Pens that have sold from this website since September 2015 are shown on this page; it is kept available as a reference source for the vintage fountain pen community. The information and photographs included in the original listings have been abbreviated, but full descriptions are available upon request.
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Sheaffer Balance Streamline, in Grey Pearl. This is a non-Lifetime model, also in striated celluloid. It has a typical Feathertouch nib that writes a firm fine/extra fine with a touch of flex. This pen is also in very nice condition, very clean, virtually unmarked. The chrome trim is unmarked and shiny; the view window is clear. The imprint, including the 500 price code, is complete. A very nice, sturdy pen that can be used every day. $65
Sheaffer Snorkel Saratoga, in Burgundy: has an open 14K nib, very clean, no deep scratches and very little sign of wear. Has gold trim, very shiny. It writes a wet fine, almost medium line; fast writer! $60
Parker 51: in cordovan brown, from 1947, and has one jewel and a 14K gold-filled cap with vertical lines running the length of the cap. It is in excellent condition, showing two very small cap dings and only some minor signs of use. The imprint is clear and complete, showing the pen’s origins at the Toronto factory in the T7 date code (it is marked as American-made, so was probably assembled in Canada with American parts). The vac filler works very well. The probably original nib is gold, and writes a wet XF/F line. $75
Osmiroid Calligraphy Set Osmiroid is one of the oldest pen companies, a major manufacturer of nibs since before 1850 and, with Esterbrook in the US, the major sources of dip and professional drawing nibs through the end of WWII. Osmiroid was an independent company for 150 years, until Berol took them over in 1989. This set of one lever-filled pen and six calligraphy nibs (Italic fine/medium, italic extra-fine, italic fine, italic medium (2), italic broad) shows no evidence of having been used and is certainly “new old store stock”. The pen is in black injection-molded plastic, and after some refurbishment is shiny and new. $40
Salz . The Salz Brothers company was one of many pen manufacturers in business in Manhattan from the earliest 1900’s; unlike most of the others, however, Salz survived the Depression, and was making pens until WWII. This pen, from the early 1930’s, is in green and gold snakeskin patterned plastic. Its cap ring is a close, but far thinner, copy of those found on Wahl’s very fine Patrician pens. The plastic cleaned up very nicely, and looks new, except for the tarnish on clip and lever and some spreading around the lever. Its 4 1/4″ capped length is typical for a Depression era pen. the warranted nib has a little bit of feedback and writes a wet, full medium with almost full flex! $42
Sheaffer Lady Balance It is a Lifetime model that is short and slender, 4 3/4” long and 27/64” across, with the correct “radius” clip, in Jet Black “Radite”, Sheaffer’s proprietary celluloid. It has a full-size Lifetime nib that writes a typically firm fine line. This pen is in very good condition, with a very shiny and clean appearance and few marks. The trim is all gold and unmarked; the lever is strong, with a bit of tarnish. The imprint is complete, although curiously without the 875 price code it should carry. $38
Parker Vacumatic 2nd Generation The Vacumatic was Parker’s top line pen, from the early 1930’s until the late 1940’s. The second generation of “Vac” pens, 1937-40, with some model and coloration differences, was very similar to the first generation, except that its aluminum filler did not lock into closed position. This 1938 Canadian pen, probably a Laminated Grey Pearl Debutante/Junior, is 4 5/8” long capped. Most of the barrel is completely and cleanly transparent, there is hardly a scratch anywhere on the body, and the silver trim is all perfectly clean, particularly the correct “split arrow” clip. The two-tone Parker nib writes a typical firm fine line. $90
Parker Vacumatic Third Generation Junior Pen/Pencil Set This third generation Laminated Azure Blue Junior set is identified by its rounded, jewel-less blind cap and “split arrow” clip and plastic plunger. It carries a faint but legible 7 date code, which in a 3rd generation Vac means 1947 manufacture. The pen is a Junior model, denoted by its two gold cap rings and capped length of 5”, a hair shorter than the Standard. It restored very nicely, but shows its use, although there are no significant scratches or nicks. There is a narrow band of transparency in the barrel. The nib is correct and original, and writes a typical firm F/XF. The gold trim is very clean and untarnished.
