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Monthly Pen Show Tray 2-24

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Each month we offer pens that we have personally inspected to ensure they are filling and writing properly. We try to offer pens that will accommodate many tastes and styles.

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Pen Description
01  Parker Parkette Burgundy Pearl, Fine Nib
Condition: B-. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. Considered one of the pens that saved Parker during the depression years and their first foray into the lever filler. This one is a beauty with very slight bowing at the opening for the lever, which is why the rating is not B+. The fine 14K nib offers a line width of 0.5mm. Lever Filler. Length: 413/16" (122mm) capped, 513/16" (148mm) posted. Price: $125.00 
02 Aurora 88, XXF Flex Nib

SOLD Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. One of Linda's favorite pens and this one comes from her personal collection. Italian made pens from the 1950s are well made and not something we see a lot of in the US. The nib is something special with a 0.3mm to 1.2mm full flex and is 14K. Another plus to this pen is it comes with its original blue aluminum case which is extremely hard to find. 

Piston Filler. Length: 57/16" (138mm) capped, 57/8" (149mm) posted. Price: $325.00 

03 Parker Lady Duofold Black & Pearl, Semi-Flex Fine Nib
Condition: B. No brassing, chips, cracks, or significant scratches. These pens are normally seen with a ringtop, but on occasion you will find them with a ringtop and clip. As is typical with these pens, this one has some ambering to the body and cap, but it is still a beautiful pen. Lucky curve 14K nib offers a line width of 0.5mm to 0.8mm. Button Filler. Pen Length: 45/8"(118mm) capped, 55/8"(143mm) posted. Price: $165.00 
04 Parker Thrift Time Duette Jr., Extra Fine Nib
Condition: B. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. Considered a thrift time pen in its era, you don't see these very often. While some slight ambering which is typical of these pens, this one is in great condition. These are pens you just don't see very often. The 14K gold Parker nib offers a line width of 0.4mm. Button Filler. Pen Length: 4916"(116mm) capped, 59/16"(141mm) posted. Price: $145.00 
05 Gate City New Postal, Medium Nib or ??
Condition: N1. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. This is one of the New Postals from when Richard Binder owned the company. It is a modern version of the Postal Resevoir Pen from the mid-1920s. When we took it over many years ago, we were unable to get the amber red body material. Currently this has a steel medium nib but we are able to put your choice of nib size. We can also do a custom grind for a nominal fee. Bulb Filler. Pen Length: 5916"(141mm) capped, 71/16"(179mm) posted. Price: $245.00 
06  Esterbrook Red Dollar Pen, Broad Nib
SOLD Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. We don't normally put Esterbrooks on the tray but this one really stands out. This is just one of the nicest we have had in a while. Fitted with a 2464 Broad nib, this pen has a stroke width or 0.7mm. Lever Filler. Pen Length: 434"(121mm) capped, 614"(159mm) posted. Price: $110.00 
07 Sheaffer Milady Balance Roseglow, Medium Nib
Condition: B. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings. The most desirable of the Balance colors. A wonderful pen for the user. The 14K nib offers a line width of 0.5mm. Lever Filler. Pen Length: 41316"(122mm) capped, 511/16"(145mm) posted. Price: $155.00 
08  Lady Sheaffer Scriptsert XII Tulle Gold, Extra Fine Nib
SOLD Condition: B+. No chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. We don't often handle this model but this one was so nice looking that we couldn't pass it up. The grip section is vermillion color and really stands out well on the pen. The steel nib offers a line width of 0.4mm. Cartridge Filler. Pen Length: 5716"(138mm) capped, 513/16"(148mm) posted. Price: $60.00 
09 Parker Challenger Black, Fine Nib
Condition: B-. No brassing, chips, cracks, or significant scratches. Great user pen that looks amazing. Some wear to the nib imprint making it difficult to read. 14K Parker fine nib offers a line width of 0.5mm. Button Filler. Length: 518"(130mm) capped, 51516"(151mm) posted. Price: $145.00 
10 Bexley 2018 Owners Club, Medium Nib or ??
  Condition: N1. No brassing, chips, cracks, or significant scratches. This one is from Linda's collection. This 25th anniversary pen is a beauty. Only 25 were made in this red hard rubber and this one is 20 of 25. It is time this one went to someone who will enjoy using it. The steel medium nib has a line width of 0.6mm but we have any size nib you would want. We can also do a custom grind for a nominal fee. Cartridge/Converter Filler. Length: 57/16" (138mm) capped, 67/8" (175mm) posted. Price: $265.00 
