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#1 scrivelry

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 03:05

(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...

 

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 03:37

(I realize this is a lame post without pictures... )
 

So long as you realize that... :)

You did ok. Not great, but ok.
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Posted 27 October 2013 - 06:06

So long as you realize that... :)

You did ok. Not great, but ok.

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 07:09

So long as you realize that... :)

You did ok. Not great, but ok.

 

 

OK is just fine by me!  I was just hoping not to have made a total fool of myself.  Thanks for relieving my fears about this.

 

As it turns out, the Skyline does not need a new sac at the moment, and I was able to fix the nib on the Esterbrook.. (What did I have to loose - it wasn't a rare nib, and I could replace it more cheaply than having someone who knows what he or she is doing work on it, so I took a stab at it and it seems to write fine after being dipped.)

 

The Esterbrook still needs a sac and if I replaced the jewels I'm sure he'd appreciate it, but I think he'll be more of a use pen, rather than a display pen, so that's ok.



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 16:44

I think you did good. $20 or $25 for a working Eversharp Skyline is a fine deal.

 

Likely the metal cover around the middle of the cap is gold filled and might require a bit of polish to get it nice and shiny again. Try using simichrome polish and a sunshine (or similar) polishing cloth.

 

It's not unusual for those to be loose as the plastic underneath shrunk overtime. 


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