The set’s pencil appears to have never been used. Its celluloid is perfectly clean and unmarked; the trim is perfect. The pencil has a fresh .9mm lead and works; the eraser has not been tested. $115
Pioneer A simple bulb filler in green striated patterned plastic with a long transparent view window in dark green, the pen fills directly into the barrel; a half dozen squeezes of the sac will fill it with a substantial amount of ink. The nib is a full wet medium. It is in very nice condition, with no scratches, nicks, or easily visible signs of wear. The top part of the barrel, which is actually the blind cap, appears to be missing a cap ring, and the name “Irene” is imprinted very subtly in the barrel. The trim is all gold metal, and is without tarnish. $48
Marathon Student: Made of thick green early celluloid, it has a deep imprint in white that says “The Student”, and “Marathon Fountain Pen Co, New York USA” surrounded by typical 1920’s flourishes. It has a translucent smoke color plug in the top of the cap and its nib writes a wet fine/medium line. $95 .
Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant in Periwinkle Blue: is a Lifetime model, very clean, no deep scratches and even very little sign of wear. It has a Triumph nib that writes a firm extra fine.$65
Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral, in Black: In in very good user condition, shows some evidence of wear. It has a later 50’s 14K open nib that writes a firm extra fine. $55
This Senator is from the 1990’s, in excellent condition — black resin, piston-filled, almost unmarked, filling easily and well. It is 12.7cm capped and 11.7cm uncapped. The nib is marked “Germany”, and is gold-plated, marked fine. The nib has a bit of pitting on the top surface and is missing some of the gold plating. It writes a smooth fine line. A very solid pen that can be a “daily carry”. $65
Waterman Stalwart, in Blue
In very good overall condition. The barrel and cap are very clean — no significant scratches or marks. The Canadian imprint is complete and clear. Some minor corrosion is present in the chrome crown. The lever is quite strong; it fills well. This pen’s only issue is that the nib and feed are not original to the pen and are not identified; the feed is worn but functional and the nib writes a very nice medium line. This is a user’s pen that should be quite durable, and it has been priced to accommodate the non-original nib. $42
Waterman Stalwart, in Grey In very good overall condition. Barrel and cap are generally very clean and bright, with a few minor marks on the barrel and cap; there is a small divot on the cap. The Canadian imprint is complete and clear. The gold trim is clean and shiny. Nib and feed are original and correct; this pen writes a medium line with a touch of flex. $60
Parker 65 This is a Custom Insignia from 1968-72, 13.5cm long, gold-filled (from sources; there is no confirming imprint) cap and body, with delicate, elegant full length “chasing” lines in groups of eight with open space separating each group. There is an unused personalization area on the barrel. The clip is the 1960’s Parker arrow, and it is clean and tight. The nib is 14K, and writes a wet medium line with some flex. This pen is in excellent, essentially unmarked condition, showing only the microscratches of very light use and travel in a case. $90
Keystone Pen and Pencil Set Keystone was one of many names used by Kahn Manufacturing for its 1930’s third tier pens. This early 1930’s pen capped length is only 3 3/4” from base to ringtop. It is in almost unused condition, in red celluloid with grey pearlescent chunks in the celluloid. The chrome, including the ringtop, is all in excellent condition. The ringtop is secure, and would look equally nice hanging from gold or satin. Its tiny gold nib writes a surprisingly wet, full medium line. The matching pencil, which is of standard length, works well with 0.9mm lead. Its trim is equally clean. $49
Eversharp Skyline This Skyline, from my personal collection, is a very good user pen. It is a standard size, 5 7/32” long, in Navy Blue. It has several nicks, and barrel shrinkage under the cap, but nevertheless is an attractive pen, most comfortable in a smaller hand. It carries the original Eversharp nib and is a very fast fine writer. $45
Sheaffer Streamlined Balance This pen is a 5 3/8” long lever-filled Streamlined Golden Brown in very clean condition, showing very little wear. The clip and cap ring are unmarked; there are no deep scratches, nicks, or deterioration in the celluloid. The nib is the correct Feathertouch 5, and it writes a typical Sheaffer firm fine/medium. Wonderful pen that can take years of use and travel in a shirt pocket, case or bag. $65