11 Pelikan M205 Aquamarine, Fine or ?? Nib
Condition: N1. No brassing, chips, cracks, or significant scratches. Produced only in 2016 this is one of Pelikan's special offerings. These came out when they offered their Edelstein Aquamarine ink that same year. Very hard to find and rarely in unused condition, we even have the original packaging. This came with a fine nib but we can put in a new medium or broad nib, so your choice. We can also offer a grind for an additional fee. Piston Filler. Pen Length: 41516"(126mm) capped, 51516"(151mm) posted. Price: $225.00 
12  Pilot Green Long/Short, Asian Fine Nib
Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, or significant scratches. These have become almost impossible to find and the green is seldom seen. The Lady long/short pens are truly remarkable as they are small enough for today's short shirt pockets or a clutch purse yet are full sized when posted. The 18K Asian fine nib offers a line width of 0.4mm. Cartridge/Converter Filler. Length: 45/8" (118mm) capped, 511/16" (145mm) posted. Price: $150.00 
13 Lamy AL-Star Lilac Special Edition, Medium Nib
Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, or significant scratches. We picked up a couple of Lamys a year ago to simply test them out and get a feel for them. They are great pens but just don't fit our love of vintage. Excellent condition, just not our style. Medium nib offers a line width of 0.6mm. Cartridge/Converter Filler. Pen Length: 57/16" (138mm) capped, 63/4" (171mm) posted Price: $30.00 
14 Sheaffer Balance Carmine,  Fine Nib
Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, or significant scratches. A beautiful pen in a great color that is simple and yet elegant. 14K #3 Sheaffer nib offers a line width of 0.5mm. Lever Filler. Length: 518"(130mm) capped, 515/16"(151mm) posted. Price: $155.00 
15 Gate City New Postal Junior, Medium Nib
SOLD  Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. This one is rarely seen. When originally reproduced this junior size was offered but only done in one production and maybe 30-40 of these exist. This one has a wonderful 18K nib that offers a line width of 0.6mm Bulb Filler. Pen Length: 413/16"(122mm) capped, 67/16"(164mm) posted. Price: $275.00 
16 Sheaffer 5-30 Jade Ringtop, Fine Nib
Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. Sheaffer's introduction of colored celluloid caused a sensation in the pen word during the 1920s. This 1920s ringtop model 5-30 is made in their early Jade celluloid and the color is bright. There is a bit of discoloration to the end of the barrel and middle of the cap. The 14k fine nib writes with a smooth, firm line. Lever Filler. Pen Length: 43/4"(121mm) capped, 6"(152mm) posted. Price: $145.00
17 Sheaffer BCHR Student Special, Broad Nib
Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. Beautiful check pattern in hard rubber. This early Sheaffer is all about the nib. I am pretty sure this is a factory replacement nib as originally these were a #22. Rare 14k Sheaffer broad nib writes with a smooth 0.9mm line width. A real gem. Lever Filler. Pen Length: 49/16"(116mm) capped, 511/16"(145mm) posted. Price: $145.00  
18 Sheaffer Junior Balance Carmine, Extra Fine Nib
Condition: B. No brassing, chips, cracks, or significant scratches. We are rather fond of the Carmine and this beauty is no exception. 14K Junior nib offers a line width of 0.4mm. Lever Filler. Pen Length: 41316"(122mm) capped, 55/8"(143mm) posted. Price: $135.00
19 Sheaffer Statesman Snorkel Black, Medium Nib
SOLD Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. Here is a pen for collectors of interesting imprints and customizations. This one has “MUTUAL & UNITED OF OMAHA / BUILDERS CLUB AWARD” heat stamped by Sheaffer into the barrel. Pens like this were special ordered by companies and organizations to give as awards to employees or clients. They offer a chance to own a real piece of history. The palladium silver medium Triumph nib is a wonderfully smooth writer offering a line of 0.4mm. Snorkel Filler. Pen Length: 5916"(141mm) capped, 63/8"(162mm) posted. Price: $110.00 
20 Parker Vacumatic Major Pearl Gray, Extra Fine Nib
Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. Produced in 3Q1945, the Vacumatic is one of our favorite pens. One of the most reliable filling systems and seriously built to last a lifetime. The extra fine 14K nib offers a line width of 0.4mm. Vacumatic Filler. Pen Length: 51/4"(133mm) capped, 6"(152mm) posted. Price: $165.00 
21  Parker 51 Special Black, Extra Fine Nib
