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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.60 Executive - Burgundy Hatch

Stock number: 5647

Conway Stewart No.60 Executive - Burgundy Hatch

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

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Price: £145.00
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This vintage fountain pen was made by Conway Stewart, in England, in the late 1940’s. The unusual pattern is called Burgundy Hatch and the model the Executive 60, was their flagship selling for 35 shillings. As you will see from the photograph 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 60 – Made in England”. The nib is a “Duro ConwayStewart 14ct Gold” with smooth medium to slightly broad point. Condition is good with minor age wear primarily on the barrel near the nib section where a previous owner has used burgundy ink. You will see this on the barrel if you enlarge the montage. This is reflected in the  price. It is a chunky pen measuring 12.5cm with cap on and 15.5cm with cap on barrel end. A good example of Conway Stewart at their best, this attractive vintage pen is 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 at checkout.


Mabie Todd & Co. Ltd. Swan SM205/59

Stock number: 5272

Mabie Todd & Co. Ltd. Swan SM205/59

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Broad Oblique nib, Lever fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Green/Grey Marble Red Vein
c1939

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Price: £95.00
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Europe via Royal Mail International Signed For: £6.00
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This lever filling vintage fountain pen was made by Mabie Todd & Co. Ltd. in England in 1939. MT&Co.Ltd. originated in America in 1843, opening its UK subsidiary in 1884 in Cheapside in London. At one point Swan pens were advertised as “the pen of the British Empire” as the English subsidiary bought the rights to the European and colonial business in 1915. This particular model, the SM205/59 is typical of the marbled pattern lever fillers Swan produced in the late 1930’s. The cap has one thin rolled gold band and a particularly attractive inset ball ended clip with the “Swan” logo at the top. This logo is also impressed onto the top of the cap. The barrel has a stylish black lever and the model number impressed around the bottom of the barrel. The barrel text reads “”Swan” Self-Filler Mabie Todd & Co. Ltd. Made in England” with the “Swan” logo. The unusual pattern is a mix of green and grey marble with a red vein and is quite distinctive. The nib has a broad oblique point which makes it a slightly wet writer and it reads “Swan 2 G 14c 585 Mabie Todd & Co. Ltd. Made in England”. Condition is good with only minor age wear. This unusual vintage fountain pen measures 12.5cm with cap on and 15.7cm with cap on barrel end. Suitable for everyday use or to add to a “Swan” 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.
 


Waterman Overlay 452 - Pansy Panel

Stock number: 5488

Waterman Overlay 452 - Pansy Panel

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Medium nib, Lever fill system.
Condition: Fair
Colour: Sterling Silver Overlay
c1925

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Price: £235.00
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This well used yet still elegant and attractive vintage fountain pen was made by Waterman in the mid 1920’s. It is their number “452” and the explanation for this model number was provided to retailers by Waterman at the time - the 452 indicates a sterling silver overlay on a base of hard rubber with barrel and cap covered. The pattern chased onto the silver overlay is called “Pansy Panel” – you will see from the photograph the alternating panels of smooth silver and the attractive pansy decoration. The cap, which has a Waterman accommodation clip has “Waterman’s Sterling” around the lip. The barrel states “Sterling” Made in U.S.A.” around the lip and the lever carries the Waterman “Ideal” logo. The model numbering is, as to be expected, on the bottom of the barrel and towards the bottom of the barrel you will find the words “Reg. U.S. PAT. OFF. Made in U.S.A.”. The smooth medium nib states “Waterman’s Ideal England” and is a wet writer. It will be obvious from the montage that this pen has, as I have  said, been well loved and also well used. The lozenge is engraved - I think with the name “Fleur” which is rather fitting considering the pattern. The lever box area appears to have sustained some buckling over the years, the nib would originally have had USA markings, there is some wear to the silver and the accommodation clip has replaced its earlier ball ended Waterman fixed clip. Nonetheless it remains a lovely and quite rare pen from an excellent stable. I have listed it in “fair” condition and priced it accordingly. It is in full working order and will provide many more years of writing pleasure. It measures 14cm with cap on and 17.5cm with cap on barrel end. Suitable, even in its current condition, to add to a vintage fountain pen collection or to use everyday if you prefer a wet 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.


Parker 61 Flighter De Luxe

Stock number: 5656

Parker 61 Flighter De Luxe

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Smooth medium point nib, Squeezebox fill system.
Condition: Very Good
Colour: Steel cap and barrel
c1969

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Price: £80.00
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Europe via Royal Mail International Signed For: £8.00
Rest of World via Royal Mail International Signed For: £12.00
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The Parker 61 was launched in 1956 with Parker proudly announcing its revolutionary capillary filling method. Unfortunately this filling method was not totally satisfactory in the longer term as it depended upon the owner to use the pen on a regular basis to prevent the ink drying in the capillary filler. Parker, once it had launched its first cartridge fill pen in the 1960’s, gradually converted “61”’s to the squeezebox and cartridge fill system. This example, the Flighter De Luxe, dating from 1969 has a steel cap and barrel with rolled gold trim. It has a squeezebox filling system so it will also take modern Parker ink cartridges. The “61” with its stylish rolled gold arrow inset into the pen shell, pointing the way to the smooth medium point nib, is quite distinctive and rather elegant. The words “Parker Made in England” appear around the cap lip. The squeezebox filler states “Parker USA”. It is a good size fountain pen measuring 13.7cm with cap on and 14.5cm with cap on barrel end. 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 will serve well as a good everyday writer or as part of 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. Filling instructions will be sent with your order and a gift box is available free of charge on request at checkout. 


