Clearance

Clearance items are For Sale and Tim’s Bargains pens that need to move to new owners quickly, so have been given prices to help that happen. Clearance items are not eligible for or contribute to Tim’s Bargains discounts. The normal warranties and shipping policies apply to Clearance items.

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Carter’s Dip Pen

1950s

This is a curiosity, for a Carter’s collection. It is a dip pen, sold in the early 1950’s with a bottle of Carter’s ink, for writing cards. At 3.2″ long, this is not a serious writing pen, but it’s cute! It’s made of extruded plastic, probably polystyrene. The Signature branded nib is a 6, and is glued into the barrel. From the writing sample, one can see both what it was like to use an early dip pen, and how important a feed is to a nib’s functioning — this pen has no feed, and I must have dipped it ten times to get this information written. That said, it does write very smoothly! Its listed price is if sold alone, but I’ll discount even that price by 50% with the purchase of any pen.

Price: $20

Cross Mechanical Pencils

1930s, 1950's

Stood next to the typical Cross Century ballpoint pen (top, free with purchase of one of the others), these two sterling pencils look like Mama Bear and Baby Bear. While the typical Cross Century or Classic Century ballpoint is 5.25″ long, these two pencils are 4.6″ and 3.5″, respectively. Both are in sterling silver and achieved a beautiful deep silver shine, with a few deeper areas of tarnish.
The “baby” pencil is from the black-banded years, probably 1930’s, and was probably made to fit an executive’s vest pocket, which it fits perfectly (if I wore a vest I’d have kept it…) The black band is at the junction of the twist mechanism and the barrel, and matches the classic black Cross crown. The imprint, one of the tiniest I’ve read, is on the twist mechanism, and it is clearly read with a loupe. The pencil works well.
The “mama” pencil is an early Century, most likely late-1940’s-50’s, is also of sterling silver, which is imprinted in the usual Cross location, just below the crown. It also polished up very well, and works well.
Both of these pencils can take extensive use and would make wonderful gifts for the Cross person. They are available individually or together.
“mama” alone: $30
“baby: alone: $40
both: $59.

Price: $50

NoName

1930s-1950s

This is one of those NoName pens that has probably spent the last eighty years moving from junk drawer to junk drawer but is just too good and too interesting to consign to parts. It is clearly 1930’s, its age manifest by its thick celluloid, necktie-style clip, ornamented cap ring, and “Iridium” branded nib. Its green marbled celluloid body is wrapped diagonally, as is commonly seen in lower quality production. Curiously, both crown and tassie are a full quarter-inch wide, and appear to be colored black or deep brown over the green celluloid, one guesses to look like separate, more costly additions. Part of this pen’s charm is that the black is wearing thin on the edges, revealing the marbled green underneath and creating a comfortable old shoe appearance. The trim, as one would expect, is missing metal but complete. The nib is bright gold plate, probably tipped with iridium given its imprint, and writes a very nice fine line! Do note that it writes better for an underhanded righthander. Buy this pen, drop it in your jacket pocket, and enjoy it! Click the title to see more details.

Price: $40 $35 SOLD

Parker 51 Liquid Lead Pencil

1955-62

This Liquid Lead pencil is one of the higher level models, most likely sold as part of a set with a 51 MKII fountain pen. It is in Midnight Blue, with a gold-filled 1/10 cap, and is in nearly perfect condition. I suspect it received very light use, for it looks new. The “LL” imprint is fresh and deep. This pencil does not write: if stored point-down it will write for an inch or so, and perhaps can be brought back to life, but this is intended to join a Parker collection. Available with 20% discount if purchased with a pen from the For Sale listings.

