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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.

Parker Duofold Junior - Black

Stock number: 5474

Parker Duofold Junior - Black

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Medium to slightly broad nib, Button fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Black
c1929

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Price: £110.00
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This Parker Junior Duofold fountain pen was made in Canada around 1929 and is a classic Parker fountain pen of the period.  This vintage pen is a button filler – you undo the cap at the end of the barrel to reveal a button – depress the button and you deflate the sac – let go of the button and the ink fills the sac – easy. It is a shortish but chunky pen measuring 11.5cm with cap on and 14.8cm with cap on barrel end. The barrel imprint states “Geo S. Parker Fountain Pen - Toronto Canada”. It also carries the “Lucky Curve” banner. The Parker medium to slightly broad point nib states “Parker Duofold Pen - Canada B” and is a pleasing writer. The feed is the “Christmas Tree” version rather than the “Lucky Curve” as stated on the barrel. This mismatch of barrel imprint and feed was fairly common with Parker pens of the period. The cap has the Parker Duofold ball ended clip and two thin rolled gold cap bands. It is in good condition with some age wear to barrel and cap. A good shortish chunky 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. A gift box is available free of charge upon request at checkout.


Waterman Overlay 452˝ Hand Engraved Vine

Stock number: 5261

Waterman Overlay 452˝ Hand Engraved Vine

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Fine to Medium nib, Lever fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Sterling Hand Engraved Vine
c1923

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Price: £330.00
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Europe via Royal Mail International Signed For: £5.00
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This exceptional and elegant vintage fountain pen was made by Waterman around 1923. The base of the pen is made of hard rubber as was common at the time but the covering is sterling silver engraved with a pattern Waterman termed “Hand Engraved Vine”. The engraving is also on the cap clip which has the Waterman “Ideal” logo. Around the smooth ring of the cap are the words “Waterman’s Sterling”. Around the smooth ring at the top of the barrel are the words “Sterling Made in U.S.A.” The barrel lever also picks up the engraving and has the “Ideal” logo. There is a clear lozenge on the barrel which can be used for personalisation - however be aware that if you do so this will affect the value. At end of the barrel overlay you will see the hard rubber base and around the base are the words “Waterman’s Reg. U.S. Pat Off. Made in U.S.A. ” The bottom of the barrel has the model number “452½”. The nib is a Waterman which states “Waterman’s Ideal Reg.U.S. Pat. Off” and has a fine to medium point. This delightful vintage pen is ingood condition with very minor age wear. It is a slim pen and measures 13.6cm with cap on and 16.7cm with cap on barrel end. It will serve willingly as an everyday writer but it will also provide weight to a vintage fountain pen collection.
 
This vintage pen was not serviced by Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. but has undergone professional restoration and performed well on filling, writing and bench test. We are satisfied that it will continue to do so. A further inspection will be carried out before despatch. A gift box is available free of charge on request. Filling instructions will be sent with your order.


Sheaffer Bright Green Jade Ring Top

Stock number: 5350

Sheaffer Bright Green Jade Ring Top

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Fine to Medium nib, Lever fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Bright Green Jade
c1929

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Price: £95.00
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Europe via Royal Mail International Signed For: £10.00
Rest of World via Royal Mail International Signed For: £12.00
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This ring top lever filling vintage fountain pen was made by Sheaffer in America in the late 1920’s. In common with the fashion at the time it has a ring on the top of the cap rather than a clip. It was designed to take a ribbon or chain through the cap ring, which enabled a lady to wear it around the neck or a gentleman to hang it from a watch chain. The colour is called bright green jade – a deep jade which is pleasantly offset by the black edging on the cap top and barrel bottom. The cap has two gold fill cap bands. The barrel imprint states “W.A. Sheaffer Pen Co. Pat.Aug 25.08 Fort Madison JA USA Dec.10,12 Jan 27-Oct20-Nov.24.14”  The fine to medium point firm Sheaffer nib states “Sheaffer 5-30” and is a pleasure to use. Condition is overall is good – it has retained its colour well with only minor changes where the cap has covered the barrel and a couple of pin point indentations on either side of the lever – this is reflected in the price. A small but slightly chunky pen, it measures 117mm with cap on (excluding ring) and 148mm with cap on barrel end. An attractive late 1920’s fountain pen from a well respected manufacturer reflecting its era of elegance and style. It is once again ready to be put into service as an everyday workhorse or to add to a vintage fountain pen collection. All fountain pens are professionally serviced 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 on request at checkout.


