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Pen #2727     Sheaffer/Levenger Aegean Connaisseur     $257

Overall Grade: mint
Metal:  gold plated Material: acrylic
Nib condition:  mint Flaws:  none Filler:  cartridge/convrter
       converter  & 1 cartrige included
Point:  chalk marked medium
Imprint: none Size: 5.1"
COMMENTS:  One of the last pens based on the Sheaffer Connaisseur were the Levenger Seas pens.  Issued in 1998 after the Connaisseur line had been discontinued, the  collection consisted of  6 pens in colors made to represent different seas around the world.  All but the Caribbean were transparent.  The green named Aegean.  This pen is a spectacular pen,  in mint condition with a chalk marked medium nib.  The converter is one of the red end squeeze converters, correct for this pen because the pen has the brass plug in the end of the barrel, preventing the use of  a piston converter.  In the original box with papers, converter, and one black and one  blue cartridge.  Click here for a larger image.

Pen #2590     860 brushed gold plate Legacy  2   Right Oblique nib    $297

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: gold plated
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   Filler:  cartridge/converter
               converter included
Point:   right oblique  stub
Imprint Size:  5.5"
COMMENTS  A brushed gold plated Legacy from around 1999.   The nib is a NOS right oblique stub, which can be ground to a straight stub for an extra fee.  The cap closed with a nice snap.    The pen comes with one of the red end (PVC sac) converters.  

Pen #2728   aerometric Parker 51    $157

Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  gold plated Material: Lucite
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler: aerometric
Point:    fine   14K
Imprint: none Size: 5.1"
COMMENTS:  The Parker 51, as has been noted many times,  has to be the most popular pen of all time.   First the Vacumatic filled, and then the aerometric.  This one is an Aerometric 51 - unscrew the barrel, and you'll find a pressure bar to squeeze for filling.  Press it 6 times to fill - maybe more if you've had your Wheaties or are feeling frisky...   The pen fills incrementally until the ink level reaches the top of that breather tube, at which point any more ink just gets pushed back out.  Restored with a new PVC sac (which is what the original Plyglass sac was).   They las a good long time.   Refrosted cap, original jewel.   The nib is quite the nice writing fine.    Nice pen, but then again, a lot of the pens that I sell are!  Make sure that you specify the pen number when you order.

Pen #2620       Sheaffer Tuckaway        SOLD

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   Filler:  plunger
Point:   Extra fine
Imprint:  excellent Size: 4.5"
COMMENTS:  The Sheaffer Tuckaway is a funky pen.  They're short pens capped,  but a decent length for writing when posted.  They're short, so you aren't going to write an epistle with the limited ink supply.  The clip is often mistakenly referred to as a "military clip," but it isn't a military clip, it's just short.  Like the pen.  I suppose it was the last hurrah as a vest pocket pen, except that it doesn't have a ring top.  A great pen for polo shirt pockets, or just for your pants pocket. No dents in the cap, clean trim, a smooth XF nib.  Sheaffer futzed around quite a bit with what to do with the white dot, especially on the metal cap pens.  This one has the early metal ring around the dot , abandoned when they figured out that they could just secure it directly in a hole in the cap like they did with the plastic cap pens.   Fully restored with our high grade rubber materials.  No dings, no dents, no brassing.  Note the alternating wavy line/straight line pattern in the cap.   Nice pen.

NOS Parker Micro-film Black ink   2 oz bottle    $22/bottle
We're down to just 2 bottles!

COMMENTS:  I recently picked up a case of Parker Micro-film black ink.  During WWII special forms were provided for  sending letters to GIs overseas.  The letters were photographed on large microfilm reels and set to their destinations instead of hundreds of individual letters.  The letters were then enlarged at the destination, and then delivered to the GI.  A good, solid black ink was essential to yield a good image of the letter.  This ink was developed to facilitate the process.

Out of 12 bottles, only one had been opened and used.  The condition of the boxes, and the dust on the bottle were evidence that they are indeed NOS, and never opened.  I of course, had to open the boxes to check the bottles, but  I did that from the bottom as much as possible.  These will be sent to USA addresses only.

Perfect to use in an Oversize Vacumatic or Balance....


