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Pen #2009        Parker Challenger        $137

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal: rhodium plated Material - celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent  Flaws: replated band and clip Filler: button
Point:   medium Imprint:   excellent Size:   5"
COMMENTS:   From the 1930s.  The Challenger was a mid-level pen, better than the Parkette, not as fancy as the Royal Challenger or Vacumatics.  It retained the button filler, an hang-on from the Duofold filling system.  The plastic was identical to what was being used in the 1st generation Vacumatics of the time - I have a Vac Jr in identical material sitting next to this pen as I'm writing this.  The color on this pen is quite good, with the pearl panels still bright, not turned brown.  The cap band had dings in it, so I've replaced it with a replated donor from another Challenger.  Nice, smooth medium nib.  The white line on the barrel is a reflection from the light tent.  Nice pen.  

Pen #2010     Waterman Emblem    SOLD

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal:  gold plated Material - celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  flea bite to right of clip,
      a bit of roughness to the lever.
Filler:  lever
Point:  14K accountant nib Imprint:  extra fine Size:  5"
COMMENTS:  Waterman had the Hundred Year pens, and the Commando. The Emblem is from the same family - made after Waterman was forced to drop the Hundred Year name by the FTC.   The nib is an accountant nib, nice writing nib though firm and extra fine.  The end has been replaced with acrylic to the proper profile.  Fully restored of course.

Pen #2015     Monteverde Catalina  CUSTOM NIB    SOLD

Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  chrome plated Material - acrylic
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  flea bite to right of clip,
      a bit of roughness to the lever.
Filler:  C/C
            converter included
Point:  0.5 mm cursive italic Imprint:   Size:  5.3"
COMMENTS:  Monteverde Catalina.  A current production pen, in the box.   Two modifications have been made to the pen. One is that the smooth chrome section has been bead blasted to give a textured surface, making the section easier to grip,  The other is that I have ground the nib to an XF cursive italic - about 0.5 mm vertical stroke, 0.3 mm horizontal stroke.  Not a dramatic difference in line width, but enough to make it interesting.   I bought it and modified it for myself,  and it's a very nice pen.  But I find that it can't compete with the streamlined Duofold Sr with a similar nib.  It can be yours.....

Pen #2016              Esterbrooks         SEE TABLE FOR PRICE 

Comments:  We've acquired quite a few Esterbrooks lately.  If you haven't caught on from my comments on FPN, Esterbrooks are one of my favorite pens.  I had one in high school, and have quite a collection of favorites, and a counter top display case full of more Esterbrooks - behind UV filtering glass of course.   They're solid, reliable, nice writers, and tough.  A friend lost his in a Syracuse snow bank one year.  That can be worse than the proverbial needle in a haystack.  It reappeared when the snow melted, and it wrote just fine.  Amazing.  Take a moment to read the details and note the nib number - they'll stay in the pen pictured .  Maybe priced a little more than you normally pay, but all of the pens are  cleaned, polished, resaced, tested,  ready to write, and have our warranty with them.  You can bypass the shipping to the shop,  the wait in the queue and get a nice writing pen in just a few days. 
Pen number and notes Grade Price
1-small copper Dollar pen.  Nib = 2556  excellent imprint, great color  excellent
SOLD
2 -  small  silver Dollar pen  Nib =  2668  excellent imprint, bright color  excellent $57
3 - SJ, silver,   nib = 2668.   good imprint, slightly darker color  extra fine $40
4 - SJ, silver   nib = 2668  extra fine imprint, name in barrel extra fine $35
5 - Black Dollar pen,  nib =  9550 extra fine imprint   extra fine $77
6 - Silver transitional J round top button,  nib = 2668  deep imprint excellent $47
7 -  silver transitional J - ribbed top button, Nib=9668  extra fine imprint excellent $67
8 - black transitional J - ribbed top button,  Nib = 2556  crisp, deep imprint excellent SOLD
9 - black transitional J -  ribbed top button,  Nib=2668,  extra fine imprint excellent $57

Pen #1983       Parker Vacumatic Major      $167

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal:  gold plated Material - celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  vacumatic
Point:  extra fine Imprint:  excellent
                4th quarter 1946
Size:  5"
COMMENTS:   Parker introduced the Vacumatic in the mid 1930s,  and by the end of the decade had started to transition  to the second generation Vacs  which were thinner, more streamlined, and a little longer.  The Junior and  Major were nearly identical - the barrel parts including the filler are interchangeable.  The big differences  though were that the Major had a larger nib and feed, blue diamond clip and  wide cap band with the chevron pattern.  This is the silver stripe pattern, with  nickel trim.   The condition of the pen is typical for this color - a bit darkened, with the trim with a bit of haze to the finish.  No brassing or dings,  but  neither is it perfect.  Still a nice pen and nice writing too.

