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    Default Re: Show us your vintage Conklin crescent-fillers - 1898 to 1930

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Very nice!

    What type of sacs do the modern crescent pens have in them?

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    I had it apart once before. The barrel was shellacked on, but with the application of a little mild heat I was able to unscrew it. It came off easily this time.

    Looks like an ordinary latex sac, a large size but not sure exactly. The interesting thing here is how the sac is attached. Instead of shellac as in the vintage pens, it fits over a sort of nipple, and an o-ring holds it in place.

    Worth a photo, although it's straying from the original thread, and I stress that I'm not actually recommending this pen as a writing instrument. It's okay, nothing special, and larger than I like anyway.
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    Default Re: Show us your vintage Conklin crescent-fillers - 1898 to 1930

    Interesting about the o-ring; they routinely show up in modern fountain pen manufacture these days, but usually as a seal rather than essentially a rubber band.

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    Default Re: Show us your vintage Conklin crescent-fillers - 1898 to 1930

    I've recently bought, at the London Pen Show, black chased #40 Conklin. It is in perfect conditions.

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    The only doubt I have is the hole on top of the nib, should it be crescent shaped or not?

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    Default Re: Show us your vintage Conklin crescent-fillers - 1898 to 1930

    The crescent-shaped hole was introduced in 1924. Your nib with its capital block letters CONKLIN was manufactured up to 1923, and your crescent with its stylistic cursive Conklin was made between 1920 and 1930. Therefore, you can be pretty sure your 40 was produced 1920 to 1923 (assuming all parts are original to the pen). Your 40 has lovely chasing, a very nice find in great condition.

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    Default Re: Show us your vintage Conklin crescent-fillers - 1898 to 1930

    Fred, thank you very much for you input. I now know more on this pen. Marco

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    Default Re: Show us your vintage Conklin crescent-fillers - 1898 to 1930

    No hog rings?

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    Default Re: Show us your vintage Conklin crescent-fillers - 1898 to 1930

    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy View Post
    No hog rings?
    Nope. I never sought one of those. That'll be up to you.

    Here's a big 75 that's now enjoyed by a fellow Geek.

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    Default Re: Show us your vintage Conklin crescent-fillers - 1898 to 1930

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Interesting about the o-ring; they routinely show up in modern fountain pen manufacture these days, but usually as a seal rather than essentially a rubber band.
    Yes they do. Interestingly a couple of days ago I decided to try using one on a Delta 366 so that I might try it out as an eye dropper filler. I used a Sheaffer version as it looked the right size but sadly, although it fit onto the grip section and the barrel still screwed on, the cap would not go on over it at all. A shame. The Lamy O-ring was too small for the job. More thought needed.
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