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Parker 51 Aerometric with a frosted finish Lustraloy cap in Blue c. 1960s

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This is a Parker 51 Aerometric with a frosted finish Lustraloy cap in Blue c. 1960s. The cap is stamped PARKER on the front near the lip and MADE IN U.S.A. under the Parker logo on the back.Between these stampings on each side is a 51 logo stamping.The cap is tapered more than earlier caps, similar to the Parker 61.This 5 9/16 inch long pen has the later Aerometric filler unit stamped press 4 times and has no black end piece.It sold for $10.00 in 1965, and with a matching pencil for $15.00.


Parker 51 Aerometric Demi Signet in Black date coded 1949

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This is a Parker 51 Aerometric Demi Signet in Black with the converging lines pattern gold filled cap date coded 1949.The cap is stamped PARKER on the front near the lip and 1/10 12K GOLD FILLED on the back.The barrel is stamped near the clutch ring on the barrel MADE IN U.S.A. 9 with three dots, indicating a Q1 1949 date.Parker stopped dating pens at some point in the 1950s.This 5 1/16 inch long pen has the early Aerometric filler unit stamped “PARKER 51” over TO FILL over PRESS RIBBED BAR over FIRMLY SIX TIMES. over USE DRY - WRITING over SUPERCHROME INK. over MADE IN U. S. A.It sold for $15.00 in 1952.


Parker 51 Vacumatic custom by Ariel Kullock in a burnt orange c. late 1990s

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A throw back photo from 2004 of a cool fantasy 51.This is a Parker 51 double jewel Vacumatic in customized by Ariel Kullock in a burnt orange or ginger color plastic, including the cap top jewel, c. late 1990s.The cap is a 1/10 14 karat gold vintage cap, but the clip appears to be a new casting, or possibly a vintage one that has been completely reworked and replated.It looks like a new pen.


Eclipse Streamline fountain pen in green c. late 1940s

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This is an Eclipse Streamline fountain pen in green c. late 1940s.The early Eclipse Streamline appears to borrow design elements from the Eversharp Skyline clip, but this model’s clip ends in a point instead of wrapping over the cap top.The 5 5/16 inch long button fillerhas no barrel imprint.The Eclipse logo stamped clip and the 3/8 inch ribbed cap band are lightly gold plated and very susceptible to plating loss.The very firm gold plated stainless steel nib is stamped with the Eclipse logo over CANADA and this one shows pitting.


Parker 51 Flighter c. 1950s

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This is a Parker 51 Flighter, an Aerometric filler fountain pen with a Lustraloy cap and barrel c. 1950s.Introduced in 1949, the 5 3/8 inch long pen’s stainless steel cap has a thin gold filled band and is stamped PARKER on the front and MADE IN U.S.A. on the back.The clip is gold filled and the cap top jewel is pearlescent.The 14 karat gold nib is hidden under the black section.Later in the 1950s, the cap band was deleted.These pens were advertised at $20.75 retail in 1949-1953, $29.75 with the matching pencil.


Parker 51 Aerometric in Lustraloy and Navy Grey c. 1950s

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This is a Parker 51 Aerometric in Lustraloy and Navy Grey c. 1950s.It’s 5 3/8 inches long capped. The stainless steel cap has the thin lip band and is stamped PARKER on the front and an imprint MADE IN U.S.A. “51” is stamped near the clutch ring on the barrel. The trim is chrome plated and the cap top jewel is pearlescent. These pens were advertised at $15.00 retail in 1953, $22.50 with the matching pencil.


Parker 51 Vacumatic Cedar Blue with Lustraloy cap date coded 1947

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This is a Parker 51 Vacumatic in Cedar Blue with a Lustraloy cap and gold filled Blue Diamond clip date coded 1947.The top of the barrel near the section is stamped PARKER “51” over MADE IN U.S.A. next to 7 with three dots, indicating made in Q1 1947.The cap has the wide lip cap band.Note the Blue Diamond is wearing off.Parker began phasing out the Blue Diamond clip in 1948 in favor of an Arrow clip like the one that appears on the Aerometric pens launched in 1949.This 5 3/8 inch long pen has the clear plunger filler unit. This version of the “world’s most wanted pen” sold for $12.50.


