Jake's Pens

Vintage Fountain Pens
Bought - Sold - Restored
Gold Plating


In memoriam
Jon Rosenbaum
A good friend who will be missed by all
    

FOR SALE
Lamy Lady FP Model 41 - new in the box (5-1/2")
This is a very unusual pen that is made of Rosenthal porcelain.
Click here for more about this beautiful pen.


Click here to skip the introductory stuff and go directly to the table of contents of vintage pens for sale.

***LINKS TO OTHER JAKE'S PENS PAGES***
CLICK HERE FOR A NEW SECTION FEATURING CONSIGNMENT PIECES.

CLICK HERE FOR A SECTION ON LATHES & ACCESSORIES ADAPTED FOR PEN REPAIR.

CLICK HERE FOR A SECTION ON PARTS.

CLICK HERE FOR A SECTION ON SPECIAL NIBS (MOSTLY STUBS).

Click on the thumbnail to go directly to the pen.

Conklin Gold Fill Ringtop in superb condition.

Waterman 58 Red Ripple - incredible condition.

Jade Green Parker Duofold Senior Streamline - No Barrel Darkening.

Selection of Sheaffer PFM's (Pen for Men).

Selection of Big Reds.

(Flexible and stub nibs available.)


Jacob J. Leventhal
Founders Curators' Professor
Department of Physics
University of Missouri - St. Louis
St. Louis, MO 63121 USA
email: jakespens@earthlink.net



THE TWO BOOKS BELOW ARE RELATED TO MY DAY JOB AND HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH PENS.
CLICK ON THE BOOK COVER BELOW FOR A PREVIEW OR TO ORDER FROM SPRINGER.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER FROM amazon.com


Click on the cover above to preview (or order) the book.
It can also be ordered at amazon.com


Links to other "Jake's pages"
Jake's Pens ebay auctions. ebay id: maddog28
ebay feedback for maddog28
Jake's University of Missouri homepage.

    RESTORATION AND GOLD PLATING

Click here for info and prices on restorations and gold plating.

Please note that due to the recent astronomical increase in gold prices I regret that
it has been necessary to increase the prices that I charge for gold plating.


VINTAGE FOUNTAIN PENS FOR SALE

All pens for sale have had any brassing eliminated by gold plating and have undergone nib smoothing to the degree possible my me.
  • NEW ARRIVALS
  • PARTS
  • LATHES AND PEN REPAIR
  • SPECIAL NIBS (MOSTLY STUBS)
  • PARKER (MOSTLY DUOFOLDS FROM 20S AND EARLY 30S)
        All Duofolds include a reproduction of the original 8-page leaflet that came with the pen.
  • BIG REDS
  • OTHER DUOFOLDS (MOSTLY SENIORS) - PREDECESSORS AND DESCENDANTS
  • CONKLIN
  • WATERMAN'S
  • WATERMAN'S PENCILS
  • WATERMAN'S COLOR NIB RED RIPPLE PENS
  • SHEAFFER - PFM
  • OTHER MANUFACTURERS
  • CONSIGNMENT PENS FOR SALE
  • GALLERY OF SOLD PENS
  • LINKS TO OTHER VINTAGE PEN SITES

    ***** CLICK HERE FOR LAGNIAPPES *****
    I REGRET THAT I MUST LIMIT MY OFFER OF FREE POSTAGE TO BUYERS
    IN THE UNITED STATES DUE TO THE INCREASED COST OF INTERNATIONAL POSTAGE.




    Click the car to request info on my free, no obligation "test drive" policy.
    Please specify which pen or pens interest you.

    I accept payment through PayPal for services and merchandise.
    For US customers, however, I prefer personal check (made out to Jake Leventhal) or money order because there are no paypal charges.
    Click here to navigate to a link on this page to open a FREE PayPal account.

  • All pens are restored and working except when specified.
  • The restoration includes nib smoothing and gold plating of any portions of the trim on which the gold has worn.
  • Pen lengths listed are with the cap screwed on.
  • All pen pics are on the same scale so relative sizes are correct.



