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Vintage nib prices on ebay
« on: December 26, 2015, 11:36:38 PM »
Hi friends,

I was just looking at prices for vintage nibs and wonder if it's possible for us to compile a list of 'previously paid' prices for popular vintage nibs? This would be from places such as ebay that everyone can access. Lucky breaks, unfinished auctions or flea markets finds don't count. Since ebay only shows limited completed listings (only 3 months), it would be a nice way to at least have a history of what was paid for a single nib in recent years/months as a reference for all.

To start with here are some of my records (lots of digging in my email!), I hope maybe you guys can help add to it? Prices don't include shipping. All are EBAY auctions unless otherwise stated.

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Re: Vintage nib prices on ebay
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2015, 11:38:05 PM »
Prices don't include shipping. All are EBAY AUCTIONS unless otherwise stated.
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Musselman Perfection
May 2014: $30
October 2015: $45 / $43
November 2015: $43
Dec 2015: $19 (from Dr Vitolo's auction)
Dec 2015: $63

Gillott Principality #1
February 2014: $214 for 12pcs
April 2014: $255 for 12pcs
August 2014: $1580 for 85pcs!!
October 2015: $29
Dec 2015: $29

Zanerian Fine Writer
July 2014: $25 /
Dec 2015: $54 / $28 (ebay BIN)

Gillott 604EF
June 2014: $25
August 2014: $10 / $10
October 2015: $28 / $25
November 2015: $21 / $29
Dec 2015: $19 (from Dr Vitolo's auction) / $10 (ebay BIN) /

Gillott 303 vintage
May 2014 : $5.30 /
May 2015: $4.80
July 2015: $405 for 103pcs /
October 2015: $1.30 /
Nov 2015: $3 (private sale) / $29 / $6 / $29 / $3 / $ 7.60 /
Dec 2015: $6 / $9 / $3.80 / $335 for a box of 100 on ebay / $29 / $3 / 7

Gillott #170
December 2014: $90 for 100pcs /

Esterbrook 357
December 2013: $79 for box of 75 /
October 2015: $3.70 / $300 for a box of 100 / $3.80 (ebay BIN)
November 2015: $3.20 /

Esterbrook 358
March 2013: $0.75 (ebay BIN) /
November 2015: $152 for a box of 118 /

Gillott 404 vintage
April 2015: $87 for a gross box

Palmer #9
June 2014: $2.00
April 2015: $1.30

Zanerian #3
May 2015: $10

Spencerian #1
April 2013: $1.80 / $2.20 / $1.40
July 2013: $191 for box of 130
January 2014: $3.20 (ebay BIN) /
July 2014: $2.40
October 2014: $0.50
November 2014: $227 for 100pcs
October 2015: $4.50 / $397 for a box of 96 / $531 for a box of 104 / $64 for 16pcs)
Nov 2015: $5 / $197 for a box of 50 / $10 / $77 for a box of 20 / $330 for a box of 72 /
December 2015: $10 / $322 for a box of 60) / $3.80 / $3.50 / $4.90 /

Spencerian #2
November 2015: $116 for a box of 138 /
Dec 2015: $295 (200+ nibs, from Dr Vitolo's auction) / $95 for a box of 63pcs

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Other notable auctions:
Sept 2013: $191 for 5pcs Principality, 5pcs Fine writer, 5ps Spencerian 1, 5pcs Gillott 303, 5pcs Hunt 101 (oh if I could turn back time!)
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Re: Vintage nib prices on ebay
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2015, 11:39:59 PM »
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Re: Vintage nib prices on ebay
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Re: Vintage nib prices on ebay
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2015, 12:47:43 AM »
Schin - are these 'per nib' prices? $29 for one 303?

