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September 6: Scripto "long writing" fountain pen in Radiant Dubonnet injection molded plastic c. 1947

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September 5: Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper Buckskin Tan fountain pen c. 1956-1959

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September 4: Eclipse Vis-O-Ray fountain pen and pencil set in silver and black striped celluloid c. 1940s

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September 3: Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper Mandarin Orange fountain pen c. 1956-1959

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September 2: Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper Black fountain pen c. 1952-1959

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September 1: Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper Pastel Green fountain pen c. 1952-1959

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August 31: Eagle brass metal fountain pen in with a marbled green painted finish c. 1922-1926

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August 30: Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper Pastel Blue fountain pen c. 1957-1959

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August 29: Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper Pastel Blue fountain pen c. 1952-1955

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August 28: Conklin Nozac Penline Green Pearl faceted piston fill fountain pen c. 1936

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August 27: Conklin Nozac Penline Grey Pearl faceted piston fill fountain pen c. 1936

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August 26: Conway Stewart 550 Dinkie in marbled green with brown flecks and veins casein c. 1952-1962

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August 25: Conway Stewart 550 Dinkie in marbled green with black veins casein c. 1952-1962

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August 24: Eclipse Streamline fountain pen in burgundy snakeskin c. early 1940s

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August 23: Epenco fountain pen in a "caramel swirl" marbled celluloid c. 1933

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August 22: Lambrou Pens Grapevine prototype, a high relief sterling silver art pen 2009

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August 21: Eagle fountain pen in blue plastic c. 1948-1949

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August 20: WASP Vacuum-Fil fountain pen in burgundy and olive marble celluloid c. 1936

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August 19: Vacuum brand fountain pen in black c. 1935-1936

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August 18: Vogue black fountain pen c. 1940s

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August 17: Parker Duofold Juniorette in rose and black herringbone celluloid c. 1941-1944

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August 16: Epenco fountain pen in a red glitter celluloid c. late 1930s

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August 15: Lambrou Pens ZJ2 Prototype with CP3 Iliad Diamond Spirale Guilloche 2009

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August 14: Sheaffer Balance Blue Short fountain pen c. 1931-1932

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August 13: Salz fountain pen in a gray and black crosshatch celluloid c. 1930s

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August 12: Conklin Nozac 5000 word Chevron design in green celluloid c. 1936

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August 11: Conway Stewart 570 fountain pen in an iridescent lilac acrylic c. 1960s

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August 10: Short size Conklin Nozac Penline Golden faceted piston fill fountain pen c. 1937

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August 9: Eclipse Vis-O-Ray fountain pen in brown snakeskin celluloid c. 1940s

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August 8: Eclipse Streamline fountain pen and pencil set in maroon striped celluloid c. early 1940s

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August 7: Lady Sheaffer XXI Satin Mandarin Red c. 1958-1962

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August 6: An undocumented and uncatalogued Lady Sheaffer pen c. 1959

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August 5: Osmia Progress 294 brown stripe vacumatic type filler fountain pen c. 1950

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August 4: Wearever Pacemaker lever fill fountain pen in black c. 1954-1960

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August 3: Wearever Pacemaker lever fill fountain pen in green c. 1954-1960

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August 2: Bayard accordion filler fountain pen c. 1950s

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August 1: Wearever Pacemaker lever fill fountain pen and pencil set in red c. 1954-1960

Universal / Empex Aqua Pen c. 1959-1963

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Universal / Empex Aqua Pen c. 1959-1963

The Aqua Pen was the 1959 patented brainchild of Max Goldman and Alex Goldman of the Universal Fountain Pen & Pencil Company, Inc., and is actually an idea that goes back to the Trench Pens of World War I. It uses a replaceable "Ink Activator Cartridge" that contains a dry ink impregnated sponge that is activated by dipping the nib in plain water, squeezing it to draw in the water and making ink! Read our updated article!

Library Of Vintage Pen And Pencil User Guides Updates

We've added several new user guides to the Library Of Vintage Pen And Pencil User Guides, now 100 total! Thanks to Oleg Sultanov, Mark Woodhouse, and Liz Butcher for providing the most recent scans!

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Parker 75 1974 User Guide

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Esterbrook 1940 User Guide

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Waterman 1940 User Guide

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Sheaffer 1956 Desk Sets User Guide

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Parker 1960 61, 51, and Super 21 User Guide

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Esterbrook User Guide 1958

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Parker 21 User Guide c. 1948

There are 100 vintage user guides and instruction sheets in the library. We welcome any more that our readers can add!

John Holland Jewel Inlaid Pearl and Black Stripe c. 1938-1939

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John Holland Jewel Inlaid Pearl and Black Stripe c. 1938-1939

We've updated the article with this Inlaid Pearl and Black Stripe ringtop fountain pen. The pen barrel and cap appear to each be made from three separate pieces that are probably glued together. The two end sections of the cap and barrel are a rounded solid black plastic. The center is a tube of alternating wide black and narrow faux mother of pearl strips and given the name, the pearl elements may be inlaid. See the update and new photos!