Esterbrook Deluxe SM
It has the black jewels of the J, and the plastic feels much like the harder, sturdier stuff used in the black J’s. Unlike a J, however, the Deluxe has a metal cap, which is friction fit. This pen, in black, is handsome and very clean. It is almost unmarked, with shiny cap, lever, and barrel end. Both jewels are clean and complete, as is the imprint. Like the J’s, Deluxes used Esterbrook’s interchangeable nibs, and this pen carries a 9556, the Master Point firm fine. $42
Hutcheon Brothers This pen, from the early 1930’s, has the added interest of a New York Telephone Company imprint. The pen itself is in excellent condition — the virtually unmarked mottled red celluloid extends to the section, the lever is strong, the trim is unmarked. There are a couple of what appear to be tool marks on the section. It is a longer pen, like so many of the era, at 5 17/32″ capped. The nib is the original Hutcheon Brothers nib, but sadly, the nib is cracked from the base up into the visible portion above the section. The nib was carefully replaced into the section, and the pen writes a nice fine line with a little bit of flex, but this pen is priced to accommodate this issue. $75
Gold Bond Stonite This Gold Bond Stonite (their name for the celluloid) is a nice example, a sturdy pen that carries a certain working elegance, looks pretty nice, and works great. The only relatively serious flaw is the missing double crown ring, which was most likely identical to the cap ring and the ring at the base of the barrel. The nib, which is probably original and is certainly contemporaneous, was straightened, still looks rough at the tip, but tuned to a smooth, 30’s typical firm fine. $55
Geha Goldschwinge 725 This pen, probably from 1962, is a very nice example. Made of black resin, it is a piston filler, with a soft broad nib. Geha were also known for introducing the Reservtank, a device that, when operated by a switch behind the feed, released the ink held in the pen’s gripping section after the ink reservoir had emptied for a last page’s worth of writing. This pen’s Reservtank works well, and the piston fills smoothly. The nib writes a soft broad line. The pen’s only flaw is what is believed to be a single (repaired) hairline crack in the slip-type cap, an issue for which these pens and many others of that day are well-known. It is a very nice pen that, due to the cap’s fragility, is probably meant to stay on a desk or be carried in a secure case. $125
Summit 175 Curiously, this example does not fit the standard S175 history as either a typical 175 or a known ‘variant’, so it might be either an undescribed variant or an odd factory issue. Either way, this is a very handsome pen, 131mm long capped, with the dark blue chased-pattern plastic, the celluloid crown, and the S175-correct stepped clip. The cap and barrel are very clean, without significant scratch or blemish. The pen carries an original gold nib, stamped “Summit 14CT Gold”, and it writes a wet, soft italic BB, a rare nib to find. $115
Sheaffer Balance This pen, a handsome full-size Streamline Balance from 1936-42, is in Golden Brown Striated celluloid. It is a lever-filler, and sports a correct Feathertouch 5 nib that writes a smooth fine line. It is almost unmarked, trim is very clean, and the lever is quite strong. This is a substantial pen, at 5 1/2” long capped, that can be used every day. $65
Parker Challenger This pen, a grey marbled Royal Challenger is identified by its single broad cap band and tapered clip. It is 13cm long capped, “Standard” size. Its Challenger imprint is very clear, as is the tiny “0” date code, signifying its 1940 manufacture. The pen is in great condition, with minimal scratches and signs of wear. The button works firmly and thoroughly. The silver trim shows very little tarnish. What makes this particular pen unusual is its double-broad stubbed gold nib. At the tip, the nib is approximately 1.35mm wide, and it writes a wet line that is just wider than 1mm. Although unusual, there is no reason to doubt that the stubbed nib came from the factory this way; the nib itself is correct, most likely original. $110
Parker 51 Signet Set
