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!

Oh, and by the way…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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View purchase, return, and warranty policies

Aurora 88P

1958-63

This 88P is from my personal collection, being sold only because it’s not my birth month-made 88, which will stay with me for the long haul. This pen is from 1958-1963, and is in excellent condition, except for showing the microscratches of use on its gold cap and one grip mark on the section. Its piston mechanism has been freshly restored. It writes a fast, wet fine with just a touch of flex. The barrel and section are black celluloid and the cap is gold filled.  The nib is a wet fine with a touch of flex. It is a delightful writer, a very sturdy and elegant pen that can be a daily user for years to come. I’ll probably have second thoughts about selling it until it’s sold. 

Price: $135 SOLD

Aurora “98”

1960s

Aurora, the Italian company that has produced numerous elegant fountain pens from the early 1900s until the present day, restarted its postwar activity in 1949 with the 88, in clear homage to the success of the Parker 51s carried by thousands of American soldiers rebuilding Italy. The 88 engendered Aurora’s next generations of pens, in numerous models, among them the 98 family of the 1960’s. This pen, in steel with chrome plating, is a cartridge filler, introduced as a less expensive option. While not a true 98, it is much more affordable and less complicated, and carries the 98’s wonderful, expressive nib, which writes a wet medium line with a bit of flex. This pen has been recently restored by the manufacturer and comes with an Aurora cartridge and in the Aurora service case.

Price: $118

Conway Stewart “Conway”

1960s

Although struggling to survive by the 1960s, and by now now producing other desk essentials, Conway Stewart was still producing fountain pens. Their use of injection-molded plastics was the base for most of their late production, and used in all of their pens. The Conway 103 is a mid-1960s pen that came both with a same color cap and a metal cap. This pen is in green, with matching slip cap, a squeeze filler. It has a 14c gold nib, imprinted “Conway”, and is a smooth, soft fine to medium with some flex, the typical Conway Stewart writing experience.

Price: $70 SOLD

Conway Stewart “The Universal Pen”

late 1940s

In Conway Stewart’s circular and impenetrable naming logic, “Universal” was used on a variety of model lines from the 1930s-1950s. This is “The Universal Pen”, a No. 479 late series model, probably from the postwar 1940s, in marbled green and black. It is in truly outstanding overall condition, a description I don’t often use. Of celluloid, it is 12.8cm long, with a domed crown. The dome is in dark, might have been black, hard rubber (vulcanite in England). The trim is in excellent condition, untarnished. The imprint is shallow but complete. This is a very shiny, fresh pen, showing almost no marks of use. The nib is 14c gold, marked Conway Stewart; probably the original nib. It is a wet, soft, wonderful writer.

Price: $130 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

“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

Osmia Supra

late 1930s

This is an Osmia Supra, from the late 1930s, a Model 72.  Supras were mid-line Osmias during the company’s peak years. It is of fine black celluloid, with a handsome chasing pattern and gold trim. This pen is very clean, and works very well. The model imprint is clean and complete, and the green view window is clean. Like so many German pens of the era, it is a piston filler. The steel nib is presumed to be original because it matches the “F” imprint on the barrel, is marked Osmia, and writes a nice fine line with some flex. From my personal collection.

Price: $85

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

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 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: $84

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.

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.