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Our Sold Archive provides information to budding vintage fountain pen/writing equipment collectors and social history students.

Silver banded fountain pen (detail)

Each fountain pen or piece of writing equipment forms part of the collective history of its period and has a history unique to that particular item. In the 1930’s a silver banded fountain pen (right) was purchased by estate workers, with no doubt hard earned wages, and inscribed to present as a silver wedding gift to the land owner. It was reported recently that, in the days before the National Health Service, when health care had to be paid for, a man pawned his fountain pen to raise funds to enable his wife to be released from hospital. A recently sold writing cabinet was originally a presentation piece to recognise 40 years of loyal service in a period when jobs were for “life”. Just three examples which only scratch the surface of the lifetime of memories held within each item. A treasure trove of history that no new fountain pen could convey.

Below, and on following pages, are all the pens in our Sold Archive, displayed in a random order. If you wish to search the sold archive, then the Search Catalogue page gives you an opportunity to do so. On other pages you can find the desktop items part of our Sold Archive, as well as lists of our current stock of vintage pens and desktop items.

Conway Stewart No.58 Grey and Black Hatch

Stock number: 5572

Conway Stewart No.58 Grey and Black Hatch

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Medium nib, Lever fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Conway Grey and Black Hatch
c1950

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Price: £120.00
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This vintage fountain pen was made in England in the 1950’s by the English manufacturer Conway Stewart. It has an attractive grey/black hatch finish with rolled gold trim. It has two thin and one thick rolled gold cap bands and the original Conway diamond head clip and lever. The barrel imprint whilst feint states “Conway Stewart 58 – Made in England”. The Conway Stewart 14ct nib has a smooth medium point. Condition is good with only minor brassing to the trim. This lever filling Conway classic is suitable for everyday use in the home or office or to add to a vintage fountain pen collection. It is a generous size pen measuring 13 mm with cap on and 15.5mm with cap on barrel end. All fountain pens are professionally serviced by Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. unless stated otherwise and bench tested prior to offering for sale. A further inspection is carried out before despatch. Filling instructions will be sent with your order and a gift box is available free of charge upon request at checkout.


Parker Duofold Canadian

Stock number: 1632

Parker Duofold Canadian

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Fine to Medium nib, Button fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Jet Black
c1929

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Price: £155.00
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This iconic Parker Senior Duofold fountain pen was made in their Canadian plant around 1929 and is a classic Jet Black with gold plated trim fountain pen of the period. It is a good size and quite a chubby vintage pen measuring 13.3 cm with cap on and 16.7cm with cap on barrel end. The cap sports the original gold plated Parker ball ended clip with the text “Pat.Sep. 5 16 Parker” and two cap bands. The barrel imprint is pretty strong and states “Geo S. Parker Duofold Fountain Pen, Canada” with the “Lucky Curve” banner. The “Lucky Curve” relates to the type of feed which was used by Parker until August 1928. From that date the Lucky Curve feed was replaced by a conventional feed but the barrel imprints continued to be used until stocks were exhausted* - hence this pen is likely to be around 1929 as it has a notched feed – sometimes called a Christmas tree feed. It has an excellent large Parker Duofold Pen Canada B nib with a fine to medium point. Condition is good with very minor plating wear but some age wear towards the end of the barrel. Like all button fillers it fills by unscrewing the blind cap at the bottom of the barrel and pressing in the metal button – then releasing – leaving the nib in the ink for 5-10 seconds to allow ink to enter the interior sac. This classic Parker vintage pen is a pleasing writer and an excellent purchase either for everyday use or to add to a vintage fountain pen collection. All fountain pens are professionally serviced by Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. unless stated otherwise and bench tested prior to offering for sale. A further inspection is carried out before despatch. A gift box is available free of charge on request. 
 