Pen #2644     Fantasy Connaisseur     SOLD

Overall Grade:  new
Metal:  excellent Material:  Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   none Filler: cartridge/converter
             converter included
Point:   fine
Imprint Size:  5"
COMMENTS:  Though there are some pictures out there of models, to my knowledge these were never sold by Sheaffer.  Made with original Sheaffer parts, but assembled to produce a marbled "Connaisseur."   The last time  I had one of these to sell was back in October.  Who knows when I'll have the parts to make another one...  A gorgeous pen with a fine 18K Connaisseur nib
 
Pen #2678        Esterbrook SJ     $57 

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: cellulose acetate
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws: none. Filler:  lever
Point:  both pens -
      9556 extra fine firm
Imprint:  excellent Size: 4.6"
COMMENTS  Both of these pens are the slightly shorter,  slim version of the Esterbrook pens - longer than the purse pens, but a tad shorter than the Esterbrook J.  Clean pens in excellent condition, restored with mint NOS Esterbrook 9556 nibs.   The 9000 series nibs were Esterbrooks best - I don't sell pens with 1000 or 2000 series nibs.  The feeds are the later "dip tip" style.  Freshly restored.

gray -  2678


Pen #2681  Esterbrook Desk Sets  $49

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: cellulose acetate
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see description Filler:  lever
Point: see description
Imprint:   excellent Size:
COMMENTS: I came across a bunch of Esterbrook desk sets recently, and grabbed them.  I'm putting the fountain pens up for sale here.  All have been restored, all have good 2000 series nibs, and none of them are your run of the mill nibs.  The 8 Balls are clean, the clear tapers are very clean, no tooth marks or discoloration,  The black set is an earlier version with  rings cut into the taper at the barrel/taper joint, and has an appropriate earlier nib.  All are $49 - I just want to move them out.  The nib described goes with the base - I'm not swapping them around.  Specify which base you want  - color and number please.  Nib descriptions are from the Esterbrook nib chart.

#1 - Teal - 2988 nib -  broad nib   SOLD
#2 - Black 2048 nib -  "shaded writing"   Note that there is a very small bit of a bent to  the taper .
#3 -  gray  2284 nib -   signature stub  SOLD

Pen #2684      Petite black and pearl Balance    $117

Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  gold plated Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see description Filler: lever
Point: firm extra fine  5-30 nib
Imprint: excellent Size:  4.2"
COMMENTS: This is the smallest Balance Sheaffer made.   At just a bit under 4 1/4" long it's a sweet little pen. .  The nib is a smooth extra fine 5-20.  The  color in the picture is accurate.   No cracks, no crazing, no tooth marks.  There is the typical brassing on the ball of the clip - the rest of the trim is clean.  There is a posting mark at the end of the barrel.  It's close enough to the imprint that I've decided not to try to clean that up.  

Pen #2723   burgundy  Parker 51 Special     $137

Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: Lucite
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:   Aerometric
Point:   extra fine  octanium
Imprint: readable
               3rd quarter 1950
Size:  5.4"
COMMENTS:  The Parker 51 Special was a lower cost version of the line - black jewel instead of  silver pearl, an octanium nib instead of 14K gold.  The sac guard has a hooped filler instead of one with the pressure bar on the side, and a polished cap.  But they're arguably as well made as the regular 51, using the same materials except for the Octanium nib - which writes very nicely indeed.  No flaws on the pen.  The cap is bright, the sac replaced with a PVC 51 style sac. The nib is a smooth writing extra fine.  The color really is burgundy, not plum.

Pen #2724     Parker  51     $157

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material: Lucite
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   see description Filler:   Aerometric
Point:   extra fine 14K
Imprint:  extra fine
           3rd quarter 1949
Size:  5.4"
COMMENTS: This is an early production Aerometric Parker 51.  Parker began to make the change over to the newer design with changes to the cap (frosting style, anti-clip rotation tab) and clip (arrow VS blue diamond), early in 1948.  By this point in 1949 the change over was complete.  The Vacumatic filling system was gone, replaced by the Aerometric filling system, i.e. one with the sterling breather tube inside with the hole in the side near the feed to prevent flooding when flying, a Plyglass (PVC) sac, and a pressure  bar on the side of the sac guard to fill the pen.  This one is in nice shape with the original frosting (not perfect, but quite good), and original jewel on the clip.  The nib is a very nice writing fine, leaning towards extra fine.  The only flaw is that some of the plating has flaked off of the chrome plated "press 6 times" filler in a couple of spots.  Restored with a fresh PVC 51 style sac.  Makek sure that you specify the pen number when you order.