Japanese hand engraved silver leaf pattern pen with an aerometric type filler c. 1950s

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This is a Japanese hand engraved silver leaf pattern pen with an aerometric type filler c. 1950s.The design is similar, including the Parker Arrow type clip, to a rare Platinum silver lever-fill fountain pen from the 1930s.The engraved silver overlays a clear plastic cap and barrel.For comparison, the Platinum model is in Fountain Pens of Japan on page 295.There are no makers marks on this pen and only SILVER stamped on the cap lip.It’s possible the pen was made by a jewelry shop based on the Platinum design.The 5 inch long pen has gold plated clip, a clear section, and is fitted with a King gold plated steel nib stamped 1952, possibly indicating the date.The aerometric type filler, a copy of the Parker design, would date the pen to the 1950s.


Japanese flat top eyedropper pen with a Steady nib probably c. 1930s

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This is a Japanese flat top eyedropper pen with a Steady nib probably c. 1930s with a post war JIS marked nib probably added later.Many Japanese pre-war pens had gold nibs, but by 1937 gold was a restricted from commercial use in Japan and pen nibs in many cases were sold for the gold content and replaced with stainless steel nibs or after the war with new nibs.The JIS or Japanese Industrial Standards for nibs were established in 1954 and nibs would be marked with the JIS symbol and in many cases a number.STEADY was the trademark used by Kabutogi Ginjiro, considered the best nibmaker of the era.The cap top is stamped SILVER.It has a simple floral design hand engraved on the cap and barrel.


Roxy lever fill pen in black c. late 1940s

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This is a Roxy lever fill pen in black c. late 1940s.Roxy was a sub-brand of the Morrison Fountain Pen Company of 79 Fifth Avenue, New York City.This 5 3/8 inch long pen has ROXY and USA stamped on the clip and the lever is the distinctive patented diamond ended type awarded to Louis Morrison April 14, 1931. The trim and nib are lightly gold plated and the clip nearly complete plating loss.The firm stainless steel nib is stamped NICRO over TIP over 5.The barrel is stamped MORRISON FOUNTAIN PEN CO. over NEW YORK, N.Y. U.S.A.This model appears in 1949 advertisements offered in one size only with a retail price of $5.00 and offered for 99 or 79 cents if the customer brings the ad when purchased, like a coupon sale.


Wahl-Eversharp Pacemaker Blue Satin fountain pen and pencil set c. 1939-1941

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This is the Wahl-Eversharp Pacemaker Blue Satin fountain pen and pencil set c. 1939-1941.This is the “regular” size model, J117+5, the pencil is model J117+15.In early 1939 advertisements the first colors offered were Jet Black, Green Satin and Gold Satin pyralin, with Blue Satin was added later in 1939 followed by Red Satin, for a total of five color choices by 1940. The blue pyralin strips show marbling and cross grain. All trim is gold plated.This example shows typical plating loss on the clips and cap bands.These five inch long pens are lever fillers with ink-view window sections and 14 karat gold nibs in many grades. This example has an unusual FLEXIBLE marked nib that unfortunately is cracked.The pen sold in 1940 for $4.20 and the matching repeater pencil was $3.60, but were offered as set for $6.00. The slender or Ladies model differs only in width.Note the very large presentation box is in the shot.


Epenco Gleam fountain pen in brown c. 1937

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This is an Epenco Gleam fountain pen in brown c. 1937.This 4 7/8 inch long lever-fill pen is made from rolled sheet pyralin that has embedded metal stars and crescent moons.The seam in the cap is evidenced by the cut star.It originally had gold plated trim including the clip, cap band and lever.This example shows warping and almost total plating loss, unfortunately very common with these pens.The clip is stamped EPENCO at the top.The gold plated stainless steel nib is stamped EPENCO over N.Y. over MADE IN over U.S.A.The Gleam line was announced as new in the 1937 Eagle catalog with pens selling for 25 cents and offered in brown with gold stars and crescents and red, blue and green with silver stars and crescents.An advertisement in 1938 shows these were still offered that year.Matching pencils were 25 cents.


Parker 51 Vacumatic Custom in Black date coded 1946

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This is a Parker 51 Vacumatic Custom in Black with 1/10 16K gold filled Blue Diamond cap date coded 1946. Usually Custom caps were 1/10 12K gold filled. Note that this pen’s Blue Diamond has been repainted. There are multiple versions of the Custom cap. This one has sets of four vertical lines separated by a plain band, probably the most common version. This 5 3/8 inch long pen has the clear plunger filler unit and sold for $15.00.


Parker 51 Aerometric with a Lustraloy cap in Blue c. 1955

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This is a Parker 51 Aerometric with a Lustraloy cap in Blue c. 1955. The top of the barrel just below the clutch ring is stamped MADE IN CANADA .5/. This 5 3/8 inch long pen has the press 4 times Aerometric filler unit.