This model, a gold 51 Signet, is from 1950, in standard size. The chased barrel and cap are 1/10 14K gold-filled, which is clearly imprinted in the cap. The clip is made of gold-filled beryllium copper. There is a small “signet” rectangle on the barrel for imprinting. The barrel has the additional “Made in USA” and “50” markings for its origin and year of manufacture. It is an aerometric filler. The nib, which writes a smooth XF/F line, is probably not this pen’s original. It comes with the matching mechanical pencil, which did not need restoration, does not have any significant flaws, and works fine. Aside from some use scratches and pinprick nicks in both pen and pencil clip and cap edges, both pen and pencil are in excellent condition. The set’s purchase also includes its probably original case, which shows wear, and polishing cloth, which is unused. $225
Conway Stewart 388 The CS 388 was a highly successful model from 1938-55, spanning the company’s best years and the entire pre-war, wartime, and postwar periods. This example, freshly restored from my personal collection, is from the postwar era, in very attractive marbled burgundy celluloid with black celluloid cap peak and three cap rings. It is 12.5cm long capped. This pen is in excellent used condition — although there are the microscratches of use, there are no significant marks or blemishes, the gold diamond shaped clip and cap bands are bright and shiny, and the overall appearance is fresh and pretty. The Conway Stewart imprint is complete. The gold nib, correct and probably original to the pen, is a wet broad oblique that is smooth with a little flex, and is imprinted CS 5N. $105
Sheaffer Dolphin 500 The lowest level Sheaffer Dolphin in 1962-4, 500’s featured a black plastic barrel and matching section, stainless steel cap trim, and a diamond-shaped nib matched by a steel section overlay which made it look like the higher level Dolphins’ diamond-shaped inlaid nib. The nib is steel, either an extra fine or Sheaffer’s “accountant” model. $28
Parker Sonnet This is a 2008 (per date code) top-of-line Sonnet Premiere Blue Lacque, denoted by its broad gold cap band and gold clip, blue swirled lacquer barrel and cap, and engraved solid 18K gold nib. It carries the PW French maker’s mark confirming its age and origin. $85
Sheaffer Oversize Balance A substantial pen, at 5 5/8” long capped and 33/64” in girth. This example is from the 1934-36 period, in Marine Green, with the white dot signifying it as a Lifetime model.The barrel, as can be seen from the lever-attachment pinholes, is from a few years earlier, latest 1931. There is no way of knowing whether the pen left the factory this way, since Sheaffer was known to mix parts, but the parts are perfect fits and the pattern is correct.Although very clean and shiny, it is in used condition — no visible celluloid deterioration, but carrying the microscratches and marks of use. Its imprint is clear and complete. The gold clip, lever, and cap ring are missing very small areas of finish, but not enough to mar the finish. The Lifetime nib is classically Sheaffer — very firm, a nice wet fine, perfect for fast steady writing. $140
Esterbrook J This is a typical 1950’s double-jeweled J model Esterbrook, in black. While this pen is not perfect, there are no serious scratches or marks; the steel clip, cap ring and lever are very clean. The imprint is complete. The j-bar is clean and firm. The nib is a 2556 fine; it writes a firm line and writes fast! As with all Esterbrooks, the nibs are interchangeable with any other Esterbook nib. $42
Sheaffer Le Bordeaux It is a deep red with gold-colored metal trim, and a gold-colored nib. This example is virtually mint, having only been dipped, and it is a classic NoNonsense — its wet medium nib writes like a dream. The pen comes in its original box, with a small pack of cartridges (the pack is sealed so the cartridges might be dried out; if so, rinse and refill with a syringe). $25
Waterman Junior This model, from Canada, is 4 3/4” long, a very sturdy and substantial pen, 1940’s. It is a lever-filler in black celluloid, with chrome lever, clip and cap rings. It is also a very clean pen, almost unmarked. The Waterman’s Junior imprint is clear and deep. One of the best parts of this pen is its nib — the original Junior 14K nib that writes wet and broad, and with substantial flex. $70
Bayard Excelsior 540 Of black celluloid with silver (steel?) trim, this pen is a typical Bayard/French size, 4 3/4” long with full girth. The nib is gold, and is marked Excelsior, with the Bayard PF/crossed nibs insignia; it writes a typical medium line that is a bit wet and soft. The barrel and cap do show evidence of use, and there is a little bit of typical swelling in the barrel’s lever area. The imprint is faint but complete; it is interesting to note that this Excelsior, unlike the almost identical one in my collection, does not have Bayard printed in its imprint.
