As some of you know, for the past two months my wife, Sharon, and I have been roaming the American Southwest. Just a short list of what we saw would include the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion and Canyon de Chelly. We visited Sedona, Santa Fe, Austin, El Paso and San Antonio. I could go on. But now we’re baaack!
The trip was awesome, to use an overused word, and those of you interested can still follow the journey on The PENguin Blog.
Apart from the sites, the memories and the photos (over 2000 of them), along the way I picked up a small handful of pens, along with a few new purchases. As always you folks are keeping me busy enough that I have not had time to fully photograph and present them on the site, but here is a list of highlights.
In vintage Pelikans, we have just gotten in a rather special, very clean 1929 pen, a first year, in jade; and we have a very clean jade 1932. In addition we have coming 100Ns in lizard and tortoise, please inquire. And, of course, we have all the usual stock-in-trade Pelikans for giving and to fill in holes in your collection. Just ask.
Just recently arrived modern Pelikans:
M1050 in black, available as a set with a K850 ballpoint
ca 2008 black M1000 with a nice, soft, fine nib.
M900 Toledo. This is the W. German model, flawless without box.
M910 Toledo, the silver Toledo, available with or without the travelling desk. In immaculate condition.
M800 green transparent. This is our fourth recently. We still have three, one new in box. This has been gently used, but shows signs. No box. Inquire about any of the three.
M810 Blue Ocean. This shows no signs of use, no box.
First year (1987) green stripe Pelikan M800 with a fine 14 C nib. Complete, correct. Excellent + condition. I probably can come up with a correct box for this.SOLD
First year (1987) black Pelikan M800 with a fine 14 C nib. Complete, correct. Excellent + condition. I probably can come up with a correct box for this.
1988 green stripe M800 with a really uncommon 14 C EF nib. Excellent +, no box.
1989 green stripe M800 with an 18 C fine nib. Excellent +, no box.
1988 Pelikan M750. We actually have two of these, both gently used, but showing signs, one in box, one not. Inquire.
In addition we have earlier consignments that include a Madrid city series and some M2500 and M250 pens. And there are still a few of the Montblanc Limiteds that are on the MB page.
And, last but not least there are many pens still available from Alan Lew’s collection, see the list below.
So the bottom line is that we have a ton of pens and will be working tirelessly to get them listed properly on the site, but in the meantime, help us out by taking off our hands before we have to photograph and list them and you can save a few bucks.
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 100 Custom Coral binde
Pelikan 100 Dark Tortoise w, Red cap, black mechanismSOLD
Pelikan 111T Toledo-incorrect capSOLD
Pelikan 101N Red Tortoise
Pelikan M620 San FranciscoSOLD
Pelikan M620 Shanghai rollerball and fountain pens
An uncommon Montblanc 34 in gray with a 585 OB nib
Two Montblanc 22’s-great starter/gift pens
A spectacular Montblanc Tiffany marked 164S Sterling barleycorn ballpointSOLD
One modern Montblanc 146
Two Soenneckens: a gray candy stripe 510 and a 507 in black and a green marble TowerSOLD
A Pelikan 140 in black with reverse trim, hard to find, they don’t stay around long
A modern Pilot Bamboo near mint in the box
A Black oversize Montegrappa with a steel ABT nib
A steel nibbed Geha school pen in the (rather battered) box
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
Kafka Fountain Pen with Mottishaw XF nib
Lorenzo de MediciSOLD
Catherine the Great
Peter the Great
149-14K-this has probably been usedSOLD
149-18K-this has probably been usedSOLD
Toledo M900(122/500 USA)SOLD
Toledo M910 with travel EcritoireSOLD
Transparent Souveran M800
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.
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.
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.