My collection has gotten a bit out of control and here is my attempt to pare it down some.
First up Soennecken’s flagship model of its time - Präsident 1. This one is the later models which were done in celluloid. It has a beautiful two tone 14K gold nib which writes a medium stubbish line with a bit of spring. Imprints on both cap and barrel are clear and crisp. The wider cap ring has some dents and the ink window is a bit clouded but still servicable. The ink window was rebuilt by the renowned pen doctor - Francis Goosens. It has Soennecken’s variation of button fill mechanism wherein the black sleeve protects the white casein button from accidental presses and screws down to reveal the button for filling the pen. It is in great shape given its vintage and has been well cared for. Fully functional and priced appropriately at US$ 540 shipped within USA. International shipping at cost.
Next up is a scarce, long version of Montblanc number 6 safety. It is in great condition and was serviced by well known pen doctor Max Schrage. Max’s touch is evident in the smoothness of the retraction mechanism. It comes with a large #6 14K gold nib in EF tip consistent with nib width imprint on the barrel. Talking about imprints - the imprint on the cap is mint and looks like it just came out from the factory. The only caveat that stops from it being perfect is the captop which may not be original. With that I am not asking full price but US$ 645 shipped within USA. International shipping at cost.
Next one is a Parker Junior vac in grey marbled celluloid with rose gold trim. According to Vacumania these are usually found with white trim. As you can see from pictures, barrel transparency is exquisite except near the bladder where ambering is noticeable. Fully functional for your favorite ink to slosh around in the transparent barrel. Another plus is the wonderful 14K gold nib in med-broad width. It is the Canadian nib does have flex. The one issue it has is the filler does not lock down but that is not an issue once the blind cap is screwed on.
Asking US$ 174 shipped within USA. International shipping at cost.
Next up is an Italian - Aurora Superna in black celluloid. Superna has a variation of button/lever filling mechanism where the tiny black pin is pushed sideways to fill the pen. This one is the medium sized with the original 2 1/214K gold nib in medium width with flex. Fully functional and ready to write. Asking US$244 shipped within the USA. International shipping at cost.
Finishing off with a French - a Oldwin Art Deco pen in red ripple hard rubber. This one is one large beautiful pen. If you look at the third picture below you would see why this one was a difficult one to let go. This model is still being sold by MoraStylo but am not sure if it is available in this color. I think the earlier model like this one had clips done in 18K gold. Oldwins are notorious about their medium only nib width but this one was custom ground by Mike Masuyama to EF tip. The one tiny issue is a 1 mm shallow depression in the barrel perhaps a material imperfection. Hardly used and blatantly beautiful - asking US$ 574 shipped within USA.International shipping at cost.