Sold Pens Archive

This is an archive of the pens that have sold from this website since September 2015. It is provided as a reference source for the vintage fountain pen community, and is available for open use. The descriptions are abbreviated versions from the original For Sale listings. Full, unabbreviated versions are available upon request. All pens listed here have been sold and are not currently available. Listed prices are the sold prices.

Artus

1938

Artus was the name of the German fountain pen manufacturer that became Lamy, a company that has always focused on engineering and durability. This pen is of black celluloid, lever-filled, with some chasing. The trim is gold-plated and clean. There is some evidence of wear. Nib is original, and fine.

Price: $65

Bayard Excelsior 540

early 1940s

Excelsiors were a very successful midrange model for Bayard during the WWII years, and they came in several varieties, of which the 540 appears to be the one seen most often today. Of black celluloid with silver trim, this pen is a typical French size, 4 3/4” long with full girth. The nib is gold, marked Excelsior, with the Bayard PF/crossed nibs insignia; it writes a typical medium line that is a bit wet and soft. This particular pen’s clip and lever are both in the “bowtie” style; others I’ve seen have one or the other but not both. User pen, with some typical swelling around the lever area.  The imprint is faint but complete; it is interesting to note that this Excelsior, unlike the almost identical one in my collection, does not have Bayard printed in its imprint.

Price: $65 $53

Conway Stewart 388  

early 1950s

Conway Stewart was a major manufacturer of good to great fountain pens in England for a hundred years, from 1905-2005. The CS 388 was a highly successful model from 1938-55, spanning the company’s best years and the entire pre-war, wartime, and postwar periods. This example, freshly restored from my personal collection, is from the postwar era, in very attractive marbled burgundy celluloid with black celluloid cap peak and three cap rings. It is 12.5cm long capped. This pen is in excellent used condition — although there are the microscratches of use, there are no significant marks or blemishes, the gold diamond shaped clip and cap bands are bright and shiny, and the overall appearance is fresh and pretty. The imprint is complete. The gold nib, correct and probably original to the pen, is a wet broad oblique that is smooth with a little flex, and is imprinted CS 5N.

Price: $105

Conway Stewart LeTigre

1952-58

LeTigre 86 is akin to the 1952-58 Conway Stewart 84. t is a black pen, no major scratches or nicks, although it shows a fair amount of wear and what are probably light toothmarks at the top of the barrel. The trim is generally clean, with some wear on the clip. The nib is marked “Le Tigre 14K 1st quality”, and is a fine/medium with a little give.

Price: $60

De la Rue Onoto Model 16 

late 1940s

A post-WWII de la Rue, red marbled celluloid. The nib is original and marked “De La Rue Onoto 14c London”; writes a smooth and soft medium-broad line.

Price: $68

Esterbrook Deluxe SM 

1960s

From the 1960s, it has the black jewels of the J, and the plastic feels much like the harder, sturdier stuff used in the black J’s. Unlike a J, however, the Deluxe has a metal cap, which is friction fit. This pen, in black, is handsome and very clean. It is almost unmarked, with shiny cap, lever, and barrel end.  Both jewels are clean and complete, as is the imprint. Like the J’s, Deluxes used Esterbrook’s interchangeable nibs, and this pen carries a 9556, the Master Point firm fine.

Price: $42 $35

Esterbrook Safari

1959

Esterbrook Safaris came in three generational models — the third was their Plunger-Fill, a 1959 homage to (if not a direct copy of…) Sheaffer’s Touchdown system. This red pen (and its twin in green) is rarely seen and is in excellent condition, waiting for a collection to complete rather than a career as daily writer. It was not disassembled and carries what is likely its original sac, which took up water easily enough but is not guaranteed to work with ink. The nib is the correct Esterbrook’s Master Point Fine 9556.

Price: $45

Esterbrook Safari

1959

Esterbrook Safaris came in three generational models — the third was their Plunger-Fill, a 1959 homage to (if not a direct copy of…) Sheaffer’s Touchdown system. This green pen (and its twin in red) is rarely seen and is in excellent condition, waiting for a collection to complete rather than a career as daily writer. It was not disassembled and carries what is likely its original sac, which took up water easily enough but is not guaranteed to work with ink. The nib is the correct Esterbrook’s Master Point Extra Fine 9550.

Price: $45

Eversharp Skyline

1940s

This Skyline, from the early 1940s, is a very good user pen. It is a demi size, 4 3/4” long, in Dubonnet Red, with a grooved gold cap. Although there is a bit of plating missing on the clip, overall it is quite clean, still stickered even though it has been used, and yes, has typical Skyline barrel shrinkage under the cap. It carries the original Eversharp nib and is a very fast fine writer; as noted on the sticker, the nib is a Manifold extra fine, which means that it is firm enough to write through several copies.

Price: $45 $42

Eversharp Skyline

1940s

This Skyline, from my personal collection, is a very good user pen from the 1940s. It is a standard size, 5 7/32” long, in Navy Blue. It has several nicks, and barrel shrinkage under the cap, but nevertheless is an attractive pen, most comfortable in a smaller hand.

Price: $45