Reference: Parker Duofold - David Shepherd and Dan Zazove - Surrenden Press 2006
 


Parker Duofold Senior Burgundy Black Marble

Stock number: 5439

Parker Duofold Senior Burgundy Black Marble

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Fine to Medium nib, Button fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Burgundy Black Marble
c1929

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Price: £195.00
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Europe via Royal Mail International Signed For: £8.00
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This Parker Senior Duofold fountain pen was made in Canada around 1929 and is a classic Parker fountain pen of the period. The attractive pattern is called burgundy black marble. It is a large chunky vintage pen measuring 13.3cm with cap on and 16.3cm with cap on barrel end. The cap sports the original gold plated Parker ball ended clip and two gold plated cap bands. The barrel imprint, whilst feint, states “Geo S. Parker, Made in Canada, Parker Duofold”. It has a fine to medium Parker 14ct nib which reads “Parker Duofold Pen 14k Canada 18”. It fills by unscrewing the blind cap at the bottom of the barrel and pressing in the metal button – then releasing – leaving the nib in the ink for 5-10 seconds to allow ink to enter the interior sac. This classic Parker vintage pen is in good working order with minor age wear (it obviously belonged to a “nibbler” but has polished out well) and some brassing to the trim, more noticeable at the crown of the clip. Suitablefor everyday use or to add to a vintage fountain pen collection. All fountain pens are professionally serviced by Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. unless stated otherwise and bench tested prior to offering for sale. A further inspection is carried out before despatch. A gift box is available free of charge on request.
 * Reference: Parker Duofold - David Shepherd and Dan Zazove - Surrenden Press 2006 


Parker Premier Mk.II Sterling Silver

Stock number: 5654

Parker  Premier Mk.II Sterling Silver

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Smooth medium nib, Squeezebox fill system.
Condition: Very Good
Colour: Sterling Silver
c1983

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Price: £245.00
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This exceptional quality late vintage fountain pen was launched by Parker in 1983 as part of their Prestige Collection and the Parker 75 range - they called it the Parker “Premier” (MkII). Manufactured at the Parker factory in France, it sports an 18 carat gold nib and as you will see from the montage, an attractive facetted cap band. It also has a black onyx “jewel’ on the cap crown and the barrel end. Otherwise the appearance, with its sterling silver cross grid design, is very similar to a Parker 75 Ciselle.  The text around the cap band reads “Parker France” and it carries silver markings on the barrel and cap within the grid pattern. It has a squeezebox fill system. The 18ct nib has a smooth medium point. The cap fits snuggly on the end of the barrel for balance whilst writing. It measures 137mm with cap on and 153mm with cap on barrel end. It is quite a heavy pen weighing 32grams. I purchased it as part of a small bundle of Parker pens that had belonged to a Parker employee, unfortunately now deceased. Condition is very good, not mint, as it has been used for writing. Other than that it appears that it was simply kept as an example of the model. It is a quality late vintage fountain pen from an excellent stable. A fine addition to a vintage fountain pen collection or an impressive and stylish everyday writer. All fountain pens are professionally serviced by Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. unless stated otherwise and bench tested prior to offering for sale. A further inspection is carried out before despatch. Filling instructions will be sent with your order and a gift box is available free of charge on request at checkout.

 


Waterman Ripple No.7

Stock number: 5482

Waterman Ripple No.7

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Medium nib, Lever fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Waterman Red Ripple
c1927

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Price: £255.00
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This stylish vintage fountain pen was made by Waterman around 1927. They produced a series of hard rubber pens in what they termed a “Ripple” finish, offering differing nib types within the same range. In the No.7 range the nib type was denoted by the band at the top of the cap and on the nib. Whilst this particular model has a “Yellow” cap band, which denoted a rounded tip nib, suitable for left-handed writers, the nib has been replace over the years with an alternative Waterman No.7 nib. This has a fairly firm smooth point, suitable for right handed writers. The cap sports a Waterman’s ball ended clip which states “Waterman’s” with their “Ideal” logo and has a 9ct gold FDW band around the cap lip. The barrel imprint is very feint but it has the Waterman branding as does the lever and, as you would expect, the model number “7” is on the bottom of the barrel. The replacement No.7 “keyhole” nib carries the text “Waterman’s Ideal Canada 7, F.D.W. A.14 585” This long, elegant vintage fountain pen is in good order with only minor age wear and measures 14.2cm with cap on and 18 cm with cap on barrel end. Even with the nib change and feint imprint, it is suitable to add to a collection or to use everyday. A fine example of Waterman craftsmanship of the period. All fountain pens are professionally serviced by Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. and bench tested prior to offering for sale. A further inspection is carried out before despatch. A gift box is available free of charge on request and filling instructions will be sent with your order.


