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November means all sorts of things to all kinds of people and it does usher in all the year-end holidays, but for me November usually starts with my favorite pen show, the Ohio show in Columbus.

This year is no exception. What is different is that from Ohio I return home briefly and we then depart on Thursday the 13th for the Madrid Pen Show followed by two and a half weeks in (hopefully) sunny Spain.

In practical terms this means that while I am happy to take orders and reserve pens, my shipping dates for the next month will be November 11 and December 3.


First and foremost, at last they are here, the new Special Edition Pelikan red tortoiseshell M101Ns.

At first I was not sure about the bright color of the red plastic parts, but now I truly think they have a winner. We have a handful left after presales and they are competitively priced, with vintage nib assemblies possible.

Among our other recent arrivals:

  • a Chilton Oversize Wingflow Chrysler 100 Club in burgundy with initials
  • what may be a John Dunhill Giant.
  • a 9 Ct gold Onoto self filler with a wonderful World War I imprint of E.J. Secker, The Oaklands Hospital. What that pen must have written! Remarkably the seal is still intact and the classic plunger filler is ready to go.
We have also some modern Parkers:
  • an R.M.S.Queen Elizabeth.
  • a World Memorial.
  • a World War II Commemorative.
  • there are also Parker 65s, VPs and a Falcon.
In Waterman’s we have:
  • a reasonably clean Waterman Patrician set in Onyx. The pen shows typical light even discoloration and the pencil is perfect.
  • A rather interesting Patrician in turquoise with an uncommon clip
  • a blue 1943 Watermans 100 Year in blue.
  • a modern Edson.
We have remaining among our more recent acquisitions and in no particular order:
  • 1931 Pelikan with an early light green binde. The binde has been skillfully repaired and the pen presents well. A fine addition to an emerging collection. PE3330-$695.
  • Soennecken 222 Superior Set in black with a mild oblique double broad nib. Equal to the best Soennecken has to offer at a fraction of the price. Click filler. $475.
  • Pelikan 400 in gray. An uncommon pen and essential to any emerging Pelikan collection. $475.
  • M1050 in Black.
  • Folks are always asking for low priced tortoise Pelikan 101Ns, and usually I cannot help. But this pen looks and performs well, except that the ink window has a small internal stress crack. I doubt it will go any further in the near future, but it is there. With a limited (one year) warranty PE3329-$650.
  • I should also note that we have in inventory one remaining Lizard101N with gold filled trim and two less common tortoise 100Ns with red hard rubber trim. Check out the tortoise page.
  • ca 2008 black M1000 with a nice, soft, fine nib.

For more images, visit our Pen Traveler Images page.


We are pleased to offer the Alan Lew Memorial Collection of Pelikan Pens. Those of you who read The PENguin Blog may recall the tragic 2009 death of Alan who was not only a friend and client but a spiritual guide. Alan’s wife and daughter have entrusted his Pelikans to me and I am pleased and proud to offer this preliminary list of highlights:

  • Pelikan 101N Red Tortoise
  • Pelikan M400 with an OBB Mottishaw nib
  • Pelikan M1000 with a 3B Mottishaw
  • Pelikan M1050 with a 3B Mottishaw
  • M640 Sahara
Recent Arrivals
  • An uncommon Montblanc 34 in gray with a 585 OB nib
  • A Pelikan 140 in black with reverse trim, hard to find, they don’t stay around long
  • A Black oversize Montegrappa with a steel ABT nib
  • A steel nibbed Geha school pen in the (rather battered) box
  • 1990s Briarwood OMAS Moma
  • 1930s Mars Staeadtler Oversize Black chased celluloid
  • 1940s Punto Russo copy of Aurora 88

Finally, we have a very special consignment of Limited Edition Montblancs and Pelikans. If you are interested, e-mail, and remember that for all your holiday shopping I am here to serve as your personal shopper in choosing the right pen for the right person.


  • Semiramis


  • Golden Dynasty SOLD
  • Transparent Souveran M800
  • Transparent M200
  • M800Green-this has probably been used
  • M800 blk-this has probably been used
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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