Sheaffer Targa Sterling Silver 1024S

Stock number: 5355

Sheaffer Targa Sterling Silver 1024S

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Fine to Medium nib, Cartridge fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Sterling Silver
c1980

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Price: £140.00
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Europe via Royal Mail International Signed For: £8.00
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This vintage pen is one of the successful Targa range - a model produced by the Sheaffer Pen Company from 1976 to 1999. This particular version dates from around 1980 and is the 1024S with a finish in sterling silver. The fine line decoration is offset by the smooth silver top and tail on cap and barrel. Around the cap lip are the words “Sheaffer U.S.A. Sterling” and silver markings - I believe for 1985. It has the stylishSheaffer 14ct gold inlaid nib with a fine to medium point which states "Sheaffer U.S.A. 585 14k". Condition is good with minor age wear. As you would expect it has the Sheaffer "Lifetime" dot on the clip. Filling is by insertion of an ink cartridge, preferably Sheaffer but an international cartridge size will suffice. In common with other cartridge fill pens when first fitting a new cartridge you need to encourage the ink to flow through from the cartridge to the nib with a slight squeeze of the cartridge. It is quite a heavy, substantial pen in the hand and measures 13.7cm with cap on and 15.5cm with cap on end. The Targa range is fast becoming highly collectible and with its large range of finishes is an interesting model to collect as well as a pleasure to use everyday. 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.


Parker 51 Insignia Rolled Gold Trio

Stock number: 5534

Parker 51 Insignia Rolled Gold Trio

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Medium nib, Aerometric fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Rolled Gold Overlay
c1961

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Price: £325.00
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This vintage Trio of fountain pen, rotary pencil and ballpoint were manufactured and marketed in England by The Parker Pen Co. The aerodynamic design of the Parker “51” has made it a classic. This version, the "Insignia", is the renamed "Signet" following Parker being forced by their legal division to change the name. Parker first introduced its aerometric (squeezebox) filling system in 1949. English production began in 1950 at Parker's Newhaven plant. The Parker “51” rotary pencil was launched in the late 1950’s with the first English ballpoint appearing in 1955. Parker “51” Trio sets, of which this is a fine example, were available for purchase during the 1960’s under the Insignia name which Parker had adopted from 1957. The finish is a 1/10 12k rolled gold overlay covering the main body and the cap - a style which contrasts favourably with the black nib shell of the fountain pen. The fountain pen has a Parker “51” 14k medium nib. The matching ballpoint and expel/repel (rotary) pencil complement it beautifully having the same dynamic styling.
 
Whilst there is a very small ding on the pencil all are in good condition with only minor age wear and have the Parker "jewel" on the cap top. The personalisation lozenge is clear in each case. 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. The instructions are on the metal shell and state “Parker “51” “To fill press ribbed bar firmly four times holding pen point down. Wipe point with soft tissue” Parker “Quink” or any good quality modern ink will suffice today. The fountain pen measures 14cm with cap on and 15.5cm with cap on barrel end. The pencil measures 12.5cm. The ballpoint is 13cm long. There is lead in the pencil and a blue refill in the ballpoint. Modern refills can be used for both.
  
The Parker “51” marketed as “51…the world’s most wanted pen” is not only a collector’s item but also an excellent everyday workhorse. A Trio set is rare to find and an excellent example of the top end of their range at the time. 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.
 
Source: Parker “51” – David and Mark Shepherd
 


Parker Duofold Lapis - Blue on Blue

Stock number: 5324

Parker Duofold Lapis - Blue on Blue

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Medium to slightly broad nib, Button fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Lapis - Blue on Blue
c1928

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Price: £275.00
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Parker opened their Canadian plant in 1923. The “Duofold Special” was first launched in 1923 and advertised as “A well balanced pen, as long as the Senior but smaller in diameter.” It measures 13.6cm with cap on and16.6cm with cap on barrel end. This example was made in Canada around 1928. The colour is a brilliant blue termed “Lapis” or “Lapis Lazuli” and was designed to reflect the appearance of the gem stone of the same name. It was originally available in a “blue on blue” version and subsequently in “blue with white flecks”. (You will see an example of the “blue with white flecks version at stock number 5220). They are both quite rare but this particular example is of the most rare – the “blue on blue”.
 
The cap has one raised rolled gold cap band and the Parker rolled gold ball ended clip. It states: “Pat. Sep. 5-16 Parker”. The barrel has a strong imprint stating: “Duofold Special - Geo. S. Parker Fountain Pen Toronto Canada” and the “Lucky Curve” feed banner. The blind cap at the bottom of the barrel which covers the filling button has the numbers 116. The Parker nib states: “Parker Duofold Pen – Canada”. It has a medium to slightly broad point and is a smooth writer.
 