Price: $40

Parker 51 Pencil

1947-48

Parker 51 pencils were offered individually and with pens in sets, so they were made to match the pens. This pencil is from 1947-48, and can be be so identified because of its so-called “transitional” clip, the basic blue diamond that had been stripped of its blue filling. This was used after the court decree eliminated Parker’s Blue Diamond guarantee, until stock was used up. The cap is also a gold-filled “9-lines” model with the insignia blank and decorative chevron ring. It is in Nassau green, but a darker tone than is usually seen in the same color fountain pens. The pencil is in very nice condition, with no disfiguring marks, and works well. The gold cap and lead guide holder are quite elegant. Purchase with a For Sale page pen and take a 10% discount. Click the title to see more details.

Price: $55 $40

Parker Duofold

1930-33

This Duofold is a Junior Streamline, in Jade Permanite, from the early 1930’s. It shows its age in discoloration but it is not at all deteriorated. The Juniors are 4.5″ long capped and .45″ across. The ebonite crown and tassie both show nicks and nibbles, but thankfully they are limited to those two places. Barrel and cap, discoloration notwithstanding, are very clean and attractive. The crown is quite discolored, but not at all deteriorated. It’s possible that the clip is from a larger Duofold; the ring at the top of the cap is a little too wide. The button is quite firm and it fills well. The gold trim is all clean and shiny. This pen’s imprint is almost gone; just enough remains to confirm its age, since Dufold imprints evolved over the model years. The nib is a typically firm fine; it writes very well with a firm and heavier hand. Click the title to see more details.

Price: $78 $49

Parker/Eversharp 10,000

1960-62

This 10,000, perhaps the third I’ve listed in recent months, turned into a more than decent pen, a mild surprise because it was near the end of Eversharp’s production and most of the pens produced then were pretty shoddy. This example, in white plastic with a chrome cap, is unscratched and unstained, so it shows off its unusual shorter cap and unique shape quite nicely. The exposed body is a bit yellowed, but that is not discerned until the cap is removed and the white section is seen. At 5⅛” long, it is full length and a very nice girth, the barrel looking very similar to a Parker 45. The clip sports the square Eversharp “E”, and this is one of few pens that carries both Eversharp and Parker badging engraved in the cap. The steel nib is marked “FINE” and partly hooded, and held in place with tabs; it writes a smooth and wet fine line; like 45s, it is firm but a fast writer. The section was made to not be removed, but it was thoroughly flushed. Flushing released a surprisingly large quantity of old ink, so be warned about changing inks… An original (and hard to find!) Parker/Eversharp cartridge is included; fill it with a syringe. While no one would accuse this pen of being one of life’s luxuries, it is a good writer and will sustain regular use. Click the title to see more details.

Price: $40 $35

Sheaffer Balance

1930

This ringtop Balance is from 1930, and a 5-30 model, the “5” for the nib size and the “30” for the length of Sheaffer’s guarantee in years. This was their middle line, between Lifetime, which carried a “lifetime” guarantee, and the 3-25 line. 5-30 was generally the predecessor line to Balances, but in Balances first two years (perhaps more), it was also part of Balances, both in shape and name.
This pen is in one of the two first patterns available in Radite, Sheaffer’s proprietary celluloid, black and pearl (the other was black), and it is a ladies’ size, shorter, at 4 ¼” long capped, and close to full girth, at .4” just below the cap lip. The ringtop is original and in excellent condition. The nib, no surprise here, is the Sheaffer 5-30, and like every one I’ve used, it’s a firm fine. For once, I’ll admit that this is a pen that needs to be posted to be held in a larger hand, but it’s not uncomfortable unposted in a smaller hand. Click the title to see more details.

Price: $59 $49 SOLD

Sheaffer Fineline

1950s

Finelines were produced in the 1950s as a Sheaffer economy line, supplementing the Touchdowns and Snorkels. Fineline mechanical pencils were already successful, so this name built on the pencil’s reputation. They were plastic pens, with open or hooded steel nibs that screwed into the gripping sections and were available in a range of widths, clearly emulating Esterbrooks of the same era. This Fineline is in black, and happily it has not been heavily used, because its restoration was an adventure in recovery from deepest grunge to a pretty attractive result! The nib writes a smooth fine line. Click the title to see more details.

Price: $40 $35

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