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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.

Collectors acquire vintage pens for various reasons. The design of the pen, the pen brand name, the materials used, or decoration and advertising are all areas of interest to collectors. Many pen collectors focus on one brand name or one particular style of pen. Vintage pens are easy to locate and many can be purchased for reasonable prices.

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Montblanc Fountain Pen In Case With Paperwork
Nov 27, 11:00 AM EST
Montblanc Fountain Pen In Case With Paperwork
by Gulfcoast Coin and Jewelry
Est: $220- $275
$22526 Bids
Seven assorted bottles of ink marked Mont Blanc, Jacques Herbin, Sailor etc.
Nov 30, 6:00 PM AEDT
Seven assorted bottles of ink marked Mont Blanc, Jacques Herbin, Sailor etc.
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD50- AUD80
AUD6515 Bids
Waterman Edson Sapphire Fountain Pen 18K Gold Nib
Dec 01, 12:00 PM EST
Waterman Edson Sapphire Fountain Pen 18K Gold Nib
by MiddleManBrokers
Est: $1- $1,000
$28012 Bids
Mont Blanc Meisterstuck Pen Set
Dec 01, 6:00 PM AWST
Mont Blanc Meisterstuck Pen Set
by McKenzies Auctioneers
Est: AUD500- AUD700
AUD2,00010 Bids
Four assorted fountain pens marked Lamy
Nov 30, 6:00 PM AEDT
Four assorted fountain pens marked Lamy
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD50- AUD80
AUD7510 Bids
Six assorted 50mL ink bottles marked Pilot Iroshizuku
Nov 30, 6:00 PM AEDT
Six assorted 50mL ink bottles marked Pilot Iroshizuku
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD50- AUD80
AUD657 Bids
Montblanc Meisterstuck Fountain Pen 18K Gold Nib
Dec 01, 12:00 PM EST
Montblanc Meisterstuck Fountain Pen 18K Gold Nib
by MiddleManBrokers
Est: $1- $1,000
$2406 Bids
Montblanc Meisterstuck Gold Coated Ballpoint Pen
Dec 01, 12:00 PM EST
Montblanc Meisterstuck Gold Coated Ballpoint Pen
by MiddleManBrokers
Est: $1- $1,000
$606 Bids
(8 Pc) Collectible Pens with Display Box
Nov 30, 12:00 PM EST
(8 Pc) Collectible Pens with Display Box
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$1805 Bids
Montblanc Meisterstuck Inkwell Blotter Ink Bottle
Dec 01, 12:00 PM EST
Montblanc Meisterstuck Inkwell Blotter Ink Bottle
by MiddleManBrokers
Est: $1- $1,000
$1405 Bids
Waterman Edson Sapphire Ballpoint Desk Pen 6"
Dec 01, 12:00 PM EST
Waterman Edson Sapphire Ballpoint Desk Pen 6"
by MiddleManBrokers
Est: $1- $1,000
$1405 Bids
Vintage Pelican Fountain Pen
Dec 01, 6:00 PM AWST
Vintage Pelican Fountain Pen
by McKenzies Auctioneers
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD3005 Bids
A calligraphy set, fountain pens marked Prera, Sheaffer, Lamy etc.
Nov 30, 6:00 PM AEDT
A calligraphy set, fountain pens marked Prera, Sheaffer, Lamy etc.
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD50- AUD80
AUD554 Bids
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"Montblanc" Meisterstück Kugelschreiber in Schachtel
Nov 27, 11:00 AM CET
"Montblanc" Meisterstück Kugelschreiber in Schachtel
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€254 Bids
(4) piece lot Günther Wagner Pelikan 450 turtle / Parker vacumatic fountain pen.
Nov 30, 10:00 AM CET
(4) piece lot Günther Wagner Pelikan 450 turtle / Parker vacumatic fountain pen.
by Veilinghuis de Ruiter
Est: €80- €140
€804 Bids
TIFFANY & CO ELSA PERETTI PEN STERLING SILVER
Dec 05, 10:00 AM EST
TIFFANY & CO ELSA PERETTI PEN STERLING SILVER
by Imperial Auction
Est: $200- $300
$503 Bids
MONTBLANC 164 MEISTERSTUCK BALLPOINT GOLD TRIM
Dec 01, 9:00 AM EST
MONTBLANC 164 MEISTERSTUCK BALLPOINT GOLD TRIM
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $150- $250
$903 Bids
Vintage Brass Art Nouveau Ink Well Leaf Bowl
Nov 27, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Brass Art Nouveau Ink Well Leaf Bowl
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
Hand Crafted Glass Beaded Pens by Local Artist
Nov 28, 9:00 AM MST
Hand Crafted Glass Beaded Pens by Local Artist
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
TIFFANY & CO T PEN STERLING SILVER
Dec 05, 10:00 AM EST
TIFFANY & CO T PEN STERLING SILVER
by Imperial Auction
Est: $200- $300
$202 Bids
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Kugelschreiber "Montblanc" - Generation
Nov 27, 11:00 AM CET
Kugelschreiber "Montblanc" - Generation
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€52 Bids
Harrods Commemorative Montegrappa Pen
Dec 01, 6:00 PM AWST
Harrods Commemorative Montegrappa Pen
by McKenzies Auctioneers
Est: AUD400- AUD550
AUD2752 Bids
Montegrappa Sterling Silver Fountain Pen
Dec 01, 6:00 PM AWST
Montegrappa Sterling Silver Fountain Pen
by McKenzies Auctioneers
Est: AUD350- AUD450
AUD2502 Bids
Lot of vintage Cross pens 6 pieces
Nov 27, 10:00 AM EST
Lot of vintage Cross pens 6 pieces
by TEG Auction Gallery
Est: $0- $0
$112 Bids

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