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September 22: Parker 51 Aerometric Signet Black with converging lines gold filled cap c1954-1956

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September 21: Sheaffer Stylist 404C Brushed Chrome Foursome set c1966-1967

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September 20: Sheaffer Imperial Model AS9G Burgundy c1960

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September 19: Sheaffer Imperial Model AS9 Black c1960

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September 18: Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper Burgundy Triple Set c1955-1956

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September 17: Parker Trench Pen in red brown and black mottled ebonite c1916-1918

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September 16: Merz & Krell piston fill pen in grey green cell/brickwork celluloid c1950s

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September 15: Parker Royal Challenger slim size Burgundy 1937

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September 14: Caran d'Ache Léman Grand Bleu fountain pen 2016

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September 13: Merz & Krell piston fill pen in blue etched celluloid c1950s

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September 12: Merz & Krell piston fill pen in black celluloid c1950s

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September 11: Merz & Krell piston fill pen in gray snakeskin celluloid c1950s

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September 10: Merz & Krell piston fill pen in blue cell/brickwork celluloid c1950s

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September 9: Merz & Krell piston fill pen in green etched celluloid c1950s

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September 8: Parker 51 Vacumatic Custom Cedar Blue 1946

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September 7: Parker 51 Vacumatic Dove Grey Lustraloy cap gold filled Blue Diamond clip 1948

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September 6: Parker Vacumatic Junior Transparent Grey 1934

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September 5: Parker Vacumatic Major in Laminated Jet black 1946

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September 4: Sheaffer Oriental Mosaic Coral Butterfly pen and pencil set c1924-1928

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September 3: Parker Sac Duofold button filler in Blue 1941

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September 2: Parker Sac Duofold Lady button filler in Green 1942

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September 1: Parker Sac Duofold button filler in Black 1941

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August 31: Parker Duofold Vacumatic Senior in striped Maroon Laidtone 1944

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August 30: Parker Duofold Vacumatic Ingenue in striped Blue Laidtone 1940

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August 29: Parker 51 Special Aerometric pen and pencil set in black c1950-1959

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August 28: Parker 51 Signet Aerometric Demi pen and pencil set c1949

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August 27: Parker 61 DeLuxe pen and pencil set in Black c1956-1962

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August 26: Conklin All American Sac-less Vacuum Pen in Reptilian Gold Green Vein c1936

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.

Marukin hard rubber eyedropper pens c1932-1934

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Marukin hard rubber eyedropper pens c1932-1934

Marukin was a Japanese maker of high-end fountain pens in the 1930s and the two pens in this article represent two of their hard rubber offerings. According to the Winter 2006 Pennant article, “Collecting Japanese Pens,” by Stan Klemanowicz, the two pens in the article are somewhat rare and were made by Kinichiro Kasahara in 1932-1934 for Marukin. The hard rubber patterns on these pens are eye catching, especially because the cap top, cap, barrel, plunger knob and section are all made from the same material.

Wearever Squeeze Filler c1955-1957: An unsolved mystery

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Wearever Squeeze Filler c1955-1957: An unsolved mystery

When I first saw this pen I thought it was an unknown late variation, c1956-1960, of the Wearever Pennant. The cap is the same style metal sleeve over plastic inner cap used on every Pennant where the plastic, which always matches the barrel color, has a coin edge exposed at the cap lip. The clip is the same design as the later model Pennant, a flat face with USA stamped at the top, followed by WEAREVER and a trio of lines down to the tip. The fact that the metal cap sleeve was a highly polished chrome plate was something new, but didn't throw me off. I figured I had a new Pennant variant to go with ones that have gold plated cap sleeves.

Yotsubishi Kawari-nuri sakura (cherry) bark pattern c1955-1959

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Yotsubishi Kawari-nuri sakura (cherry) bark pattern c1955-1959

Ishi-Shoten, also known as Ishi & Co., was established in Tokyo in 1925 by pen maker Yoshinosuke Ishii. Following the lead of Pilot, who began making maki-e pens in the 1920s, Ishi-Shoten, though a small company with initially as few as ten workers, began competing by making inexpensive maki-e pens. Ishi-Shoten used the four diamond trademark, yotsubishi in Japanese, and the mark can be found on the clip top on most pens. This pen is decorated using the kawari-nuri, or free patterns, style, where the artist is open to decorate the urushi surface with new ideas.

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Pen Show Calendar

Updated as of September 1, 2017!

September, 2017


Dallas Pen Show
September 8-9, 2017

Doubletree Dallas Galleria
Dallas, TX, USA

Commonwealth Pen Show
September 10, 2017

Holiday Inn Boston Bunker Hill Area
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Tilburg Pen Show
September 30, 2017

Natuurmuseum Brabant
Tilburg, Holland

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

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

Michigan Pen Show
November 17-18, 2017

The Crowne Plaza Hotel
Novi, Michigan, USA

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

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News Article Links

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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Wink Pen First Edition Fountain Pen 2017 PenHero.com, January 22, 2017

Caran d'Ache Astrograph Limited Edition 2016

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Caran d'Ache Astrograph Limited Edition 2016 PenHero.com, January 27, 2017

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The Coolest Fountain Pen Goes To: Richard Mille's RMS05 Charmian Leong, The Peak Magazine, March 14, 2016

The Richard Mille RMS05 Is A $105,000 Pen With A Mechanical Heart Iunal Giumali, A Blog To Watch, February 24, 2016

SIHH 2016: Richard Mille RMS05 Mechanical Fountain Pen Alexander Linz, watch-insider.com, January 29, 2016

Richard Mille Made a $105,000 Mechanical Fountain Pen Stephen Pulvirent, Bloomberg, January 21, 2016


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