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Vintage Pens: 3075 Esterbrook Purse Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 3075: Esterbrook: Purse Pen
Fashion-forward ladies of the 1950s carried their stylish pastel colored Esterbrook pens in their purses. Petite for discreet purse accessorizing the Esterbrook Purse Pen was an invaluable tool for her writing needs. We restored this robin's egg blue vintage pen with a new ink sac. So many of these pens are riddled with cracks, but our's isn't. It clearly saw a lot of action, as it shows many traces of wear, scratching and little color marks, but it did not crack. Look closely below the lever, and you will spot the faint traces of hand carved letters "P H." Click the headline for a close up. The steel, mid-range upgrade nib is a 2668. It was originally advertised as being for "General Writing." It writes a nice medium line with a hint of feedback in places. 11.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3074 Esterbrook LJ-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 3074: Esterbrook: LJ-2668
Gain entry into the Black Pen Society when you flash this classic Esterbrook SJ fountain pen. It was the pen that helped teach a whole generation of high school students, stenographers, secretaries and journalists how to write with an "inkpen." Attractive and easily upgraded, these vintage pens were fantastically popular in the 1950s. You can customize them easily by unscrewing the nib and screwing in one of dozens of different point sizes and functions. This pen comes with a steel 2668 that writes a very nice fine line that periodically briefly catches the paper at odd angles or extreme ends of loops and such. The nib was advertised as a "general writing" nib. 12.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3073 Esterbrook J-9128
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
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: 3071 Esterbrook J-1551
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 3071: Esterbrook: J-1551
The deep ruby red of this Esterbrook J-model pen takes our breath away! It gleams through the decades oblivious to time and wear. There is a little light wear on this fully restored vintage pen. It isn't difficult to understand why this was one of the top selling pens of the 1950s. Recommended by high schools, journalism schools and secretarial schools, these pens taught a generation how to write with a fountain pen. Our favorite feature is the fact the nibs unscrew and can be replaced by dozens of different size points for myriad purposes. This one comes with a base model steel 1551 nib designed for "student writing." We find it writes a remarkably smooth fine line with just little hints of feedback. The J-model was the widest body variant of the pen. Legible imprint, good jewels...clip is a little loose but secure. 12.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3070 Esterbrook SJ-9556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
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.
Vintage Pens: 2897 Esterbrook Dollar Pen Full-Size B Model
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $199.99
Vintage Pens: 2897: Esterbrook: Dollar Pen Full-Size B Model
Click the headline to see close-ups of this incredible Esterbrook Dollar Pen and its very rare 3558 nib! Fully restored with a new ink sac, this is the full-size version of the pen known as the Model B. Rotate it under the light and the smokey grey marbling looks 3-dimensional with deep pools. No cracks and minimal wear. In the flat of the tail a really cool, swoopy-lookin' "SWR co." is engraved. The clip is tightly affixed to the cap. The imprint is strong. The steel 3558 nib writes a firm but surprisingly smooth extra-fine line. 12cm capped.
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