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The Big News This Month Is Our Launch of Rick’s Pens!

Be sure to regularly visit the new Rick’s Pens Page listed on the sidebar to the left.


I imagine that for every collector the time comes when you think, “well, I have too many pens.” There are verious reasons for the thought, age infirmity or simply the desire to reshape a collection. For me, happily, it is just the realization that over the years I have tended to gather together a dozen examples of a given maker when one of two would have served as well. And, well, I am getting older. So, as promised, this is the first installment of pens from my own collection that I will begin to offer.

Carter is best known for their ink, but for a brief time they made some of the highest quality pens ever offered by a “secondary” American maker. Over-engineered best describes these pens. I’ll be offering a few of these over the next few months.


Two of these:

  • RP1-The Lapis “Superwear” is of standard size and has a slightly soft fine nib. There is an owner imprint near the lever. $175
  • RP2-The Jade is the classic oversize “Inx.” Curiously there is no inner cap and I am not sure if it began life with one or not. As you can see the color is good, but not perfect. The price reflects not just the quality and scarcity of these pens but the modest defectsof this example. $350


Diamond Medal pens were made for Sears by the National Pen Products Company which was part of C. E. Barrett’s Chicago based syndicate. (It’s complacated). Pens of good quality. . I’ll be offering a few ofthese over the next few months.

  • RP3-This is a flat top oversize in black with a Warranted #8 Fine rigid nib.The clip has a bit of side play but is secure. $125


LeBoeuf is one of the legendary American makers. If you know, about this legendary Springfield, Massachusetts maker you know, if you don’t you should. This is probably the only of my LeBoeufs, a set no less, that I am willing to let loose of.

  • RP4-This is a Jet and Pearl number 6, with a single piece barrel sleeve filler. The quality of the color and the presence of the pencil set this apart from the usual. $600


Finally, for now, my first Japanese safety pen,

  • RP5- A modest Pilot in black celluloid. From the early 1950s with a Pilot Namiki imprint and a #1 flexible 12 Karat fine nib. An uncommon little pen. I cannot guarantee the seal on this pen. $150.


Remember, also, the Howerton Collection. There are some lovely pens still remaining and we are accepting reasonable offers on these.


Below you will find a list of recently acquired pens from the Ohio Pen Show and a few other sources. Browse these and feel free to wander the pages inside.


New and Notable Pens:

  • PE 3720--ca. 1949 Pelikan 101N in lizard with black captop. I’m not certain of the date of this pen but it is extraordinary.
  • PA3738 a near perfect Parker Duofold Senior in Mandarin yellow, as good as they get
  • PA3727 a Parker 51 double jewel blue diamond in the uncommon buckskin color with gold filled cap
  • PA3729 a first year double jewel 51 in dove with a gold filled cap (owner initials).
  • OT3698 a very uncommon Kaweco Dia in blue marble
  • OT3699 another Dia in red
       



We’ve had a trio of Waterman Patriciams on the homepage off and on for a while. These have got to go:

  • Most interesting is an Onyx set. They are almost always discolored and this set is no exception, but the discoloration, on the pen only, is moderate and even. Otherwise a superb set at $1,400 for both pieces. Now $1,000 SOLD
  • A turquiose. This has a most uncommon, but original clip but is missing the bottom medallion. Color is darkened but true. A good sound pen at a bargain price. $995. Now $695
  • Finally a nacre (jet and pearl) pen. This one has an imprint for the “Star Salesman Club.” Average discoloration. Nacre is hard to find. $1,100. Now $650
        

Two New Arrivals for Late January:

  • OT3604: 1930s Reco 501. Made by the little known but first quality maker, Rik Lei, this pen represents the top of their line and reflects the best of German penmaking of the era. Piston filled, smooth celluloid and full sized. The nib is a 14 karat full-sized (#4) Bock Medium. Excelelnt restored condition $295.
  • PE3756: 1954 Pelikan 400 in green stripe and black. This is a very clean 400 with one interesting distinction, an original and uncommon 18 karat fine nib for the French market. A significant addition to any intermediate Pelikan collection. $275

And we have the usual range of Pelikans and Montblancs, including a new old stock Pelikan 101N and a NOS blue 140. Also we have an unusually fine selection of Parkers, from regular inventory and the Howerton collection, and other selected American and Italian pens. If you are looking for something and don’t see it or if you are too hurried with other holiday activities, just shoot us an e-mail and we’ll be happy to help you select the perfect for yourself or that special someone.

 
 
 
 
 
In 1987, having gone to the brink of extinction and being saved by Swiss bankers and Asian investors, Pelikan built its first oversized pen, based on the early postwar design of the famed Pelikan 400. The M800, as the new pen was designated, was intended to compete with the larger pens of its long-time rival, Montblanc. The new pen was a departure and, presumably, a necessary risk, for the company. The gamble paid off and over the next few years the Pelikan M800 emerged as arguably the finest pen of its era.
 
 
 
 
   
 

For those of you who want to wear your allegiance to Pelikan front and center, we are pleased to offer these belt buckles. They are cast in bronze by a leading pen collector who is also a jewellry maker. They are just under two inches in diameter and have a bracket that allows you to put them on any 1 ¼” belt. We can also offer them in sterling silver.

The brass buckles are $175.00 plus shipping and we can supply them with a belt for $205.00.

Click here to buy this item or get more info.

 
 
Purpose, Pens and Pelikans

This year marks twenty-seven years of pen collecting for me. I began with Sheaffers and Parkers and then looked to the classical "big four," of American pendom, Parker, Sheaffer, Watermans and Eversharp. In the mid-1990s, I decided to focus narrowly on Parkers. Then in 1997, I became interested in Pelikans. More recently I have added an interest in oversize German pens, modern and a few vintage Italian pens and a representative sample of the classical American greats.

Today my collection is probably smaller than it was a decade ago, but far more coherent. For more see the About Me page. If you wish to learn more about Pelikan pens please follow this link to the illustrated Pelikan History article I wrote for PenTrace. The purpose of PENguin is to offer other collectors, and anyone else who is interested, first rate, fully restored pens to add to your collection or for daily use. All pens offered here have been fully restored by me or by German craftsmen who I trust and are guaranteed to you for two years. (Please note that this guarantee is not transferrable.) I want you to be able to use or enjoy your pens as much as I do.

 
   
 
     
 
 


It’s been a while since we updated the Pen Traveler. As many of you know, we love to travel and now that we are both retired (me, sort of) we are doing more. Our most recent trip was to Spain. We began at the Madrid Pen Show and then spent a couple of weeks going from Bilbao to Zaragosa, to Barcelona and then Valencia and ending up in Granada. If you follow my blog, you know, since it now seems to deal more with travel than pens. So above you see a few of my images from Spain.

In January we went down to Southern California for a quick trip to see friends, and I’ve not yet blogged that. Next up will be the Northeast Corridor edition of our Lap of America, starting in April with the Chesapeake and taking us all the way up to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward’s Island. Stay tuned.

In the meantime enjoy a sample of images from our travels past and recent.

 
 
     
 
 
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