Pen #2704   gray demi Parker 51    $117

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material:  Lucite
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  Aerometric
Point:   fine 
Imprint Size:  5"
COMMENTS The Parker 51 is without a doubt one of the most popular pens, and maybe the most popular pen ever made, and I would argue the best pen  ever made.  Tough, very reliable, and we sell every one we list.  The  demi Vacumatic 51 pens were the same diameter as the full size pen, but with the Aerometric pens of the early 50s, they were both a bit shorter and a bit thinner.   The metal is clean, the cap refrosted.  The pen has been restored with a new PVC sac.  The nib is a smooth fine.  

Pen #2721    Aerometric demi Parker 51    $117

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material:  Lucite
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see comments Filler:  Aerometric
Point:   fine 
Imprint:   worn
             3rd quarter 1948
Size:  5"
COMMENTS This demi 51 is one of the earlier ones - a "press 6 times" filler, and a date code.  It would be another year or two before the date code was eliminated.   The nib in this one is a smooth fine, original sterling breather tube in the pen.  The filler is a a bit scuffed and worn, but no pealing plating.  I've replaced the original sac with a new one of PVC.  The flaws are minor - the cap plating is good, though surface is a but scuffed, with a shallow dent where the clip was - I found it rotated 180 degrees.  There is a little wear to the plastic of the clip.  Original jewel.   Still a nice writing pen that would make for a good daily carry pen.

Pen #2705      Parker Depression pen     $137

Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  gold plated Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see comments Filler: button filler
Point:extra fine
Imprint: worn but readable Size: 5.1"
COMMENTS:   The Depression era pens were a bit down the scale from the  streamlined Duofold Jr, though they shared the same section  feed etc.  Very attractive pens with the stepped cap top and blind cap.   The clip and trim on the cap have been replated with a base layer of nickel and then 24K with cobalt, which is about as tough as Parker's original plating.   No tooth marks or cracks.  Nice color to the celluloid.  The nib is a smooth extra fine.   Freshly restored.


Pen #2715     Parker Duofold Ballpoint and Pencil Set      $397

Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  gold plated Material: acrylic
Nib condition:   Flaws:  none Filler: 
Point:  NA
Imprint: Size: 5.1"
COMMENTS:    This  Parker Duofold ballpoint and pencil set is from my collection.  It goes with either the Centennial or International pens.  In the box, no outer box or papers.  Working refill, unused eraser in the pencil.  No dents, no dings in the caps.  Both have the  Parker Duofold medallion in the cap.  In the original wood box, which is in excellent condition with just a couple of minor marks on it, no outer box.  Save $50 if you buy both the fountain pen (2781) and bp/pencil set.

Pen #2702     non-Lifetime Sheaffer Balance    SOLD

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal:  extra fine Material:  celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   repaired cap lip Filler:   plunger
Point:   extra fine  #5 Feather touch
Imprint: excellent Size:  5.3"
COMMENTS   With the  flat ball radius clip, this is one of the later versions of the Balance.  The color of the celluloid is bright silver through out the pen.  No brassing on the trim, though it has the typical slightly hazy appearance.  Though you don't see it in the picture, the barrel has excellent transparency.  The has Sheaffer's excellent plunger filler - fully restored with our high grade, long life synthetic rubber materials.  The mask on the #5 Feather  Touch nib is excellent.  The only flaw is a repaired cap lip crack.  You'll have to look closely to find it, and you won't feel it.  

Pen #2695      Black and Pearl Sheaffer  5-30 Balance       $147

Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  gold plated Material:  celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see description Filler: lever
Point:   fine
Imprint:  excellent Size:  5.4"
COMMENTS: I like this pen, which is why I've put a lot of time into the cap.  There was some surface damage, which has been repaired.  The cap was worth saving.  Some folks don't like engravings, but this one is just cool.   The clip on the cap puts the date of manufacture around 1929.  The cap band says "A.E Inc. Helpful Suggestions 1930"  On the back is a monogram with the initials MFG, highlighted in gold.  The color in the picture is pretty accurate.  The nib is a smooth, fine, Sheaffer 5-30 nib, which was used in the non-lifetime pens. Fully restored.

Pen #2675       Jade Oversize Lifetime  Balance    SOLD

Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  gold plated Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler: lever
Point:extra fine
Imprint: extra fine Size:  5.6"
COMMENTS: This is an early production Oversize Balance - note the long humped ball clip, and short section.  Decent color on the barrel.  I think that the cap appears just a tad darker in the picture than it really is - could be my monitor.  No cracks or tooth marks.  There is some brassing on the ball and at the very top of the clip, a couple of brassing marks on the cap band.   Nice smooth extra fine nib. 

