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Pens

The first pens were reeds or rushes that ancient people cut, sharpening one end to use as a writing tip and dipping the end in ink or soot to write. These simple writing tools were replaced with bone and metal by the time of the ancient Greeks. The first quill pens, made from feathers, were used beginning around 500 B.C. and into the 18th century.

The oldest fountain pen was designed by M. Bion, a Frenchman, in 1702. Numerous fountain pen designs and styles followed, but pens leaked and smeared until 1884 when Lewis Edson Waterman invented the first practical fountain pen. This style of pen was the most common writing instrument until 1938 when the ballpoint pen was invented by Laszlo Biro.

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Six blue/pink pencil cases marked Smiggle

June 24, 2017, 10:30 AM AEST
Alexandria, Australia

AUD20 (2 bids)

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Approx. 19 character pencil cases marked Smiggle

June 24, 2017, 10:30 AM AEST
Alexandria, Australia

AUD20 (2 bids)

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Six pink/green pencil cases marked Smiggle

June 24, 2017, 10:30 AM AEST
Alexandria, Australia

AUD10 (1 bid)

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Montblanc Meisterstuck Bordeaux Rollerball Pen

June 24, 2017, 12:00 AM PST
Westlake Village, CA, USA

$1 (1 bid)

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Hallmarked Silver: Desk inkwell, small inkwell (plated), vesta, napkin ring

June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Devizes, United Kingdom

£10 (starting bid)

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Hallmarked Silver: S Mordan & Co. pen with nib, 6½ins. indistinct hallmark,

June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Devizes, United Kingdom

£10 (starting bid)

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Hallmarked Silver: Propelling pencils amethyst and amber coloured stone end

June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Devizes, United Kingdom

£10 (starting bid)

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An elegant writing set with peacocks

June 24, 2017, 11:00 AM CET
Hamburg, Germany

€200 (starting bid)

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19th cent. Brass desk inkwell, pierced floral base, twisted glass inkwell (

June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Devizes, United Kingdom

£10 (starting bid)

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Gold 14ct. pen nibs 40. Some a/f. 11 grams.

June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Devizes, United Kingdom

£10 (starting bid)

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Pens: Fyne-Poynt pencil, boxed with paperwork, 1953 HMQEII souvenir pencil

June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Devizes, United Kingdom

£10 (starting bid)

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A delicate Milimoto-ballpen with a little cultured perl

June 24, 2017, 11:00 AM CET
Hamburg, Germany

€50 (starting bid)

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Cartier, est. 1847 in Paris, An elegant 'Must de Cartier Trinity' balloint pen

June 24, 2017, 11:00 AM CET
Hamburg, Germany

€50 (starting bid)

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MONTBLANC PRINCE REGENT LIMITED EDITION 4810

June 24, 2017, 1:30 PM CET
Vaduz, Liechtenstein

CHF1,000 (1 bid)

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MONTBLANC AGATHA CHRISTIE MASTERPIECE

June 24, 2017, 1:30 PM CET
Vaduz, Liechtenstein

CHF1,200 (starting bid)

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MONTBLANC CATHERINE THE GREAT LIMITED EDITION 4810

June 24, 2017, 1:30 PM CET
Vaduz, Liechtenstein

CHF1,200 (1 bid)

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MONTBLANC LOUIS XIV LIMITED EDITION 4810

June 24, 2017, 1:30 PM CET
Vaduz, Liechtenstein

CHF1,200 (starting bid)

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Peter the Great Limited Edition 4810

June 24, 2017, 1:30 PM CET
Vaduz, Liechtenstein

CHF1,200 (starting bid)

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MONTBLANC SEMIRAMIS LIMITED EDITION 4810

June 24, 2017, 1:30 PM CET
Vaduz, Liechtenstein

CHF1,200 (1 bid)

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MONTBLANC OCTAVIAN LIMITED EDITION 4810

June 24, 2017, 1:30 PM CET
Vaduz, Liechtenstein

CHF2,600 (starting bid)

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Lorenzo de Medici Limited Edition 4810

June 24, 2017, 1:30 PM CET
Vaduz, Liechtenstein

CHF3,000 (starting bid)

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St. Dupont Vertigo II Pen

June 24, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$15 (1 bid)

