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Pen #3092     Sheaffer  Valiant Snorkel Set   $157
3092
snorkel set
Overall Grade: excellent!
Metal: excellent
Material:  Forticel
Nib condition: excellent
Flaws:  none
Filler:   snorkel
 Point:  fine
Imprint:  excellent
Size:  5.6"
COMMENTSAlong with the Parker 51, the snorkel is one of the most popular pens of all time.  Introduced in 1952 the pen continued in production through 1959.  You find them all over the place, but you often find them in rough shape, with rusted parts inside.  This one is very clean, all internal parts clean and intact.    The nib is a 14K two tone nib, that I would rate as having a fine line.  The imprint is crisp. No brassing, the clip holds well, no wiggle, no lift of the plastic material around the clip. The pencil is working with what may be the original eraser.   It sort of erases, but even the NOS erasers from the factory are getting to be fairly hard.  The original box is shown.  The usual marks inside.  There is a piece of clear tape on the inside of the lid.  It might come off with a little heat - I did not try to remove it.  The outside is clean.  Any unevenness on the edges in the picture is my hasty editing.  Fully restored with all new rubber parts, filled and tested.  We will include a photocopy of the original Snorkel instructions.

Pen #3094  Black and Pearl OS Sheaffer Half Balance       SOLD
3094
Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal: gold plated
Material:  celluloid
Nib condition: excellent
Flaws:  flaking on sac guard
Filler:  lever
 Point:  fine
Imprint:  extra fine
Size:  5.3"
COMMENTS:    The Sheaffer half Balance pens are interesting pens.  They're the same in all ways as the regular Balance except for the flat end.  There is a lot of speculation about why Sheaffer made them. with arguments for transitional pens (flat top to Balance), using up old parts etc.  But Sheaffer kept making flat top pens until 1939.  These  half Balance pens were real models that Sheaffer sold well into the 1930s. Cheaper pens?  No.  The smaller models were only 50 cents or so cheaper than the full Balance, and the Oversize pens like this one were exactly the same price as the full  Balance. Whatever the case, they're not as common as the standard Balance, and I like them.   The color in the picture is pretty accurate. No cracks or crazing, there is some brassing on the cap band as you can see, and a bit at the top of the clip.  The nib on this pen is amazing.  Very smooth, and it lays down a nice wet line when filled.  A PVC sac has been installed, well coated with talc to minimize contact with the celluloid.

Pen #3006   Demi  Parker 51  pen and pencil  $137
3004
Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal: excellent
Material:  Lucite
Nib condition: excellent
Flaws:  flaking on sac guard
Filler:  aerometric
 Point:  fine
Imprint:  extra fine
Size:  5.1"
COMMENTS:    When Parker introduced the aerometric 51, they also came out with a new Demi version.  The original Vacumatic version was the same diameter as the standard 51, but shorter.  The new ones are thinner as well.   The pen and pencil strictly speaking are not a set - the pen has a 4th quarter 1948 date code, the pencil which is a shorter version to go with the demi pen has a 3rd quarter 1952 date code.  The pen has an early "press 6 times" sac guard which has some flaking to the plating on the sac guard. Excellent frosting on the pen and pencil.  Restored with a new PVC sac.

Pen #3093  Navy blue  Eversharp  Skyline     $137
3093
Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal: excellent
Material:  plastic
Nib condition: excellent
Flaws:  see description
Filler: lever
 Point: medium
Imprint:
Size:  5.2"
COMMENTS:    It seems like things come in threes - and this is the third Skyline Model 61 Presentation pen and the second blue one in the last 3 months or so,.    I've always considered the Skyline to be a funky pen.  Designed by Henry Drefuss and released by Eversharp in the summer of 1940, they were a striking example of the streamlined design rage.... Trains, aircraft, pens.....  Take a look at the New York Central's 20th Century Limited, and you'll see the link.  This pen is in nice shape.  The inner cap has been secured. no dents, no brassing, even on the lever where you usually see the plating worn from contact with the cap. The clip wraps over the top and attaches on the back just as it should.   The pen which is a nice Navy blue has a nice writing medium nib.  The one flaw - someone tried to unroll the cap lip, and so it was uneven when the pen was received.  I've straightened out the edge and rolled over the edge of the cap lip so that it is even again.  If you know these pens you'll notice the difference from original, but it looks really good.  But for that repair the pen would likely be listed $30 higher.