Pen #2619   Medium nib Sheaffer Admiral - stickered medium  NOS   $147

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  snorkel
Point: medium
Imprint:   Size:  5.6"
COMMENTS:  It isn't often that you find a stickered, NOS snorkel.  There is no evidence that the nib has ever seen ink, and the snorkel tube is clean.  The internal parts are as clean as a whistle.  The rubber seals have been replaced with and OEM Sheaffer 0-ring, and original Sheaffer style point holder gasket.  The only thing not with the original seal is the sac, which is PVC.  If you want a latex sac, I'll  put one in,  but you're better off with a PVC sac if you might use the pen.  Water tested only.  I have not buffed the pen, but only cleaned it up a bit with my pen polish.  

Pen #2664              Sheaffer Targa 1000       STICKERED        SOLD

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: chrome plated
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   Filler:  cartridge/converter
              squeeze converter included
Point: medium steel
Imprint:   Size:  5.1"
COMMENTS One of the classic, basic finishes of the Targa - chrome plated, vertical lines.  Though not mint, the pen still has the (faded) sticker on the back side of the cap.  The nib is a smooth medium.  It has the original red end (so synthetic) sac converter in it.   I've replaced the cap clutch so that it closes firmly.  No dings, dents or mushed ends.   A nice, clean pen.  It comes in a red Sheaffer box.

Pen #2658  NOS, stickered  Sheaffer Fashion pen 1 (slim)   $57

Overall Grade: NOS
Metal:  excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   Filler: cartridge/converter
         slim converter included
Point: gold plated
Imprint:   Size:  5.4"
COMMENTS I thought about putting this pen on Cheapskate Alley, but it's too nice.  The pen is NOS, bought with a bunch of stuff from a local jeweler.  It has the original slim converter, which can also be used in a slim Targa.  Mint, NOS, no ink in the pen.  The pattern is the "wavy line" pattern seen on some of the Lady Scripsert pens.  Nice pen.

Pen #2606  1005S  gold plated fluted  slim Targa    $77

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material: gold plated
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see comments Filler:  cartridge/converter
               converter included
Point: fine
Imprint Size:  5.4"
COMMENTS This pen dates from about the year that Robyn and I got married.  Gold plated fluted pattern, NOS nib, and an original slim converter  upgraded with a new PVC sac installed. (there's half the price of the pen!)   The nib is to the best of my knowledge NOS, though it has been tested.   The cap is engraved  Bank of Boston.  

Pen #2663  Sheaffer  Vintage   $57

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: plastic
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  cartridge/converter
              one cartridge will be included
             with the pen.  Converter available
Point: gold plated medium
Imprint:  excellent Size:  5.1"
COMMENTS:   The Vintage is an upscale version of the No Nonsense..  Gold plated trim, gold plated nib,, with a gold disc in the top of the cap.  They're nice pens - and you can put a Balance or Connaisseur nib in the pen.  I like them,  and have a couple stashed away.

Brobdingnagian Pin Vise  V2.0    $28

COMMENTS:   Named the Brobdingnagian Pin Vise with apologies to both  Johnathan Swift and Dorothy Sayers*  

This has to be one of the most useful tools in my tool box.  I made mine 3 or more years ago, and find myself constantly reaching for it when restoring pens.  The 3/8" chuck will hold drill bits for cleaning out snorkel sac guards, reamers,  taps, tapers,  you name it.   It's much easier to grip this tool than just a drill, or  a tap wrench which never tightens right on a round object, and fits a wide range of diameters from a #50 drill all the way up to 3/8"   If it fits, you have an instant handle.  I find it to be very useful for holding things like Vac jewels or other small parts for buffing.  They're held securely instead of getting ripped out of your fingers and flung into the deep dark corners of the shop.  (been there, eh?)

 V 2.0 has a chuck designed for hand tightening.  Overall length is 7"  The handle is about  5 1/2" long and 1 1/4" at the widest part  so that you get a good grip.    I've listed them here instead of on the "stuff"  page because if you do pen repair, you need this tool!

These will be out for sale at the Ohio show.  I suspect that once people see one being used at my seminar on Friday, they won't last long.  If you want to order one (and pay for it)  and pick it up at the show, we'll be happy to put your name on one.


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