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The first firm "I wants it!" gets the pen.

Pen #2524      Ebonized Pearl Balance       $167

Overall Grade:  near mint
Metal:  perfect Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  oone Filler:  lever
Point:   fine
Imprint:  crisp Size:  4.8"
COMMENTS This is Jr size ebonized pearl Balance.  Yeh, its the smaller size, but its about a glorious as  you're likely to find.  Perfect trim, crisp imprint, bright  pearl chips both cap and barrel,  perfect mask on the nib.  No posting marks, or tooth marks.  Restored.

Pen #2520       English Duofold       $167

Overall Grade:  fine
Metal:  extra fine Material: plastic
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see comments Filler:  button 
Point:   fine
Imprint:  worn but readable Size:  5.2"
COMMENTS These pens look remarkably like a Parker Vacumatic Major, and its the same size,  but this is  in fact a button filler  Duofold  made in England.  The nib is a smooth fine Newhaven made Duofold nib.  The pen has the aluminum button filler that Parker also used in the VS line of pens.   There was a little brassing on the ridge of the arrow, and around the edge of the "washer" on the clip which have been polished and replated using a two step plating process - i.e. nickel under layer, then 14K gold.    The pen is fully cleaned and restored.

Pen #2510         NOS Stainless Sheaffer Targa  factory stub nib      $97

Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: brushed stainless steel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:   cartridge/converter
             converter included   
Point: 1.2 mm stub
Imprint:   Size:  5.3"
COMMENTS  Introduced in 1978, the brushed stainless Targa is one of the iconic Sheaffers.  I bought mine in 1980, and still have it.  They're tough, reliable pens.   The nib is NOS.  I can't measure actual line width without  inking it, but measuring right at the tip with calipers I get just a smidge under 1.2mm.  The nib is still chalkmrked.

Pen #2522              Waterman Emblem    FLEX NIB     $127

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material:  plastic
Nib condition: excellent Flaws:  see comments Filler:   lever
Point:  FLEX  fine 
Imprint:   CRISP Size:  4.3"
COMMENTS:   Waterman got into trouble with their Hundred Year Pen warranty, didn't like the FTC  warranty guidelines so discontinued the  name, and rebadged them as the Emblem pen.   It all gets muddy and confusing as they  started making pens with slip caps with a clutch instead of threaded,  and added metal caps to the mix.  The date is somewhere between 1941 and 1945.   The nib on this pen flexes from a no pressure 0.5mm to a full flex of about 1.4mm.  The cap is a slip cap and closes properly.  No brassing on any of the trim.   Like their lower end siblings the Taperite and the Crusader, these are a pain in the tush to get apart, and this one was no exception.  There is some minor ripple on the barrel just above the  clutch ring which you can see in the picture.   Overall though a nice and smooth writing pen.

Pen #2516       Cobalt Blue Sheaffer Balance II      $317

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: acrylic
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see comments Filler: cartridge/converter
              converter included
Point: fine two tone Feather Touch
Imprint:   Size:  5.2"
COMMENTS  NOS Cobalt Blue Sheaffer Balance.   The difference between the cobalt and the Millennium Balance is that the pen has two cap bands, while the Millennium Balance has a single wide band.   These gorgeous pens are getting to be hard to find.   The pen has a new red end squeeze converter., and comes with a Sheaffer Balance presentation box with papers.

Pen #2503        Montblanc 149       $497

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: precocious resin
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see comments Filler:  piston
Point: fine - see comments
Imprint:   Size:  5.8"
COMMENTS  Montblanc 149, I think 1980s.   Cleaned, tested, and an after market piston seal installed, which I like better than the original MB plastic seal.   The nib is listed as a fine, but given Montblancs grind the tipping is not a ball.  Rather it is taller than wider,  so gives a thinner down stroke and a wider horizontal, just the opposite of a stub, which makes for interesting line variation as you write. Nice pen!  

Pen #2515        Sheaffer Balance II nib with pen attached      $167

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: plastic
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see comments Filler: cartridge/converter
              converter included
Point:  medium 14K
Imprint:   Size:  5.65"
COMMENTS  OK, so the description is a bit tongue in cheek,  but  the nibs by themselves list for $155 and they're not making any more, and the rollerballs I've had,  have sold for $35.  The nib in the pen is a nice, smooth medium - a solid 0.6mm line.  A little wide for my tastes, but it is a nice writing pen.   

