Tim's Bargains

Pens listed here are generally priced at less than $50…priced to sell. A purchase of two Bargains will give you a 10% discount on both, a Bargains purchase in addition to a main For Sale purchase will give you 15% discount on the Bargains purchase, and if you buy 3 or more pens from either category you will receive a 20% discount on the Bargains.

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Commander

1930s

This is an American third tier pen of the 1930s, in green, gold, and yellow striped plastic. It has a completely clear ink-view window, and appears after its cleaning to have not been used. It is a little smaller, at 4 3/8” long capped, but fits well in the hand. The nib is steel, marked “Commander Pen”, and writes a nice fine.

Price: $36

Marathon Student

late 1920s

This 85+ year-old pen from a forgotten company is beautiful, solid, and well-made. It is a “flat-top’, in thick, solid green striated celluloid, with stripes and flecks in green and white and broad black celluloid gripping sections. Large pen, 4 15/16” long and 7/16” thick. Large “Marathon” nib is 14K, size “8”. It is very clean, unblemished, and can be used frequently with some care. Writes a full firm with a bit of flex, although it is not anywhere nearly as firm as a contemporaneous Sheaffer or Parker.

Price: $70 $60 SOLD

Moore

A late 1930s Moore, in green striped celluloid. As with most surviving Moores, this is a well-made pen, attractive, writes well. Its imprint is very faint but extant. The gold clip, cap ring, and lever cleaned up well. The nib is large, marked “Moore Life”, and “Manifold”, for firmness to write through multiple copies. Stated description aside, this is a very nice writer, with a wet fine with a bit of responsiveness.

 

Price: $52

Parker 45

1960s

This 45 is in dark blue, a classic model, in very nice condition. Clip and crown are gold. Nib is a fine.

Price: $44

Parker 45

1960s

This is a classic 45, in burgundy, with a wet medium nib, and brushed steel cap.  The barrel and section are quite clean and without blemish. The nib unit shows a little wear.  The cap fits firmly. This pen comes with a full cartridge.

Price: $41

Sheaffer Balance

1929-30

This is an early Sheaffer Lifetime Balance, from 1929-30, model H74TC, in marine green. It is a longer pen, at 5¾” capped, with the “humped ball” clip and flat white dot of the time. The celluloid is in excellent condition, with no apparent deterioration. The gold trim is clean; the cap ring is missing a little plating. This pen has received repairs to three small cracks at the edge of the cap; such cracking is more the norm than the exception for these early celluloid pens.  The repairs are secure and do not affect the cap threads. The imprint is complete and clear, and there is a personalized imprint for “Alvin S. Hopkins”.  The nib is a large Lifetime, very firm and, typically fine/extra fine.

Price: $60

Sheaffer Snorkel

1952-59

A pastel green Snorkel Saratoga from 1952-59.  This pen, a non-Lifetime model, has 14K gold-filled trim and an open nib, two-toned 14k. It’s a great writer, smooth fine with some firmness. This one has a little bit of internal wear, so slips a little when the snorkel mechanism is activated, but it fills well and the wear is accommodated in the price. 

Price: $48

Sheaffer Targa

1970s

This Targa by Sheaffer is a very nice user pen, the classic Model 1001 in brushed stainless steel. This is a “everyday carry pen”, safe, well-made, durable as can be. The cap holds well, with a firm click. The pen has some superficial wear, including some missing chrome on the clip. However, this pen is a wonderful, wet writer; its inlaid nib writes a fine line with a little softness.

Price: $58 $52

The Fine Print

Purchase / Shipping

Payment is via PayPal or cleared personal check. Shipping is additional, usually $4 for USPS tracked first class to domestic US addresses for purchases costing less than $100, and $7 for USPS priority mail to domestic US locations for purchases costing $100 or more. Higher and faster shipping levels and shipping to locations worldwide are available at cost. I will gladly combine shipping for multiple purchases. The purchaser will be responsible for all duties, tariffs, and customs regulations.  All purchases that are delivered within New York State are subject to New York State and New York City sales tax.

Return / Warranty

Pens can be returned for any reason within four weeks of receipt; 75% of purchase price will be refunded. If there is a defect that was not acknowledged in the sale, 100% will be refunded. The filling systems are warrantied for one year; latex sacs are warrantied for 90 days. Because the pens I work on are 40-100 years old and have use histories that are almost always unknown, the pen’s cosmetic appearance, prior work or defects that I did not create cannot be warrantied. The warranty also expires if any subsequent work is performed by the owner or another restorer. However, my goal is to always satisfy a client, to describe a pen’s known flaws accurately, and to take wear and flaws into pricing consideration. For returns without an unacknowledged defect, the purchaser will pay return shipping.  Listings of pens from this website in other media and forums are subject to the Return/Warranty policies listed here.

A couple of definitions

Celluloid

Celluloid is actually a form of plastic, a compound made of camphor and nitrocellulose (gun cotton) that has been available since the 1920s. It proved to be durable and highly water/stain resistant, and became the dominant substance used in forming fountain pens form the early 1930s until 1960. I use the term celluloid because it is widely used in the fountain pen world and to differentiate this form of plastic from others, like lucite, polystyrene and other injection molded plastics, and acrylic resins used widely after WWII.

Sizing

American and Canadian pens are usually described in inches and European and Asian ones in centimeters; pens’ sizes often determined their model designations, so knowing one can often help one learn the other.