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January--in the midst of winter, new beginnings. I wish I could say that we have the website all polished up and up-to-date, but it just ain’t so. So what we will do to get us up to date is offer a comprehensive review of what is new and notable while reminding you that we have a full inventory of our stock-in-trade Pelikans and some Parkers. So here goes:

First and foremost, we still have a handful of the new M101N red tortoiseshells. Available with vintage nib assemblies, if you choose. $625


We also have vintage tortoise Pelikan 100N and 101N (all tortoise) models from the 1930s and 1950s.

The 1929 Pelikan first year pens have gone through the roof in price, but here is a very viable option, a first year 1929 in bakelite with a dark green binde. It is complete and correct, down to an early clip. The only issue with this pen is a replacement captube. The price on this is $1,800. If the pen were perfect it would cost another $500. Images on request for all of these.

Next up are a couple of interesting replicas:
First is an unnumbered prototype of the lapis blue Originals of Their Times series but with a vintage nib assembly. Most of these pens (including my own) suffered from warpage of the celluloid. This one has not. $795 and it is available with a modern 14 K Pelikan script nib.

The jade is a bit more complicated. It has an OOTT captop and captube, a vintage clip, body and binde, but the binde was not made by Pelikan. Rather it is a perfectly crafted replica made from old celluloid stock. The body of the pen and filling system are vintage as is the nib. To be sure, it's a replica but presents much more like the real thing than the lapis. $1100.

      


We also have a Pelikan 520 from the 1950s, the gold filled model. These are exquisite pens and this is a perfect example at just $750.

Among the most attractive of the Pelikan M800 variants is the Atlas that they developed for Tiffany, and to my eye the cobalt blue is the prettiest of the two colors offered. It is only rarely that I am able to offer a set of this caliber, complete and in the box. The nib on this is a medium though I can offer other options and the other instrument can be configured as ballpoint or pencil. The last pen I sold went for $625, but this set, which appears not to have been used, can be yours just the low, low price of $695.

     


We also have a black Tiffany ballpoint/pencil, in box and pouch (not shown) for $275.

We have several Waterman’s Patricians

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
      


From Madrid we got an array of fantasy Pelikan 120s and 140s. They are bright and festive and unique and any of them can be yours for $95.00. Click the thumbnail to see them.


We still have a few vintage Montblancs including celluloid 146 and 144s in black. The 146 is $695 and the 144 is $500. E-mail for details. In addition we have an uncommon 234 ½ and a 334 ½. We also have a few other vintage MBs in stock. Just ask for details.

We also still have the Montblanc Semiramis, and the consignor wants it to go to a good home. The first $1800 takes this great bargain.

We have an exquisite Lamy 27 set with gold filled caps, near mint, if not mint, in the box. Just ask for images. This set is comparable to a Pelikan 500NN or Montblanc 642 set at a fraction of the price. $250. We have several other more modern Lamys, just inquire.

Ditto, a late Aurora 88 set, near mint in the box. The white metal caps gleam and are flawless. $350

The Chilton Wingflow is still available and let’s cut the price on this to $500.


There is a lot more stuff that I have not listed, just one more here and I’ll quit. This is a big silver overlay German pen in barleycorn pattern. If it were a Pelikan or Montblanc silver overlay it would be waaay expensive. This one is $450. Just ask for images.

 
 
 
 
 
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.

 
   
     
 

At the end of last year, my wife, Sharon, retired after twenty five years as a librarian at Stanford University. Even before that we had decided that travel would be at the top of our agenda. Since the beginning of the year we have done trips to California’s Napa Valley and we have just finished a 10,000 mile odyssey across the American southwest. For me photography is part of travel and even though I am no great lensman, I have shared just a few of my snaps on The PENguin Blog.

In the months to come I expect to post images of our annual trip to Ashland, this year to include a run up to Portland and in the Fall we plan on going to Spain to attend the Madrid Pen Show and tour the country. In the interim I hope to get us back to New York, but that is under discussion.

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

 
 
     
 
 
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