At an antique mall in the SF Bay Area last week I scored perhaps my best finds ever. The owner had no idea how to price a bag full of vintage pens so for $5 each I bought (from right to left) 1] a small Parker Duofold, discolored but still lovely, there is a small crack near the cap band that can be welded; 2] a black Parker Vacumatic that still takes up ink, in need of a good polishing; 3] a Wahl Oxford with a "Select-o-Fine nib, probably gold-plated and not original; 4] a lovely Gray Esterbrook J with a 9668 nib; 5] an Eversharp Gray Moire Skyline (with a Parker nib!); 6] a vest pocket Wahl Doric in Morocco coloring with a functioning adjustable nib, but missing its clip. The last two pens, a stainless Sheaffer Imperial cartridge pen and a lovely Sheaffer Skripsert Tweed Ladies pen were $15 apiece (perhaps because they were shinier than the rest?).
The two Sheaffers are cartridge pens and ready to write with a little cleaning, the others can use some polish and new sacs, all of which I can do, except for the Vacumatic. I will need to send the the Doric out for repair as I have no idea where to find an appropriate clip (and lack the expertise to install one), and also the Duofold (to weld the crack in the cap).
Not bad for $60 total. I will be going back!
Edited by Shaporama, 05 November 2017 - 18:05.