    PARKER DUOFOLD

    BIG REDS

    The Big Red is considered to be the quintessential vintage fountain pen. Virtually every collector has one. Many people who wish to use a vintage pen write with a Big Red. It is simply an orange Parker Duofold Senior. I have no idea why it is not called a Big Orange. Nonetheless, googling Parker Big Red will produce numerous hits that are more extensive and authoritative than can possibly be given here. I usually have several Big Reds in my inventory. Listed below are those that I have restored. I also have some that I have not gotten around to restoring so ask if you do not see what you seek. Finally, if the date on a Big Red is 1926 or later it is a made of Permanite, Parker's name for plastic. If earlier, it is made of red hard rubber, more collectable, but also more fragile.

    All Big Reds on this page have gold plated pressure bars.

    Big Red - Streamlined Parker Duofold Senior (5-1/8") [7] $375
    Fine flex Parker Duofold Pen nib - rare in a Duofold.
    Great writer. Excellent condition. No cracks or chips.
    Almost factory condition.

    Click here to email for details.


    Big Red - 1928 (5-1/2") - Flattop. [6] $375
    Excellent condition. No cracks or chips.
    Fine Parker Duofold Pen nib
    The crisp barrel imprint is the Small Imprint with the Lucky Curve Banner.

    Click here to email for details.


    Big Red - 1926 (5-1/2") - Flattop with 1.5mm stub nib. [5] $425
    Excellent condition. No cracks or chips. Crisp barrel imprint.
    The 1.5mm STUB Parker Duofold P nib is great for signatures.
    The barrel imprint is the Small Imprint with the Lucky Curve Banner.

    Click here to email for details.



    OTHER DUOFOLDS (MOSTLY SENIORS)
    PREDECESSORS AND DESCENDANTS


    Streamlined Parker Duofold Senior Jade Green (5-1/8"). $695
    Near perfect color. No barrel darkening.
    Tiny spots on the cap, but this is likely part of the pattern.
    Ink sac not installed to preserve the color. It will be installed at the buyer's request.
    The barrel has a date code which is unusual since Parker stopped making these Duofolds in 1933 and
    they began date coding their pens in 1934. Best guess is that the pen went back to the factory for repair.
    If true, this makes the extraordinary condition of this pen even more remarkable.

    Click here to email for details.


    Parker Duofold Senior Lapis flattop - white on blue (5-1/2"). $495.
    Re-tipped stub nib 1.2 mm - great writer - very smooth.

    Click here to email for details.


    CONKLIN

    Light green Conklin Endura Senior Flattop (5-1/4"). $295
    Conklin called this color verd. There were two such colors. This is the lighter of the two.
    The top of the Endura line in the 20's. No cracks or chips.
    Fine Conklin Endura nib - very smooth writer.
    Excellent conditon with very good color. Weak barrel imprint.

    The green plastic has a few unusual splotches of non-green (not sure what to call it).
    Before you ask, it is indeed part of the plastic - not dirt (see below).

    Click here to email for details.


    Conklin Gold Fill Ringtop - Basketweave Design (4"). $150
    Incredible condition for a metal pen of this vintage (1920's).
    No cracks, no blemishes, not a single dent that I can find.
    No personalizations. The indicia is blank (see pic below).
    In addtion, this pen it is a superb writer with a smooth M nib.

    Click here to email for details.


    *Conklin Duragraph (5-3/4").* $895
    The famous pen that caused Parker to threaten Conklin with a lawsuit.
    No cracks or blemishes. The black hard rubber is not oxidized.
    Medium nib - very smooth writer. Great condition with complete barrel imprint.

    Click here to email for details.


    Conklin Endura Symetrik Black & Bronze (5-1/8"). $175
    This is not the largest made, but close. It is also slightly thinner.
    F/M nib - very smooth writer.
    No cracks or blemishes. Good color. Complete barrel imprint.

    Click here to email for details.


    Mottled red & black hard rubber crescent filler. (4-7/8"). $375
    Excellent condition with one flaw that makes this pen much less expensive than it would otherwise be.
    The cap lip had a chip at the bottom which I removed by shortening the cap by about 1/4".
    It looks pretty good. You judge. The pen functions perfectly.
    Medium flexible #2 Conklin Toledo nib. Very smooth

    Click here to email for details.


