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

To purchase or inquire about a pen, please click on the Contact page above and send me a note. Members of the Fountain Pen Network may send a private message to member tmenyc.

View purchase, return, and warranty policies

Aurora 88P

1959-65

This is a typical Aurora 88P from the late 1950s-1960s, with the black celluloid barrel and section, gold cap, and hooded nib. As an 88, and not an 888, it is a piston-filler, and it fills fully and easily. This pen is in very good condition, although it has a few non-serious marks of use. The nib is a EF/F, and like so many 88s, it is pretty firm but not stiff. A fast writer. 

Price: $135 SOLD

Carter’s

1930-32

Carter’s was one of several American pen manufacturers that made excellent pens but just could not compete with the Big 4. Carter’s was a major producer of inks and other office supplies (“You know us for our inks…”), and added fountain pens to their line in 1924.  Carter’s pens were around only from 1924-32 before the Depression ended pen production, so now a Carter’s pen in good condition is not seen all that often now. This pen, from the 1930s, is of jade (“Coralite”) celluloid and is in excellent condition. The pen’s model number is not clear, but it has the post-1930 rounded black crown and matching base of their higher end model.  Except for one very faint line of what is probably ink stain from posting the cap, this pen is without blemish. It is a slimmer pen, which makes it appear longer than its 5 ⅜” capped length. The trim is gold and clean; the clip is spring-loaded and strong and the two cap rings are both tight. The lever, which is supported by Carter’s own secondary spring, does protrude just a tiny bit, but it is tight and strong. The nib is gold, marked Carter’s 14K, and appears to be factory-stubbed. It writes a smooth, wet stubbed broad line.  

Price: $225

Corona Extra

1940s

This is another of the Italian vintage group I purchased, from a firm called Mario Diaz. Iacobini’s text notes that Coronas were made by various manufacturers, and that Extras were piston-fillers, but this Extra is a button-filler. It has, uncommonly, two barrel rings, which give it a very interesting and different appearance. The pen is of red streaked celluloid, with gold trim. It has seen some use, shows some minor nicks and marks, but is a very solid pen that can be used every day. Its nib, also imprinted Corona Extra, is 585 gold, and like most of the other of my Italian vintage, writes a flexible fine line with just a little feedback. 

Price: $250

Eversharp Skyline

1940s

This is a very nice Skyline, full size in Jet Black with the laterally grooved cap, a common model that is in unusually nice condition. Its only flaw, barrel shrinking under the cap, is so prevalent that one begins to think they were made that way. Otherwise, this is a completely clean pen. In addition, and what makes this pen special, is its soft, wet, FLEXIBLE nib that writes anywhere from a fine to a full medium.  

Price: $125

Filcao Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean

2004-2010

Filcao was a fine pen manufacturer in Settimo Torinese, Italy from the 1960s-2012. In 2004, it produced a Richard Binder-designed pen that was meant to be modern but with vintage-evocative features. The Columbia feels like a cross between Italian vintage and a Parker Duofold: a 5½” long button filler that sits perfectly in the hand. This pen is the original model, in deep blue, almost lapis, resin, with orange flecks. It has been used, but is unblemished. The trim is all chrome, and is clean. It carries a standard size Schmidt nib, and writes a wet fine/medium line.  A sturdy everyday pen.

Price: $135

Moore L-96

1927-28

Manufactured in 1927-28, this pen is a true oversize and was the largest pen offered by Moore at the time. It measures 5½” long capped and 0.6” wide at the cap opening.  For those with a Moore collection, this is not only a L-96 in blemish-free, beautiful condition, it is a BLUE L-96. The gold filled trim is nearly perfect and the imprint is complete and clear. The model number L-96 is clearly stamped at the bottom of the barrel. This nib is the correct huge #6, is firm and exceptionally smooth, and writes a full wet medium, proving that Manifolds aren’t all EF roofing nails.  It has excellent flow with some line variation, but is not a true flex. Much as I try to avoid hyperbole, this is one of the nicer examples I’ve seen of a Moore in any size, but the combination of its size, color, and condition make this a special pen. 

Price: $350

No-Name Vintage

1940s

This is another of the special vintage Italian pens I purchased to learn about them, and I’m very fond of this pen. It is officially without a brand and model, assuming that the imprinted “Italia” and “Lloyd Triestino” (both with quotes, as in other Italian vintage pens) are not those. From the 1940s, and slightly shorter at 11.3cm capped, this is a full-girth pen that is very comfortable in the hand. It is in brown and darker pearl marbled celluloid, a sturdy pen with a turban crown.  It is a button-filler, and it fills very well. The trim is gold, and shows evidence of a repair to the top of the clip. The unusual feature of this pen is its glass nib, which is very smooth, writes a wet fine line and makes for fast writing. For those who have not written with a glass nib, it’s a great experience. You write a little lighter, but it feels great. An unusual pen, a great writer. (Note: the glass point cannot be adjusted or warrantied, but replacement nibs are available.)

Price: $175 SOLD

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

1946

This pen is a black MKI, a Vacumatic filler from 1946.  It is a user pen, with some minor scratches and signs of wear. However, it is a very shiny, attractive pen, all ready for another generation of use. The nib is from 1949, and writes a smooth wet-enough EF. 

Price: $75

Parker Challenger

1939

This Challenger is from 1939, so is the final series, with the unadorned tapered clip.  It is standard size, in Marine Green. It is quite clean, a nice user pen, with some minor wear marks and some plating missing from the cap ring.  Its gold proper nib writes a typical firm fine line.

Price: $70

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.