibalized from a different pen. ALSO, the section looks too small, as if it came from an Esterbrook Purse Pen. The inside friction-fitting part of the section has definitely been shaved for a good fit. The pen works well, and the steel 2556 upgrade nib writes a very dry, extra-fine line that has a little feedback. 13cm capped.
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