Here are some of mine:

Gillotts 170
Feb. 2015: $81 for 65 nibs
Sep. 2015: $97 for 72 nibs

Gillotts 404
Apr. 2015: $61 for a gross
Sep. 2014 $44 for a gross
Sep. 2014 GBP 42 for 74

Gillotts 303
Mar. 2015: $248 for ~75 nibs

John Mitchell 0419
Nov. 2014 $56 for ~90 nibs

Esterbrook
Jun. 2013 $30 for gross of Assorted Drafting pens (including 355, 356, 357, 358)

Spencerian No.1
Sep. 2014: $27 for 6 nibs

I also bought a few A1 nibs in 2013 but don't remember what I paid for them but it wouldn't have been more than $3-4 per nib. I wish I had bought more at the time.

I have also bought Spencerian No.1 from other sources but can't find the records. It was in 2014 and I believe I paid $5 a nib.

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Re: Vintage nib prices on ebay
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2015, 02:17:16 AM »
All the single digits are per nib (And yep, I saw a 303 go for $29 several times!!! Insanity!!). If it's sold in a lot then I'll have stated so.

BTW my list isn't all the ones I bought.. some are mine yes but some are auctions I've been watching and didn't bid on or didn't win.



Thanks for contributing Salman!!! You did great on your prices!!!
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Re: Vintage nib prices on ebay
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2015, 07:05:03 AM »
I would love to get my hands on a box of vintage Gillott 404s at a non-absurd price.  Bit doubtful I'll ever be that lucky, especially with no local markets.

Anyway, these are the eBay purchases.  I have been in the 'trying everything' phase!

Prices in US dollars.  No particularly good deals though.

Jun 2014   
$11.43  10 x Zebra G

Aug 2014    
$4.26   12 x Esterbrook Jackson Stub No. 442                  


Jun 2015    
$4.67   12 x Blanzy-Conté-Gilbert Plume Princesse No.730

Aug 2015
$6.23   12 x Baignol et Farjon Henry Superieure No. 2730
$7.34   19 x Esterbrook Falcon No.048                 
$6.23   12 x Sommerville & Co. Plume Gauloise No.750 EF


Sep 2015
$4.46    12 x Perry & Co. No. 120 EF
$4.14    12 x Cie Francaise Sermajor No.5   
$5.82    12 x JB Mallat Ronde 205            

Oct 2015   
$31.38  144 x Baignol et Farjon Velleda Cementee 2436 EF

Nov 2015
$10.48  1 x Iveson Phinney No.1                                   
$4.65    12 x Salcher No. 50 ef                                
$28.68  100 x Leondardt Plume de Brazza No.1860 ef   

Dec 2015
$35       144 x Blanzy-Conté-Gilbert Dept Cementee No.2552   $35


And there's been a bunch of random other stuff that has been donated or picked up through other websites.
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Re: Vintage nib prices on ebay
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2015, 01:58:04 PM »
All the single digits are per nib (And yep, I saw a 303 go for $29 several times!!! Insanity!!). If it's sold in a lot then I'll have stated so.

BTW my list isn't all the ones I bought.. some are mine yes but some are auctions I've been watching and didn't bid on or didn't win.



Thanks for contributing Salman!!! You did great on your prices!!!

Ah - that explains it. Thank you.

I can see that this can get unwieldy pretty quick. We should put this in a database - which is easy enough to do but how do we link it here. Ideally an application that lets you login with FF credentials and put in the information in a structured format that can then be searched.

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Re: Vintage nib prices on ebay
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2015, 02:09:36 PM »

I can see that this can get unwieldy pretty quick. We should put this in a database - which is easy enough to do but how do we link it here. Ideally an application that lets you login with FF credentials and put in the information in a structured format that can then be searched.

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I think this thread is a great idea, as I'm often trying to find out what would be a good deal on one nib or another.  In terms of it being unwieldy, I can see that that could happen, but I think the biggest danger is that it will just get lost amongst all of the other threads, and then forgotten about.

I've put a thread in the Suggestions section where I've requested that we have a section devoted to nib information and reviews - ie one thread per nib, everyone can add reviews, photos, writing samples etc.  If that got off the ground, we could also include prices in that?
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Re: Vintage nib prices on ebay
« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2015, 11:57:03 PM »

I've put a thread in the Suggestions section where I've requested that we have a section devoted to nib information and reviews - ie one thread per nib, everyone can add reviews, photos, writing samples etc.  If that got off the ground, we could also include prices in that?