Pen #1983    Parker Premier AKA  Thrift Time Pen     $267

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  gold plated Material - celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  vacumatic
Point:  extra fine Imprint:  excellent
              made in Canada         
Size:  4.9"
COMMENTS:    The Parker Premier (MK I if you will) is the Canadian name for the what was called the Duette Sr. or Thrift Time pen in the US.  The color on the Canadian pens was called red onyx, in the US mahogany and white.   Whatever,  it's a pretty pen, well  made, and the same size as the Parker  Vacumatic Standard and Challenger of the same era.  (the caps interchange)  The color is great, no brassing, excellent imprint.  Not an easy pen to find.  Restored with a synthetic sac installed.

Pen #2012      Parker Vacumatic Maxima     SOLD

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  gold plated Material - celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  vacumatic
          correct speedline filler
Point:  extra fine Imprint:  excellent
                3rd quarter 1941
Size:  5.36"
COMMENTS:   Parker introduced the Vacumatic in the mid 1930s,  and by the end of the decade had started to transition  to the second generation Vacs  which were thinner, more streamlined, and a little longer.  The biggest of  the first generation is referred to as the Oversize, and it was indeed a  big pen.   The big vac in the 2nd generation was  the Maxima.   Classy in  black, and impressive.  They're big pens.  This one is in excellent condition.  Correct, clean speedline filler,  excellent imprint, no brassing, good plating on the nib (as you can see) .  It can be yours.....  

Pen #2011      Parker Streamlined Duofold Sr      $277

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  gold plated Material - celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  button
Point:  fine Imprint:  excellent
             4th quarter 1934
Size:  5.12"
COMMENTS:   Ever notice how the people on a book cover never match the descriptions of the characters IN the book?  Parker was guilty of the same thing - getting the characters wrong.  The Parker  Big Red of the early 1970s was the pen that really  pushed my buttons, not because it was so cool (though it was) but the idea of the original pen from the 1920s caught my imagination.  I WANTED one!   What I didn't know though was that the pen in the ad from the 1920s, and the design of the pen of the 1970s didn't match.  They talked about the flappers and all that,  when the pen being made was a flat top, but the new pen copied the streamlined pen of the 1930s.  Typical of ad agencies.   But it didn't matter to me.  It does now, and I have a number of streamlined Duofolds.  This is a duplicate, and is in great shape.  No brassing,  excellent imprint,  and restored with a silicone sac installed.

Pen #1876     sterling Cross Century II      $127

Overall Grade:  near mint
Metal:  sterling silver Material - metal
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  cartridge/converter
              converter included
Point:   XF rhodium plated 18K Imprint:   Size:  5.3"
COMMENTS: MSRP on this pen is $315.  We picked this up at a good price and are able to pass the savings along to you.  Sterling silver cap and barrel.  Cross says that the trim is silver plated.  In the box, outer box , no papers.    Cross pens can be converted from FP to RB and back just by changing out the front end and inserting a RB refill.  We have the RB front end and are including it with the pen.    

Pen #1950          Pastel Green Sheaffer Admiral                SOLD

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  gold plated Material - plastic
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws: none Filler: snorkel
Point:  fine Imprint:   Size:  5 1/2"
COMMENTS:  The Sheaffer snorkels (1952-1959)  were very popular pens.  The  pen manufacturers were always looking for a way to fill a fountain pen without having to go through the "messy" ritual of dipping the entire nib  into a bottle of ink to fill the pen.  Sheaffer's idea was to extend a retractable metal tube ahead of the nib that would draw ink into the pen  keeping the nib itself out of the ink.  Turn the blind cap, retract the tube, write.  The most complicated pen design you're likely to encounter, but very reliable.  The Sheaffer engineers were very good.  

Sheaffer at this point was putting the white dot only on the Triumph nib pens,  so though just as well made,  the Admiral and Saratoga did not receive the white dot on the cap.  The only differences though, were the open nib, a straight cut snorkel tube, and no white dot.  Everything else is identical to the white dot pens.   Very clean, restored, and ready to write.

Pen #1949           Sheaffer Crest                $187

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal:  gold plated Material -  celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws: small dent and small  flat spot on top of cap Filler: plunger filler
Point:  fine Imprint:  excellent Size:  5"
COMMENTS:  This is the smaller size Crest.  No price code on the barrel, simply the Sheaffer etc. markings.  No white dot.  Note the clarity on the section.  Bright color on the barrel too.  Restored with our high grade, long life rubber materials, and ready to write.

Pen #1878         Sheaffer Statesman       $117

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal: gold plated Material - plastic
Nib condition:  excellent - clean bright
            plating on the nib
Flaws:  none Filler: plunger/vacuum
Point:   extra fine Imprint:excellent Size: 5"
COMMENTS:   This is a Statesman, about the same diameter as a Crest,  open nib, plunger filler from the pre-snorkel days.  The pen has what I call the "cartridge" style where the section and filler are the one unit that screws into the barrel.  No white dot of course, because when  these were made Sheaffer was reserving the white dot for the Triumph nib pens, which were considered to be the "premier" pens, even though most of the parts used were the same.  In excellent condition with an exceptional imprint, no brassing and of course restored using our high grade, long life materials for the packing unit and head gasket.