No-Name “Italian” No-Name pens are always a bit mysterious and idiosyncratic, because their brandless anonymity makes the owner understand them as they are, without the expectation and knowledge that comes with brand identification. This pen is probably of 1950’s European origin, because it is a piston filler, the nib has some flex and somehow feels Italian, simply like many 50’s pens I’ve seen. It is 12.9 cm long capped, and 11.9 cm uncapped, injection molded of a high quality plastic or resin, with a Vacumatic-like striped pattern in black and green. $55
“NoName Silver” The barrel and cap are in an engraved pattern that appears to be similar to chainmail; much enlarged (see photo) one can see that it is touching ovals. The cip is riveted, one of the clues to its age. The silver is in excellent condition, without dents or blemish. This is a button-filler, with a strong button. It fills well. The section is in black celluloid, with a christmas tree style feed. The pen is 12cm long capped, and it posts to 15.4cm; with the cap securely posted it is balanced but will probably dent if posted frequently. The nib is a fine with some flex. It is marked “Platinor”, a term that does not appear to have history in pen use, but is a platinum alloy; it is also marked “Iridium”.
Senator This example is from the 1980’s — black resin, piston-filled, almost unmarked, filling easily and well. 12.7 cm capped and 11.7 cm uncapped. The pen’s nib is marked “West Germany”, and is gold, with a fine, almost stubbed, shape. It writes a smooth fine line.
Waterman 5 This example is a particularly nice 5, in jet black celluloid, and it is a “Brown”, for fine, nibbed pen. The model 5 and “brown” designation can be seen clearly on the barrel plug and “Brown” on the nib itself. The barrel imprint and the original owner’s imprinted name are complete and easily read (seen more easily in the larger images). This pen is very clean, with no scratches. Its only significant flaw is a patch of discoloration on the gripping section, probably the result of a soaking at some point in its long history. The pressure bar is strong and clean, and the gold cap ring, lever, and clip are shiny and free of tarnish. The fine Ideal nib is classic Waterman — a little flex, a little feedback, and a sturdy feel without the stiffness of some other brands of the era. $205
Sheaffer Touchdown TM in Persian Blue This Touchdown, in Persian Blue, has some wear and tear but is a fine writer. Its trim is in excellent condition, without a scrap of tarnish. The filling mechanism was fully restored and fills completely. The original 33 nib is present, and it writes a wet medium line.
Sheaffer Balance in Red Veined Grey Pearl This early Balance (circa 1932-4), in Red Veined Grey Pearl. The 3-25 nib is typically very firm and writes a EF/F line. The cap threads are a bit worn, so the fit is not smooth, but the cap holds securely.
Parker 61 with Heritage Cap A 1958 Grey Charcoal Parker 61 MKI capillary filler with a Heritage “rainbow” cap. In nearly flawless condition — there are a few tiny marks along the barrel, and a few tiny dents on the cap; none of these are readily seen. Both jewels are intact and clear; the 61’s characteristic gold arrow is clean. There is a wear mark on the capillary filler’s exterior surface; this will not be seen or affect the pen’s filling. The gold nib, a fine, writes well.
Sheaffer Canadian Lifetime Balance Late 1930s, of Canadian manufacture, in Golden Brown celluloid, with some unusual features that are due to its different origin. At 5 1/8” long but with standard girth, it is slightly shorter than an American full size, but not as short as a “short” pen. The gold clip is the short humped variety normally found on an older American Balance; this as well as the gold cap ring and lever are very shiny and clean. The nib is a single-tone gold Lifetime, marked Canadian, and it writes a firm and sufficient wet fine/medium line from which a bit of flex can be coaxed.
