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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 51 Pen and Pencil Set - Classic Black

Stock number: 5765

Parker 51 Pen and Pencil Set - Classic Black

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Medium nib, Aerometric fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Classic Black with Rolled Gold
c1950

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Price: £120.00
Postage and packing
U.K. via Royal Mail Special Delivery: £7.00
Europe via Royal Mail International Signed For: £10.00
Rest of World via Royal Mail International Signed For: £12.00
The postage and packing charge is per order not per item, so if you buy more than one item you pay only one postage and packing charge (see our terms). These costs will be added to your invoice at checkout. Please select UK, Europe or World delivery to ensure you pay the right amount.

 

This vintage fountain pen and pencil set was made in England by Parker around 1950. The aerodynamic design of the Parker 51 fountain pen has made it a classic and the plaudits it has received over the years both in terms of design and reliability are well deserved. It has been marketed as 51…the world’s most wanted pen”.  This particular example, with its matching pencil, has a classic black body which offsets the Parker rolled gold cap with “jewel” end and arrow clip. The fountain pen has a Parker 51 smooth medium nib. 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 four times and this vintage pen is ready to use. The matching expel/repel pencil has been recently serviced and is in full working order. It takes 0.9mm leads. The pencil barrel text reads “Parker Made in England”. The fountain pen barrel text has been smoothed off over the years. It measures 140mm with cap on and 155mm with cap on barrel end. The pencil measures 133mm. There is some minor age wear - primarily to the pencil -and, in a good light, a minor ding to the right of the pen clip but this is reflected in the price. This classic vintage fountain pen and pencil set will be excellent to use as everyday writers. 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: Parker “51” – David and Mark Shepherd.


Waterman Lady Patricia Jade

Stock number: 5331

Waterman Lady Patricia Jade

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Medium to slightly broad nib, Lever fill system.
Condition: Fair-Good
Colour: Jade Green
c1930

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Price: £105.00
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U.K. via Royal Mail Special Delivery: £5.00
Europe via Royal Mail International Signed For: £6.00
Rest of World via Royal Mail International Signed For: £8.00
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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 – a much larger fountain pen aimed primarily at the male market. 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 is called Jade Green.  The cap top, clip, single decorated cap band and lever are gold fill. It has a Waterman Ideal Canada No.2 nib in a medium to slightly broad point which is a pleasure to use. This delightful, and quite rare, vintage pen is in fair to good condition with an imprint which states “Waterman’s Fountain Pen, Reg. Made in Canada” with the Waterman’s “Ideal” lozenge. There is some slight colour variation between the cap and barrel as is common with this finish but not to the extent that it detracts from the pen. You will also note from the photograph that there is some wear to the gold fill trim on the lever and the cap band and it is also discreetly engraved with the name “A. CRABTREE”. Hence it is listed in fair to good condition and this is reflected in the price. It is a small 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 provide many years of writing pleasure. This vintage pen was not serviced by Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. but has passed our quality tests and will be further bench tested before despatch. A gift box is available free of charge on request and filling instructions will be sent with your order.
 


Parker Royal Challenger - Silver and Black Herringbone

Stock number: 5823

Parker  Royal Challenger - Silver and Black Herringbone

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Medium nib, Button fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Silver and Black Herringbone
c1939

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Price: £140.00
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U.K. via Royal Mail Special Delivery: £7.00
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 button filling vintage fountain pen was made by Parker in the U.S.A. in 1939 and is the streamline version of the Royal Challenger. It has an attractive silver and black herringbone finish with nickel plated trim. The section is visualized and the cap carries a tapered Parker clip and a wide chevron nickel band. The text on the barrel states “Parker Royal Challenger, Geo. S. Parker, Made in U.S.A. 9.”. The smooth medium point nib states “Parker Pen - Made in U.S.A. 17. Condition is good with some age wear to the nickel plated trim. It is a fair size vintage pen measuring 131mm with cap on and 149mm with cap on barrel end. An unusual vintage fountain pen with style and character which will be a pleasure to use everyday or to add to a 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 at checkout and filling instructions will be sent with your order.  