Conway Stewart No.24 Pale and Dark Blue Marble

Stock number: 5673

Conway Stewart No.24 Pale and Dark Blue Marble

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Medium nib, Lever fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Pale and Dark Blue Marble
c1954

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Price: £95.00
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Europe via Royal Mail International Signed For: £10.00
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This Conway Stewart No. 24 was made in England around 1954. The finish is an attractive mix of pale and dark blue marble with rolled gold trim. It has the original Conway clip to the cap with two medium cap bands. The body has the original Conway lever and the inscription “Conway Stewart 24 - Made in England”. The nib text states “Conway Stewart 14ct gold 5” and has a smooth medium point. The 24 is quite a chunky Conway measuring 13mm with cap on and 155mm with cap on barrel end. Condition is good with some brassing to the clip and lever plus minor general age wear. This attractive and pleasing to use vintage fountain pen could fill a gap in a Conway Stewart collection and it will also serve well as an 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.


Mentmore Imperial -Black-Silver-Red Fleck

Stock number: 5844

Mentmore Imperial -Black-Silver-Red Fleck

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Fine to Medium nib, Lever fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Black and Silver Pearl-Red Fleck
c1937

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Price: £85.00
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This lever filling vintage fountain pen was made in England c1937 by the Mentmore Manufacturing Co. Ltd. The model is called the “Imperial” and at the time it was very popular as a middle market pen. The model was available in a range of finishes. This particular example is in black and silver pearl with red fleck and chrome trim. The cap has the original Mentmore straight chrome clip carrying the Mentmore logo and two medium and one thin cap bands. The crisp barrel imprint reads “Mentmore Imperial – Made in England. Condition is good with only minor age wear. The Mentmore fine to medium point nib states “Mentmore Warranted14ct Gold”. A slightly chunky vintage pen in good condition, it measures 124mm with cap on and 155mm with cap on barrel end. It is suitable for everyday use or to add to a “start-up” vintage fountain pen collection. All fountain pens are professionally serviced 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 where you can select your method of payment.


Unknown English Silver Eyedropper

Stock number: 5114

Unknown English Silver Eyedropper

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Fine nib, Eyedropper fill system.
Condition: Very Good
Colour: Repoussé Snail Overlay
1901

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Price: £248.00
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This rare eyedropper vintage pen is hallmarked London 1901. There is no maker's name. The repousséoverlay pattern is in a “Snail” design which remains well defined and the silver markings whilst rubbed are still reasonably sharp on both cap and barrel. It has a slip on cap and what is termed an over and under feed to the fine point warranted nib. Also it has a thin wire inserted into the end of the feeds at the point where they sit inside the barrel. Its function appears to be to aid a firm fit between both feeds. Whilst it is in working order the nib itself is not perfect but it is usable. It reads “Warranted 14c 0.585 followed by a Lion Rampant at the bottom”. There is a small nick at the top of the section at the back and some very minor wear to the section itself. It measures 13cm with cap on and 15.6cm with cap on barrel end. Overall it is in very good condition and it is rare to come across an English eyedropper of this quality and in this design. An excellent early pen to add to a collection or use as a working collector’s item. Eyedropper pens stems from the days when pens were filled by an eyedropper rather than a lever. It has a section thread which you unscrew to reveal an empty pen barrel. You use an eyedropper to pick up the ink from the bottle and drip it into the actual barrel of the pen. It comes complete with a modern day eyedropper and is a working collector’s item. Due to the technology of the period this is not a pen to be thrown around in your briefcase or handbag - there is a possibility that in such circumstances it will leak. It is better used for a desktop, top pocket, pen pot or purchased as a working collector’s item. 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


Waterman Overlay 0512VP - Basketweave

Stock number: 5645

Waterman Overlay 0512VP - Basketweave

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Medium to Broad nib, Eyedropper fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Gold Fill Overlay
c1915

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Price: £245.00
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This fine gold fill filigree overlay vintage eye-dropper filling fountain pen was made by Waterman between 1910 and 1916. The eyedropper filling system was used by Waterman up to 1928. The gold fill filigree overlay pattern is called “Basketweave” and was produced in both a gold fill and sterling silver finish. The gold fill is overlaid on hard rubber, the base material used for a large number of fountain pens at the time. You will note that the far end of the barrel is clear of overlay (as it should be). Engraved into the hard rubber at the very bottom of the barrel is the model number “0512 VP”. It is a clipless model and the “VP” is a Waterman code for Vest Pocket – indicating that it was anticipated that this pen would be carried in a man’s vest pocket – at the time Waterman produced leather pen holders to fit vest pockets to carry the pen upright. At the bottom of the barrel overlay are the words “Waterman’s Ideal Fountain Pen”. The barrel personalisation lozenge is clear. The rim of the overlay on the screw on cap has the words “Waterman’s Ideal Fountain Pen”. This vintage pen is filled by unscrewing the nib unit and using an eye-dropper to take ink from an inkwell and dropping it into the barrel of the pen. The nib unit is then screwed back on to seal the ink into the barrel. It comes with a modern day eye-dropper. On test I have found that on first filling it may take a little patience to allow the ink to flow through to the feed and therefore the nib, but once it has you just need to keep the ink topped up in the barrel from time to time. The nib is a Waterman No. 2 with a medium to broad point with some flex and reads “Waterman’s Ideal Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. America 2”. Condition is good with only minor age wear and some brassing to the overlay. It measures 115mm with cap on and 140mm with cap on barrel end. It is an elegant but chunky pen with a pleasing weight and balance in the hand. A fine example of a quality Waterman pen of the period, it will grace any vintage fountain pen collection. It is also suitable to use everyday but perhaps more as a desktop item than one to carry in a briefcase or handbag – or even a vest pocket. 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 Vacumatic Emerald Pearl

