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Updated as of March 30, 2022!


American Lead Pencil Company pen holder c. 1914

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This is an American Lead Pencil Company penholder possibly the one shown in the 1914 catalog as the All-Nickel Penholder No. 820 Large, Plain Barrel, Reversible Tip. This 4 ¾ inch dip pen holder is designed to house the nib unit safely in the barrel when not in use and reversed and inserted into the barrel when needed, making the pen holder convenient for pockets and purses. The barrel is stamped AMERICAN over LEAD PENCIL CO. over the logo over NEW YORK. These were sold by the gross to dealers for $3.23 in 1914. The nib is an R. Esterbrook & Co. 048 Falcon Pen medium flexible stainless steel nib. Read the story here!


Papercrafters fountain pen in green marbled celluloid c. 1930s

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This is a Papercrafters branded fountain pen in green marbled celluloid c. 1930s. The pen is about 5 5/16 inches long. The clip is stamped PAPERCRAFTERS and there are no other maker’s marks on the pen. It’s possible the pen was made for The Papercrafters, Inc. a company started in Holyoke, Massachusetts that made blackboard crayons, crayons and pencils. The pen has a Waterman number 2 gold nib, stamped WATERMAN’S over REG. U. S. over PAT. OFF. over 2, which is likely a replacement. Read the story here!


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.


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