This rather special vintage fountain pen is in good condition with only very small amount of age wear, a minor colour difference where the cap has covered the barrel and some brassing to the rolled gold trim. It is a button filling pen which means that you unscrew the cap on the bottom of the barrel to reveal a button which you press to expel the air in the sac and depress to let ink into the barrel. This was a popular and easy filling method of the period. 
 
It is rare to find a “blue on blue” version and also to find one in this condition. It is suitable to add to a Parker collection or to use as an everyday writer. This vintage fountain pen will provide many more years of writing service.  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 and filling instructions will be sent with your order. 


Parker 51 Demi Rare Cocoa Set

Stock number: 5025

Parker 51 Demi Rare Cocoa  Set

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Fine to medium nib, Aerometric fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Cocoa
c1948

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Price: £195.00
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This rare Parker 51 "Demi" fountain pen and pencil set was made in the U.S.A. around 1948 and is in an unusual and rare finish called "cocoa". The "demi" size is slightly smaller than the usual Parker 51 and whilst it was originally made for the ladies market, it proved to be equally popular with gentlemen of the time. The cap is the lustraloy thin lipped band design. The nib is more fine than medium. The set is in good condition and comes with its original box. The box does show some signs of wear but overall is in good order. The interior of the box was designed to compliment the colour of the pen and pencil. The pen measures 12.8cm with cap on and 14cm with cap on barrel end. The pencil measures 12cm. It is an excellent set and of course is in full working order. 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. Filling instructions will be sent with your order.


Parker Duofold True Blue

Stock number: 5723

Parker Duofold True Blue

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Medium nib, Button fill system.
Condition: Fair-Good
Colour: Parker Blue and White True Blue
c1928

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Price: £155.00
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This button filling vintage fountain pen was introduced by Parker in 1928. It is generally agreed that production discontinued in late 1929 - hence these pens are quite rare today. Parker’s advertisement of the time for this model called it the “Three Fifty” as it cost $3.50. It stated We passed a tray containing a dozen different kinds of pens to seven hundred people. They selected this one….modern in design and colour – a smarter looking pen you’ve never seen.” They called the pattern and colour “Modern Blue-and-White”  or “Modernistic Blue”- these days it is referred to as the “True Blue”. This unusual and rare vintage fountain pen has been listed in fair to good condition because, as is common with this model, the colours become more muted over the years, due to the interior ink sac and handling. The extent to which this occurs affects its value and is therefore reflected in the price. The cap has a Parker ball ended gold fill clip and two cap bands. The barrel has the very feint imprint of “Geo S. Parker Fountain Pen – Made in Canada”. The nib states “Parker Pen Canada 3” and has a smooth medium point. It measures 125mm with cap on and 155mm with cap on barrel end. A modern Limited Edition version was issued by Parker in 1988. This original 1920’s example of a hard to find vintage fountain pen is in working order and in fair to good condition - suitable for everyday use or to add to a collection. 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. Filling instructions will be sent with your order.

Source: Fountain Pens Past and Present, Paul Erano, Schroeder Publishing 1999


Waterman Lady Patricia Turquoise

Stock number: 5539

Waterman Lady Patricia Turquoise

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Fine to Medium nib, Lever fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Turquoise - Blue/Bronze/Gold
c1930

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Price: £175.00
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Rest of World via Royal Mail International Signed For: £10.00
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This vintage pen, which Waterman called the Lady Patricia, was created in 1930 for the female hand, following the successful sales of the Waterman Patrician range – which was a much larger fountain pen aimed primarily at the male market. This particular example was made in America. The Stationery Trades’ Journal of the time (November 1930) praised its “slender careful lines and smart modish colour” It was marketed as having a “smart, modern, feminine cap clasp – holding the pen securely in place, even in the most crowded handbag.” The first Lady Patricia was presented to Miss Amy Johnson (1903-1941) the English female aviator who carried a Waterman fountain pen during her daring solo flight from England to Australia. It was marketed in a range of colours – this one – one of the rarest – is called “Turquoise” – a beautiful blue and gold bronze marble.  The cap top, clip, single decorated cap band and lever are gold fill. Its original Waterman nib was in a poor state so this has been replaced with a Waterman 14ct England 2A nib with a fine to medium point. You will notice that there are some age marks on the nib but be assured it is a pleasing writer. This delightful, and quite rare, vintage pen is in good condition with minor age wear and an imprint which states “Waterman’s Fountain Pen - Made in U.S.A. Reg. U.S. Ideal Patent Office” with the Waterman’s “Ideal” lozenge. It is a small, but slightly chunky, pen measuring 11cm with cap on and 13.7cm with cap on barrel end. It is a true reflection of its period and this Lady will not only provide many years of writing pleasure as an everyday writer but will be equally at home in 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. Filling instructions will be sent with your order and a gift box is available free of charge on request at checkout.


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