Of course that piqued your interest.
Hello Estie folk. Forgive me, but I truly do need your advice. I am quite new to fountain pens in general. Vintage excites me more, yet, I know even less about them. I attempt to research as I go though and realize that many esteem highly the Esterbrook "J" series. I found a neglected Estie at a semi-local antique dealer, but I am not really sure what model it is or if it's even worth pursuing. It certainly isn't one of the flashy and beautiful celluloid "J's".
No pictures, sorry, as I wasn't deliberately on a hunt for pens in the wild. Nor did I have magnification with me for serious inspection. However, based on info gleaned from this forum, I may have found a SM Deluxe. Then again it might be a Frankenpen. All metal trim appears to be stainless (clutch ring, clip, cap, fill lever). The barrel looks like good ole "plastic" in a muted moss/light green hue with name & Trademark stamping. It has a button jewel on the barrel end and if I remember correctly it was bluish, greenish or grayish colored plastic too. The fill lever wasn't spoon type and sans the "J" groove down its center. The section is a light blue or turquoise shade with some ink staining. Even though I cautioned against (without heat), the man had it in his eyes to "yank & bank" the pen apart. To my relief, he attacked and twisted the section free without damaging it that I could tell. It was friction fit and appeared like flakes of dried shellac remained. Plus, having already worked the lever, when he turned the barrel over all remnants of the black sac tumbled out. I could not tell if the nib face was corroded or just had old dried ink covering its front half. Otherwise, it appeared to be 100% intact and not bent. Also, I do not remember what style the feed design was except noting that nothing looked broken. Lastly, the cap was stainless steel free of any dents or scars that I could see. The clip seemed straight and tight with Esterbrook stamping. The problem area is the aqua or turquoise colored cap jewel which appears to be partially melted and slumping to one side. It might be a featureless blob or some other gunk stuck to it.
It resides in a nearby city that I need visit for work a couple times a month. It is the only pen in the place and priced at $20.00 US. I believe the owner is clueless and surmise that that 20 year old price tag is going to fall off any second. My gut says go examine more closely next time and make an offer.
So, what say ye? Would you push me toward it or pull me away?
Would it make any difference if that nib would clean up and was stamped ... 8668?
Thanks Estie gang.