Saturday, April 6, 2013

New From The PENguin for April


For a number of reasons, we once again have large numbers of pens not listed on the site including a few remaining Gang of Five pens.

This is just a sampling of some of the most notable of what is not yet on the site:

•Conklin Oversize Endura Long Cap in red hard rubber
•Parker 51 set with 14 K smooth gold caps
•Pelikan 100 from early 1932 with a green striped barrel band shifted to yellow
•Pelikan 140 in black with reverse trim
•Pelikan 400s in green and black, near mint in the box with higly prized OF nibs
•Pelikan 500 in seagreen
•Pelikan 400N in green
•Pelikan M800s including first year pens with 14 C nibs, inquire.
•A small selection of available 14C M800 nibs
•Wahl Eversharp Oversize Art Deco Set in Jet and Pearl
•Expanded offerings of Flexible nib pens as on the Waterman page

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Interim Update


I’m pleased to announce that a new person has agreed to step into the role of webmaster for The PENguin. Crystal and I hope to have her up to speed and able to post the first of our New Years updates in the next couple of weeks.  Thanks to all of you who have gone out of your way to inquire about and purchase new pens in the interim. As soon as we are up and going, I think we’ll celebrate with a grand re-opening sale.  Stay tuned.

We’re also pleased to announce that the oft-rumored, long-awaited reissue of the iconic tortoise M800 seems to be on its way.  I have been able to get as many as a dozen of them and am currently taking reservations. Pricing is as yet unclear.  But for those who reserve, I promise to meet or better the common street price from authorized US retailers.




Finally, I have left one Lizard M101N with a broad nib.  Let me know if you want it.



Monday, January 28, 2013

Our Current Update from The PENguin

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We also have available one M101N Lizard with a Broad nib. If anyone wants it shoot me an e-mail quick.  I may or may not not be able to get any more. The price is $525.00.

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As I have noted elsewhere, we are in transition at The PENguin. I hope to be able to introduce our new interim webmaster and get a very substantial update onto the site in the next two weeks.

In the meantime the lists below reflect part of the update: if you see something you like, please contact me (rickpropas@comcast.net) citing the inventory number (PE34XX, etc.) and I will send images and any  additional information.

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Montblancs

G5MB2968-1950s Montblanc 142 G in black celluloid with gold filled trim.  This is one of the early postwar Montblancs that retained all the quality of the early Montblancs.  The nib, as stamped on the turning knob, is a bicolor medium with excellent flexibility. The pen is in excellent restored condition. $295.00


Year:
1950s

Condition:
Excellent
Cap:
black celluloid

Body:
black celluloid
Nib:
14 C bicolor medium

Price:
$295.00
Length:
5"

Flaws:
None


G5MB2969-1980s Montblanc 146 in black resin with gold filled trim.  This modern MB has a bicolor 14 K medium nib and the metal filler threads, with a short clear gray ink window.  It is in excellent condition. $250.00

Year:
1980s

Condition:
Excellent
Cap:
black resin

Body:
black resin
Nib:
14 K bicolor medium

Price:
$250.00
Length:
5 5/8"

Flaws:
None


G5MB2972-1930s Montblanc IIIb in black and pearl. This classic button filler is in excellent condition with better than average color. The nib is an original, correct Warranted b 14C with moderate flex. This uncommon pen is complete, correct and without flaw. $900.00

Year:
1930s

Condition:
Excellent
Cap:
black and pearl celluloid

Body:
black and pearl celluloid
Nib:
14 c medium

Price:
$900.00
Length:
4 7/8"

Flaws:
None


G5MB2973-1950s Montblanc 254 in black celluloid with gold filled trim.  One of the classic MBs of the 1950s, many people argue that the nibs on these are among the best ever made by a company noted for its nibs.  This pen is in excellent condition with a superb OBB 14 C nib. $275.00

Year:
1950s

Condition:
Excellent
Cap:
black celluloid

Body:
black celluloid
Nib:
14 C OBB

Price:
$275.00
Length:
5"

Flaws:
None

G5MB2974-1960s Montblanc 22 in black resin. This is a pen you can take anywhere and do anything with, strictly user grade. Why? Because it has a crack about 15 mm lengthwise down the back of the cap.  On request I will do a repair and/or you can cover the crack with the clip.  The nib is a medium stub so it writes well. Where ya gonna get a pen like this for $65.00.