Wahl Oxford 1930’s, in Moss Green celluloid, with metallic flecks. The celluloid is in excellent condition, with no significant marks or blemishes. The nib is the original #2 Wahl Oxford gold, and it writes a firm fine line.
Waterman Thorobred An American Thorobred, late 1930’s, marbled celluloid in grey with red stripes, imprinted “Thorobred” at the bottom of the barrel, and is probably of the 3 series. At 4 1/4” long capped, it is a vest pocket pen that becomes a comfortable 5 1/2” long writer when posted. The trim is missing finish in various places. The nib is the original Waterman Ideal, 14k, and it writes a nicely wet fine line with some flex.
Faber-Castell 884 Identical to the Osmia 883, early 1950’s, with muted stripes in resin and a dark green section. Two-tone Osmia nib is a fine with some flex. There are no visible flaws or marks; overall this pen is in excellent condition and writes well.
Sheaffer Oversize Lifetime Balance in Grey Pearl A lever filler from 1936-42, 1000 price code, chromium trim and a clear “visulated” section window. Shows some minor microscratching, pitting on the lever and modest drop damage on the tip of the cap that is not readily apparent. Large and firm Lifetime fine nib.
Two Esterbrook Plunger-Fill Safaris in Green and Red Esterbrook Safaris came in three generational models — the third was their Plunger-Fill, a 1959 homage to (if not a direct copy of…) Sheaffer’s Touchdown system. Two pens that are rarely seen and are in excellent condition, waiting for a collection to complete rather than a career as daily writers. They were not disassembled and carry what are likely their original sacs, which both took up water easily enough but are not guaranteed to work with ink. The nibs are correct Esterbrook’s Master Point Fine (9556) and Extra Fine (9550).
Sheaffer Streamline Balance in Roseglow Sheaffer’s full size Streamline Balance from 1936-42, in Roseglow striated celluloid, firm Feathertouch nib writes a fine line. The “visulated” section is very clean and the barrel imprint is clear and complete.
Météore 807 One of Météore’s first post-WWII models, 5 1/8” long, black celluloid with metallic brown flecks and multi-colored patterning, and black crowns on both barrel and cap. It has gold-plated trim, including a slim lever, necktie clip, and dual cap rings. The nib, an Edacoto, is appropriate for this pen, if not its original. As with many Edacotos, it is a fine flex. There are no noticeable scratches or nicks, but close inspection will reveal the slightest bit of swelling in the barrel and celluloid separation in the cap.
Esterbrook J This is a typical 1950’s double-jeweled J model Esterbrook, in copper, still stickered. While not mint — there was dried ink in the nib and section. There are no scratches or marks; the steel clip, cap ring and lever are spotless. 2556 firm fine nib is probably the original 2556
Sheaffer Imperial Lifetime 1963-4 Imperial line, only model with Lifetime as its name. Cartridge filler, in black plastic and with a wide gold cap ring (an empty correct cartridge is included that can be refilled and used). The nib is 14K gold, a fine/medium long diamond inlaid shape , and it is also engraved with “Lifetime”.
Parker 51 in Cocoa 1951 USA-made aerometric filler, cocoa-colored lucite, with a 10k gold-filled cap. A hairline crack at the base of the barrel was solvent-welded over the course of some weeks to ensure complete curing.
“No-Name” It has a typical 1930’s lower tier appearance, in mustard yellow celluloid with brown and red streaks. The pen is only marked with a single scratch in each end disk, and its chromed trim is clean and untarnished.
Wearever Pennant, with Bonus nibs! 1950’s injection-molded plastic and thinly plated cap,grey with some swirls in the plastic, easily disassembled to swap among five different nibs, of which four will be included with this pen (broad, medium, flex, extra fine; missing the steno). Pennant nibs carried an overlay, which was advertised to improve ink flow. In addition, they have clear plastic feeds to show the ink.
