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November 18: Sheaffer Snorkel Sovereign in Sage Green c. 1956-1959

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November 17: Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman in Buckskin Tan c. 1956-1959

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November 16: Lady Sheaffer XIV Tulle c. 1959

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November 15: Lady Sheaffer XII Tulle c. 1959

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November 14: VANCO (likely) engraved sterling silver crane design pen c. 1915-1920

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November 13: VANCO (likely) engraved sterling silver peony design pen c. 1915-1920

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November 12: VANCO engraved sterling silver landscape eye dropper pen c. 1915-1920

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November 11: Sterling silver eye dropper pen with hand engraved double peony design c1915-1920

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November 10: Sterling silver eye dropper pen with hand engraved peony design by Shoichi c1915

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November 9: Pilot 60th Anniversary Emperor Hirohito Coronation Pen 1986

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November 8: VANCO 14 karat gold filled vine pattern fountain pen c1930s

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November 7: Kin Sin cartridge fountain pen c1980s-1990s

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November 6: Eagle Prestige Demonstrator fountain pen c1939

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November 5: Conklin Nozac Chevron Red Pearl round c1936-1937

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November 4: Lady Sheaffer VI Paisley pen and pencil set c1959

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November 3: Conway Stewart Universal number 479 chased black ebonite c1937-1938

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November 2: Sheaffer Imperial Model AS9 Sage Green c1960

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November 1: Lady Sheaffer XI Tulle c1959

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October 31: Lady Sheaffer IV Paisley c1959

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October 30: Conklin Endura Nozac Symetrik Jet Black piston filler fountain pen c1931

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October 29: Conklin Nozac Word Gauge 5M Demonstrator rounded c1934-1936

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October 28: Zorn Sheaffer Connaisseur Red Marble Fantasy Pen c2017

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October 27: Zorn Sheaffer Connaisseur Ivory Fantasy Pen c2017

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October 26: Zorn Sheaffer Connaisseur Blue Marble Fantasy Pen c2017

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October 25: Lambrou Pens LB6 Virtues Humanity in Marble White 2017

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October 24: Zorn Sheaffer Connaisseur Red/Orange Fantasy Pen c2017

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October 23: Zorn Sheaffer Connaisseur Green Marble Fantasy Pen c2017

Wahl Art Deco Machine Engraved Patterns 1921-1929

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Wahl Art Deco Machine Engraved Patterns 1921-1929

Wahl machine turned pens have become a focus niche, with some collectors seeking complete sets of the patterns across all the pen lines, including hard rubber pens, which also carried some of the same patterns as the metal pens. Other collectors focus on just the pencils, in their various sizes and designs, or the ringtop pens, tiny jewels, which also came in several styles. Wahl pens and Eversharp pencils were very popular and durable so many good examples exist today, allowing for the possibility of a large and varied collection of quality writing instruments. Explore the many catalogued designs from 1921 to 1929!

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Parker Trench Pen in red brown and black mottled ebonite c1916-1918

The Parker Trench Pen was designed to meet the writing needs of World War I American soldiers in the field who could not bring bottled ink with them. The pen is a standard Parker Jack Knife Safety eyedropper pen with an extra-long end cap intended for storage of ink pellets. To refill, the user would take one or two tablets out of the end cap, unscrew the nib section, drop them in the barrel, add water, and the tablets would dissolve, making ink. This eliminated soldiers having to carry ink bottles. Take a look at a true rare and historical pen!

Plato 66 1961

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Plato 66 1961

Pen hunting often turns up the unexpected. In this case it was a Plato pen, a previously unknown to me brand from India, made by Mhatre Pen Plastic Industries. Mhatre was a pioneer in the pen industry in Mumbai, incorporated on August 18, 1951. Formerly called Bombay, Mumbai is a major financial and manufacturing center on India’s west coast and India's largest city. It is the heart of the Bollywood film industry.