SOLD Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. First produced in 1950 the Special was designed to hit all walks of life. Designed with their octanium nib and hoop filler, the Special was essentially the same as any other 51. The 51 was one of the longest produced pen models for more than 20 years. The octanium nib offers a line width of 0.4mm. Aerometric Filler. Pen Length: 57/16" (138mm) capped, 61/16" (154mm) posted. Price: $125.00 
22  Parker DJ Vacumatic Pearl Gray, Fine Nib
Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. Produced in the 3Q1941. right about the time the US entered WWII. Double jeweled vacumatics are getting hard to find this one was right at the end of the era for speedline fillers do to the war effort. This was also just before they discontinued the double jeweled model also to conserve metal for the war effort. The 14K nib offers a line width of 0.5mm. Vacumatic Filler. Pen Length: 51/16" (129mm) capped, 6" (152mm) posted. Price: $190.00 
23 Sheaffer Carmine Petite Balance, XXF Nib
Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, or significant scratches. This one is a bit of an anomaly. The pen barrel is marked as 350 which is a Miss Universe, but it has a Feathertouch nib which was used on the Milady. Based on what we found while restoring the pen, it had to be done in the 40s or 50s. The 14K Feathertouch nib offers a line width of 0.3mm. Vacuum Filler.  Pen Length: 51516"(151mm) capped, 69/16"(167mm) posted. Price: $110.00 
24 Sheaffer Golden Brown Triumph, Fine Nib
SOLD Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. One of the nicest looking pens Sheaffer made. This pen was probably produced in the first part of WWII once restrictions on rubber went into effect. The 14K TRIUMPH nib offers a line width of 0.5mm. Vacuum Filler. Pen Length: 53/16" (127mm) capped, 57/8" (143mm) posted. Price: $155.00
25 Sheaffer Pastel Green Snorkel, Medium Nib
Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. A wonderful Snorkel with a great size nib to boot. The medium PdAg nib offers a line width of 0.6mm. Snorkel Filler. Pen Length: 558"(143mm) capped, 63/8"(162mm) posted. Price: $120.00
26 Bexley Continental, Broad Nib
Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches.  This early Bexley pen appears to be new old stock and has only been filled once or twice to test the nib. It features a broad steel nib that produces of line width of 0.8mm. Cartridge/Converter Filler. Pen Length: 57/16"(138mm) capped, 61/2"(165mm) posted. Price: $65.00 
27 Sheaffer VACUUM Gray Screaming Souls of Purgatory, Fine Nib
SOLD Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. In the 1930s Sheaffer was developing new filling systems and designs. They did not wish to start selling them under their main brand name so they created many sub-brands including this one – Vacuum. The first of these, like this one, were lever fillers while later ones used Sheaffer’s vacuum plunger filling system. The lever fillers are a bit more scarce. This striking plastic used by Sheaffer has been nicknamed “Screaming Souls in Purgatory” by a prominent collector and is one of the most unique of its time. The fragile chrome trim is in nice shape. Imprinted only with "VACUUM" on the barrel. This one features a #6 WASP 14k fine nib which may have been original to the pen or was a contemporary replacement (WASP was another Sheaffer sub-brand from this era). It produces a line width of mm. Lever Filler. Pen Length: 51/16" (129mm) capped, 65/16" (160mm) posted. Price: $235.00 
28 Rotring 900 Silver, Medium Nib
SOLD Condition: B. No brassing, chips, cracks, or significant scratches. This unique metal pen was made by Rotring in Germany in the 1990s. It’s perfect for those who prefer heavier pens and its unique styling really makes a statement. They’re getting harder to find these days. Features a medium steel nib that produces a line of 0.5mm. Cartridge/Converter Filler.  Pen Length: 51516"(151mm) capped, 69/16"(167mm) posted. Price: $165.00 
29 Japanese STORK Red Celluloid, Medium Nib
Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. Parker’s Vacumatic was a sensation when it was released. Pen companies around the world emulated the stacked celluloid pattern Parker used for decades. This pen was made in Japan in the early-1950s using a Vacumatic-like stacked red celluloid that really pops. The clip is also visually striking and unique. Marked “STORK” on the barrel. The gold plated steel Posting nib writes like a western medium and is super smooth. It produces a line width of 0.6mm. Quite the rare pen. Aerometric Filler. Pen Length: 5" (127mm) capped, 55/8" (143mm) posted. Price: $225.00
30 Sheaffer Nostalgia Vermeil, Broad Nib

Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. In the 1970s and 1980s, Sheaffer was inspired by some of their most beautiful pens of the 1920s and created the Nostalgia line of pens with metal overlays. This version is vermeil (gold plated sterling silver) and was made towards the beginning of the run. The earlier pens have single tone 18k yellow gold nibs. These are gorgeous pens made of high quality materials and the 18k broad nib is an exceptionally smooth writer giving a line width of 0.85mm. Vintage Sheaffer converter included. Cartridge/Converter Filler. Pen Length: 558"(130mm) capped, 611/16"(152mm) posted. Price: $395.00

31 Pilot Elite Black (Full Size), Medium Manifold Nib
Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings, or significant scratches. Pilot’s Elite series of pens were their signature models in the late-1960s and early 1970s. This later full-sized version features a transparent ink window at the bottom of the section. It was made on December 5, 1968. The 14k gold manifold nib is an exceptionally smooth writer with a line width of 0.5mm. Uses Pilot CON-40/CON-20 converters or modern cartridges (not included).  Lever Filler. Pen Length: 51/2"(1140mm) capped, 6"(152mm) posted. Price: $145.00
32 Sheaffer Stubby Ebonized Pearl Balance, Fine Nib
Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. Ebonized Pearl is one of the most attractive colors of Sheaffer’sBalance line and this one is in excellent condition. This stubby Balance has the same diameter as the full-sized pens while being shorter in stature. Neat personalization Frances Byers on the barrel. 14k fine nib. Lever Filler. Pen Length: 413/16"(122mm) capped, 511/16"(145mm) posted. Price: $150.00  
33 Sheaffer FAT Touchdown Black, Broad Nib
Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. In 1949 Sheaffer introduced their Touchdown filler and produced for only a year a series of large "fat" pens that are similar in size to earlier Triumph models. This one, in classy black plastic, features a smooth broad nib. It was retipped many years ago and it was done well. It's a smooth writer that gives you all of the benefits of a hard to find broad Sheaffer nib without the high price of a factory one. 14k fine TRIUMP nib. Touchdown Filler. Pen Length: 55/16"(135mm) capped, 63/32"(154mm) posted. Price: $175.00 
34 Sheaffer Balance Admiral, Gregg Shorthand Nib
SOLD Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. In the 1940s and 1950s, Sheaffer offered special nibs for use with the Gregg Shorthand system of writing. They’re firm extra fines and feature the Gregg Shorthand mark on the section. It’s a harder to find pen ready for use. Slight ding to the barrel near the imprint, otherwise in excellent condition. 14k Sheaffer Gregg Shorthand nib. Touchdown filler. Pen Length: 51/8"(130mm) capped, 61/16"(154mm) posted. Price: $175.00  
35 Pelikan 400NN Tortoise Brown Stripe, OBB Nib
Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. Pelikan produced this full-sized pen from 1956-1965 and introduced the tortoise brown stripe color during this time. It’s a gorgeous color with good clarity. The nib is something special here. It’s a factory 14k oblique double broad (OBB) that produces a line down stroke of 0.9mm and a cross stroke of 0.5mm. These have not been made for some time and are wonderful for people who prefer to use left foot obliques and stub nibs. Piston filler. Pen Length: 53/16"(132mm) capped, 57/8"(149mm) posted. Price: $375.00 
36 Pilot 1970s Grandee Black, Fine Nib
Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. The Grandee was a long running series of high quality pens made by Pilot from the 1970s until the 1990s. This is an earlier version made in the 1970s which features a unique shaped nib and classic styling. There is a hint of brassing to the clip which makes this a very affordable every day user pen. The 14k fine nib writes with a line of 0.5mm. (CON-40 converter included).  Cartridge/Converter Filler. Length: 55/16" (135mm) capped, 61/4" (159mm) posted. Price: $115.00
37 Sheaffer Sovereign Snorkel Vermillion, Fine Nib
Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. Vermilion is one of the most attractive and bright colors Sheaffer offered for the Snorkel. It’s beautiful and hard to find. This one sports a smooth 2-tone 14k fine nib that offers a line width of 0.5mm. Snorkel Filler. Pen Length: 55/16" (135mm) capped, 61/4" (159mm) posted. Price: $350.00
38 Sheaffer Balance Oversize Roseglow, Pencil
Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. Rose Glow is the most desirable of Sheaffer’s Balance colors and finding the largest size they made is quite difficult. This matching oversized pencil is even harder to find than the fountain pen. Oversized fountain pens in this color often fetch $1500 or more. It has minimal age-related shrinkage as shown by the smaller than usual gap between the 2 parts of the pencil. Don’t miss this chance to add a rare pencil to your collection. Fully functional pencil. Pencil Length: 59/16" (130mm). Price: $250.00
39 Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel Peacock Blue, Fine Nib
Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. Many collectors consider the hard to find Peacock Blue to be the most beautiful of the Snorkel Colors. It makes this classic mid-century pen really pop. A fine 14k TRIUMPH nib is perfect for your everyday writing pleasure with a line width of 0.45mm. Snorkel Filler. Length: 55/16" (135mm) capped, 61/4" (159mm) posted. Price: $235.00 
40 Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper Fern Green, Medium Nib
Condition: B+. No brassing, chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. Sage Green is one of the harder to find Snorkel colors and this one is restored and ready to enjoy. These pens are so much fun to use and collect. The palladium silver medium TRIUMPH nib offers a line width of mm. Snorkel Filler. Pen Length: 55/16" (135mm) capped, 61/4" (159mm) posted. Price: $185.00
41 Sheaffer Black Snorkel Valiant Set, Medium Nib
SOLD Condition: B+. No chips, cracks, dings or significant scratches. Another set that looks as good as the day it sold. This is another that comes with the original clam shell. The 14K TRIUMPH nib offers a line width of 0.6mm. This is truly an exceptional set. The pen and pencil are engraved with 1958 P&A Record Club. I did a lot of searching on this imprint but unfortunately I could come up with nothing definitive. Hopefully the purchaser will come up with better results. Pen Length: 55/8"(126mm) capped, 67/16"(146mm) posted. Pencil Length: 51/16" (126mm). Price: $175.00  

