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These Just In

These two pens just came in via the Polar Express, and if anyone of yours has been good enough to warrant a special treat under the tree, here they are.

First is an early Pelikan M700. Probably from the 1990s, possibly even earlier, with the old style engraved captop. This appears not to have been used and comes complete, including the corrugated outer box. $695 SOLD Pending Funding

From the same era and celebrating the end of the cold war comes the Parker International World Peace Memorial pen with medallions crafted from the dismantled material from US and Soviet missiles. A bit of histiry, also new in box. $275.

         


It seems like the year-end holidays, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa now signal primarily the opportunity to give gifts, the spiritual components having fallen to secondary consideration. Whether that is a good thing or bad I will leave to you or your favorite pundit.

But, if you are giving gifts this is not a bad place to shop. We are committed to the bast possible service to you and to your near and dear. As always we have taken some special care in stocking a wide range of gifts for the new collector and those advanced enough to want to burnish their collections at this time of year.

Pelikans first, of course:
The 1929 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.

            


Last but not least is a Pelikan 520, the gold filled model. These are exquisite pens and this is a perfect example at just $750.

Among our more special Pelikans already in stock are also early 1930 and 1931 pens, tortoise and red 100N and 101N models, a lizard 101N and the usual array of 100s, 100Ns,140s, 400s, 400Ns, 400NNs and more modern stuff including early M800s and M1000s and an M1050. If you don’t see what you want on the site, ask. As always these days we have tons of pens not on the site.

We also have the new M101N in red tortoise at a competitive price of $520. Just a few remaining so get one now. They are bound to become classics.



We’ve added quite a few vintage Montblancs for the holidays 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.

The list goes on:

  • Chilton burgundy Wingflow. This is the largest, 7, size and the Chrysler 100 edition. $675 in the original box.
  • OMAS briarwood MOMA model. These are uncommon and superb pens and this is a flawless example. $295.
  • Parker Duofold Jr in lapis. A perfect example, $295
  • We have a wide array of 51s, including a flighter, 61s, 65s and 75s. Just ask.

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
                


Finally, stocking stuffers: 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 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:

Vintage
  • Pelikan 101N Red Tortoise
  • Pelikan M400 with an OBB Mottishaw nib
  • Pelikan M1000 with a 3B Mottishaw
  • Pelikan M1050 with a 3B Mottishaw
Modern
  • 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.

LIMITED EDITIONS MONTBLANC

  • Semiramis

PELIKAN

  • 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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