Jake's Pens

Vintage Fountain Pens
Bought - Sold - Restored
Gold Plating

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Conklin Gold Fill Ringtop in superb condition.

Waterman 58 Red Ripple - incredible condition.

1928 Mandarin Yellow Parker Duofold Senior flattop - beautiful.

Jade Green Parker Duofold Senior Streamline - No Barrel Darkening.

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

Selection of Big Reds.

(Several Big Reds with flexible nibs recently added.)

Sheaffer Jade flattop with fantastic 1.5mm stub nib.


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



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    RESTORATION AND GOLD PLATING

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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 COLOR NIB RED RIPPLE PENS
  • SHEAFFER - PFM
  • OTHER MANUFACTURERS
  • CONSIGNMENT PENS FOR SALE
  • GALLERY OF SOLD PENS
  • LINKS TO OTHER VINTAGE PEN SITES
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  • 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.

    Red Hard Rubber Big Red with Medium Imprint. (5-1/2"). [1] $695
    One of the most sought after pens by Duofold collectors.
    Excellent condition. No cracks or chips .
    Deep barrel imprint, especially for a hard rubber pen.
    A truly outstanding example of this classic pen.
    Equipped with a very smooth writing 1.0 mm wide stub nib.

    Click here to email for details.


    Red Hard Rubber Big Red with Small Imprint. (5-1/2"). [2] $350
    One of the most sought after pens by Duofold collectors.
    This one is equipped with a 1.1 mm wide stub nib - great writer - very smooth.
    Very good condition except for a very thin tight crack in the cap.
    Look very closely at the pic near the center of the cap band
    toward the clip and you will see the crack. It seems to be quite stable.

    Complete barrel imprint, but the nib is the main attraction.

    Click here to email for details.


    Big Red - 1926 (5-1/2") - Flattop with stub nib. [3] $525
    Excellent condition. No cracks or chips.
    1.2mm STUB Parker Duofold Made in USA nib
    The barrel imprint is the Small Imprint with the Lucky Curve Banner.

    Click here to email for details.


    Big Red - 1928 (5-1/2") - Flattop. [4] $525
    Excellent condition. No cracks or chips.
    Medium flexible Parker Pen Made in USA nib
    The barrel imprint is the Small Imprint without the Lucky Curve Banner.

    Click here to email for details.


    Big Red - 1926 (5-1/2") - Flattop with 1.5mm stub nib. [5] $525
    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

    1928 Mandarin Yellow Parker Duofold Senior flattop (5-1/2"). $1750
    Excellent condition and color. No cap lip cracks. No flaws.
    Excellent Small Imprint with the Lucky Curve banner.
    Ink sac not installed to preserve the color. It would be installed at the buyer's request.

    Click here to email for details.


    Streamlined Parker Duofold Senior Jade Green (5-1/8"). $1200
    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"). $650.
    Re-tipped stub nib 1.2 mm - great writer - very smooth.

    Click here to email for details.


    Streamlined Parker Duofold Senior Moderne Black and Pearl (5-1/8"). $325
    Original Deluxe stub nib (0.8 mm) - very smooth writer.
    This is the Deluxe model with three cap bands and a Deluxe nib.
    Barrel ambering, but not as bad as most of this color.

    Click here to email for details.


    CONKLIN

    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.


    *Sapphire Conklin Endura Senior Flattop (5-1/4").* $495
    The top of the Endura line in the 20's. No cracks or blemishes. Excellent conditon. Fantastic color.
    F/M nib - great writer - very smooth.
    Complete barrel imprint.

    Click here to email for details.


    Pearl and Black Conklin Endura Senior Flattop (5-1/4"). $195
    The top of the Endura line in the 20's. No cracks or blemishes.
    Discolored barrel (typical of this color).
    M nib - great writer - very smooth.
    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. (5"). $650
    Excellent condition. No flaws that I can find.
    Broad flexible #2 Conklin Toledo nib. Very smooth

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    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 58 Red Ripple (6-1/8") $2250
    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 55 Ripple with XF Manifold Nib (5-1/2") $295
    Excellent condition. Complete barrel imprint. No cracks or chips.

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    Waterman 52-1/2V Ripple Ringtop with Account #2 Nib (4-1/4") $85
    Excellent condition. Complete barrel imprint. No cracks or chips.

    Click here to email for details.


    **Waterman 20 Black Hard Rubber (6-1/2")** $2300
    This is the largest pen that Waterman made.
    Eyedropper with good imprints.
    An all original very rare pen.

    Click here to email for details.


    *452 Filigree Sterling Silver Overlay* (5-1/2") $350
    Medium flexible nib. nib.
    Sterling overlay in good condition considering it is about 100 years old. A few small dings - nothing major.
    Small repaired crack in the barrel threads that does not interfere with cap threading onto the barrel.
    The barrel imprint on the hard rubber is complete.

    Click here to email for details.


    *Waterman 16 PSF Black Chased Hard Rubber (5-1/2")* $275
    Medium Waterman Ideal New York #6 heart hole semi-flexible nib. Smooth writer.
    Strong chasing. Nickel trim lever filler with very crisp barrel imprint.

    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.

    Email for details.

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    WATERMAN #5's
    The #5 is smaller than the #7 and is somewhat rarer.

    Waterman #5 Red Ripple (5-1/2") - Rare Grey Nib $995
    Excellent condition. No cracks or chips. The #5 is smaller than #7 and and has a flared end of the cap.
    This is a rare pen with correct grey cap band indicating the nib "color". The "grey" nib
    was designated by Waterman as "Grey, Oblique, for those who hold the pen at an angle or between
    the [index and middle] fingers". The grey nib is a left oblique nib, right tine longer than the left (looks like a left foot).
    It is an extremely smooth writer. The matching grey cap band has been replaced.

    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.

    Grey Sheaffer PFM V - F/M nib - (5-3/8") $675
    The rarest of the PFMs. Excellent condition.
    No scratches or marks.
    Fine/Medium nib - smooth writer.

    Click here to email for details.


    Black Sheaffer PFM V - M nib - (5-3/8") $325
    Australian manufacture. Same parts as USA manufacture.
    Near perfect cap.

    Click here to email for details.


    OTHER MANUFACTURERS

    Sheaffer Flattop - Oversized Jade (5-3/8") $295
    1.5mm Stub nib Fantastic writer.
    Excellent (not perfect) color, but the main attraction is the nib.


    Click here to email for details.


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