(I realize this is a lame post without pictures, but I'm having uploading/photo editing problems, so I apologize for the lack of them.)
Today, for the first time I've been in a big antiques mall since I started with Fountain Pens a few months ago, I asked the guy at the desk if he had any fountain pens.
He rummaged around in the junk drawer to end all junk drawers, pulled out two, and told me $60.
One is a nice blue Esterbrook, needs a new nib and has chipped jewels.
The other is an Eversharp. Though it had ink in it and has some scratches on it, it still has the paper band around it from when it was brand spanking new, and the band says "NO. 60-B $9.75 Fine-Flex"
The nib is marked Eversharp, 14K, and Made in USA. A line of lettering around the band up by the top of the cap says it is a Skyline. There is a sort of brass barrel around the cap - it's loose now, but obviously was glued on to begin with - possibly with shellac?
I gave the man 40 for the two of them, and my question is, did I get a shellac-ing myself, or did I do OK? I figured I was paying fifteen for the Esterbrook and 25 for the Eversharp. I was proud of being able to come out of the bathroom where he sent me when I said I wanted to dip the nibs in water and see how they wrote able to say that the Estie needed nib work or a new nib and they both probably needed to be re-sacced. Nothing brilliant, but I would not have known that all before I got here...