Year:
1960s

Condition:
Good
Cap:
black resin

Body:
black resin
Nib:
Medium

Price:
$65.00
Length:
5 1/8"

Flaws:
Cap Crack

G5MB2975-1960s Montblanc 24 in clear resin. Ahhhh, what to say about this pen? It’s a demonstrator and it’s a Montblanc.  The plastic on these is really frangible and this one is cracked through. It’s been used and shows traces of ink. I doubt that it is useable, but has a medium stub nib. But you can have a Montblanc demo for the low, low price of $125.00

Year:
1960s

Condition:
poor
Cap:
clear resin

Body:
clear resin
Nib:
Medium

Price:
$125.00
Length:
5 1/8"

Flaws:
Cap Crack

G5MB2976-1930s Montblanc 422 in red mottled hard rubber. This is a highly uncommon Montblanc both in red mottled hard rubber and with a glass stylus. The pen pretty much speaks for itself. The hard rubber is clear with good color and strong imprints except for some high point wear.  A strong addition to any MB collection. $1,600.00

Year:
1930s

Condition:
Excellent
Cap:
RMHR

Body:
RMHR
Nib:
glass

Price:
$1600.00
Length:
5 1/8"

Flaws:
None

G5MB2977-1930s Montblanc Sarastro 14 Karat Gold Faceted Overlay. Another pen that simply speaks for itself. Sarastro was the “official” jeweler for MB and created exquisite pens. This one is push button (druckknopf) filler. The nib is marked 14 Carat with the M logo, it’s a medium. The pen is in near perfect condition, the enamel star is perfect, as well. A superb pen and bound to be the capstone to any Montblanc collection.  $6,000.00

Year:
1930s

Condition:
Excellent
Cap:
14 K gold

Body:
14 K gold
Nib:
14k medium

Price:
$6000.00
Length:
4 3/8"

Flaws:
None

G5MB2978-1939 Montblanc 14 K Faceted Jewelers Overlay Safety Pen. If there is one pen I wish I could keep from this purchase, this is it. The craftsmanship on this unmarked overlay is superb, every bit the equal of that done by Sarastro. What adds to the interest on this is the captop which features a five pointed star, suggesting that the pen was sold to the Arabic middle east. Also discreetly engraved as part of the captop is the date May 24, 1939 in European format 39-5-24. The nib is a Montblanc 1 14Ct. I’ve not tested the seals but they feel good. The pen is without flaw. $6,000.00

Year:
1939

Condition:
Excellent
Cap:
14 K gold

Body:
14 K gold
Nib:
14k medium

Price:
$6000.00
Length:
4 5/8"

Flaws:
None

MB3002-ca1949 Montblanc 144 in 14 K solid gold, fishscale pattern. This is the first of the postwar luxury Montblancs, earlier than the 744 designation.  This pen is in very good condition, with a bit of light marking to the indicia and a bit of a posting ring at the barrel. Otherwise excellent, free of dents and dings, two small marks to the turning knob. Another superb pen. 14 K bicolor medium nib, a superb writer. $3,500.00

Year:
1949

Condition:
Very Good +
Cap:
14 K gold

Body:
14 K gold
Nib:
14k bicolor medium

Price:
$3500.00
Length:
5 1/8"

Flaws:
None

MB3003-1950s Danish Montblanc 214 button filler in coral celluloid.  One of the classic Danish postwar pens in excellent restored condition. Original 14 Karat #4 nib in medium with good flex. A fine user or as part of a Montblanc collection. $350.00

Year:
1950s

Condition:
Excellent
Cap:
Coral celluloid

Body:
Coral celluloid
Nib:
14k medium

Price:
$350.00
Length:
5 1/4"

Flaws:
None

MB3004-1950s Danish Montblanc 216 in black celluloid. Another classic postwar pen in excellent condition. This is a substantial pen with a big flexy Montblanc #6 fine nib. A great user but clean enough for any collection.  $350.00

Year:
1950s

Condition:
Excellent
Cap:
Black celluloid

Body:
Black celluloid
Nib:
14k fine

Price:
$350.00
Length:
5 1/2"

Flaws:
None

MB3005-1950s Montblanc 136. A late, all celluloid 136.  In excellent condition, fully restored, although the filler does not fully propel. It still holds a lot of ink. Long inkwindow, short captop, Danish clip, 14 K two tone medium nib. $750.00
Year:
1950s

Condition:
Excellent
Cap:
Black celluloid

Body:
Black celluloid
Nib:
14k bicolor medium

Price:
$350.00
Length:
5 1/2"

Flaws:
Filler does not fully propel

MB3006-1960s Montblanc 644. A late version with the button on the captop, gold filled cap, of course, and black celluloid barrel. The “shovel” nib is a fine with flex. The cap is in excellent condition with two very minor dings. This is a classic.  $595.00
Year:
1960s

Condition:
Excellent
Cap:
Gold filled metal

Body:
Black celluloid
Nib:
14k flex fine

Price:
$595.00
Length:
5 1/2"