    WATERMAN

    Waterman 454 Sterling Silver Filigree Fountain Pen (5-3/8") $275
    Flexible Waterman #4 M nib. SRW personalization.
    The nib is a joy to write with.
    The pen has been around the block, but it is in good condition.
    I put it in good condition by performing a barrel thread transplant.
    I tried to show it in the pic, but it is pretty unobtrusive.

    Click here to email for details.


    Waterman 94 Rare Blue Ripple (5") $495
    Excellent condition. No cracks or chips.
    The "94" imprinted on the end of the barrel is crisp, but only remnants of the barrel imprint remain.
    M/F flexible nib - smooth writer.

    Click here to email for details.


    Waterman 58 Red Ripple (6-1/8") $1995
    Incredible condition. No cracks or chips.
    This is a giant pen in superb condition.
    Flexible medium nib that writes very smoothly.
    Excellent barrel imprint.

    Click here to email for details.


    Waterman 56 Black Chased Hard Rubber (5-1/2") $295
    Exceptionally smooth 1.2mm STUB #6 Waterman New York nib.
    Pen and nib in excellent condition.
    Nearly complete barrel imprint. Gold trim.

    Click here to email for details.


    WATERMAN PENCILS


    Waterman Sterling Silver Gothic Overlay Pencil (5-1/8") $55
    There is no number on it, but it is one of Waterman's slim models, 5/16" diameter.
    It is in very good condition and does propel the lead.
    Like most (many?) overlays it has a personalization.

    Click here to email for details.


    Waterman Ripple Ringtop pencil with original ribbon necklace. (4-3/8") $40
    Working condition. No barrel imprint (not sure it ever had one). No cracks or chips.
    The ribbon is fragile, but it appears to have the original clip and buckle on the necklace.

    Click here to email for details.


    Waterman's "color nib" pens.

    Click here to go straight to Waterman's color nib pens for sale.


    NIB COLORS/WRITING TIP CORRESPONDENCE

  • Red - Standard Point – medium, semi-flexible corresponding to a medium length, medium point.
  • Yellow - Rounded or Ball point – formerly a special nib, it is designed for left handed writers.
  • Purple - Stiff, Fine Point – designed for pressureless writing it is advertised as very popular with accountants.
  • Pink - Flexible, Fine Point – stenographer’s fine flexible which is “designed to shade at any angle”, and also described, later as a “Bookkeeper” nib, it corresponds to a long fine.
  • Blue - Blunt Point – called an improved stub that is popular with rapid writers it is also said, in later literature to be slightly oblique; it corresponds to a short stub.
  • Green - Rigid Point – fine manifold corresponding to a special nib popular in business use.
  • Brown - Fine, Flexible – it differs from the pink in that it is a medium length nib and, thus, not as flexible as the pink.
  • Grey - Oblique, actually a left oblique higher on the right than on the left, this is a short slit nib.
  • Black - Fine, flexible, actually ultra-flexible hardly distinguishable from the PINK, a long slit nib.
  • White - Coarse or broad, probably a medium taper nib.


    Because the color rings on the caps generally do not age well (most are some combination of cracked, crazed and discolored) I sell replacement rings as well as pairs of white border bands.
    Here are the rings I currently have available. Rings are $40 each and the white border bands are $15/pair. Postage is extra.

    Click here to email for details.


    WATERMAN #7's
    The #7 is slightly larger than a 55 and slightly smaller than a 56.
    The #5 is smaller than the #7 and is somewhat rarer.
    Click here to see the #5's.



    Waterman #7 Red Ripple - Pink nib (5-1/2") $1325
    The #7 is slightly larger than a 55 and slightly smaller than a 56.
    In Waterman's color designation pink signifies flexible fine point.
    Correct "pink" nib and pink band (replacement) on the cap.
    The pen is in excellent condition. The barrel imprint is weak, but complete.
        