Pen #3082     Jade Sheaffer Ringtop    $97
3083
Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal: excellent
Material: celluloid
Nib condition: excellent
Flaws: name in barrel
Filler:   lever
 Point: fine gold nib
Imprint:   extra fine
Size: 4.5"
COMMENTSThis is a Jr size (as in flat top era Jr, not the smaller Balance Jr) pen.  No precise date for this one - after 1926 when Sheaffer introduced celluloid pens.  The barrel still has the pin type lever, so earlier on,  The Lifetime nib is big for the pen.  You'll find the white dot on the barrel end.  The cap (which posts nicely) and barrel are original, and the change in color is not unusual.  To use the catalog line (I think it's silly)  "the pen is enhanced with a fine, gold nib."  No brassing on the lever or cap band, restored of course.  The only thing to complain about is that FRANCIS ZIGNER wanted you to know that it was HER pen, so the has her name on it.

Pen #3077   Esterbrooks     See description below
112823
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COMMENTS:  Esterbrook had one goal - make good writing, reliable fountain pens.  They made the pens out of thicker plastic than most others in their price range. the trim is stainless steel, so no chance of  plating wearing off.  They were made to be used, and to last.  Some of my favorite pens are Esterbrooks, including the copper transitional on the table next to me.  We accumulated quite a few Esterbrooks over the summer, and I've finally restored them and am listing them here.

All of the pens shown above,  except the dollar pen and the pastel pens, are Esterbrook J pens with buttons on both ends.  The pastel pens also have buttons on barrel and cap. All pens  are in extra fine condition, and have been cleaned, restored, polished, and have decent writing 2000 series nibs installed.  Some darkening to the plastic on the two pastel pens, most notably on the green one around the lever, which you can see in the picture.

Pricing:
 
All, including the pastel pens are $50 each, and are sold with the nib that is in the pen.  With NO nib, the pens are $45. 
The J pens and the Dollar pen have 2000 series nibs.  The pastel pens have 1500 nibs.   I do have 9000 series nibs available.  I can upgrade the nib for you with the nib of choice below.  Add $25 if I keep the 2000 series nib, $30 if you want both the 2000 nib and the 9000 nib.  I will install the upgrade and will align the nib with the lever before the pen ships.

>>Please give both the pen number and nib preferences when you order the  pen. The 9000 series nib are below the pen descriptions.

#1 - Foliage green  2668

#9 - Cobalt Blue Dollar pen - small  2668
#10 - Pastel Green  1555

9000 series nibs available.  Nibs are available on a first come-first serve basis, and will not be sold separately, but only with one of the pens in this listing.

9460 - 2  (carbon copies)
9550 - 2  (extra fine)
9555 - 1  (shorthand)
9556 - 2  (fine writing)


Pen #3014   Parker Challenger    $127
3014
Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal: excellent
Material: celluloid
Nib condition: excellent
Flaws: see comments
Filler:   button
 Point: fine gold nib
Imprint:    worn but readable
Size:  5"
COMMENTS:   Made in the first quarter of 1940 the Challenger was a middle line of pens, sharing components with the Duofold Jr pens, but a better quality than the Parkettes.  This was in the middle of the production time line - so it's design predated the Royal Challenger, but the clip design is more like the Vacumatic with the jewel on top. The imprint is a bit worn, but readable.  There is some wear to the plating on the clip as is typical with the nickel trim pens, but no brassing.  The cap bands have been replated with nickel. The window in the section shows ink level, the breather tube that you see on the inside on these pens did absolutely nothing.  It just made you think that it took in a little more ink because it was there - but there wasn't a hole going from the middle of the feed up to the ink channel as there was on the Vacumatic pens.  Just marketing....   Restored, as are all of our pens! 

