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#1 penmanila

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Posted 09 July 2017 - 12:33 AM

So maybe it's not a real "sumgai" find (would've been if I'd gotten these for like $20), but while the Western world was sleeping, I picked these up on eBay yesterday for $80 total--two matching sets of Vacumatic pens and pencils in the desirable blue pearl. Note that they sport the less-common "stacked-coin" cap bands, and that, intriguingly, one pen seems longer than the other--a single-jewel long Major?

 

I'm semi-retired from collecting and these are the first Vacs I've acquired in more than a couple of years but I look forward to receiving and fixing them up (one pen's tines are bent, the other's section may need replacement; thankfully I have parts). 

 

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Posted 25 July 2017 - 02:51 PM

Did one pen turn out to be longer or was it just the camera angle?

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 03:58 PM

Just the camera angle ;) but they were in good shape, and I was able to fix the bent nib pretty easily, so I just need to resac them and replace one of the sections. 

 

Speaking of semi-sumgais, my wife and I are visiting San Diego to see our daughter (always a good excuse for Comic-Con wink.png ) and we took the trolley out to visit the antiques shops in La Mesa, as we usually do, and the other day I felt very lucky to score three pens I couldn't resist at the prices they went for:

 

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The three pens were a Montblanc 22 from the 1960s, a Parker 21, and an Esterbrook SJ, and they went for $48, $20, and $20, respectively. They were in like-new condition, except for the SJ which had a bent nib which I should be able to replace easily. The MB had a tag saying that the seller wasn't sure if it was working, but a simple check of the piston showed that it was. I inked it up at home and it had a springy F nib. The 21 was a smooth M/B.

 

I thought of reselling them but my wife immediately laid claim to the MB, which I was happy to oblige, and I'll probably just keep the the others for show and tell wink.png


Edited by penmanila, 26 July 2017 - 03:59 PM.

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#4 david i

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 06:24 AM

Wait!  Semi-retired from collecting!  It can't be.


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