Parker Duofold Baby Lady - Gold Fill - Midget

Stock number: 5794

Parker Duofold Baby Lady - Gold Fill - Midget

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Medium nib, Button fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Gold Fill Overlay
c1920

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Price: £165.00
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U.K. via Royal Mail Special Delivery: £7.00
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 small, but perfectly formed, vintage fountain pen was made by Parker in the early 1920’s. It is a gold fill overlay Baby Lady Duofold – sometimes called the “Midget” and quite a rare pen. It follows the button filling style of the Parker Duofolds of the period and has the innovative Parker “Lucky Curve” feed. Also in common with the fashion of the period it has a ring on the top of the cap rather than a clip. This enabled ladies to wear it on a ribbon or chain around the neck or gentlemen to hang it from a watch chain. The text around the cap lip states “Parker Fountain Pen Gold Filled Patented” and the medium point nib text states “Parker Lucky Curve Pen Made in U.S.A.” As its name suggests it is very small measuring 84mm with cap on and 106mm with cap on barrel end. As such it will require refilling more often than a full size fountain pen. Three alternating design panels interrupted on one side by the clear personalization lozenge enhance the gold fill overlay. Condition is good with only minor age wear. A delightful vintage Parker fountain pen to either add to a collection or use as an everyday writer. All fountain pens are professionally serviced 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 and filling instructions will be sent with your order. My apologies that the quality of the photograph is not as good as I would like and this will be rectified as soon as possible.


Parker Duofold Senior

Stock number: 5417

Parker Duofold Senior

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Broad - wet writer nib, Button fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Jet Black
c1929

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Price: £240.00
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U.K. via Royal Mail Special Delivery: £6.00
Europe via Royal Mail International Signed For: £8.00
Rest of World via Royal Mail International Signed For: £10.00
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This iconic Jet Black Parker Senior Duofold fountain pen was made in Canada around 1929 and is a classic Parker fountain pen of the period. It is a large vintage pen measuring 13.5cm with cap on and 17cm 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 gold plated cap bands. The barrel imprint is good and states “Geo S. Parker, Made in Canada, Parker Duofold”. It has an excellent broad Parker 14ct nib which reads “Parker Duofold Pen Canada C” and is a wet writer. 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 and some brassing to the trim. It is an excellent purchase either for everyday use, if you prefer a broad nib and a wet writer, or to add to a vintage fountain pen 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. A gift box is available free of charge on request.
 * Reference: Parker Duofold - David Shepherd and Dan Zazove - Surrenden Press 2006


Sheaffer Lifetime

Stock number: 5028

Sheaffer Lifetime

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Fine-Medium nib, Lever fill system.
Condition: Very Good
Colour: Green Striated
1938

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Price: £145.00
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U.K. via Royal Mail Special Delivery: £0.00
Europe via Royal Mail International Signed For: £4.00
Rest of World via Royal Mail International Signed For: £8.00
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This Sheaffer Lifetime pen and pencil set was made around 1938. The green striated pattern was very popular at the time and, with its gold fill trim, this is a fine example. The pen nib is a fine-medium and it is a lever filler. The pencil is fully working and has lead in it. The fountain pen measures 12.3cm with cap on and 15cm with cap on barrel end and the pencil 12.3cm.  It is a small slim pen and pencil set in good condition with very minor age wear. The text on the barrel reads "W A Sheaffer Pen Co. Fort Madison, Iowa,, USA. Patented in USA 875". The nib text reads "D424562 Sheaffer's Lifetime Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. Made in USA" A fine set suitable for everyday use or to add to a collection. 


Parker 51 Trio

Stock number: 5093

Parker 51 Trio

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Medium nib, Aerometric fill system.
Condition: Very Good
Colour: Jet Black
c1957

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Price: £248.00
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U.K. via Royal Mail Special Delivery: £0.00
Europe via Royal Mail International Signed For: £4.00
Rest of World via Royal Mail International Signed For: £8.00
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A Parker Trio of “51” fountain pen, “51” rotary pencil and “51” Ballpoint all in working order is a treat to see. The “51” aerometric filling fountain pen was introduced by Parker in 1948. Its aerodynamic design made it a classic and the plaudits it received over the years both in terms of design and reliability are well deserved. Towards the end of the 50’s Parker extended the “51”range to include Trio sets of which this is an example. They were understandably popular at the time. This particular trio has a classic jet black body with, what Parker termed, a “lustraloy” cap which is really brushed steel. All three items are in good condition with only minor age wear, mainly to the rotary pencil with the cap end jewel being slightly darker than the others. The Parker 51 nib is a medium smooth writer and the “51” ballpoint takes modern Parker refills – it has a new one fitted. The "51" rotary pencil contains lead and can take modern day replacement leads however, it does come complete with an original phial of replacement Parker leads. The fountain pen measures 13.8cm with cap on and 15cm with cap on barrel end. The rotary pencil measures 13.5cm and the ballpoint 13cm. An excellent set to either add to a collection, present as a gift or for personal 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.