Parker 51 Aerometric Signet in Blue c. 1950-1959

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This is a Parker 51 Aerometric Signet in Blue with the converging lines pattern 1/10 12K gold filled cap c. 1950-1959. It does not have an imprint and date stamp near the clutch ring on the barrel. Parker stopped dating pens at some point in the 1950s, so it’s possible this is a late 1950s model. This 5 3/8 inch long pen has the press 4 times Aerometric filler unit and sold for $19.75.


Parker 51 Aerometric Signet in Burgundy c. 1950-1959

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This is a Parker 51 Aerometric Signet in Burgundy with the converging lines pattern 1/10 12K gold filled cap c. 1950-1959.It does not have an imprint and date stamp near the clutch ring on the barrel.Parker stopped dating pens at some point in the 1950s, so it’s possible this is a late 1950s model.This 5 3/8 inch long pen has the press 4 times Aerometric filler unit and sold for $19.75.


Parker 51 Special in Black c. 1950-1959

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This is a Parker 51 Special in Black c. 1950-1959.It’s 5 3/8 inches long capped.The highly polished stainless steel cap is stamped PARKER on the front and MADE IN U.S.A. on the back.It does not have an imprint and date stamp near the clutch ring on the barrel.Parker stopped dating pens at some point in the 1950s, so it’s possible this is a late 1950s model.Differences from the regular Aerometric 51 include a black cap jewel, a different design filling unit, and an octanium nib, named for its eight metal composition.The pen sold for $10 and came in Black, Burgundy, Navy Grey, Teal Blue and Forest Green.


Victor Vest Pocket Fountain Pen in engraved 18 karat gold fill c. 1919-1922

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This is a Victor Vest Pocket Fountain Pen in engraved 18 karat gold fill c. 1919-1922.This image shows the pen closed with the cap on, about 3 7/8 inches long.Note the detailed hand engraving.The round end of the barrel unscrews, revealing a small chamber, purpose unknown.The cap does not screw onto the end of the barrel.It’s a telescoping lever fill pen that extends to about 5 7/8 inches. Advertised available in sterling silver or 18 karat rolled gold for $12.00 and solid gold for $42.00.The design by Edward Hugetz, an inventor responsible for several of the company’s designs, was applied for on February 1, 1919 and patent 1307359 was awarded on June 24, 1919.An update to the design was patented by Hugetz on October 4, 1921.The cap is stamped U. S. FOUNT. PEN CO. N. Y. 18KT. FILLED 1/10 over PATENTED JUNE 24, 1919 “VICTOR”.The gold nib is stamped U. S. over VICTOR over W over 14K.


Victor Vest Pocket Fountain Pen in engraved 18 karat gold fill c. 1919-1922

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This is a Victor Vest Pocket Fountain Pen in engraved 18 karat gold fill c. 1919-1922.The U. S. Victor Fountain Pen Company, Inc. was incorporated in 1919 for $30,000 by Henri Pressprich, George Foulk, and Nicolas Pecora at 38 Park Row, New York, NY and took over the United States Fountain Pen Company in 1922.It’s a telescoping lever fill pen that’s about 3 7/8 inches long capped and extends to about 5 7/8 inches. Advertised available in sterling silver or 18 karat rolled gold for $12.00 and solid gold for $42.00.The design by Edward Hugetz, an inventor responsible for several of the company’s designs, was applied for on February 1, 1919 and patent 1307359 was awarded on June 24, 1919.An update to the design was patented by Hugetz on October 4, 1921.The cap is stamped U. S. FOUNT. PEN CO. N. Y. 18KT. FILLED 1/10 over PATENTED JUNE 24, 1919 “VICTOR”.The gold nib is stamped U. S. over VICTOR over W over 14K.


Conklin Nozac Endura Symetrik piston filler in Black celluloid c. 1931

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This is a Conklin Nozac Endura Symetrik piston filler in Black celluloid c. 1931.Conklin introduced the Nozac in 1931, with the earliest known advertisement appearing in the February 21, 1931 Colliers Weekly.The first Nozacs were offered only in black and with a completely opaque barrel.Conklin applied for the first of two piston fill patents on November 24, 1930, with the second, improved design applied for on April 20, 1931.Both were awarded on March 28, 1933, so early Nozacs are stamped PAT. PENDING and early advertisements show Nozacs with that stamping.The earliest known advertisement showing the Nozac Symetrik name appears in the September 5, 1931 issue of The Literary Digest.By as early as May, 1932 Symetrik no longer appears in advertisements associated with Nozacs.This 5 3/16 example’s barrel is stamped TRADE Conklin MARK over TOLEDO, OHIO, U.S.A. over ENDURA over SYMETRIK.Note that it is not stamped NOZAC, making it probably a very early example.The opposite side of the barrel is stamped PAT. PENDING.It has no ink view barrel top.The piston knob has FILL and EMPTY markings with arrows.The gold nib is stamped Conklin over ENDURA, as shown in many 1931 advertisements.In 1931, all black Nozacs sold for $6.00.


