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Cartier Fountain Pens
In 1847, Louis Francois Cartier founded the Cartier jewelry company in Paris, France. The company specialized
in high-end jewelry and watches. As the company grew, it began to offer other products, including writing
instruments. Cartier began manufacturing plume pens in 1868, although these pens were not produced under the
Cartier name. Louis Cartier's grandson Louis was responsible for adding pens to the Cartier product lines.
Cartier expanded its product lines in 1929 in response to the worldwide economic depression. Since Cartier
specialized in high-end watches and jewelry, their pens from this era were manufactured to allow for a watch. Some
pens had flat shafts with a timepiece located toward the top of the pen, while others had a wide, round top with a
watch. One office set included a gold notebook with a watch installed on the notebook's cover and a gold pen
attached to the side.
Cartier has continued to manufacture pens in many different styles. Cartier pens include durable metals or
composite materials, fine lacquer finishes, and precious metal plating and trim. Many of Cartier's fine vintage pens
were manufactured in the '80s. Collectors prefer pens in excellent to mint condition with the original box and
Cartier fountain pens are easy to identify since Cartier stamps all of its pens with the Cartier name
either at midshaft or near the base of each pen
The La Dona Menagerie fountain pen was named for '40s movie star Maria Felix. The gold-plated pen features
carved crocodiles and sells for about $4,000
Cartier's limited edition Dragon Décor fountain pen is solid sterling silver formed into the shape of a dragon
with red garnet eyes, a white pearl in its mouth, and a gold nib. The pen sells for €32,300