Sheaffer Sentinel Touchdown This pen is a 1949-50 Sentinel Touchdown in Persian Blue, the so-called “fat” first year Touchdown, denoted by its girth, white dot, touchdown filler, two-tone patterned cap, and two-toned Triumph nib. Its plastic barrel has some wear marks, but nothing serious, and the gripping section and view window are quite clean. One minor wear mark on the gripping portion of the section. The cap is very clean and unmarked, and the gold clip is straight. The medium nib is very nice, with a slight uptilt (a Sheaffer feature). It writes a wet medium line.
Conway Stewart Le Tigre 86 LT 86 is akin to the 1952-58 CS 84. It is a black pen, no major scratches or nicks, although it shows a fair amount of wear and what are probably light toothmarks at the top of the barrel. The trim is generally clean, with some wear on the clip. The nib is marked “Le Tigre 14ct 1st quality”, and is a fine/medium with a little give.
Esterbrook Transitional J Esterbrook’s transitional model, bridging the 1930’s-WWII Dollar pens to the J family of the late 1940’s-1950’s. This is a middle transitional model, with the rounded jewel in the cap but and an uninscribed clip. In Dubonnet Red marbled celluloid, it is very clean, almost unmarked. The imprint is complete and the single cap jewel is intact and unscratched. The pen comes with a 9550 Extra Fine Master Point nib, a good nib for fine writing, marginalia or numbers, from Esterbrook’s best series; the nib was tuned and smoothed.
Sheaffer Craftsman From the late 1940’s, it is in golden brown striated celluloid, and is very clean and almost completely unmarked. The gold clip is marked “Sheaffer’S”, and the clip, wireband cap ring, and lever are shiny and untarnished. The imprint, including the 500 price code, is complete and deep. This pen came to me with a Feathertouch nib, which would have been found in a pre-WWII Balance pen but fits this pen perfectly and writes a typical Sheaffer firm fine line with a touch of feedback; the nib was tuned and smoothed. Excellent pen, capable of steady longtime use.
Sheaffer Balance Late 1936-1942, short standard girth. The official color of its striated celluloid, depending on whether it was made before or after 1939, is either Rose Glow or Carmine. This is a user pen that underwent significant restoration, including solvent welding to close a crack above the barrel threads, extensive polishing to remove the visible crack/weld and numerous wear marks, and replacement of the broken pressure bar with a new one. 500 price code, is complete. The nib is the proper Feathertouch 5.
Sheaffer Lifetime Balance 1929-31 older “white dot” Balance, in Black and Pearl celluloid. No apparent typical degradation. Very large Lifetime wet firm medium/broad nib. which is in excellent condition and writes a lovely, wet, firm medium/broad line. New j-bar was installed. There are some minor marks of age and wear, and it bears noting that although the cap does not screw all the way over the threads, it does close firmly.
Sheaffer Imperial III 1961-2 Sheaffer Imperial III, with a Touchdown plunger filling system. It is in Jet Black and is made of injected-molded plastic. The pen is almost flawless — there is not a single scratch of significance, and almost no wear marks. The nib is a short Triumph conical nib, in two-tone palladium silver and with just a hint of Sheaffer’s upward tilt; the nib was tuned and smoothed.
Soennecken Schulfüller The 1950’s Schulfüller (“school pen”) is very similar to the original Pelikan 120, in size, weight, and feel, and composition. In resin and comes with Soennecken’s gold-plated S19 nib and, like so many German pens, it is a piston filler. Bright red, with a clear, untinted view window. Believed to be NOS, has never been filled and had a dust film and some sun fading that probably resulted from years of storage. The pen includes its original plastic case, marked SOENNECKEN across the top, and original filling instructions.
Waterman Thorobred This English Thorobred, mid-late 1930’s, It might be a 32A or a 32B, in black celluloid. The nib is the original Waterman’s Ideal #2 gold nib, marked B. It writes a smooth, soft broad line with a bit of flex.