Stock number: 5306

Parker Vacumatic Emerald Pearl

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Medium Nib nib, Speedline vacumatic fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Parker Emerald Pearl
c1946

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Price: £125.00
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This vintage fountain pen was made by Parker in 1946 and is an example of the third generation of a very successful Parker model called the “Vacumatic”. Originally launched in 1932 as the “Vacuum Filler”, it was advertised as holding 102% more ink than other pens available at the time. The barrel is used as the ink reservoir rather than an ink sac which increases the ink capacity. Filled by a then new style vacuum pump mechanism on the barrel end, it was also advertised as “revolutionary in principle and perfectly marvellous in performance”. It became an accepted and reliable filling method which was also initially used for the Parker 51. You will see from the photographs that this third generation model has the subsequent streamlined plastic plunger filling system which can be easily operated with one hand. The barrel was designed to be slightly transparent which allowed you to see the volume of ink held within it – this was more so with the earlier models. By this period it was available in a variety of finishes. This particular example is in a finish termed “Emerald Pearl” and is greener than the illustration. The barrel imprint states “Parker Vacumatic - Made in Canada - REG. T.M.S. 318582 .6”. The medium point nib has the Parker USA arrow design and states “Parker U.S.A. 6” so a mix of origins between pen and nib which was not unusual at the time. The cap has the Parker gold fill feather arrow clip and one broad decorative cap band. It is a standard length, slightly chunky pen measuring 13.3cm with cap on and 15.3cm with cap on barrel end. Condition is good with only minor age wear and slight brassing to trim. An interesting and stylish vintage fountain pen suitable for everyday use or to add to a vintage fountain pen collection. 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 at checkout.

Source: Parker Vacumatic – Geoffrey Parker, David Shepherd, Dan Zazove – Surrenden Press Limited.

 


Parker 75 Lapis Lazuli

Stock number: 5684

Parker 75 Lapis Lazuli

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No. 54 - Broad nib, Twist fill fill system.
Condition: Near mint
Colour: Parker Lapis Lazuli
1984

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Price: £235.00
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This exceptionally popular fountain pen, part of a recently purchased collection, was launched by Parker in the USA in 1964 and, in its various finishes, was produced for the next thirty years. Parker called it the “75” following on from their usage of numbers to denote models which restarted with the “51”. This particular example was manufactured in the Parker factory in France and forms part of their Laqué Collection. It is in their Lapis Lazuli finish and the date code around the cap lip states 2nd quarter of 1984. Also around the lip of the cap are the words “Parker Made in France” and the Parker logo. You will note the ridged area between the nib and the barrel, designed to increase the writer’s grip. The nib states “Parker 585 France 14k”. The feed has “54” on the reverse denoting a broad point. The section threads are plastic and the top of the cap and end of the barrel are dished. It can be filled either by using the twist fill that is in place or by inserting a Parker ink cartridge (as usual with ink cartridges you will need to give the cartridge a squeeze once in position to start the ink flow). Condition is near mint – it has been filled with ink for testing. It measures 130mm with cap on and 145mm with cap on barrel end. A slim and elegant late vintage fountain pen in a beautiful finish. It has a pleasing weight in the hand and a comforting click when replacing the cap on the barrel. It is suitable for everyday use, if you prefer a broad point, 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 at checkout.


Conway Stewart No.60 Executive - Grey Hatch

Stock number: 5371

Conway Stewart No.60 Executive - Grey Hatch

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Medium to slightly broad nib, Lever fill system.
Condition: Very Good
Colour: Grey Hatch
c1949

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Price: £125.00
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This vintage fountain pen was made by Conway Stewart, in England, in the late 1940’s. The model, the Executive 60, was part of their flagship range selling for 35 shillings. As you will see from the photograph the pattern is an attractive grey and black combination called Grey Hatch. The cap has one broad rolled gold band and the distinctive Conway diamond clip. The barrel carries the original Conway lever and a good imprint stating “Conway Stewart Executive 60 – Made in England”. The nib matches the model stating “Duro - Conway Stewart 14ct Gold 60” and has a medium point. Condition is very good with very minor age wear to the trim. It is a slightly chunky pen measuring 12.7cm with cap on and 15.6cm with cap on barrel end. A good example of Conway Stewart at their best and suitable to either add to a collection or use as an everyday workhorse. It comes complete with a copy of the original filling instructions. 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.


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