Pen #2521        Oversize Parker Vacumatic        $397

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material:  celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see comments Filler: vacumatic
Point: broad
Imprint:  worn but readable
                  2nd quarter 1935
Size:  5.3"
COMMENTS  The Oversize (OS) Parker Vacumatic was the largest of the first generation Vacumatics from the 1930s.  It  has the largest pump, the largest ink capacity, largest nib.  In short a big pen, comparable in size to the streamlined Duofold Sr.   This pen also has a big hunk of iridium on the nib - may have been retipped, though that is only a guess.  The pen has a very clean chrome plated lockdown filler, the pen was  just restored too.  Striped jewel on the cap top, black jewel on the blind cap.  I have repaired a small cap crack, but if you know my work you know that it is hard to find.  No brassing on cap bands, clip or tassie.

Pen #2519        Montblanc 234 1/2         $497

Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material:  celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   Filler:  piston
Point: med stub steel 4 1/2
Imprint:   excellent Size:  5.0"
COMMENTS  This is a WWII era Montblanc 234 1/2 .  Quite the contrast to the pens made in the USA in the same time period.  The pen is celluloid, but bandless, with a stamped ring in both the barrel and blind cap. The filler is marked D.P.R. with a serial number following.    Because of the shortage of gold in Germany in the era, the common nib was a  4 1/2 steel nib.   The pen is marked BB, but I would describe this nib as more of a slightly left oblique medium.  No cracks,  chips or tooth marks, the star on top is intact.  The pen has been restored with the proper cork material.  

Pen #2513         Sterling silver Parker 75       $167

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: sterling silver
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  cartridge/converter
              converter included
Point: medium
Imprint:   Size:  5.1"
COMMENTS  The sterling Parker 75 is one of the classic, iconic Parkers, just a step below the 51 and the Duofold line.  This pen is US made, has the dished ends, short inner cap with metal clutch fingers and the triangular section.   The trim ring has the marks on it, but not the "0".   The trim ring at the end has been sealed, and the pen  cleaned and serviced.   The converter is an earlier converter with the band in the middle, but restored with a PVC sac instead of the original latex.

Pen #2505        Parker  Milleraies  75       $217

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: gold plated
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  cartridge/converter
              converter included
Point: fine
Imprint:   Size:  5.1"
COMMENTS The  Milleraies finish is gold plated with  fine vertical lines.  Both the nib and pen are made in  France - thus the round section and the "fat feed" nib assembly.   The converter is the old style red/blue plastic twist converter.  No dings, no dents, no brassing.

Pen #2506         Parker Thuya Laque 75 set      $177

Overall Grade:  mint
Metal:  excellent Material: lacquer over brass
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  cartridge/converter
              converter included   
Point:  18K fine
Imprint:   Size:  5.4"
COMMENTS  This is a mint Thuya Lacque Parker 75 pen and ballpoint set, both made in France,  dating from 1981-1990.   The nib 18K is marked France, and has the "fat feed."  The cap of course has the longer plastic inner cap, and closes tightly.  The converter is an earlier metal converter with a PVC sac installed.    The lines in the ballpoint are a bit darker than the fountain pen.  

Pen #2489             Double Jewel  Vacumatic Major     $237

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal::  extra fine Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  replated tassie Filler: vacumatic
Point: fine
Imprint:  fine
       4th quarter 1941
Size:  5.1"
COMMENTS:   This double jewel Vacumatic was made in the 4th quarter of 1941, just as Parker was getting ready to phase out the double jewel pens.  The tassie is pressed on, so the blind cap has a "faux" jewel,  or bulleseye jewel.  Later vacumatics used a removable jewel to hold the tassie in place.  The imprint is somewhat worn, but readable.  The nib is a nice, smooth fine.  No brassing or dents on the clip or cap band.   The filler is a clean (and correct) Speedline filler.
   Fully restored

Pen #2509        Sheaffer Legacy BP and Pencil set       $117

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material:  Gold plated cap
         barrel lacquer over brass
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  
Imprint:   Size:  5.4"
COMMENTS  This is a very clean Sheaffer Legacy BP and Pencil set.  Both pencil and pen are working.    Monteverde makes a nice gel refill  replacement for the Sheaffer BP refills, available from a number of  on line vendors.   BP is supplied with a Sheaffer BP refill.