Waterman Overlay 9ct Gold - Barleycorn

Stock number: 5241

Waterman Overlay 9ct Gold - Barleycorn

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Medium nib, Lever fill system.
Condition: Very Good
Colour: 9ct Gold Overlay - Barleycorn
1929

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Price: £525.00
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This substantial vintage fountain pen was made by Waterman in the late 1920’s. The 9ct gold overlay on hard rubber is in a pattern called “Barleycorn” which was popular at the time. The cap has 9ct gold markings on the crown and around the cap lip are the words “Waterman’s “Ideal” Fountain Pen” . It has a ball ended clip of the period but without Waterman branding so this has obviously been replaced over the years. The barrel carries a clear personalisation lozenge, a Waterman lever with the “Ideal” logo and gold markings stating “FDW 9 375” and hallmark for London 1929. FDW stands for Frank D. Waterman. Lewis E. Waterman was the founder of Waterman in 1888, Frank was his nephew who became the company ambassador abroad and it was he who entrusted the distribution of Waterman pens in England to the London stationer L.G. Sloane. Around the smooth tapered area at the bottom of the barrel the branding “Waterman’s” appears. The medium flexible nib states “Waterman’s Ideal Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. 2 Made in U.S.A.”. Given the shipping of Waterman pens to the UK where they were often overlaid with silver and gold for the more discerning customer, it is not surprising to find an English hallmark on an American branded pen. Condition is very good with two points to note in addition to very minor age wear – a minor ding on the back of the barrel just below the nib section and some wear to the cap lip which does not affect its grip. This is reflected in the price. It is a heavy pen weighing 31 grams and carries the 9ct gold markings on the cap top, cap side and barrel.  It measures 13.7cm with cap on and 17.3cm with cap on barrel end so a good length and a slightly chunky shape. With its Waterman branding it is worth more than the sum of its parts even with the price of gold today. Suitable to add to a vintage fountain pen collection or to use as an everyday writer. All fountain pens are professionally serviced by Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. unless otherwise stated and are bench tested prior to offering for sale. A further inspection is carried out before despatch. Filling instructions will be sent with your order. A gift box is available free of charge on request.
 


Silver Overlay Birmingham 1933 London 1939

Stock number: 5295

Silver Overlay Birmingham 1933 London 1939

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Medium nib, Button fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Chased silver overlay
1933

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Price: £245.00
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This English made chased silver overlay fountain pen and pencil come complete with presentation box. The button filling fountain pen is hallmarked Birmingham 1933 and the pencil is hallmarked London 1939. The silversmith in each case is C&C – which is a mark I have come across previously on pens/pencils of this quality. You will see from the montage above that both items are well marked and that the chased pattern on the silver overlay is relieved by smooth silver top and tail bands and pocket clips. The lozenge is clear in each case. Whilst the clip on the pencil appears to have a silver mark, the clip on the fountain pen does not so I suspect this is a metal clip to provide strength in use. The nib on the fountain pen states “Warranted 14ct 1st Quality” and it has an easy writing medium point. Both the fountain pen and pencil are a good size and length – the pen measuring 14cm with cap on and 17cm with cap on barrel end - the pencil measuring 12.5cm. The pencil has an expel/repel mechanism which is operated by the finial above the clip. It will take a standard Yard O Led refill. Both fountain pen and pencil are in good order with only minor age wear. The presentation box is not shown to its advantage in the montage but you can see the rim of the box which gives you an indication of the red and black mottled finish. The box is also in good order with a little age wear, more noticeable underneath. The clasp has a satisfying click home and, as you will see, the interior is clean. This elegant but sturdy set in presentation case, is suitable for everyday use and also to add to a vintage fountain pen collection. All fountain pens are professionally serviced by Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. unless otherwise stated and bench tested prior to offering for sale. A further inspection is carried out before despatch. Filling instructions will be sent with your order.


