I was given a bit of cash for my birthday, and I had an idea I've been wanting to try for a while. So, I took my birthday money to Walmart, and bought a prepaid Visa. And then, I went on ebay and used it to buy a few vintage fountain pens in need of repair.
I have one that I want for me--it's a lever-filled Waltham, an almost tortoise shell brown/gold marble celluloid pen that was made in the '40s by a company that went under when the owners were nailed for tax evasion and war profiteering. It probably cost about $0.35 new, and the nib looked in good shape from the pictures. The sac will need replaced, and I'll have to see about the presser bar (it might be fine, it might be rusted). The clip is gone, but...I may be able to fix that, too. It's a lovely pen, from the picture, and has a history I can only wonder at.
It looks, in coloring and pattern, a bit like one I'd put in my Amazon wish list. That one would have cost $25. And not had the interesting company history. This one was actually made in the U.S., and cost $10.
The rest were a lot. About seven pens in various brands, including at least one Parker.
That one is going to wait until I'm sure I can do the restoration by practicing on the other pens. Because I want to make sure I don't screw up on a pen that could bring in a few hundred dollars when I resell it.
I'll post pictures when I get the pens, and when I get them refurbished.
I'm a little bit excited, here.
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