|All items are solely owned by W-B Pen & Watch.
In order to assure quality, we do not accept consignments from
collectors or dealers. It is important to
note that our items are purchased directly from their original owners
and have not had the chance to be "fooled with" by general
line antique dealers or unscrupulous pen or watch "admirers".
Unless otherwise noted, all items listed are fully restored to working condition & are ready for use.
Any and all flaws or defects will be fully noted in an items description. This includes but is not limited to:
All nibs have their iridium intact and are 14k - with the exception of Esterbrook fountain pens. Any exception will be noted.
You can safely assume that anything that does not belong there
isn't there - if we don't list scratches or chew marks they aren't
As with most vintage items, there are no clear cut, standard grading systems for fountain pens or watches. Most vintage items have been used & show some signs of wear. The type & degree of wear that an individual collector deems acceptable varies widely.
If we use engravings as an example you'll see that there are many variables just to that one aspect of grading.
There are so many factors that affect grading that it is near impossible to standardize the process.
Is a NOS item that has been dropped & cracked considered
"near mint" even though it is still unused? NO!
There's a little more to it than that.
|Things That Affect Grading|
see also Examining Your Pens
ALL of these variables are taken in to consideration & are FULLY disclosed when describing our items.
We have a great respect for original craftsmanship and believe these items are only on loan to this generation & should be preserved - in original condition- for the next.
You will never be unknowingly buying an item that has been "created", glued, painted, touched-up, or in an any other way been "messed with". If an item is beyond "respectable" restoration, it will be sold for parts only with a price that reflects that condition.
|Mint /Unused Fountain Pens|
Most collectors buy mint & unused fountain pens for display. They usually have no intentions of ripping off the original stickers & actually using the pen to write with.
However, we do occasionally find a collector who will put ink in a M / U pen & use it. We even had one swear that his pen jumped out of the box we packaged it in & jumped right in to a bottle of ink while singing "Put me in coach. I'm ready to play - today.".
As with all pen restoration there is always a risk of damage during restoration and what a shame it would be to ruin a previously factory perfect pen. For this reason we do not restore mint / unused pens. Depending on the manufacture & type of filler a M / U pen may or may not work & may require restoration if you choose to use it.
As with all pen dealers, there are no returns or exchanges on mint /unused pens if the buyer has inked the pen.