Pen #1806              Lever fill Sheaffer Crest            $177

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  gold plated Material - plastic
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws: slightly flattened point on cap Filler: lever filler
Point:  fine Imprint:  excellent Size:  5.2"
COMMENTS:  The full size (large)  Crest, but a lever fill version.  Larger in girth than it's smaller sibling, and I think more comfortable to hold.  No plating wear on the cap though the top of the cap has a flat spot, typical of these pens.  White dot on the end of the barrel.    Good plating on the nib.  Restored of course.

Pen #1846          Sheaffer Lifetime Balance  1000 price code           $147

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  gold plated Material - plastic
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws: none Filler: plunger
Point:  extra fine Imprint:  excellent Size:  5.3"
COMMENTS:  There is the common misconception that the  number on Sheaffer pens is a model number, so folks would describe it as a "1000" but that's incorrect.  It was a price code - in this case the pen sold for $10.  But it does tend to give us a reference.  What it is in fact, is a nice, clean standard size Balance with  decent color, clean trim and a good nib with bright plating on the mask.  The barrel itself is a dark amber, but that doesn't detract from the over all appearance of the pen.  No cracks in the cap lip, no tooth marks, and restored with our high grade rubber products for a long useful life.

Pen #1994               Sheaffer Balance - Jr size                 SOLD

Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal: gold plated Material - celluloid
Nib condition:  extra fine Flaws: name in barrel Filler:  lever
Point:  extra fine Imprint: excellent Size:  4.8"
COMMENTS:    A Jr. size Balance - more of a ladys size pen.  Decent clarity to the section,  bright plating on the nib,  clean trim.  Name in the barrel - Lizzie Nichols.  A little to deep to even contemplate removing it - not that I'm inclined to do that anyway.

Pen #1991           Sheaffer 1003 Targa         $137

Overall Grade:  near mint
Metal:  gold plated Material:  lacquer over brass

Nib condition
:  excellent
Flaws: none Filler: cartridge/converter
    converter included
Point:  medium (stamped into plastic) Imprint Size:   5"
COMMENTS:  I still have the stainless Targa that I bought at Penn Traffic in DuBois 33 years ago before we got married.  I didn't have the money, but the pen was calling to me....  I still have several Targas, and still think that they're an iconic Sheaffer.  One of the pens that you have to have at some point as a collector.   The  Sheaffer Targa  website has a table that reveals a dizzying array of finishes and colors released over the years.  Be careful - they're addicting!  This one is a great one to start with.  I'd mark it as mint except that I'm sure it has been inked.  The finish is a pleasing matte black, no damage to the paint on the corners of the ends.  The cap clutch still clicks nicely.  I've installed a fresh red end (synthetic sac) converter.  In the box as shown, no papers.

Pen #2007           Sheaffer 1003 Targa set         $137

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal:  gold plated Material:  lacquer over brass

Nib condition
:  excellent
Flaws:   Filler: cartridge/converter
    converter included
Point:  fine Imprint Size:   5"
COMMENTS:  This is nearly identical to pen #1991, except that the finish isn't near mint - it's developed a bit of a sheen on the barrel.  But then it comes with the pencil....   No wear to the corners of the barrel or cap top though.  The  0.9 mm pencil has a twist type of mechanism.  In the box as shown with papers.  

Pen #2001          Parker Parkette            SOLD

Overall Grade:extra fine
Metal:  gold plated Material - celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws: replated trim, name in barrel Filler:  lever
Point:  fine Imprint:  worn but readable  
                 4th quarter 1938
Size:  4.8"
COMMENTS:   The Parkettes of the 1930s were to my knowledge the only lever filled pens that Parker made.  The interesting thing is that you would find the same pens marked PARCO.  I mean the same pens with the same trim, nibs clips, levers colors, just a different name stamp and stamping on the nib.  This one is the only one I've seen with an arrow clip like this.  It's original, as I bought it a decade or two ago.  Steel Parkette nib.  The plating on the trim on these was never very good, and this was no exception.  Replated, though without cutting any corners.  Which means the base layer of nickel, then a layer of 14K gold plating.  The solution that I use has some cobalt in it, and it seems to hold up well on my own pens on which I've used it.  Certainly as good as what Parker was using on the pens.  And the name on the barrel - entertaining I think.  What other brand would Nelson Parker dare to buy??

Pen #2003       Parco by Parker      $87

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal:  gold plated Material - celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  lever
Point:  med to fine Imprint: excellent
           no date code
Size:  4.8"
COMMENTS:   The black Parco is also in extra find condition.   The trim is clean enough that I may have replated it - it's been in my collection, and frankly I don't remember.  Restored, clean, a solid little pen with a 14K nib.
 
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Girologio pen cases

  Girologio pen  cases.  Beautiful rosewood pen cases, in your choice of 24 or 36 pens.  These cases are very well made, with glass tops, and velvet lined trays. The deep slots in the trays will hold even your oversize pens.   Click here  to see more pictures and  for pricing information.

GOT INK??
We carry all colors of Sheaffer ink....
black, navy (blue black), blue, red, green,  brown,  turquoise,    and purple.

NEW!   We also stock Aurora ink in the two colors available - blue and black.

Sheaffer ink - $8/bottle
Aurora ink - $14 /bottle



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