Sold Pens Archive

Keystone Set   


Keystone was one of many names used by Kahn Manufacturing for its 1930s third tier pens. This early 1930s pen capped length is only 3 3/4” from base to ringtop. It is in almost unused condition, in red celluloid with grey pearlescent chunks in the celluloid. The chrome, including the ringtop, is all in excellent condition. The ringtop is secure, and would look equally nice hanging from gold or satin. Its tiny gold nib writes a surprisingly wet, full medium line. The matching pencil, which is of standard length, works well with 0.9mm lead. Its trim is equally clean.

Price: $49

Lamy 47 Ratio


The Ratio was a sub-model of Lamy’s 47 line, which was available throughout the 1960s and 1970s, a very well-made school pen. This pen, 13cm long and in dark blue, is largely of injected-molded plastic with a steel cap. Like many German pens, it is a piston filler, and a very efficient one at that. The nib is original, of gold, and writes a fine line. It has a subtle inscription.

Price: $45 $36

Mabie Todd Swan


Delightful little gold-plated eyedropper, from pre-1920 American Mabie Todd. This is a lady’s pen with its small profile, fully flexible 2 nib, and absence of a clip or ringtop. From my personal collection.

Price: $95

Marathon Student


Made of thick green early celluloid, it has a deep imprint in white that says “The Student”, and “Marathon Fountain Pen Co, New York USA” surrounded by typical 1920s flourishes. It has a translucent smoke color plug in the top of the cap and its nib writes a wet fine/medium line.


Price: $90

Matador Click 020

early 1950s

Manufactured by Siebert & Loewen, probably from the early 1950s, in black resin, a piston filler. What makes this pen outstanding is an amazing, super-smooth BB oblique nib.

Price: $89

Meteore 807

late 1940s

One of Météore’s first post-WWII models, 5 1/8” long, black celluloid with metallic brown flecks and multi-colored patterning, and black crowns on both barrel and cap. It has gold-plated trim, including a slim lever, necktie clip, and dual cap rings. The nib, an Edacoto, is appropriate for this pen, if not its original. As with many Edacotos, it is a fine flex. There are no noticeable scratches or nicks, but close inspection will reveal the slightest bit of swelling in the barrel and celluloid separation in the cap.

Price: $52

Moore L-92


Among the best early fountain pens, the 1920s were Moore’s best years. This pen is in black hard rubber, with vertical black chasing. The imprint is deep and complete. The nib is believed to be a full flexible, and is marked “The Moore Pen 2”.

Price: $105

No-Name “Italian”


No-Name pens are always a bit mysterious and idiosyncratic, because their brandless anonymity makes the owner understand them as they are, without the expectation and knowledge that comes with brand identification. This pen is probably of 1950s European origin, because it is a piston filler, the nib has some flex and somehow feels Italian, simply like many 1950s pens I’ve seen. It is 12.9 cm long capped, and 11.9 cm uncapped, injection molded of a high quality plastic or resin, with a Vacumatic-like striped pattern in black and green.

Price: $55

No-Name “Mustard”


This No-Name has a typical 1930s lower tier appearance, in mustard yellow celluloid with brown and red streaks. The pen is only marked with a single scratch in each end disk, and its chromed trim is clean and untarnished. It writes wonderfully, with a soft, wet medium nib.

Price: $87

No-Name “Silver”

late 1920s

A NoName mystery…a fine pen made of 900 grade “coin” silver that has a Deco feel, probably late 1920s-early 1930s, unknown origin. The barrel and cap are in an engraved pattern that appears to be similar to chainmail; much enlarged (see photo) one can see that it is touching ovals. The clip is riveted, a clue to its age. The silver is in excellent condition, without dents or blemish. This is a button-filler, with a strong button. The section is in black celluloid, with a christmas tree feed. The pen is 12cm long capped, and it posts to 15.4cm. The nib is a fine with some flex. It is marked “Platinor”, a term that does not appear to have history in pen use. It is also marked “Iridium”. This is a special pen that can be used steadily and will be a treasure in a silver collection.

Price: $140