Pen #2507        Sheaffer Saratoga snorkel      $127

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  initials  JLL engraved
              on the cap band.
Filler: snorkel
Point:  medium
Imprint:  excellent Size:  5.6"
COMMENTS  The Sheaffer Saratoga was one of three open nib model pen.   Sheaffer was pushing their Triumph nib pens, so the open nib pens didn't get a white dot, though everything except the nib unit and snorkel tube was the same.  The same.  ...and they didn't put a white dot on the cap.     This pen is in excellent condition, fully restored, and of course a PVC sac has been installed instead of latex, so it should last a good long time.   

Pen #2463            Sheaffer Admiral  Balance            $167

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal:  extra fine Material: Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see notes Filler:  lever
Point:  extra fine
Imprint:  excellent Size:  5.3"
COMMENTS:  The standard version of the Sheaffer Balance - standard size like the  two military clip versions we've had on the site.  Nice and clean with a good XF nib, and the mask on the nib is a nice bright silver color.  Note the clean section.  The only flaw is a bit of an indentation around the cap and the level of the ball on the clip.  You'll have to catch the light just right to see it.  Not perfect, but quite clean, and a good choice for a gift to be used as a daily writer.

Pen #2511    NOS   Parker 45 set      $57

Overall Grade:  NOS - mint
Metal:  excellent Material: plastic
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  cartridge/converter
               both included   
Point: fine gold nib
Imprint:   Size:  5.4"
COMMENTS  The Parker 45 was made as a student pen, with finishes below and above this one in quality.  The Arrow version was all plastic,  and there were fancier all metal versions in both stainless and gold plated.  This is mint, NOS in the original box.  The left hinge on the box is broken from being lugged around to various pen shows.  But the pen and pencil are in perfect condition, no "puckering" on the pen section, scratches, cracks or dings.  With the original converter, a cartridge and converter.  

Pen #2493            Aqua Esterbrook Pastel Purse Pen         SOLD
        2314-M (left oblique) nib

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal: excellent Material: cellulose acetate
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   Filler:  lever
Point:  2341-M nib
Imprint:  excellent Size:  4.4"
COMMENTS:  The Esterbrook purse pens are often thought of as  ladies pens because of their smaller size, but they're also good pocket (or vest pocket) pens.   They are a comfortable length when posted, an this one posts nicely.  Though shorter, the diameter is about the same as the SJ. The color is described as  aqua -  as this picture shows up on my monitor, it is pretty close to a mint green.  The nib is a smooth 2314-M  nib, which is a medium left oblique.  The advantage to the Esterbrook pens though, is that you can screw in any of the nibs that Esterbrook made, so you can install one of your favorite nibs Note that nothing from the modern "Esterbrooks" will work.  They are  Esterbrooks in name only, and have no connection to the Esterbrook pens from Camden, NJ!    Fully restored and ready to write

Pen #2453         Parker Deluxe Challenger        $137

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material:   celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws: see notes Filler: plunger
Point: extra fine
Imprint:  excellent  
             2nd quarter 1937
Size:  5.1"
COMMENTS The Deluxe Challenger shared many things with it's more expensive siblings. The same celluloid was used in Vacumatics, the same feed and section were used in Duofold Jr. pens.  The nib on the pen is an extra fine.The color though not perfect is pretty good, especially on the cap.  The cap and cap band have been replated with rhodium.  There is a small ding in the cap band on the back side away from the clip.  Fully restored

Pen #2437             Parker Vacumatic Jr       $147

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal::  extra fine Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler: vacumatic
Point: fine
Imprint:  excellent
               first quarter 1947
Size:  5.1"
COMMENTS:  By 1947 Parker was working  to phase out the Vacumatic after a very successful run of 13 or 14 years.  Newer designs were catching the publics eye.  Parker's 51 had been in production for 6 years and was an overwhelming success, the VS (Vacumatic Successor?)  was into its second (and last)  year of production with the 21 just over the horizon.   You don't see many Vacumatics with the 1947 date code, and the model was discontinued in 1948.   This pen is exceptionally clean.  No brassing on the clip or cap band, nice transparency to the barrel, no marks on the barrel or cap.  The nib is a smooth fine.  The darker rings in the cap are just that the celluloid in that area did not have the lighter color, not staining of the celluloid.  It's not uncommon to see an area running the length of the pen, less common to go around the pen, but you do see it on occasion.