I think this is a super idea. I hope it does get off the ground - we will all benefit from it.

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Re: Vintage nib prices on ebay
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2015, 12:32:03 PM »
What nibs do we want in this database? Just flexible calligraphy-worthy nibs? A list of these would be helpful.

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Re: Vintage nib prices on ebay
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2015, 01:22:26 PM »
Oh yea this thread would get big quick!
I wish we have like an excel sheet or something, or like a community form, but I am concerned about false information in there. I think a nib review section would be nice! Would be a very useful database once it gets going with lots of contributors.
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Re: Vintage nib prices on ebay
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2015, 05:20:48 PM »
Quite new to the whole pen game myself but
Here's mine so far:

Dec 2015

Gillott 1045 Verticular (22) - $4.99

Spencerian 1 (2), Spencerian 6 School (2), Esterbrook 818 (56), Esterbrook 5129 Esterchrome (3), Esterbrook 520 Penesco (4), Gillott 404 vintage* (16) -$39

Gillott 129 (10), Esterbrook 355 (17), Esterbrook 354 (19), Gillott 179 (14) - $30

Esterbrook 355 (72) -$60

Hunt 22 vintage* (80) -$74

Eagle Pencil co. E870 Muscular (118), Eagle Pencil co E830 Bulb Point (72), Miller Bros. 1 Manifold (1),  Miller Bros. 135 Utility Pen (9), Shirley's 9 Bowl Point (1) - $30

Hunt 22 *vintage (6), Hunt 56 *vintage(11), Hunt 102 Crow Quill *vintage(12), Hunt 101 Imperial *vintage(3) - $15

Hunt X-21 Silverine (26), Hunt 17 Success (2), Hunt 7 Tribune (1), Hunt 59EF University (2), Hunt 11 Semi-Slant (1), Hunt 5 Droop Point (2), Hunt 55 Success (1), Hunt 21 Companion (1), Hunt 20 Century (1),  Hunt 66 Vertical (1), Hunt 3 State (2) - $9

Spencerian 1 (1), Hunt 61 Yale (12), Hunt 28 Common Sense (2), Hunt 12 Primary (8), Spencerian 5 School (9), Hunt 95 Lady Falcon (8), Hunt 9 Homer (1), Hunt 68 (2), Esterbrook 707 Modified Slant (1), Hunt 69 (5), Hunt 11 Semi-Slant (2), Hunt 42 Rigid (1), Hunt 55 Scholar (1), Hunt 17 Success (1), Hunt 75 Quill (1), Hunt 28 Common Sense (1), Hunt 99 Drawing (1), Spencerian 35B Royal Pen (1), Hunt 66 Vertical (1), Hunt 62 Vassar (1), Hunt 38 Recorder (1), Hunt 56 School (2), Hunt 22 (1), Hunt 44 Graphic (1), Hunt 23 Superfine (2), Hunt 100 Artist (1), Beats All Bank (1), Hunt 26 Sun (2), Hunt 30 Round Pointed (2), Hunt 86 EF Rapid Writer (5), Hunt 47 Rapid Writer (4), Hunt 1861 Pennsylvania (3), Spencerian 3 Commercial (1), Hunt 60 Ideal (2), Hunt 54 Strand (2), Hunt 27 Journal (2), Hunt 79 Dispatch (4) - $15.23

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Re: Vintage nib prices on ebay
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2016, 10:44:39 PM »
-decided to remove this post as maybe i got a bit too paranoid-  :(
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Re: Vintage nib prices on ebay
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2016, 11:34:06 PM »
That is weird. I have once gotten a second chance offer as well, but that was while ago.

Here are some links on shill bidding:
http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/seller-shill-bidding.html
http://www.ebay.com/gds/SHiLL-BIDDiNG-5-Ways-To-Detect-Shill-Bidders-On-Ebay-/10000000002559018/g.html


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