Mabie Todd & Co. Ltd. 14ct Gold - Rosette Pattern - Leverless

Stock number: 5584

Mabie Todd & Co. Ltd. 14ct Gold - Rosette Pattern - Leverless

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Medium nib, Leverless fill system.
Condition: Very Good
Colour: 14ct Gold
c1935

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Price: £375.00
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Europe via Royal Mail International Signed For: £8.00
Rest of World via Royal Mail International Signed For: £10.00
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This exceptional vintage fountain pen was made by Mabie Todd & Ltd. in England c1935. As can be seen in the montage, the barrel and cap are 14ct gold, chased with alternating “Rosette” and plain panels. The cap has a 14ct hallmark on the crown, a Swan ball ended clip carrying the Swan emblem and the text MTDLtd. It is also hallmarked. The barrel is hallmarked and branded towards the bottom near the filling turning knob. The bottom of the barrel is also hallmarked. The fill system is called “Leverless” which is operated by twisting the turning knob one way to expel the air in the sac and the opposite way to allow the ink to enter. A popular filling system of the period. The nib is a smooth medium point Swan No.2 and states “14ct Mabie Todd & Co. Ltd. Made in England”. It comes complete with its original leather covered box with a push button clasp. The interior has a deep blue velvet lining and the words “Mabie Todd & Co. Ltd. London” on the silk lid lining. The pen is in very good condition with only minor age wear. The engraved initials on the barrel do reduce its value slightly and this is reflected in the price. The box is in good condition with some scuff marks overall but with a firm clasp. It is a slim, elegant but substantial vintage fountain pen measuring 13.8cm with cap on and 16.8cm with cap on barrel end. It weighs 34grams. A striking and rare vintage pen from an excellent manufacturer which will sit well in a vintage fountain pen collection and equally be very serviceable as an everyday writer. 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.


Conway Stewart No.388 Green Marble

Stock number: 5920

Conway Stewart No.388 Green Marble

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Medium nib, Lever fill system.
Condition: Good
Colour: Green Marble
c1950

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Price: £85.00
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U.K. via Royal Mail Special Delivery: £7.00
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 Conway Stewart No. 388 was made in England around 1950. The model had been available since 1939. The Green Marble finish highlights the rolled gold of the original Conway cap clip and three cap bands. It has the original Conway lever and along the barrel carries the feint inscription “Conway Stewart 388 (with the number on the 1st line) – Made in England”. Condition overall is good with some age wear and brassing to the trim. The nib is a Conway Stewart 14ct 5N with a smooth medium point. This is a classic vintage fountain pen in an attractive finish from a good English manufacturer. It measures 122mm with cap on and 154mm with cap on barrel end. It is an ideal pen to use as an everyday writer. 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 may select your method of payment.


Parker "105" Rolled Gold Bark

Stock number: 5481

Parker

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Medium nib, Cartridge fill system.
Condition: Very Good
Colour: Rolled Gold Bark
1979

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Price: £175.00
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Europe via Royal Mail International Signed For: £8.00
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This rolled gold bark effect finish vintage fountain pen, with its then new spring loaded clip, was launched by Parker in September of 1979 and discontinued in 1982, so is quite rare. It is a stylish and substantial pen and was positioned at the higher price end of the Parker range. The cap, with its spring long arrow clip has no engraving around the lip. The rolled gold bark effect finish is also used on the cap crown and barrel base. The barrel has a smooth lozenge for personalisation. Around the lip of the barrel is the Parker logo and the words “Parker Made in England”. The 14ct nib has a smooth medium point, with “M” marked on the rear of the feed. It comes with its original box and outer sleeve - which carries the words “Parker 105”. Whilst the box and outer sleeve are clean the plastic area in the centre of the box which would hold the pen in place is no longer intact. Also Parker left space for spare cartridges inside the right hand side of the box edge. The space is intact but the small square tag which covered it is not. It is worth mentioning that a limited edition version was launched in 1981 to commemorate the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. Condition, apart from the box areas mentioned above is very good. It measures 13.5cm with cap on and 14.5cm with cap on barrel end. As usual with cartridge filling pens, when inserting a new cartridge, you will need to give the cartridge a squeeze initially to encourage the transfer of ink through to the feed. An unusual and quite rare vintage fountain pen from an excellent manufacturer. Suitable for everyday use or to add to a vintage fountain pen 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.
 
 


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