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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

Pen #2626      Parker VS  BROAD NIB    $117

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal:  extra fine Material:  celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  staining at end
     of section.
Filler: button
Point:   BROAD
Imprint:  worn  2nd quarter 1947 Size:  5.1"
COMMENTS: The Parker VS was billed as a lower priced alternative to the Parker 51.  They share some design elements - the cap parts are interchangeable with the Parker 51, though the clip design is different, and the same clutch ring.  The plastic though is not as hard as the 51 Lucite is.  The clear feed is entertaining because you see both the ink and the air returning to the sac.  OK, entertaining if  you're stuck at home with the flu maybe, but I did find it to be  interesting.  The nib is a true BROAD nib, nice and fat and smooth.  The cap has been refrosted, the jewel is original.  This pen has the aluminum button filler with the aluminum thread bushing that screws in from the back end.  Fully restored.

Pen #2685   Sheaffer Prelude    custom ground 1mm cursive italic       $100

Overall Grade:  NOS
Metal:  excellent Material: lacquered brass
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:    Filler:   cartridge/converter
Point:   1mm cursive italit
Imprint: . Size:   5.25"
COMMENTS:  A new Sheaffer Prelude, with a custom ground 1.0 mm cursive italic nib.  In  the  original Sheaffer box, but no papers.  A cartridge and  converter included.  This is one of the USA production pens, with the better quality 2 tone nibs.  A gorgeous pen!

Pen #2671  Blue Cedar Vacumatic 51         $147

Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material: Lucite
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:    Filler: Vacumatic
Point:   fine
Imprint: nearly  invisible Size:   5.5"
COMMENTS:  Except for the lack of an imprint, this is a nice clean vac 51.  Clean trim, refrosted Lustraloy cap, original jewel,  smooth fine nib.  I don't know what the white spot in the picture  is - but it's not on the pen.  Just restored and ready to write.

Pen #2692   burgundy demi Parker 51    SOLD

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 51pens were the same diameter as the full size pen, but with the Aerometric pens of the early 50s, they were both shorter and thinner.  The color of this pen is burgundy, not plum - sorry. The metal is clean, the original frosting is quite good.  The pen has been restored with a new PVC sac.  The nib is a smooth fine.  

Pen #2676       Parker Depression pen     $137

Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  gold plated Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see comments Filler: button filler
Point: 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..  This clip and cap bands on this pen  show some darkening of the metal, so may have been replated.  No tooth marks or cracks.  Nice color to the celluloid.  The nib is a smooth fine.   Freshly restored.

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 #2701       Parker Aerometric 51     SOLD

Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  gold plated Material: Lucite
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see notes Filler: Aerometric
Point: extra fine
Imprint:   Size: 5.4"
COMMENTS:    I will admit it - though the Vacumatic 51 is a great pen, I  like the filler on the Aerometric 51s.  A simple squeeze filler, and nearly bullet proof with the plyglass  AKA PVC sac.  There  is a small brassed spot near the cap edge that has been touched up and replated.

Pen #2698     Parker Double Jewel Vacumatic Jr   flex nib!       $147

Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  gold plated Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see comments Filler: vacumatic
Point: fine flex
Imprint: worn Size: 4.9"
COMMENTS:   I don't need to elaborate on the second generation Vacumatic.  This one is marked Canada, so come things might be a bit different than the US models - like the flexible  nib.  The inner cap is a little short on this one, so the nib is set in a bit, and overall length just a tad shorter when the pen is closed. Fully restored.

Pen #2699     Parker Vacumatic Jr     $147

Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  gold plated Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see comments Filler:  vacumatic
Point: fine
Imprint: none Size: 5.1"
COMMENTS:   A clean second generation Vacumatic Jr.    The pen has a nice, smooth two tone nib.  No hint of there ever having been an imprint - you do see it on occasion, which makes me thing that this is a factory replacement, but that's  just a guess.  Fully restored and ready to write.

Pen #2696  and  2697  model 2780 Palladium plated  Sheaffer  Triumph Imperial    

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material:  palladium plated
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   Filler:  cartridge/converter
           New red end squeeze converter included
Point: 2696  14K  BROAD nib
    pen 2697 - 14K extra fine nib
Imprint Size:  5.4"
COMMENTS:  We recently picked up two of these pens.  The pens  are the 2780 Triumph Imperials from 1995-96.  They are palladium plated, not chrome, with gold electroplated trim.  The pens originally came with  long gold plated nibs.  I've upgraded both to 14K  nibs.  Both come with new red end (i.e.. PVC sac)  squeeze converters.  Both are in the original Sheaffer box with with papers, and the nibs still have their chalk markings on the bottom.   Very nice, clean pens.

Pen 2696- BROAD nib - SOLD
Pen 2697 - extra fine nib - $127

Please specify  nib width and pen number when ordering.
 