Parker 75 Queen Elizabeth - Limited Edition - Mint

Stock number: 5825

Parker 75 Queen Elizabeth - Limited Edition - Mint

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Medium nib, Aerometric fill system.
Condition: Mint
Colour: Brass from RMS Queen Elizabeth
1977

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Price: £625.00
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This iconic limited edition Parker 75 fountain pen was made in the U.S.A. in1977 from the brass rescued from the “RMS Queen Elizabeth” following a disastrous fire which sent her to the bottom of Hong Kong harbour. Only 5000 pens were made for world wide distribution – this is number 1899. Upon the ship’s launch in 1938 it was said to be the largest passenger liner the world would ever see. It was used during WWII to transport American troops and refitted as a luxury ocean liner in 1946. Thereafter it carried the world’s most interesting and influential people. It was felt that a fitting tribute to the demise of such a great liner would be the creation of a limited amount of Parker pens made from the brass rescued from the ship. Each pen has a special wooden box together with a certificate of authenticity stating the limited edition number. This is also carried on the cap lip with the text “Parker Made in U.S.A. 1899/5000”. As you will see from the montage the wooden box carries a brass plaque setting out the liner’s history. There is some light reflection on this image. The fountain pen barrel has a plaque stating “RMS Queen Elizabeth”. The nib states “Parker 14k Point U.S.A.” and has medium marked on the rear of the feed. This example of a much sought after late vintage fountain pen is in mint condition and has not been inked and it should not be if you wish it to hold all of it’s current value.  On the other hand, what are pens for if not to be used? Payment options are shown at checkout.


Parker 51 Black with Rolled Silver Cap

Stock number: 5463

Parker 51 Black with Rolled Silver Cap

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Medium to slightly broad nib, Aerometric fill system.
Condition: Fair-Good
Colour: Black with rolled silver cap
1953

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Price: £110.00
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This vintage fountain pen - the Parker “51”, was launched in England by Parker in the early 50’s. Its aerodynamic design has made it a classic and the plaudits it has received over the years both in terms of design and reliability are well deserved. Its contribution to design is evidenced by its display in the Design Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York and it has been marketed as 51…the world’s most wanted pen”. This particular version, rarer than most, has a black body and the sought after rolled silver cap with rolled gold clip. This particular cap was introduced in 1952 and it is believed to have been produced only in England. It comes with a smooth Parker 51 medium to slightly broad point nib with the text “Parker Made in England 1953” and, whilst nibs can be changed over the years, I believe 1953 to be the date of this particular example. Condition is fair to good with, as you will see from the montage, only minor age wear to body. The cap has rather more wear than usual and a small ding on the rear but is still in fair to good condition and this is reflected in the price. The aerometric filling system is often termed "squeezebox" and is a very simple method of filling the pen with ink by unscrewing the barrel to expose a metal shell covering the ink sac - just press the metal bar and release up to five times and this vintage pen is ready to use. It measures 13.7cm with cap on and 15.3cm with cap on barrel end. The Parker 51 was an outstandingly popular fountain pen in its day and remains a stylish and extremely good “workhorse” today. It is an excellent vintage pen for both everyday use and for signing that important letter/document. All fountain pens are professionally serviced by Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. unless otherwise stated and are bench tested prior to offering for sale. A further inspection is carried out before despatch. A gift box is available free of charge on request. Filling instructions will be sent with your order.
Source: Parker “51” – David and Mark Shepherd.


 


Merlin No.33 Pink Striated

Stock number: 1017

Merlin No.33 Pink Striated

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Fine to Medium nib, Button fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Pink Striated
c1950

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Price: £35.00
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This Merlin No.33 vintage pen was made in Germany around 1950. It is a very serviceable economy line button filling pen. Being 12cm (4½ inches) long with the cap on it is a good size for the smaller hand. This particular example has a pink striated finish with a gold tone clip. The camera has not quite caught the deepness of the pink which is really rather striking. Whilst it is a vintage pen it has not previously seen much use and therefore the fine-medium Merlin 14ct gold nib will smooth to suit your hand. Condition is good with only minor age wear to the trim. It measures 11.8cm with cap on and 14cm with cap on barrel end. A good economy vintage pen for everyday use. All fountain pens are professionally serviced by Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. and bench tested prior to offering for sale. A further inspection is carried out before despatch. A gift box is available free of charge on request. Filling instructions will be sent with your order.


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