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Vintage Pens: 3095 Esterbrook J-2968 Set
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 3095: Esterbrook: J-2968 Set
Vibrant sapphire blue marks this Esterbrook J-model fountain pen as especially attractive in our eyes. In many ways, Esterbrook made the Technicolor favorite pens of the 1950s. Attractive, affordable and easily customized with its screw-in nibs these pens were among the most requested by high schools and trade schools. This pen comes with a minty fresh original "Esterbrook" ink sac that is in great working order. The nib is a mid-level upgrade steel 2968 model, which was advertised as a "broad writing" nib. We find it writes a little inconsistently...mediumish on the bottom half of a figure eight and fine to extra fine on the top loop of a figure eight. The clip is about 1mm off the cap but on tight. The pencil is an early clicker that uses 1.1mm lead. It comes with spares loaded in the tail. Each writing instrument is in great condition. The pen has a tad more wear, if you look very closely. Pen measures 12.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3093 Esterbrook SJ-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
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Vintage Pens: 3093: Esterbrook: SJ-2668
Minty green makes for a tasty Esterbrook SJ pen and pencil set. This is the "short" or "S" version of the J-series pen. It was one of the most popularly requested vintage pens requested by high schools and trade schools in the 1950s. We restored the fountain pen with a new ink sac. The pencil is still in working order. It is an early click pencil using 1.1mm lead. The lead still advances, but you need to be pointing the tip toward the ground. Neither instrument has any cracks. The pen is in great cosmetic condition with a clear imprint. The pencil is more worn with a little pitting that is difficult to see but textured enough to feel. It also has a hardened eraser and spare leads still in the tail. The pen's steel 2668 nib was advertised for "general writing." It writes a fine-medium line fairly well for a steel nib. The clip jiggles a little without spinning. Pen measures 11.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3092 Esterbrook J-1555 Gregg
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
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Vintage Pens: 3092: Esterbrook: J-1555 Gregg
We're guessing this Esterbrook J-model pen once belonged to a stenographer, secretary or journalist. The steel 1555 Gregg nib is the clue. Yep, that's Gregg, as in the shorthand school/method. We have fully restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac. No crack mar the purity of the pen, which only shows light wear from use. The clip is on tightly, and the jewels are in tact. A good imprint can be found on the barrel, which is a shade bluer in real life than in the photo. The steel nib writes finer the more vertically you hold the pen. It is a wetter medium at lower angles of attack. It has a sweet narrow sweet spot, and if you miss it, the diagonal up stroke might have a little to heavy feedback. The nice part about these pens is that the nibs screw out and are easily replaced by dozens of different nib point sizes. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3091 Esterbrook J-2556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 3091: Esterbrook: J-2556
The big daddy of the Esterbrook pen line in the 1950s was the Esterbrook J-model fountain pen. Not the longest pen, it was the widest pen in series, which is easier for gripping without cramping. Our vintage pen is pretty heavily worn. The steel nib looks a little rough, but it writes an amazingly smooth fine line for a steel 2000-series nib. The cap and barrel show plenty of wear. Spinning is what the clip seems to do best. It also rests without a tight grip on a shirt pocket. Click the headline for close ups. No cracks, at least. We replaced the ink sac, and it is ready for a lot of loyal service. 12.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3073 Esterbrook J-9128
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
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Vintage Pens: 3073: Esterbrook: J-9128
Minty green Esterbrooks have been difficult for us to find of late. We keep getting more of the yellow-greens. This is a nice full-size Esterbrook J Model. It was the widest version of the pen that the company made. We restored it with a new ink sac. This vintage pen comes with a harder-to-find steel 9128 nib, which was originally advertised as "extra-fine flexible." It is definitely extra fine, and it has a little flex, but this isn't a great Spencerian nib. A little firm with feedback. Like all of Esterbrook's 1950s pens, this nib unscrews and is easily interchanged. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3070 Esterbrook SJ-9556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
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Vintage Pens: 3070: Esterbrook: SJ-9556
Teaching an entire generation of Baby Boomers to write with an ink pen, Esterbrooks were the most requested pens by high schools, shorthand classes and secretarial schools. Attractive, easy to use, easy to customize and inexpensive, there wasn't a hand Esterbrook couldn't suit in the 1950s. Our Esterbrook SJ is a very attractive smokey grey. We restored it and gave it a new ink sac. It has some wear from use, the worst of which are a couple bite marks that blend into the grey finish, unless you're looking closely at them. The steel 9556 is an upgrade nib that was advertised as being for "fine writing." We find it writes a nice, firm, wet fine line. No cracks on this vintage pen. Click the headline for close-ups. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3058 Esterbrook Nurse’s Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 3058: Esterbrook: Nurse’s Pen
Nurses are some of the hardest working people in any hospital, and it is only right they get a pen dedicated to them. This is the Esterbrook Nurse's Pen, specifically made to match their uniforms in the 1950s. Our vintage pen is fully restored and in great condition. The ink sac is fresh. There are no cracks. It has a little wear, which is to be expected. The barrel has discolored to more of an ivory color, while the cap is still a truer white. Tightly affixed to the cap is the clip, and both black jewels are in good condition. Its nib is an upgraded 9556. It was originally advertised as being for smooth fine writing. We find that it to be more of a firm but smooth extra fine. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3059 Esterbrook Nurse’s Pencil
Filling Mechanism: Pencil
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $75.00
Vintage Pens: 3059: Esterbrook: Nurse’s Pencil
Esterbrook always catered to consumers who worked hard for a living. This Esterbrook Nurse's pencil is another great example. It is an early click-pencil that works well and uses a 1.1mm lead. It is a rare white design with a black tail jewel and marketed specifically to nurses, as the color would match their uniforms in the 1950s. No cracks and just a little wear. The imprint is strong on the top half and weak/worn on the bottom half. Includes extra leads and a hardened original eraser. The color looks whiter in real life, as it is difficult to get the white balance right on the photo without taking away all of the details on the pen. 12.4cm.
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