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    Well, I finally found an early "spear" lever 1934 Esterbrook Dollar pen. I have the parts to restore.

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    Default Re: 1934 Esterbrook

    Nice! Which nib will it have?
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    Default Re: 1934 Esterbrook

    Quote Originally Posted by jbb View Post
    Nice! Which nib will it have?
    It comes with a 2556, a very nice writing nib. I have a 9668 and 2556 from previous restorations if needed.

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    Default Re: 1934 Esterbrook

    Nice. Is the term "spear" in reference to the clip?

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    Default Re: 1934 Esterbrook

    Spear refers to the earlier version of the Dollar pen lever. The later version is wider and flatter at the end.

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    Default Re: 1934 Esterbrook

    The pen came today. Everything except the nib disassembled easily. The 2556 nib is flat on the bottom rather than rounded. Anyone know if this was an earlier design. Anyway, my concern for the rubber plastic didn't materialize. I took the old j bar out and cleaned off the rusted areas and placed it back.

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    I just listed one of those nibs in my Etsy store.... so here are some pictures of the one I have https://www.etsy.com/listing/7535481..._manager_table
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbb View Post
    I just listed one of those nibs in my Etsy store.... so here are some pictures of the one I have https://www.etsy.com/listing/7535481..._manager_table
    Thank you for posting, but the one that came on the Dollar is a flat bottom where yours is rounded. Rather than destroy, I left it on the sac holder, just cleaned and air dried. I just attached the sac. Hopefully it is no stropped up and will draw in ink.

    I should be able to water test this evening.

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    Well, after a 12 hour soak and a padded needle nose, the 2556 was out. I decided to replace it with a posting nib/9550. After inking, I understand now what a posting nib is all about. Extreme fine point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Naill View Post
    Well, after a 12 hour soak and a padded needle nose, the 2556 was out. I decided to replace it with a posting nib/9550. After inking, I understand now what a posting nib is all about. Extreme fine point.
    Do you like the nib?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbb View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Naill View Post
    Well, after a 12 hour soak and a padded needle nose, the 2556 was out. I decided to replace it with a posting nib/9550. After inking, I understand now what a posting nib is all about. Extreme fine point.
    Do you like the nib?
    I wrote for about an hour and I can say that I do, but it is very different. I can understand why it is for posting since I can write very small letters and numbers precisely. I have a 9668 in the Deluxe and 9556 in the Transitional model which are wetter and less fine. I've been fortunate to have found these nibs in like new or new condition for less than $10. So, I have $18 in the dollar pen, $3 for the new sac, and $9 for the nib. I was able to remove and clean up the original J bar.

    The cap and pen body look the same and perhaps this is actually a later Dollar since the shirt clip is wide rather than pinched at the top of the cap. However, the spear shaped lever still puts in in the early mid 1930's I would think.



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    Default Re: 1934 Esterbrook

    My restored collection to date.
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    Very nice!
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    Default Re: 1934 Esterbrook

    Finished '34 Dollar

    I am confused about the cap on this pen. According to one source, the cap in '34 should have a pinched narrow section near the cap whereas mine is wide. Since the nib was a very early flat feed type, I am confident this section is original. And, the cap and bottom have a similar or same wear look.
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    So, after further study, I now know what I thought was a 1934 Dollar turned out to have a 1938 clip. I was able to win this one last evening for about the same price, $19. Interesting that $19 in 2019 is the equivalent of $1 in the mid '30's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Naill View Post
    So, after further study, I now know what I thought was a 1934 Dollar turned out to have a 1938 clip. I was able to win this one last evening for about the same price, $19. Interesting that $19 in 2019 is the equivalent of $1 in the mid '30's.
    Hm... I had that one on my watch list due to your earlier post. Save some for the rest of us will ya? (I'm kidding)

    Meanwhile, I should try and find a clip for my grey dollar pen soon. Any idea how to disassemble and reassemble them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by azkid View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Naill View Post
    So, after further study, I now know what I thought was a 1934 Dollar turned out to have a 1938 clip. I was able to win this one last evening for about the same price, $19. Interesting that $19 in 2019 is the equivalent of $1 in the mid '30's.
    Hm... I had that one on my watch list due to your earlier post. Save some for the rest of us will ya? (I'm kidding)

    Meanwhile, I should try and find a clip for my grey dollar pen soon. Any idea how to disassemble and reassemble them?
    Ha, Iím through and will alert it I find another.

    Disassembly the same as other Esterbrook models. I do a Dawn and hot water soak

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Naill View Post
    Disassembly the same as other Esterbrook models. I do a Dawn and hot water soak
    Be careful soaking with hot water.
    Some celluloid (mostly Sheaffer) will turn milky if immersed in hot water.

    I have restored a lot of vintage pens, I never use anything but cold tap water, no detergent, no ammonia, nothing.
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    Default Re: 1934 Esterbrook

    Thank you for your advice. On the Dollar Pens I didnít soak at all because I had heard water and the old rubber donít mix well. I did soak the part that holds the nib and to which the sac is attached.

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    Default Re: 1934 Esterbrook

    I, too, have restored a lot of pens. I never soak anything. Everything comes apart with dry heat and patience.
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