Flaws:
None

MB3016-1980s Montblanc 144 in black resin. A good clean pen with a bicolor 14 K medium nib.  Great gift or user. Comes with convertor, no box or papers. $125.00

Year:
1980s

Condition:
Excellent
Cap:
Black resin

Body:
Black resin
Nib:
14k bicolor medium

Price:
$125.00
Length:
5 3/8"

Flaws:
None

MB3017-1980s Montblanc 165 ballpoint in black resin. Excellent condition, no box or papers. Comes with new refill. A perfect companion to 2969. $150.00

Year:
1980s

Condition:
Excellent
Cap:
Black resin

Body:
Black resin
Nib:
N/A

Price:
$150.00
Length:
5 1/2"

Flaws:
None

MB3018-1980s Montblanc 143 rollerball in burgundy resin.  A neat little rollerball, great gift. Will need a new refill. Impress someone for just $100.00.

Year:
1980s

Condition:
Excellent
Cap:
burgundy resin

Body:
burgundy resin
Nib:
14k bicolor medium

Price:
$125.00
Length:
5 3/8"

Flaws:
None

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January 2013/Misc Pens

G5IT2983-1950s Quadretti Colorado in red laminated celluloid.  This is one of the iconic postwar pens, a massive double nibbed pen that really speaks for itself.  These pens are usually found in very good condition and this one is a bit cleaner than that. No brassing, and good color to the celluliod. One side actually does take up ink, it you want to see what it’s like to write with this legend. Given what these pens usually sell for this is a bargain at $4,500.00

Year:
1950s

Condition:
Excellent
Cap:
Red laminated celluloid

Body:
Red laminated celluloid
Nib:
Two fine steel nibs

Price:
$4500.00
Length:
5 1/2"

Flaws:
None


G5OT2962-1936 Chilton Wing-Flow King George VI Coronation Set of Fountain Pen and Mechanical Pencil in burgundy celluloid in the box and in excellent condition. I’ve restored it, but have not polished it. Not much more to say about this most highly prized of the Wing-Flows. The nib is in excllent original condition, a fine with a hint of flex.  The box is in excellent condition, though I did restring the elastic. Both pieces bear the original inlaid initials “CTM.” The set is unmarked and shows no brassing. This is priced to sell at $2,000.00

Year:
1936

Condition:
Excellent
Caps:
burgundy celluloid

Bodies:
burgundy celluloid
Nib:
14 Kfine W-F nib

Price:
$2000.00
Length:
5 "

Flaws:
None


G5OT2963-1930s Chilton leather covered set of fountain pen and Mechanical Pencil. Among the most beautiful of the early Boston Chiltons are the leather covered pens. I got these as a set and am selling them as such, even though the pencil in celluloid appears to be later than the pen in hard rubber.  The leater on the pen is slightly shrunken and the hard rubber slightly faded, but both pieces are in excellent condition.  The nib is a fine Chilton with superb flex. Hard to price this set, since these so rarely show up, but I think this is fair.  $1,200.00

Year:
1920s

Condition:
Excellent
Caps:
Leather, HR & Celluloid

Bodies:
Leather, HR & Celluloid
Nib:
14 K flexible fine

Price:
$1,200.00
Length:
5 "

Flaws:
Leather shrinkage on pen

PE3013-1930s Pelikan Maenner 14 Karat solid gold overlay in the less common crosshatch pattern. The pen is fully restored and ready to become a spectacular user. It's a user because it has issues. The cap has a few dents and gouges-nothing truly horrible. The barrel overlay is pretty clean except at the top where it has one 3 mm area of irregularity and a 7 x .5 mm strip where the material is gone.  The turning knob and the cone are fairly well dinged. So that's the bad news. The good news is that the pen is presentable and all the issues are fixable, except that I don't have the time. Were this pen perfect, it would be $5,000. So, as is, $2,000.00

Year:
1930s

Condition:
Fair
Caps:
14 K solid gold overlay

Bodies:
14 K solid gold overlay
Nib:
14 K flexible fine

Price:
$2000.00
Length:
4 3/8"

Flaws:
See text
WA2997-1930s Waterman’s 58 Red Ripple hard rubber. This pen, which comes out of my personal collection, is in excellent condition with good color and sound imprints. The hardrubber pattern aligns well and there is absolutely no brassing to trim. The nib is a fine accountant, no flex. The only reason I’m selling this one is because I got a 78 eyedropper. $1,600.00
Year:
1930s

Condition:
Excellent
Caps:
red ripple hard rubber

Bodies:
red ripple hard rubber
Nib:
14 K accountant

Price:
$1600.00
Length:
6"

Flaws:
None