Pen #2702     non-Lifetime Sheaffer Balance    $147

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 sligltly hazy appearance.  Though you don't see it in the picture, the barrel has excellent transparency.  The has Sheaffers 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 #2707    PFM II    $237

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material:  brushed stainless cap
                  Forticel pen
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   Filler:  snorkel
Point:   extra fine palladium
Imprint Size:  5.4"
COMMENTS  Go one step down from the PFM III, and you have (duh!) the PFM II.  The pen has a brushed steel cap and a palladium nib.  That's about the only difference.  The plastic is the same, as are all of  the internal parts.   Its  "lowly" little brother the PFM I has chrome trim and no white dot,  This pen has a nice writing extra fine nib.  Fully restored, of course.  We don't sell pens unless we've had a chance to do a complete restoration, and a PVC sac installed.  .

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 #2693        Sheaffer Triumph Crest      $157

Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  gold plated Material:  celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see description Filler: plunger
Point:   fine
Imprint:  excellent  
           no price code.
Size:  5.4"
COMMENTS:   I've always found the Sheaffer Crest to be an attractive pen with its golden brown or black barrel against the gold filled cap.   Because WWII was under way when the Triumph line  was introduced in  1942,   Sheaffer could not use brass as the base metal for the rolled gold cap, and used sterling silver instead.  The Crest is found only in golden brown and black, never in carmine, green or silver.  The barrel on the pen has nice transparency, and the pen fills completely with one stroke.  The nib is a nice, smooth fine.    There is the usual  small dent in the top of the cap (easy to miss)  and a couple of other small dents elsewhere on the cap, but overall in nice condition  - no brassing on the cap or clip.  The white dot is, as it should be, on the end of the blind cap  Fully restored with our high grade rubber materials.    About the only maintenance needed is a little silicone grease on the rod from time to time.  We have the good stuff that we use in the shop for $5, and would be happy to add a jar to the order when you buy the pen.

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 #2632     Sheaffer Statesman      $177

Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  gold plated Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:   plunger
Point:   extra fine
Imprint:  excellent Size:  4.9"
COMMENTS:  The Statesman dates from around 1945-1947, likely closer to 1945 with the red striped section instead of a black one that unscrews from the barrel.   A little smaller than the Valiants, this is a comfortable pen to write with when the cap is posted - and it posts firmly.  The plunger filler system (aka "vacuum") has been fully restored using our high grade rubber material for both the packing unit and head gasket. Very reliable, and they hold quite a bit of ink.   I don't know that I've had to re-do any of the pens that I've restored over the last 11 years or so - and there are hundreds of them out there.  About the only maintenance needed is flushing the pen occasionally, and a little silicone grease on the plunger rod from time to time.  We have that for sale if you need some.  The jar will last you a good long time!  

NOS Parker Micro-film Black ink   2 oz bottle    $22/bottle

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....

 11   4    bottles  available

Pen #2675       Jade Oversize Lifetime  Balance    $247

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 #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 #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 #2644     Fantasy Connaisseur     $357

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 #2664              Sheaffer Targa 1000       STICKERED        $77

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 #2624        Sheaffer Sovereign II     $167

Overall Grade:   excellent
Metal:  extra fine Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see comments Filler:  plunger
Point: fine
Imprint:  excellent Size: 4.9"
COMMENTS:  The Sovereign II was made with a wire band from about 1942 - 1946.  The "II" was a way to avoid confusion with the Balance model with the same name.  Sheaffer really never was good about coming up with new model names...  This one is NOS.   The barrel very clear, the color of the celluloid bright, the imprint crisp, and the thread ring clean - there is a little roughness at the top of the clip.  Even the inside of the cap is clean.  The head gasket and seals of course dried out long ago, so the pen has been restored with our high grade rubber materials.  A nice little pen... 

Pen #2627    Lady Duofold ringtop  $127

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material:  celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   Filler:  button
Point:   fine
Imprint:  extra fine Size:  4.5"
COMMENTS:  Duofold Sr, Duofold Jr, Lady Duofold.....   in descending order by size.  This is a clean pen, nice imprint, excellent nib,  clean trim, crisp knurling on the blind cap and cap,  clean ringtop.  The pen is the same length as a Duofold Jr, but  the diameter is a little thinner.  This one has a nib marked DUOFOLD PEN, and a Christmas tree feed.   Lady's pen or a vest pocket pen - you decide, but there's no doubt that this pen is a nice one!   Fully restored and ready to be used....

Pen #2620   Sheaffer Tuckaway    $117

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 hurray 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.   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 #2678 or 2679       Esterbrook SJ     $57 each

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.

Pen #2663  Sheaffer  Vintage   $67

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.


OUT OF STOCK 

*Gulliver's Travels and Busman's Honeymoon respectively.

Pen #2694   Retro 51 Tornado fountain pen   $27

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material:  plastic
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler: cartridge
Point:  fine
Imprint:   Size:  5.0"
COMMENTS:  I've had this for quite some time,  but haven't been using it, so out it goes.  A nice pen in a discontinued finish (made 10-15 years ago).  The pen has a fine stainless steel nib.  I don't have any converters that will fit the pen - the Monteverdi mini-converter is too long.  A Kaweco sport squeeze converter might fit, I haven't tried one though.


 

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