Imperial fountain pen with a gold plated cap and gray plastic barrel c. 1945-1956

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This is an Imperial fountain pen with a gold plated cap and gray molded plastic barrel c. 1945-1956.It copies the long tapered section and small nib from the Waterman Taperite pens introduced in 1945.It was made by the Imperial Pen and Pencil Company of Nassau, New York, founded in 1945 and operated until bankruptcy in 1956. It’s a 5 3/16 inches long lever fill fountain pen with a short gold plated stainless steel nib.The clip is stamped USA over a crown over IMPERIAL and the lever is stamped MADE IN U.S.A.The barrel end is gold plated metal.The trim is lightly gold plated.The barrel has no imprint.It was sold in sets with a matching twist action pencil, as shown.


Imperial fountain pen in blue and gray molded plastic c. 1945-1956

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This is an Imperial fountain pen in blue and gray molded plastic c. 1945-1956.It copies the long tapered section and small nib from the Waterman Taperite pens introduced in 1945.It was made by the Imperial Pen and Pencil Company of Nassau, New York, founded in 1945 and operated until bankruptcy in 1956. It’s a 5 3/16 inches long lever fill fountain pen with a short gold plated stainless steel nib.The clip is stamped USA over a crown over IMPERIAL and the lever is stamped MADE IN U.S.A.The cap and barrel ends are gold plated metal.The ? inch wide cap band has four rows of coin edge decoration.The trim is lightly gold plated.The barrel has no imprint.It was sold in sets with a matching twist action pencil.


Maruzen Athena fountain pen in a burgundy plastic c. early 1950s

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This is a Maruzen Athena lever fill fountain pen in a burgundy plastic c. early 1950s. This 5 1/8 inch pen features a conical stainless steel nib with a ribbed section that is copied from the Sheaffer Triumph pens of the 1940s.The nib is stamped MARUZEN’S over ATHENA over MADE IN JAPAN over JATO.The cap pulls off.The clip is stamped ATHENA.The cap and barrel shape is similar to the later Sheaffer Triumph pens c. 1945-1948.The barrel is stamped “Athena” over MARUZEN over MADE IN JAPAN.Similar pens have paper bands with a price of 450 yen, which is $4.28 in today’s dollars.


Maruzen Athena fountain pen in a tan and black marbled celluloid c. early 1950s

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This is a Maruzen Athena lever fill fountain pen in a tan and black marbled celluloid c. early 1950s. The cap and barrel are made from tubes formed from spiral strips of the material.The seams can be seen.This 5 1/8 inch pen features a conical stainless steel nib with a ribbed section that is copied from the Sheaffer Triumph pens of the 1940s.The nib is stamped MARUZEN’S over ATHENA over MADE IN JAPAN over JATO.The cap pulls off.The clip is stamped ATHENA.The cap and barrel shape is similar to the later Sheaffer Triumph pens c. 1945-1948.The barrel is stamped “Athena” over MARUZEN over MADE IN JAPAN.This example has a paper band with a price of 450 yen, which is $4.28 in today’s dollars.


Maruzen Athena fountain pen in a green marbled celluloid c. early 1950s

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This is a Maruzen Athena lever fill fountain pen in a green marbled celluloid c. early 1950s. The celluloid is a sheet that is formed into a spiral wrap that creates the cap and barrel tubes. The spiral seams are visible.This 4 ? inch pen features a conical stainless steel nib with a ribbed section that is copied from the Sheaffer Triumph pens of the 1940s. The nib is stamped MARUZEN’S over ATHENA over MADE IN JAPAN over JATO. The cap pulls off. The clip is stamped ATHENA. The cap and barrel shape is similar to the later Sheaffer Triumph pens c. 1945-1948. The barrel is stamped “Athena” over MARUZEN over MADE IN JAPAN. Similar pens are priced at 350 yen, which is $3.31 in today’s dollars.