Golden Star Pen Company Silver Teeth Pen c. 1990s-2000s

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Golden Star Pen Company Silver Teeth Pen c. 1990s-2000s

This is an unusual cartridge fountain pen made by the Golden Star Pen Company that features rows of non-repeating Chinese characters that the owner identified as representing teeth. Perhaps the design was to appeal to dentists in a way similar to doctor’s pens. This Golden Star Pen Company fountain pen is very eye catching with its eight rows of Chinese characters running down the cap and barrel. The characters create a pebbly texture in the hand. Read more about it in our new article!

Wahl Art Deco Machine Engraved Patterns 1921-1929

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Wahl Art Deco Machine Engraved Patterns 1921-1929

Wahl machine turned pens have become a focus niche, with some collectors seeking complete sets of the patterns across all the pen lines, including hard rubber pens, which also carried some of the same patterns as the metal pens. Other collectors focus on just the pencils, in their various sizes and designs, or the ringtop pens, tiny jewels, which also came in several styles. Wahl pens and Eversharp pencils were very popular and durable so many good examples exist today, allowing for the possibility of a large and varied collection of quality writing instruments. Explore the many cataloged designs from 1921 to 1929!

Parker Trench Pen in red brown and black mottled ebonite c. 1916-1918

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Parker Trench Pen in red brown and black mottled ebonite c. 1916-1918

The Parker Trench Pen was designed to meet the writing needs of World War I American soldiers in the field who could not bring bottled ink with them. The pen is a standard Parker Jack Knife Safety eyedropper pen with an extra-long end cap intended for storage of ink pellets. To refill, the user would take one or two tablets out of the end cap, unscrew the nib section, drop them in the barrel, add water, and the tablets would dissolve, making ink. This eliminated soldiers having to carry ink bottles. Take a look at a true rare and historical pen!

Plato 66 1961

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Plato 66 1961

Pen hunting often turns up the unexpected. In this case it was a Plato pen, a previously unknown to me brand from India, made by Mhatre Pen Plastic Industries. Mhatre was a pioneer in the pen industry in Mumbai, incorporated on August 18, 1951. Formerly called Bombay, Mumbai is a major financial and manufacturing center on India’s west coast and India's largest city. It is the heart of the Bollywood film industry.

Postal Reservoir Pen c. 1925-1928

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Postal Reservoir Pen c. 1925-1928

Postal Reservoir Pens were offered by mail order at least from 1925 to 1928. The company's direct to consumer strategy made them able to price the pen much cheaper than top brand pens at $2.50 when the Parker Duofold sold for $7.00. The Postal Reservoir Pen is very large even by today's standards, being 5 11/16 inches long with the cap on and 6 15/16 inches long with the cap posted on the end of the barrel.

Popura Japanese eyedropper fountain pen, early to mid c. 1930s

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Popura Japanese eyedropper fountain pen, early to mid c. 1930s

Popura Shugyo K.K., was a small pen company in Tokyo, Japan that operated probably from the 1930s to the 1950s. This Popura eyedropper fountain pen dates from the early to mid c. 1930s and the cap and barrel carving represents Heian era coins.

Sheaffer Advertisement Gallery

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Sheaffer Advertisement Gallery

We updated the Sheaffer Advertisement Gallery with more than 200 ads from 1924 to 1967. There is a slideshow of original scans with a maximum height of 1280 pixels. Below the slideshow are small thumbnails of all of the slides in date order with click to enlarge to full size.

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2018 Wahl Art Deco Machine Engraved Patterns 1921-1929 Calendar

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The Wahl Pen Company was the leader in machine engraved metal fountain pens and pencils in the 1920s, making numerous unique designs in solid gold, gold filled, sterling silver and enameled metal pens. Twelve memorable designs are captured here: Check, Colonial, Colonnade, Console, Dart, Grecian Border, Lakeside, Niagara, Ring Colonial, Ripple, Wedgewood, and an uncatalogued enameled design. The designs are shown on medium, slender medium, short medium and ringtop pens and dated according to when that design appeared on the particular model pen presented. With this calendar, you can take home twelve collectible Wahl pens from the 1920s and enjoy a new one each month!


2018 Lady Sheaffer Pens Calendar

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Sheaffer launched the new Lady Sheaffer pen line in 1958, looking to capitalize on trends in ladies fashion. These were cartridge only Skripsert pens that ranged in price from $10 to $35 across 18 different models and were packaged similar to beauty and fragrance products. The pens featured a metal cap and barrel with special machine engraving work, including Tweed, Corduroy, Paisley, Tulle, Moire, Brocade, Satin, Petit Point, and Damask in a variety of colors. The pens used the Sheaffer conical nib from 1958 to 1961, and then were switched to the new inset Stylpoint nib from 1962 to 1964. Each pen has a color section to match or compliment the cap and barrel finish. Some models are difficult to find and highly collectible. Enjoy twelve of these pens in 2018!


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