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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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A Mont Blanc, Germany Meisterstuck Solitaire Doue LeGrand 925 Sterling Fountain Pen No.146
May 27, 6:00 PM AEST
A Mont Blanc, Germany Meisterstuck Solitaire Doue LeGrand 925 Sterling Fountain Pen No.146
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD45014 Bids
Charlie John Navajo Sterling & Turquoise Pen
May 25, 10:00 AM MST
Charlie John Navajo Sterling & Turquoise Pen
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$10013 Bids
Vintage Fountain Pen Estate Collection
May 31, 1:00 PM EDT
Vintage Fountain Pen Estate Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1606 Bids
Montblanc Luxury 14K Gold Nib Fat Boy Fountain Pen
May 29, 12:00 PM EDT
Montblanc Luxury 14K Gold Nib Fat Boy Fountain Pen
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$2006 Bids
Antique c. 1900 Edward Todd & Co. Sterling Silver Repousse Dip Pen & Pencil Combo No. 109
May 27, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique c. 1900 Edward Todd & Co. Sterling Silver Repousse Dip Pen & Pencil Combo No. 109
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$454 Bids
Parker Vacumatic Fountain Pen Gold Bronze Stripe
Jun 01, 9:00 AM EDT
Parker Vacumatic Fountain Pen Gold Bronze Stripe
by Searchlight / Saucon Valley Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$604 Bids
Mont Blanc Ink Pen With 14kt Yellow Gold Nib
May 29, 9:00 AM EDT
Mont Blanc Ink Pen With 14kt Yellow Gold Nib
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$804 Bids
OMAS: 360 Personal Computer Ltd Ed Fountain Pen * #0/2008
Jun 06, 11:00 AM PDT
OMAS: 360 Personal Computer Ltd Ed Fountain Pen * #0/2008
by PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers
Est: $400- $600
$2503 Bids
Recife Andy Warhol Limited Edition Fountain Pen with 18K Bicolor Gold Nib AWM 3332/7500
May 27, 5:00 PM EDT
Recife Andy Warhol Limited Edition Fountain Pen with 18K Bicolor Gold Nib AWM 3332/7500
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$603 Bids
Montblanc "Octavian" Limited Edition Pen #2333/4810
May 25, 7:00 AM PDT
Montblanc "Octavian" Limited Edition Pen #2333/4810
by GWS Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$1,3003 Bids
Vintage Parker Vacumatic Fountain Pen Gold Nib
May 25, 11:00 AM EDT
Vintage Parker Vacumatic Fountain Pen Gold Nib
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $40- $15,000
$603 Bids
Pilot-Namiki 95th Anniversary Emperor Nobori Ryu * Rising Dragon * Maki-e Fountain Pen
Jun 06, 11:00 AM PDT
Pilot-Namiki 95th Anniversary Emperor Nobori Ryu * Rising Dragon * Maki-e Fountain Pen
by PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers
Est: $8,000- $12,000
$4,0002 Bids
Parker 51 14k Gold Filled Fountain Pen & Pencil
Jun 01, 9:00 AM EDT
Parker 51 14k Gold Filled Fountain Pen & Pencil
by Searchlight / Saucon Valley Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$302 Bids
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Montblac-Füller, Meisterstück No. 146, 14ct Goldfeder, guter Zustand in Montblanc-Lederetui
May 31, 11:00 AM CEST
Montblac-Füller, Meisterstück No. 146, 14ct Goldfeder, guter Zustand in Montblanc-Lederetui
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€502 Bids
Group of Fountain Pens With 14k Gold Nibs
Jun 01, 9:00 AM EDT
Group of Fountain Pens With 14k Gold Nibs
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $150- $200
$852 Bids
Vintage Parker, 14K Gold Filled Sterling Silver Pen
May 28, 7:00 PM AEST
Vintage Parker, 14K Gold Filled Sterling Silver Pen
by Jewellery Auctions Unlimited
Est: AUD432- AUD568
AUD352 Bids
Must de Cartier Paris Luxury Ballpoint Pen & Case
May 29, 12:00 PM EDT
Must de Cartier Paris Luxury Ballpoint Pen & Case
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$752 Bids
Vintage Writing Lot-Pens and Pencils
May 30, 10:00 AM CDT
Vintage Writing Lot-Pens and Pencils
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $50- $100
$302 Bids
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Mont Blanc ballpoint pen and Mont Blanc leather wa…
May 26, 10:00 AM AEST
Mont Blanc ballpoint pen and Mont Blanc leather wa…
by Amanda Addams Auctions
Est: AUD300- AUD400
AUD2502 Bids
Parker 75 R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth LE Fountain Pen
May 30, 11:00 AM EDT
Parker 75 R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth LE Fountain Pen
by Willow Auction House
Est: $200- $250
$1252 Bids
PARKER: Maxima VACUMATIC BAND" Red Fountain Pen
Jun 06, 11:00 AM PDT
PARKER: Maxima VACUMATIC BAND" Red Fountain Pen
by PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers
Est: $800- $1,200
$5502 Bids
Fountainpen Montblanc Hemingway
May 29, 5:00 PM CEST
Fountainpen Montblanc Hemingway
by Duran Arte y Subastas
Est: €0- €0
€9502 Bids

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