For Sale

Every pen listed for sale has been disassembled, repaired as needed, thoroughly cleaned, and hand-polished. Pens with sacs receive new sacs, and all filling mechanisms are cleaned, polished, repaired, and replaced as needed. Nibs and feeds are thoroughly cleaned, flushed, and tuned to write smoothly. Additional restoration needed for a particular pen is noted in that pen’s description. I do not use any waxes or finishes, and do not touch up pen color.

Also, note that I have many more pens than those listed here; if you are seeking a particular pen or characteristic in a pen, don’t wait for that pen to appear here, let me know!

About pen photography:  I endeavor to present every pen at its best and to always point out significant flaws. Pens are brightly lit and digitally processed for accurate presentation, but pens in the images are not digitally improved. In fact, minor flaws are often magnified in the images because the pens in the larger images are significantly larger than their actual counterparts.

How to buy

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Aurea

1940s

This is a beautiful pen of 1940’s styling from an almost unknown brand, with brown and green Vacumatic-like stripes descending vertically in triangular slanting patterns, an unusual and remarkable appearance. The pen is 12.3cm long capped, with gold trim.  It is very clean — no tarnish to trim, no scratches of note. The button filler is strong; the pen fills well. The Aurea imprint is partly present but easily read, and there is an indecipherable trace of a second line to the imprint. The Aurea’s nib, which cannot be identified as original to the pen, is marked “Globus”, and “Osmio”, and with what I presume to be a size indicating “4”.  It is also marked “585”, for 14K gold. The nib is a long-tined flexible writer, and it is both strong and delicate.

Price: $225 SOLD

Conway Stewart 475

This is a Conway Stewart No. 475, called The Conway Pen. It is in marbled blue/black, with a black turban crown and black end cap. At 12.9cm long capped, it is a full-size pen from the late 1930s-WWII. Its trim is gold, and untarnished. The nib is marked “Conway”, is a 14c gold, number 4. It writes a wonderful British soft fine with a touch of flex. Overall, this Conway Stewart is in excellent condition, very clean and shiny, with no deep scratches.

Price: $105 SOLD

Edacoto

1950-1955

An elegant example of a French postwar pen, in brown and green marbled celluloid, this Edacato is in very good user condition.  It displays the typical characteristics of French manufacture, including the bias rolled celluloid sheet and undulating necktie clip design.  Trim is in silver, and there is almost no tarnish. The nib is marked “Pallix”, an Edacoto brand, and writes a fine/medium with a bit of feedback.  

Price: $75 SOLD

Marathon Student

late 1920s

During 1920s and 1930s, numerous fountain pen manufacturing companies operated in Manhattan. When the Depression hit, most of the smaller companies, and their brands and models, simply disappeared. Today thousands of pens from these companies survive, but with only scant information available about their makers. The Marathon Fountain Pen Company was certainly in business from the late 1920s into the 1930s, and for me it’s fun to know that it was located in my own Union Square neighborhood.

This 85+ year-old pen is beautiful, solid, and well-made, and has survived in wonderful condition. 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. It is substantial, at 4 15/16” long and 7/16” thick, perhaps meant to emulate the contemporaneous “flat top” jade Sheaffers it superficially resembles. The trim is gold-plate, and is very clean and unmarked. The large nib is marked “Marathon”, “14K”, and size “8”. It is very clean, unblemished, and can be used frequently with some care.  This pen does not have an imprint, has a beautiful jade-like cap plug, and 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

“Merlin”

1950s

Merlins, like many pens from Europe’s wartime and the immediate postwar years, have incompletely defined histories. It is known that they were made by one of very many small German companies and that thousands of Merlin parts were bought by a Dutch concern that marketed them. They were interesting, well-made button fillers from the 1950s, at 11.7cm long a bit smaller than many, but of very substantial celluloid and available in what is said to be 56 different colors and patterns. This pen is strikingly similar to every Merlin I’ve seen but is missing the imprint; it is assumed, but not actually known, to be a Merlin, hence its asterisked name. Its color is largely green, in long marbled waves. The gold trim is clean and unmarked. The nib, which is presumably not a Merlin nib since it does not carry a Merlin imprint, is marked as being 585 gold. It writes a very smooth and wet fine/medium. It shows a few signs of light wear, and will be a very durable everyday pen.

Price: $69 $62 SOLD

Montegrappa

1940-45

This is a Elmo-Montegrappa pen from Italy, made 1940-45, when gold was rare and pens a little more restrained. The nib is steel, a EF/F with a bit of flex and some feedback. It’s 12cm long, a little shorter, in black and pearl, a button filler. The celluloid is in very good condition; quite clean with one pinprick and a few minor color stains that might have been in the original celluloid. Trim is chromed but heavy and solid, probably chromed steel. It has a christmas-tree feed that makes one think it might be an older pen, but it is more likely that the nib and/or feed are not original; there is simply no way to tell. Carries main line Montegrappa imprint.

Price: $205 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 is a special Parker 45, an Insignia executive model in 10K rolled gold with an alternating chased pattern. It is in excellent overall condition, with no significant scratches and no dents; a great combination of elegance and durability. The insignia blank has not been used. The nib is a wet medium, and it writes well.

Price: $75 $70

Parker 51

1948

This Parker 51 is from 1948, the end of the Vacumatic 51s.  It is in black, with a gold-filled cap in the radiating four-bar pattern. This is a nice user pen:  it is clean and shiny, but carries a few deep scratches that did not polish out. Similarly, the cap is quite nice but has the microscratches of use. The nib is probably the original; also dated 1948, and a EF.  A nice writer.

Price: $75

Parker 51

1944

This is a 1944 Vacumatic-filling Parker 51, in Cedar Blue, with a gold-filled cap and blue diamond clip.  It is a very nice user pen — the cap has two small/tiny dents, and the barrel bears the underlying patina of long use.  However, it is shiny, clean, and, as with all 51s, very handsome. The nib is not dated, and writes a wet fine. It is a smooth, fast writer, an excellent daily pen. 

Price: $75

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 levels of 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.

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.