 

We grade pens according to the following condition scale. Within a grade, we use + or – to indicate shades of variation; for example, a pen that is B+ falls into the B grade and shows so little use that it is only marginally not A2.

Condition Description
A1 “Mint” (uninked). Shows no signs of use.
A2 “Mint” (inked).& As for A1 but may have been dipped or inked.
N1 New Old Stock (NOS). Unsold dealer or manufacturer stock. Not dipped or inked but may show shop wear.
N2 New Old Stock (NOS). Same as N1 but may have been dipped.
B Excellent. All parts original and showing only very slight signs of use. Very slight surface scratching; very minor discoloration or brassing; crisp imprints; no significant dings.
C Fine. All parts original. Some discoloration and brassing; light or worn imprints; small dings to metal or scratching on plastic.
D Fair. Some parts possibly not original; significant brassing or discoloration; very worn imprints; dings and scratches. Maybe a good writing pen or usable for parts.

All of our tray pens are fully restored to good writing condition unless otherwise noted. By “good writing condition” is meant, in addition to proper function, that nibs are aligned, set for reasonable flow, and not scratchy. Particularly nice writers are so noted in their descriptions.

Except for pens that are described as being in “mint” or NOS condition, these are used pens. We guarantee all of our restoration work (resacing, nib adjustments, etc.), and we ship the pens in good working order. However, they are still used pens, and we cannot make the same guarantees against defects or for length of life that their manufacturers made (such as Sheaffer's Lifetime guarantee).

CAUTION
Empirical evidence collected over several years has made it clear that some Noodler’s inks can and will destroy pens. Many vintage pens, because of the materials of which they are made, are especially susceptible to destruction by these inks. For this reason, our guarantee is void if a pen you purchase from us fails after you have used any Noodler’s ink in it. For more information, read our article on inks.
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