Postal Reservoir Pen c1925-1928

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Postal Reservoir Pen c1925-1928

Postal Reservoir Pens were offered by mail order at least from 1925 to 1928. The company's direct to consumer strategy made them able to price the pen much cheaper than top brand pens at $2.50 when the Parker Duofold sold for $7.00. The Postal Reservoir Pen is very large even by today's standards, being 5 11/16 inches long with the cap on and 6 15/16 inches long with the cap posted on the end of the barrel.

Popura Japanese eyedropper fountain pen, early to mid c1930s

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Popura Japanese eyedropper fountain pen, early to mid c1930s

Popura Shugyo K.K., was a small pen company in Tokyo, Japan that operated probably from the 1930s to the 1950s. This Popura eyedropper fountain pen dates from the early to mid c1930s and the cap and barrel carving represents Heian era coins.

Sheaffer Advertisement Gallery

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Sheaffer Advertisement Gallery

We updated the Sheaffer Advertisement Gallery with more than 200 ads from 1924 to 1967. There is a slideshow of original scans with a maximum height of 1280 pixels. Below the slideshow are small thumbnails of all of the slides in date order with click to enlarge to full size.

Élysée Impression Number 1 Limited Edition 1994

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Élysée Impression Number 1 Limited Edition 1994

The third of Élysée's Limited Edition Vernissage series, Impression No. 1 "Toward the Light", was created by artist Manfred Eberhard. He believes that "art has the task of creating freedom for human feelings." The Vernissage series uses Chinese Cloisonné art as the basis for the pen design. Check out our updated article with new photos!

Élysée Edition Number 2 Limited Edition 1994

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Élysée Edition Number 2 Limited Edition 1994

Élysée's second cloisonné Limited Edition is also by artist Karl Diesner and the middle of a series of three editions using art as the basis for the pen's design. Each pen was a commissioned work, and the series was called Vernissage, a French term for a private or pre-exhibition viewing of an artist's work. The edition is based on Élysée's Parthenon, their top pen line. Check out our updated article with new photos!

Japanese Cigar Shape Jumbo eyedropper pen c1930s-1950s

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Japanese Cigar Shape Jumbo eyedropper pen c1930s-1950s

We've done a lot of pen hunting in Maine, and on one of our trips we visited a roadside antique shop with several Japanese eyedropper pens for sale. Though completely unfamiliar with Japanese pens, but we bought all of them because they were interesting. One of the pens was this enormous cigar shape jumbo pen, measuring about 6 3/8 inches long with the cap on and about an inch across at the cap lip.

Recife Andy Warhol Mona Lisa Limited Edition 1996

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Recife Andy Warhol Mona Lisa Limited Edition 1996

The Recife the Andy Warhol Mona Lisa 1996 Limited Edition fountain pen is based on the Mystique fountain and rollerball pen models. The Andy Warhol limited editions began with the 1994 Marilyn Monroe pen, followed by the Mona Lisa in 1996 and the Mao limited edition in 2001. The Mona Lisa was a 5,000 unit fountain and rollerball pen Limited Edition using a black and dark blue hand cast resin to match the coloring and tone of the 1978 Warhol Mona Lisa print. Each pen's cap band is engraved with Andy Warhol's signature. Enjoy this updated article with all new photos!

Sager Vacuum Pen c1926-1940

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Sager Vacuum Pen c1926-1940

We found this Sager Vacuum Pen in a New Bern, North Carolina antique store along with several other quite interesting pens. This pen was heavily used, but not abused. There are some light scuffs and dings. The chrome plated trim shows moderate to heavy brassing. The clear pyralin barrel that holds the ink has heavily ambered over the years, but still has some transparency in bright light. The silver color plating on the nib is wearing off. Sager was not a brand I was aware of and being a plunger filler of some type, let's find out more about it!

