Tim's Collection


France, 1941-43. The French could not produce a Parker pen under Nazi occupation, so an entrepreneur imported and assembled Parker parts, called them Plexor. Thus, it’s no coincidence that it looks like a later Duofold; in fact there were complaints that Parker just sent older parts to France. Oversize button-filler, gold Plexor nib.

Sailor Anniversary

Japan 2018. Sailor’s Osamu Dazai‚Äôs 110th Birth Anniversary pen, celebrated in 2019. It’s a limited edition pen, issued for the Japanese market. Has a (Japanese) fine nib.

Sheaffer Balance

USA 1941-45. Wartime, marine green striated, Lifetime nib, 1000 price code, lever filler. The clip was made to wrap over the top of the cap, to conform to military requirements that nothing obstruct a closed man’s shirt flap. Although not a rare pen by any means, this is one of my favorites for its style, its history, my love of wartime pens, and how it writes.

Sheaffer Balance

USA 1945-46. Full-size Vac-Fill, carmine celluloid, Triumph nib, 1250 price code. Restored by Ron Zorn.

Sheaffer Balance

USA late 1930s. The largest of Sheaffer’s later Balances, this black Premier got me to sell my 1930 oversized Balance…perfect in the hand, a more evolved shape, wonderful nib.

Sheaffer Lifetime

USA 1925-27. Lifetime Jade “Radite”, Model J8C, Sheaffer’s largest. This is one of one of the very first celluloid pens and a major step in the evolution of fountain pens. It is almost perfect, a rare specimen. It has not been restored, has possibly never had a sac, and will not be used. The matching pencil is possibly in mint condition.

Stephens Leverfil No.106

England, postwar 1940s. Black chased ebonite, gold-plate nib. Stephens was a Curzon/Lange brand, like Summit. Very nice wet writer.

Summit S125

England, late 1940s-54. Dark blue chased celluloid, original nib. Lever filler. Made by Curzon/Lang.


Italy, late 1940s. Black celluloid with deep red transparency, piston filler. Long-tined semi-flexible nib. Bought to sell but couldn’t let it go.

Tibaldi Trasparente

Italy, late 1940s. In black celluloid, with one-third of its barrel completely transparent. It is without flaw, and possibly never filled. Nib is long-tined flexible. Bought to sell, but like the Tabo, couldn’t let it go.