Sold Pens Archive

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

Faber-Castell 884

early 1950s

Identical to the Osmia 883, early 1950s, with muted stripes in resin and a dark green section. Two-tone Osmia nib is a fine with some flex. There are no visible flaws or marks; overall this pen is in excellent condition and writes well.

Price: $135

Geha Goldschwinge 725

1962

Geha was one of Germany’s longstanding manufacturers of excellent fountain pens that found success both before and after WWII. This pen, probably from 1962, is in black plastic. It is a piston filler, with a soft broad nib that has wings that clipped to the side of the feed. This pen’s Reservtank works well, and the piston fills smoothly. The nib writes a soft broad line. The pen’s only flaw is what is believed to be a single (repaired) hairline crack in the slip-type cap, an issue for which these pens and many others of that day are well-known. It is a very nice pen that, due to the cap’s fragility, is probably meant to stay on a desk or be carried in a secure case.

Price: $125

Gold Bond Stonite

1930s

This Gold Bond Stonite (their name for the celluloid) is a nice example, a sturdy pen that carries a certain working elegance, looks pretty nice, and works great. The only relatively serious flaw is the missing double crown ring, which was most likely identical to the cap ring and the ring at the base of the barrel. The nib, which is probably original and is certainly contemporaneous, was straightened, still looks rough at the tip, but tuned to a smooth, 30s typical firm fine.

Price: $55

Hutcheon Brothers

1930s

This pen, from the early 1930s, has the added interest of a New York Telephone Company imprint. The pen itself is in excellent condition — the virtually unmarked mottled red celluloid extends to the section, the lever is strong, the trim is unmarked. There are a couple of what appear to be tool marks on the section. It is a longer pen, like so many of the era, at 5 17/32″ capped. The nib is the original Hutcheon Brothers nib, but sadly, the nib is cracked from the base up into the visible portion above the section. The nib was carefully replaced into the section, and the pen writes a nice fine line with a little bit of flex, but this pen is priced to accommodate this issue.

Price: $70

Kaweco Colleg

1950s

A full-size pen from Germany, 12.6 cm long, and fits the hand very nicely. Of black celluloid, piston-filled. This pen was released from my personal collection and freshly restored. It’s a very nice writer, with its original responsive steel nib.

Price: $75