Mabie Todd Blackbird Oriental Blue BB2/46 c1933

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Mabie Todd Blackbird Oriental Blue BB2/46 c1933

We love the really fantastic plastic on this pen, the same plastic used on the Waterman Patrician. It's possible that this pen, model BB2 with color 46, Oriental Blue, first appeared in 1933. When Mabie Todd revamped their lines in 1934 to a more tapered and compact design, the Blackbird followed suit. The Oriental Blue plastic continued with the new redesigned model, which has a quite different clip, probably from 1934 through at least the end of the 1930s. Read our updated article!

Waterman Corinth c1950-1951

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Waterman Corinth c1950-1951

This Waterman Corinth model was short lived, being offered from the fall of 1950 to the fall of 1951. It was also known as the Executive in Canada. It was sold in both Standard and Taperite versions in Maroon, Slate Blue, Grey or Jet (black) for $8.75, and with a matching "Selfeed" Metermatic pencil for $5.00. Sets came in a Royal Blue display box. Waterman traded on its earned reputation for excellent nibs and touted in advertising that its pen points were hand ground. Find out more about this excellent pen!

Kamakura-bori lever fill fountain pen with Morgan nib c1930s

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Kamakura-bori lever fill fountain pen with Morgan nib c1930s

This highly detailed kamakura-bori pen is from an unknown Japanese pen maker from the early to mid 1930s. It is a lever fill fountain pen fitted with a number 3 Morgan nib. Not much is known about the Morgan pen company, other than Morgan nibs appear on premium quality pens from the 1930s. Morgan may only have been a nib maker.

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Pen Show Calendar

Updated as of October 14, 2017!

October, 2017


London Writing Equipment Show
October 1, 2017

Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
London, UK

Colorado Pen Show
October 6-8, 2017

Double Tree Stapleton North
Denver, Colorado, USA

Michigan Pen Show
October 14-15, 2017

The Crowne Plaza Hotel
Novi, Michigan, USA

November, 2017


Ohio Pen Show
November 2-5, 2017

Crowne Plaza Dublin Hotel
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Paris ROCollection
November 11, 2017

Maison des compagnons du devoir 1
Paris, France

Madrid Pen Show
November 17-19, 2017

NH Eurobuilding Hotel
Madrid, Spain

Bologna Pen Show
November 25, 2017

NH Hotel
Bologna, Italy

Melbourne Pen Show
November 26, 2017

Malvern Town Hall (Banquet Hall), Glenferrie Road
Malvern, Australia

Yorkshire Pen Show
November 26, 2017

Copthorne Hotel
Sheffield, UK

January, 2018


Philadelphia Pen Show
January 12-14, 2018

The Westin Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Click here for links to all 2017-2018 shows!


News Article Links

The Ocean Swirl Pen From Pelikan, by Nancy Olson, Forbes, October 16, 2017

Ink again: The antiquated skill of calligraphy is a huge hit on social media, by Tom Cowie , The Age, October 14, 2017

Montegrappa's Pen Of Peace Speaks Volumes, by Nancy Olson, Forbes, October 13, 2017

Design classic: Meisterstück 149 fountain pen, by Olivia Williams, Financial Times, October 13, 2017

Art Department receives Education Grant, Rushville Republican, October 13, 2017

Zebra Pen Gets Creative with New Zensations, PRWeb, October 11, 2017

Luxury investment: your guide to buying a precious pen, by Panna Munyal, The National, October 11, 2017

How ballpoint pens and a new world flight record saved us from applying deodorant by hand, by B. Alexandra Szerlip, Melville House, October 10, 2017

The pen is mightier than the stylus, by Express News Service, The New Indian Express, October 7, 2017

Ode to the Fountain Pen, by Chris Brauer, Creston Valley Advance, October 7, 2017

Montblanc pays homage to Hannibal with diamond-topped artistry, by Winnie Chung, South China Morning Post, September 17, 2017

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Dutch designer Rein van der Mast 3D prints bronze Pjotr fountain pen with an Ultimaker, by Julia, www.3Ders.org, September 10, 2017

Trunk call: Montblanc's artisan homage to Hannibal champions pachyderm power, by Ken Kessler, Telegraph, September 13, 2017