    Waterman #7 Red Ripple - Pink nib (5-1/2") $1325
    The #7 is slightly larger than a 55 and slightly smaller than a 56.
    In Waterman's color designation pink signifies flexible fine point.
    This pink nib seems to me to be somewhat more flexible than most pinks.
    Correct pink band (replacement) on the cap.
    The pen is in excellent condition. The barrel imprint is very weak.


    Waterman #7 Red Ripple (5-1/2") - Yellow Nib $595
    The yellow nib was designated by Waterman as:
    Rounded or Ball point – designed for left handed writers.
    I am not sure of the ball point on the writing tip, but it is a very smooth writer that is quite flexible.
    The pen is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips.
    The barrel imprint is weak, but complete. It has the original yellow cap band.

    Click here to email for details.

    Waterman #7 Red Ripple (5-1/2") - Purple Nib $295
    Excellent condition. No cracks or chips.
    The purple nib was designated by Waterman "Stiff, Fine Point...very popular with accountants.".
    It is an very smooth writer.
    The purple cap band that signifies the "color" of the nib is original and in excellent condition.
    Complete barrel imprint.

    Click here to email for details.


    Waterman #7 Red Ripple (5-1/2") - Green Nib $295
    Excellent condition. No cracks or chips.
    The green nib was designated by Waterman "Rigid Point – fine manifold ... popular in business use.".
    It is an very smooth writer.
    The green cap band that signifies the "color" of the nib is original and in excellent condition.
    Complete barrel imprint.

    Click here to email for details.


    WATERMAN #5's
    The #5 is smaller than #7 and and has a flared end of the cap.
    It is also somewhat rarer.

    Waterman #5 Red Ripple (5") - Red nib $525
    In Waterman's color designation a red nib is "standard configuration for correspondence".
    This red nib is a very smooth writer with considerable flex.
    It has a rare hallmarked 9kt cap band inscribed F.D.W. (Frank D. Waterman) and 9.375 meaning 9kt gold.
    This pen appears to have been little used. The barrel imprint is very crisp.
    I replaced the original red cap band which was cracked.

    Click here to email for details.


    Waterman #5 Red Ripple (5") - Purple nib $245
    In Waterman's color designation a purple nib is "stiff, fine point – designed for pressureless writing."
    This purple nib is a particularly smooth writer. It does not have the usual keyhole breather hole.
    I did not replace the purple cap band because it is in near-perfect condition.
    Despite the pen's good condition, the barrel imprint is not only "weak," but non-existent. I am not sure it ever had one.
        

    Click here to email for details.


    Waterman #5 Black Plastic - Green nib (4-7/8") $295
    This pen is the successor to the color band red ripple pens. These #5 pens used the same keyhole color designated
    nibs as their predecessors. Rather than specify the nib "color" by a cap band as did the red ripple models,
    the color was denoted by a colored dot with an inscribed "5" at the end of the barrel (see pic below). This one is
    in excellent condition with virtually no marks, cracks or chips. The barrel imprint is as it came from the factory.
    I was not sure the pen was ever used, but I inked it to make sure that it works - it does. In Waterman's color
    nib designation green is "Rigid Point – fine manifold corresponding to a special nib popular in business use."

    Click here to email for details.


    SHEAFFER - PFM (Pen for Men)


    Most PFM's are great writers. All PFM's are snorkel fillers.
    All PFM's listed here have new rubber seals.
    Most PFM V's have a small dent or two on the crown of the cap. If not, it is noted.

    Click here for a description of the different PFM styles, I, II, III, etc.


    Maroon Sheaffer PFM V - F nib - (5-3/8") $495
    Near perfect cap - no marks that I can find.

    Click here to email for details.


    Maroon Sheaffer PFM I - M/F nib - (5-3/8") $225
    Excellent condition. Smooth writer.

    Click here to email for details.


    OTHER MANUFACTURERS


    Solution Graphics

    LINKS TO OTHER VINTAGE PEN SITES

    PETE'S PEN SHOP by Pete Kirby



    Ink-Pen by Sherrell Tyree & Joel Hamilton



    VintagePen.net by Mauricio Aguilar



    BACK TO TOP