Pen #2490             Parker Vacumatic Jr       $147

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal::  extra fine Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler: vacumatic
Point: fine -  with spring - see notes
Imprint:   extra fine
       4th quarter 1946
Size:  5.1"
COMMENTS:   When this pen was made, the GIs were home, and for most of the country the war was over, though it still had a way to go  before it was officially declared to be over.  Parker was getting ready to phase out the Vacumatic line, and the 51 was the premier pen.  This a nice clean vacumatic with a clean pump and a nice imprint.  There is some transparency to the pen.  The nib is interesting.  Not what I could call a flex nib, but neither is it the very firm nib more typical of a Vacumatic. You can get it to flex some to give you a wider line width - just don't expect anything near a wet noodle

Pen #2499      Sheaffer Junior       $107

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  Filler: lever
Point:   extra  fine - see comments
Imprint:  excellent Size:  5.5"
COMMENTS  Green striped Sheaffer Jr.  The  pen is the same length as a standard Sheaffer Balance, but it thinner.  It  has been restored, and has the appropriate Jr. nib.  While I wouldn't cal the nib flexible, these nibs often have a nice bit of spring to them which allows for some line variation.   The clip and lever are a nice shiny white chrome.  The cap band shows a little wear.  Over all, a clean attractive pen.

Pen #2409           WASP  Addipoint            $87

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal: excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  lever
Point:  Fine Line 341 (fine)
and WASP Gregg Shorthand nib - see notes below
Imprint:  crisp Size:  5.1'
COMMENTS:   Take a look again brother, it  ain't  an Esterbrook, though you would be forgiven if you took it for one as Robyn did when she first saw the pen!  The WASP  pen was a sub brand of Sheaffer, and acronym for Walter A Sheaffer Pen.  Sheaffer seemed to use the line for products that they wanted to market test without putting their name on the pen.  For instance, the first plunger fillers were WASP pens, not Sheaffer, and the design was tweaked before it was released bearing the Sheaffer name.   The Addipoint was designed to go head to head with Esterbrooks when it was introduced in 1939, and featured similar plastics, chrome trim, and interchangeable nib units.  But unlike the Esterbrook where you could change just the nib, you had to change out the entire section with a sac attached...  and the quality of the trim wasn't as good either.  The pen was out of production by the time the USA entered WWII.  

This pen is in excellent condition with clean trim, no damage to the celluloid and a crisp imprint.  I'm supplying two nibs with the pen - one is an original WASP Gregg Shorthand nib with the tube (and a new sac).  A bit toothy, but it is an original nib.  The other is the section and feed originally in the pen, but with a later Fine Line XF nib, which is rather nice writing.   

Pen #2460             Sheaffer Military Clip Balance       $147

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal::  extra fine Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler: plunger
Point: fine
Imprint:  extra fine Size:  5.2"
COMMENTS:  A brown Military clip Balance.  Military clip not because its short, but because it is a standard clip turned upside down and folded over the top instead of  on the side of the cap so that the cap could sit low in the pocket, and the flap of a military shirt pocket could be buttoned closed. least that was the argument.  I still smile to myself when I look at the picture of a couple of Jimmy Doolittle's crew looking at a globe, and there's the Sheaffer Balance proudly sticking up and displacing the pocket flap in a military publicity picture.  Someone no doubt had a cow when they saw that.  The  pen is clean, no cracks,  a nice smooth nib,  good imprint, and of course fully restored using our high grade rubber materials.

Pen #2435             Sheaffer Military clip Balance           $147

Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material:  celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  Filler:  plunger
Point: fine #5 Feather Touch
Imprint:  excellent Size:  5.1"
COMMENTS:  This military clip Balance is exceptionally clean.  No brassing, excellent imprint, a nice smooth #5 nib.  Though not the bright green color of a NOS barrel, there is nice transparency in the celluloid.  Except for the absence of the white dot and a lifetime nib, the parts are identical to the Lifetime version of the pen, but they cost (both past and present) a little less than the white dot version.    Fully restored using our high grade synthetic rubber products.