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If you are a Pirates of the Caribbean fan, you’ll love this collection of pens and watches, by Barry Rodgers, Architectural Digest, September 12, 2017

11-year-old entrepreneur turns $100 into Arkansas pen business, by Debra Hale-Shelton, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, September 10, 2017

Marilyn Monroe Is Montblanc's Latest Muse, by Nancy Olson, Forbes, September 6, 2017

Sheaffer Pen & Art Supply Co. Presents Star Wars™ Collection, by Daniel Pickett, Action Figure Insider, September 6, 2017

The Future of Writing Instruments, by Jennifer Billock, Advertising Specialty Institute, September 5, 2017

How a Japanese Pen Maker Anticipated the Writing-Tool Renaissance, by June Thomas, Bloomberg Businessweek, August 30, 2017

What Architect Peter Marino Designs Besides Buildings, by Nancy Olson, Forbes, August 26, 2017

Best Pens for Drawing: 10 Pens for Artists and Designers, by Digital Arts Staff, Digital Arts, August 24, 2017

S. T. Dupont Celebrates 145 Years With New Luxury Collections, by Nancy Olson, Forbes, August 21, 2017

Pen store’s quirky owner remembered, by Kevin Parks, THISWEEKNEWS.COM, August 21, 2017

Scribe Sword Celebrates Exciting Launch of Scribe Sword Fountain Pen With Limited Time Only Deeply Discounted Price, Press Release, digitaljournal.com, August 18, 2017

Hilal Pen Store in Hyderabad is a paradise for vintage pen lovers, by By AuthorSruti Venugopal, Telangana Today, August 13, 2017

Ever Wonder How The Red Silk Poppy Became Associated With War Veterans?, by Nancy Olson, Forbes, August 8, 2017

Fountain pen peddler spills into new HQ, by Mike Platania, Richmond BizSense, August 8, 2017

Local history: Fountain pen manufacturing a forgotten empire of Akron, by Mark J. Price, The Akron Beacon Journal, August 6, 2017

The Anura Rafael Write Time Concept Marries Horology and Fine Pen Making, by John Lyon, Robb Report, August 2, 2017

A.T. Cross Unveils New Sheaffer Pens, by A.T. Cross Company, PR Newswire, July 27, 2017

Write like a ruler with Game of Thrones Iron Throne pens, by Amy Ratcliffe, Nerdist, July 21, 2017

Antiques & Collectibles: Pens have write stuff for collectors, by Sandy Erdman, Post-Bulletin, July 21, 2017

Montegrappa Issues New Series of Game of Thrones Limited Edition Iron Throne Pens, by TV News Desk, BroadwayWorld.com, July 19, 2017

David Oscarson Keeps it Koi with His Newest Pen Collection, by John Lyon, Robb Report, July 19, 2017

After 93 years, Daly's Pen Shop will close its doors for good, by Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 17, 2017

Symbol Of Love And Luck In A David Oscarson Pen, by Nancy Olson, Forbes, July 17, 2017

The Bic Stops Here: In Praise of the Humble Stick Pen, by Elizabeth Stinson, Gear, July 16, 2017

Namisu Unveils the Ixion Minimalist Fountain Pen 2017

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Namisu Unveils the Ixion Minimalist Fountain Pen 2017

A modern fountain pen with a minimalist design

The Best Brands of Calligraphy Pens, by Olivier Jennes, WonderStreet.com, June 14, 2017

Promised land lost, by Salena Zito, Washington Examiner, May 28, 2017

Where Fountain Pens Are Saved and Sold Neighborhood Joint, By Emily Brennan, The New York Times, March 15, 2017

Plenty Pen: 4-in-1 Pen with Plenty of Features 2017

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Plenty Pen: 4-in-1 Pen with Plenty of Features 2017

Write, draw, erase and use a stylus: Just flip it!

Sens minimalistic pen by Verge 2017

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Sens minimalistic pen by Verge 2017

A new minimalistic pen + notebook + leather cover combination.

Wink Pen First Edition Fountain Pen 2017

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