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Parker Duofold (UK)

1946-47

Parker’s plant in Newhaven, England, got back to work almost immediately after the end of WWII, and opened with their first new product, the 1946-47 Duofold NS (New Series). Its shape was reminiscent of a Vacumatic, 13.3cm long,  but this was a button filler, in solid colors. This Duofold, in burgundy, has been used, has a few minor nicks, but overall is very shiny and clean. The clip, cap ring, and tassie are in gold, and are unmarked. The nib is a fine/medium with a touch of flex; there is a bit of sound feedback from the nib but it writes well. This is a very nice, durable user pen.

Price: $90

Parker Lucky Curve

1917-20

In the late 19-teens, Parker was in its final stages of producing its many types of long ebonite fountain pens before moving to the first Duofolds in 1921. Its Lucky Curve feeds had become established technology, and the Jacknife Safety caps were wonderful marketing devices. This pen, a black hard rubber example from 1917-20 that is in the No. 22-23 size range, marks the transition to Duofold, with its “turban” blind cap, button filler, Lucky Curve feed, and thicker girth. It is a shorter model, at 4 3/8” long capped, but has full girth and is not too short to hold comfortably.  This pen is in excellent condition for a 100 year old pen, all original except for the new sac nipple (crafted by Ron Zorn), which is under the sac, not visible. The nib is a full flex, imprinted “Parker Lucky Curve Pen”. This is a special pen, rarely seen.  It’s sturdy enough to use regularly, but a case is recommended.

Price: $250 SOLD

Sheaffer Balance Jr.

late 1930s

This is a Balance Junior, a true Balance from the late 1930’s, but scaled down for a smaller hand.  It is termed “short/slender”, 4⅛” long capped and 27/64” across, but fits the hand very nicely.  It is in XXX striated celluloid, which is very clean, without significant blemish.  The trim is nickel, standard for the Junior, and it is pitted, which, sadly, is typical.  This is a Vac-fil model, fills by plunger, so holds a considerable amount of ink, even though it’s a smaller pen.  The nib is the original Junior, in 14K gold, and writes a smooth fine with a touch of flex.

Price: $58

Sheaffer B8c

mid-1920s

The B8C was the mid-1920s full-sized Lifetime pen, made of chased black hard rubber, with 14K gold trim and Lifetime nib. This example is a very substantial pen, at 5 11/32” long capped and 1/2” thick. The gold trim is clean. The nib is a large gold Lifetime, with a solid feed behind it; it writes a firm fine line. For a 90-year old, this pen is in overall very nice condition. However, like most 90 year-olds, it has flaws: in this case, two barely visible, non-displaced cracks in the cap edge: one is quite short and probably harmless; the other is a 1/2” curve under and beyond the cap ring that appears to be stable but should limit this pen’s travel from one’s desk. The cracks do not affect the cap’s placement or thread grip. Even with its flaws, this is a rare pen that will help complete any vintage Sheaffer collection.

Price: $125

Sheaffer 46

mid-1920s

This is a Model 46, in Coral “Radite”, Sheaffer’s proprietary celluloid. Two lines, Coral and Cherry Red, were directed at office workers and are not often seen today. This example is a handsome full-size Coral, measuring 5 5/16″ long, 13/32″ wide. This pen carries the gold 5-30 nib, which is probably original to the pen, and gold trim, all of which is clean. The celluloid is in very good condition overall, no cracks or major nicks, but an assortment of nibble marks are visible on both cap and base. Notwithstanding these marks, this is still a very fine collector’s pen that could withstand regular use.

Price: $100

Sheaffer Snorkel 

1960s

This pen is a Snorkel Saratoga, in Pastel Grey, with an open 14K nib, very clean, no deep scratches and even very little sign of wear. The gold cap ring is nicely personalized with initials RHJ ($5 discount to a buyer with those initials…). It writes a firm fine line.

Price: $55 SOLD

Summit S175

late 1940s

The typical Summit is a S125, known as the workingman’s Summit; this pen is a S175, which has been described as more highly regarded than the S125, but from roughly the same time period, the late 1930’s until 1950 or so. This pen is a post WWII Mark 2 175, in thick black celluloid. It is 13 cm long, with gold trim and two black jewels, and is exceptionally clean and free of scratches and wear. The original gold nib is a firm fine/medium, but it is English, so there is some give in the nib.

Price: $105

Swan Self-Filler

late 1940s

This is a shiny black celluloid Swan Self-Filler, a postwar pen, probably late 1940s. It is a very nice user pen, lever-filled (“Self-Filler” means that you don’t need to open it up to fill it…sorry, it doesn’t actually fill itself.) This pen is a typical Swan — 125mm long, nicely proportioned for its length, smallish but doesn’t feel small in the hand.  The imprint is deep and complete.  There is a little, generally not easily seen swelling from cap posting, but this is typical for these pens. The celluloid shows a few minor marks of use. The gold trim on clip, lever, and cap rings is untarnished and bright.  The nib, which was described to me as “not typically English soft”, is indeed firmer than one would expect, but the nib’s identity answers the question: it’s an Eternal nib, from a 1930’s American Mabie Todd pen. That said, it writes a very nice fine to fine edge of medium line with a little bit of feedback. Nice pen, can withstand daily use.

Price: $98

Swan Self-Filler

late 1930s

This is a Swan Self-Filler.  As often happens with English pens, this pen does not correspond exactly to any of the available notations, although its appearance is clearly that of a pre-WWII pen and it is so marked.  That said, it is handsome, in blue/black marbled celluloid, 13cm long, a lever-filler.  It is a nice user pen, showing evidence of steady use, with many smaller scratches and signs of wear.  It carries a 14c Swan 2 nib, which which writes a very broad, almost stubbed, wet line.  

Price: $90 SOLD

Unic

1960s

Like most Unics I’ve seen, the model designation is not known or stamped on the pen. This pen is probably from the 1960s, judging by the combination of a later plastic barrel and an earlier accordion filling mechanism. Like many French pens, it is a bit smaller at 12.7cm long capped, but it feels good in all but the largest hand. The cap and base are gold metal, and, with the shiny black barrel and section, are very clean and unmarked. The delight of this pen is its 18K gold Unic nib, which is soft and very flexible. A sweet pen, can be used steadily.

Price: $70

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