Maruzen Athena fountain pen in a green crosshatch celluloid c. early 1950s

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This is a Maruzen Athena lever fill fountain pen in a green crosshatch celluloid c. early 1950s. The material is similar to Conklin's celluloid they named etched.It may be a three ply sheet with a base color layer, a layer of threaded material that creates the crosshatch pattern and a top clear layer that is formed into a spiral wrap that creates the cap and barrel tubes.The spiral seams are visible.Sheaffer used a similar patented celluloid made by the Celluloid Corporation of New Jersey on their early WASP Clipper pens.This 4 11/16 inch pen features a conical stainless steel nib with a ribbed section that is copied from the Sheaffer Triumph pens of the 1940s.The nib is stamped MARUZEN’S over ATHENA over MADE IN JAPAN over JATO.The cap pulls off.The clip is stamped ATHENA.The cap and barrel shape is similar to the later Sheaffer Triumph pens c. 1945-1948.The barrel is stamped “Athena” over MARUZEN over MADE IN JAPAN.The paper band shows a price of 350 yen, which is $3.31 in today’s dollars.


Maruzen Athena fountain pen in black plastic c. early 1950s

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This is a Maruzen Athena lever fill fountain pen in black plastic c. early 1950s. This 5 1/8 inch pen features a conical stainless steel nib with a ribbed section that is copied from the Sheaffer Triumph pens of the 1940s.The nib is stamped MARUZEN’S over ATHENA over MADE IN JAPAN over JATO.The cap pulls off.The clip is stamped ATHENA.The cap and barrel shape is similar to the later Sheaffer Triumph pens c. 1945-1948.The barrel is stamped “Athena” over MARUZEN over MADE IN JAPAN.The paper band shows a price of 450 yen, which is $4.28 in today’s dollars.


Maruzen Athena fountain pen in a green translucent plastic c. early 1950s

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This is a Maruzen Athena lever fill fountain pen in a green translucent plastic c. early 1950s. This 5 1/8 inch pen features a conical stainless steel nib with a ribbed section that is copied from the Sheaffer Triumph pens of the 1940s.The nib is stamped MARUZEN’S over ATHENA over MADE IN JAPAN over JATO.The cap pulls off.The clip is stamped ATHENA.The cap and barrel shape is similar to the later Sheaffer Triumph pens c. 1945-1948.The barrel is stamped “Athena” over MARUZEN over MADE IN JAPAN.Similar pens have paper bands with a price of 450 yen, which is $4.28 in today’s dollars.


Conklin Nozac Penline Gray Pearl faceted piston fill fountain pen c. 1936

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This is a standard size Conklin Nozac Penline Gray Pearl faceted piston fill fountain pen c. 1936. This size pen has a 12 facet cap and barrel.The Nozac Penline was introduced in 1936 and came in rounded and faceted versions. Nozac pens use a piston filling system Conklin introduced in 1931. The pen fills by twisting the end cap while the nib is in ink. The ink level could be seen in the translucent barrel. These 5 3/16 inches long pens were offered three colors, including Grey Pearl, Red Pearl, and Green Pearl with the new 1936 patented clip. This example has the 14 karat gold nib stamped CONKLIN over TOLEDO over U.S.A. over 14K. At the top of the nib is the Conklin Crescent logo. This pen also has a black section. Standard size Nozac Penline pens like this one sold for $5.00 and the matching pencil was $3.50.


Conklin Nozac 5000 word Chevron design in Gray Pearl celluloid c. 1936

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This is a Conklin Nozac 5000 word Chevron design in Gray Pearl celluloid c. 1936 along with a finished but not imprinted barrel and an unfinished finished cap and barrel. Conklin introduced the Chevron line in September 1936.Chevron pens have celluloid caps and barrels with a patented design of translucent strips separated by strips of alternating direction rows of colored celluloid arrows.The celluloid sheets were wrapped into tubes that were then worked into finished caps and barrels.The seam can be found with careful examination.This tube construction method allowed the barrel to be a single piece where the translucent strips in the top half allow for viewing the ink level.You can see this pen’s Word Gauge stamped on the top half of the barrel.The bottom half hides the piston mechanism.The Chevron line came in four colors:Red Pearl (red and silver), Gray Pearl, Green Pearl, and Black, and two sizes, 7000 word and a slimmer 5000 word pen.Both are the same length, about 5 3/8 inches long.It would typically have a Cushon Point nib that was introduced in 1936.It also features the new 1936 patent clip.The 7000 Word Gauge Chevron sold for $7.50 and the 5000 sold for $5.00.Matching pencils were $3.75.


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