Esterbrook Pastels

1950's
About This Model

Esterbrook Pastel pens were made during the 1950’s, and are actually J family pens. They came in a range of colors that included lilac, pink, peach, blue, mint green, a putty color, and white, perhaps others. Designed for ladies’ purses, they came in plastic cases and are slightly smaller than the SJ, 4 ⅜” versus the SJ’s 4 ¾”. There were also two generations, the first with J-like black jewels, and later ones in colors that matched the pens. Take a bit of care with Pastels; they’re made of softer plastic and wear very easily. In addition, they often appear with cracking at the cap or barrel edges.

To purchase a pastel, pick your pen from the list below, and add a nib from the nib listing, either a base nib or one with a premium price.

About This Pen


These are the Esterbrook Pastels that are currently available, from left to right in the picture:

1. 1st Gen CH.Putty, has micro-wear and nibbles on cap near jewel. Jewels good. Clip and spade lever good. $45

2.1st Gen CH, Mint Green. stickered. Shows very little micro-wear. Jewels good. Clip and spoon lever good.  $65

3.1st Gen CH. Peach, has micro-wear. Jewels good. Clip and spade lever good. Has some darkening on barrel threads. $50

4.1st, Gen Ch. Lilac, has micro-wear. Jewels good. Clip and spoon lever good. Some discoloration of exposed areas; barrel color is brighter under cap. $45

5.1st Gen CH. Putty, has micro-wear. Some darkening base of barrel threads a few nibbles near tassie.  Jewels good. Clip and spoon lever good. $45

6.1st Gen CH. Mint Green, has micro-wear, wear staining above cap ring, micro-cracking around crack edge. Jewels good. Clip and spoon lever good. $45

7.White, 1st Gen CH. Has micro-wear, some light cracking around cap edge. Jewels, good. Clip and spoon lever good. Has “Educational Sample” imprint. $50 

8.2d Gen CH. Green, with green jewels. Has micro-wear. Some barrel thread wear.  Jewels good. Clip and spoon lever good. $60

9.1st Gen CH. Putty, very little micro-wear. Darkening at bottom of barrel, and a mild 2.5cm stain streak across airhole. Jewels good. Clip and spade lever good. $45

10.1st, Gen Ch. Mint Green, has micro-wear, no obvious marks. Jewels good. Clip and spoon lever good. $55

Price: $50