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St. Dupont Statue of Liberty Pen

June 24, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$15 (starting bid)

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ST Dupont Andalusia Pen

June 24, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$15 (starting bid)

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ST Dupont Leroy Nieman Pen

June 24, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$15 (starting bid)

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ST Dupont Leroy Nieman Pen

June 24, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$15 (starting bid)

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A Staedtler Marsmatic 700 Technical Pen Set in Box

June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$35 (starting bid)

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A Staedtler Marsmatic 700 Technical Pen Set in Box

June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$35 (starting bid)

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Looney Tunes Chrome Collector's Pen in Original Container

June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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(4) ASSORTED ANTIQUE DESK ACCESSORIES

June 24, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Beaver Falls, PA, USA

$40 (starting bid)

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TIFFANY STUDIOS LARGE ZODIAC INKWELL

June 24, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Rehoboth , MA, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Classical Gilt Bronze Ink Stand

June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM CST
New Orleans, LA, USA

$600 (starting bid)

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Russian Malachite and Bronze Inkwell

June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM CST
New Orleans, LA, USA

$3,000 (starting bid)

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ANTIQUE PAPER MACHE INKWELL BOX

June 24, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Rehoboth , MA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Bronze Mounted Ink Stand

June 24, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Long Island City, NY, USA

$30 (starting bid)

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Rococo Style Brass Inkstand

June 24, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Long Island City, NY, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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VINTAGE PARKER 61 PEN/PENCIL SET

June 24, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Beaver Falls, PA, USA

$25 (starting bid)

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Onyx Stone Pen Holders, Figurine, Candle Holder

June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM MST
Glendale, AZ, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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CONKLIN 14K YELLOW GOLD WRAPPED FOUNTAIN PEN

June 24, 2017, 12:00 PM EST
Tallahassee, FL, USA

$210 (6 bids)

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Group of Antique Fancy and Gold Filled Pens etc.

June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM PST
Davenport, WA, USA

$40 (starting bid)

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Group of Vintage and Drafting Writing Instruments

June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM PST
Davenport, WA, USA

$25 (1 bid)

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Group of Vintage Fountain Pens etc.

June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM PST
Davenport, WA, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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Group of Recorders

June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM PST
Davenport, WA, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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Large Collection Vintage Writing Instruments

June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM PST
Davenport, WA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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Antique Silver Inkwell Set

June 24, 2017, 10:30 AM PST
Gardnerville, NV, USA

$500 (starting bid)

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Antique c1880 Victorian Brass Inkwell Set with Bald Eagle Lids  14x9

June 24, 2017, 10:30 AM PST
Gardnerville, NV, USA

$450 (starting bid)

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Antique Sm. Bronze Single Inkwell

June 24, 2017, 10:30 AM PST
Gardnerville, NV, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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Hand Painted Porcelain Inkwell Nicholas Hayden Lamps and Shades Co.

June 24, 2017, 2:00 PM EST
Willoughby, OH, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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Art Deco Inkwell

June 24, 2017, 3:00 PM EST
Copake, NY, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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An Antique/Vintage Wooden Ink Advertising Pen

June 24, 2017, 4:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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Cased Set of Four Sterling Silver Bridge Pencils together with two other Silver Mechanical Pencils

June 25, 2017, 10:30 AM AEST
Alexandria, Australia

AUD30 (starting bid)

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A Glass Inkwell

June 24, 2017, 11:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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A Glass Inkwell - No Pen or Bottle

June 24, 2017, 11:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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Two Cased Sheaffer Pens in Brass Canisters,

June 25, 2017, 1:00 PM AEST
Alexandria, Australia

AUD40 (2 bids)

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Two Boxed Fountain Pens

June 25, 2017, 1:00 PM AEST
Alexandria, Australia

AUD30 (1 bid)

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A S Mordant Gilt Propelling Pen/Pencil,

June 25, 2017, 1:00 PM AEST
Alexandria, Australia

AUD40 (1 bid)

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A Cased Parker Pen

June 25, 2017, 1:00 PM AEST
Alexandria, Australia

AUD30 (starting bid)

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A Cased Waterman Paris Ballpoint Pen

June 25, 2017, 1:00 PM AEST
Alexandria, Australia

AUD70 (starting bid)

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