Pen #2849   Sheaffer  Gregg Shorthand pen      $117           
Gregg
Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  replated
Material:  celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws: 
Filler: lever
Point: fine 14K stamped GREGG
Imprint: none - see comments
Size:  5.0"
COMMENTSThis is an interesting little pen, and perhaps rare.  I've only handled one in over 30 years of collecting and repairing pens..  It's on the slender side, but not skinny.  When posted, the pen is nicely balanced.   Richard Binder has an interesting article on the Gregg shorthand pens if you're curious.  Sheaffer made the Addipoint with an interchangeable nib at a lower price point, but in the late 1930s they made this pen..  Binder describes it as "a “throwback” straight-line flat-topped model, with the straight silhouette of the cap providing a good frame for Gregg logo in the cap crown and with a humped flat-ball clip taken from Sheaffer’s then-current WASP sub-brand pens."  The 14K nib is a nice writing fine.  The trim has been replated with a base layer of nickel and top layer of gold.  Fully restored.

Pen #3042  Esterbrook   Dollar pen    $67
3042
Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal: excellent
Material: plastic  (CAB?)
Nib condition: excellent
Flaws:  see comments
Filler:  lever
 Point: early 2442  fine stub
Imprint: excellent
Size:  4.7"
COMMENTS:    It's hard to find these pens, let alone in decent condition.  I grade this as extra fine.  A few small flea bites, but nothing signficant.  The nib is an early 2442  Esterbrook Falcon nib, flat feed, appropriate for this pen. Restored and tested.  This is the smaller of the two Dollar pen sizes, so more for someone with a amaller hand.

Pen #3008   Pygmy Balance    $147
3008
Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal: excellent
Material: celluloid
Nib condition: excellent
Flaws:  none
Filler:   lever
 Point: fine
Imprintexcellent      
Size:  4.1"
COMMENTS I don't know if that's what they're really called, but it works....    Robyn says that the pen is "really cute."  Can pens be cute?  My cat is cute, and plays fetch with paper balls, which is cute.  I've never seen a pen play fetch.  I rarely use the words rare, but if it isn't rare (VS cute) it at least it fall into the "rather uncommon" category.  If the proportions look like they're off, they are, though correct.  This is the same diameter as a slender Balance, but about 3/4" shorter than a Jr pen, The clip indicates an early pen - about 1929.  White dot, Lifetime nib, it's like the "Tuckaway"  or maybe "Sport" of the Balance line.  The cap posts nicely, so not too short for writing,   Clean trim, no brassing, no tooth marks.   Fully restored

Pen #2938   Sheaffer slender flat top    $137
2938
Overall Gradeextra fine
Metal: excellent
Material:  celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent
Flaws:  replated band
Filler:  lever
 Point:  fine
Imprint: extra fine
   
Size:  5.2"
COMMENTSThis is one of the "odds and ends" items.  I've had it in the shop for a while, restored, but have no idea where I got it. Longer than a Jr size Sheaffer, thinner than a Sr flat top, but about the same length.  Lifetime nib, white dot in the top of the cap.  Humped flat ball clip.  No cracks, no chips or tooth marks.  The clip was replated and then the cap band plated to match color. 




What's with this "fully restored" thing anyway? 
There are some sellers out there who will put a sac in a pen and call it "restored."   I'm not one of them.
I started repairing pens for myself back in the late 80s or so, and of course was restoring them
the way that I thought that they should be.... and the way that most people would want their pens
to be.  The work is done with attention to detail, nice looking, cleaned, nib smoothed,
polished and working.   That habit was ingrained in me,
and it's still the way I repair pens - for my self, to sell, or for clients.


Note that all pens are sold without ink, cartridges or converters
 unless otherwise noted.



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