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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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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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Lot of 8 Vintage Air France Concorde Ball Point Pen

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

$150 (starting bid)

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Vintage 14KT Yellow Gold Cross Pen and Pencil Set

June 25, 2017, 12:00 AM PST
Westlake Village, CA, USA

$1 (1 bid)

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Santos de Cartier Limited Edition Ballpoint Pen

June 25, 2017, 12:00 AM PST
Westlake Village, CA, USA

$1 (starting bid)

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French Empire Ink Well

June 25, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$400 (starting bid)

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A GANODERMA LIKE BRONZE PEN STAND

June 25, 2017, 10:30 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$80 (starting bid)

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GROUP OF 10 SMALL OLD CRYSTAL INK STONE

June 25, 2017, 10:30 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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French Art Nouveau Bronze Crab-Form Inkwell

June 25, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
New York, NY, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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6 Assorted Pens, incl. Waterman & Gold-Filled

June 25, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
New York, NY, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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*GROUP

June 25, 2017, 11:00 AM CST
Elgin, IL, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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7 GOLD FILLED CROSS MECHANICAL PENCILS

June 25, 2017, 12:00 PM EST
St. Petersburg, FL, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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3 VICTORIAN MECHANICAL PENCILS

June 25, 2017, 1:00 PM EST
Mr. Pleasant, SC, USA

$5 (starting bid)

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3 PC WHITING DAVIS PURSES + BAKELITE INKWELL

June 25, 2017, 1:00 PM EST
Mr. Pleasant, SC, USA

$5 (1 bid)

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APPROX. 20 VINTAGE INK PENS FROM DESK

June 25, 2017, 12:00 PM CST
Shakopee, MN, USA

$125 (5 bids)

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Late 19th Century Brass Continental Inkwell

June 25, 2017, 2:00 PM EST
Bluffton, SC, USA

$180 (starting bid)

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19thc French Red Onyx & Gilt Metal Desk Set

June 25, 2017, 2:00 PM EST
Bluffton, SC, USA

$700 (starting bid)

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Circa 1870 Napoleon III Bronze Inkstand

June 25, 2017, 2:00 PM EST
Bluffton, SC, USA

$400 (1 bid)

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19TH CENTURY CHAMPLEVE ENAMEL INKWELL

June 25, 2017, 2:00 PM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Every Sharp 14k gold filled fountain pen with14k gold Nib

June 25, 2017, 9:00 PM EST
Scranton, PA, USA

$30 (starting bid)

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Montblanc Vermeil Barley Rollerball Pen

June 26, 2017, 12:00 AM PST
Westlake Village, CA, USA

$1 (starting bid)

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A Parker No. 15 Black Pearl Flat Cap in box with rare V.V. spring pocket cl

June 26, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Exmouth, United Kingdom

£2,200 (starting bid)

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A Samuel Mordan & Co. Silver Fob Pencil, marks rubbed

June 26, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Exmouth, United Kingdom

£10 (starting bid)

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A Wemyss Heart Shaped Twin Inkwell decorated with dog rose, impressed mark

June 26, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Exmouth, United Kingdom

£170 (starting bid)

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ST Dupont Rollerball Pen

June 26, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$15 (starting bid)

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ST Dupont Medici Pen

June 26, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$15 (starting bid)

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ST Dupont New York 5th Avenue Pen

June 26, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$15 (starting bid)

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St Dupont Pink Gold Cote d'Azur Pen

June 26, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$15 (starting bid)

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St. Dupont Opus X 2006 Pen

June 26, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$15 (starting bid)

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A SHEAFFER'S FONTAIN PEN, with 14 carat gold nib. Original Box.

June 27, 2017, 10:00 AM AEST
Leichhardt, Australia

AUD15 (starting bid)

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A STERLING SILVER SHEAFFER PEN.

June 27, 2017, 10:00 AM AEST
Leichhardt, Australia

AUD40 (starting bid)

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ANONYMOUS

June 27, 2017, 4:00 PM CET
Zurich, Switzerland

CHF250 (starting bid)

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Tiffany Studios Zodiac Rocker Blotter

June 27, 2017, 6:00 PM EST
Bear, DE, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Tiffany Favrile Glass Inkwell

June 27, 2017, 6:00 PM EST
Bear, DE, USA

$300 (3 bids)

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FRENCH BRONZE INKWELL & CANDLESTICK

June 27, 2017, 6:00 PM EST
Seaford, NY, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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FRENCH FAIENCE STOVE FORM INKWELL

June 27, 2017, 6:00 PM EST
Seaford, NY, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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FIGURAL LACQUERED PEN BOX - 9 1/2

June 27, 2017, 6:00 PM EST
Seaford, NY, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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STERLING SILVER WATERMAN IDEAL FOUNTAIN PEN &

June 27, 2017, 6:00 PM EST
Seaford, NY, USA

$50 (1 bid)

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2 piece antique desk top ink wells larger one as found

June 27, 2017, 5:30 PM PST
Tacoma , WA, USA

$5 (starting bid)

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Antique sled shaped ink well

June 27, 2017, 5:30 PM PST
Tacoma , WA, USA

$5 (starting bid)

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MIB Waterman pen

June 27, 2017, 5:30 PM PST
Tacoma , WA, USA

$5 (starting bid)

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MIB golfing club theme pen

June 27, 2017, 5:30 PM PST
Tacoma , WA, USA

$5 (starting bid)

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2 piece Cross pen set

June 27, 2017, 5:30 PM PST
Tacoma , WA, USA

$5 (starting bid)

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Sterling silver Waterford Christmas ornament, snowflake

June 27, 2017, 5:30 PM PST
Tacoma , WA, USA

$5 (starting bid)

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Een Engels zilveren inkstel met kristallen potjes

June 28, 2017, 10:00 AM CET
's-Gravenhage, Netherlands

€240 (starting bid)

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NINETEENTH-CENTURY BLACK FOREST ORNITHOLOGICAL PEN AND INK STAND

June 28, 2017, 10:30 AM BST
Shillelagh, Ireland

€440 (starting bid)

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SILVER AND CRYSTAL INK WELL

June 28, 2017, 10:30 AM BST
Shillelagh, Ireland

€70 (starting bid)

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Eversharp

June 28, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Bloomfield , NJ, USA

$250 (starting bid)

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Antique art deco style Silver-plated brass inkstand

June 28, 2017, 5:00 PM EET
Riga, Latvia

€60 (starting bid)

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Set of writing tools - inkstand; ink drained, 1930's

June 28, 2017, 5:00 PM EET
Riga, Latvia

€100 (starting bid)

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Three Silvered Chatelaine Pencils

June 28, 2017, 1:00 PM EST
Bloomfield , NJ, USA

$40 (starting bid)

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A VINTAGE PORCELAIN DANCE CARD MECHANICAL PENCIL

June 28, 2017, 7:00 PM CET
Sevilla, Spain

€240 (starting bid)

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Sampson & Mordan 18 Carat Gold Retractable Pencil

June 29, 2017, 10:30 AM AEST
Sydney, Australia

AUD400 (starting bid)

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