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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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3 x boxed vintage items incl. a drawing set,

April 21, 2018, 10:00 AM AEST
Thornleigh, Australia

AUD30 (starting bid)

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Large Bofa vintage technical drawing set D423

April 21, 2018, 10:30 AM BST
Peebles, United Kingdom

£31 (starting bid)

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Old Brass quill and ink holder

April 21, 2018, 10:30 AM BST
Peebles, United Kingdom

£5 (starting bid)

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Sterling silver marked pencil gross weight: 20g

April 21, 2018, 10:30 AM BST
Peebles, United Kingdom

£5 (starting bid)

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Victorian Cast Iron Ink Stand with 3 Paul's Inks  Birmingham Glass Inkwells. 19thc.  11 x 5 inches.

April 21, 2018, 11:00 AM GMT
Nr Llangollen , United Kingdom

£10 (starting bid)

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3 Parker Fountain Pens.2 x 14k Nibs.  (3 Items)

April 21, 2018, 11:00 AM GMT
Nr Llangollen , United Kingdom

£10 (1 bid)

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Vintage Johnson Matthey & Co.Sterling Silver  Propelling Pencil . Hallmarked London 1948.  Working order.

April 21, 2018, 11:00 AM GMT
Nr Llangollen , United Kingdom

£4 (starting bid)

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Antique 8ct Rose Gold Engraved Propelling Pencil  with Carnelian Stone Terminal. 19thc. Length 3  1/8inches.

April 21, 2018, 11:00 AM GMT
Nr Llangollen , United Kingdom

£30 (starting bid)

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A rare cast iron writing set

April 21, 2018, 2:00 PM CET
Berlin, Germany

€1,700 (starting bid)

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Montblanc Vermeil Barley Rollerball Pen

April 21, 2018, 6:00 AM PST
Westlake Village, CA, USA

$250 (9 bids)

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3 HERMES MECHANICAL PENCILS & CASE

April 21, 2018, 9:00 AM EST
Hampton, VA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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ANTIQUE MABLE, TODD & CO No. 3 DIP PEN

April 21, 2018, 10:00 AM EST
Beaver Falls, PA, USA

$15 (starting bid)

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(4) ASSORTED VINTAGE PENS

April 21, 2018, 10:00 AM EST
Beaver Falls, PA, USA

$20 (1 bid)

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ANTIQUE BRONZE INKWELL

April 21, 2018, 10:00 AM EST
Beaver Falls, PA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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Assorted Lot Of Antique Brass & Glass Inkwells

April 21, 2018, 11:00 AM EST
Stamford, CT, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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Baroque Brass Inkstand   *

April 21, 2018, 11:00 AM EST
Long Island City, NY, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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Continental Gilt Bronze and Marble Inkstand

April 21, 2018, 11:00 AM EST
Long Island City, NY, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Boligrafo MontBlanc Boheme Elaborado en resina color negro. Modelo Boheme. Clip acero. Instructivo

April 21, 2018, 11:00 AM CST
Mexico DF, Mexico

MXN1,500 (starting bid)

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Brand Name: PARKER! Made in USA Brand New Ball Point Pen.  Model # 40432.

April 21, 2018, 2:00 PM EST
Apache Junction,, AZ, USA

$15 (1 bid)

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A Vintage Write Lite Pen

April 21, 2018, 3:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$80 (starting bid)

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A Sheaffer Fountain Pen - 14Kt Gold Nib

April 21, 2018, 3:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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A Vintage Wooden Spatula or Letter Opener

April 21, 2018, 3:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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A Towle Leather and Stainless Steel Letter Opener

April 21, 2018, 3:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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A Glass Inkwell

April 21, 2018, 3:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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A Beautifully Carved Horn Letter Opener

April 21, 2018, 3:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$80 (starting bid)

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A Glass Inkwell - No Pen or Bottle

April 21, 2018, 3:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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A 1933 Chicago World Fair Letter Opener - Bronze

April 21, 2018, 3:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$35 (starting bid)

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A Sword Form Letter Opener

April 21, 2018, 3:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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A Gemstone and Lucite Letter Opener

April 21, 2018, 3:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$15 (1 bid)

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A Daniel Lambert Brass Inkwell

April 21, 2018, 3:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$80 (starting bid)

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An Inkwell?

April 21, 2018, 3:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$25 (starting bid)

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A Giant Automatic Eagle Pencil

April 21, 2018, 3:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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Chicken blood style stone seal,

April 22, 2018, 11:00 AM AEST
Thornleigh, Australia

AUD25 (starting bid)

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Georgian porcelain h/painted pen & ink stand

April 22, 2018, 10:30 AM ACST
Ocean Grove , Australia

AUD70 (starting bid)

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Early C19th French h/painted porcelain 12 cm wide inkstand

April 22, 2018, 10:30 AM ACST
Ocean Grove , Australia

AUD70 (starting bid)

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Early C19th h/painted pen tray on lion mask head feet

April 22, 2018, 10:30 AM ACST
Ocean Grove , Australia

AUD40 (starting bid)

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Good quality Vic walnut 35 cm wide writing box with original inkwell

April 22, 2018, 10:30 AM ACST
Ocean Grove , Australia

AUD70 (starting bid)

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Montblanc Meisterstuck Bordeaux Rollerball Pen

April 22, 2018, 6:00 AM PST
Westlake Village, CA, USA

$70 (3 bids)

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7pc. Commemorative Presidential Pens

April 22, 2018, 6:00 AM PST
Phoenix, AZ, USA

$30 (4 bids)

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7pc. Designer Pen Lot

April 22, 2018, 6:00 AM PST
Phoenix, AZ, USA

$30 (5 bids)

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Tiffany Studios Bronze

April 22, 2018, 10:00 AM EST
Atlanta, GA, USA

$250 (starting bid)

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Three German Made Fountain & Ball Point Pens

April 22, 2018, 9:00 AM CST
Belleville, IL, USA

$25 (starting bid)

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Antique 19th C Victorian Ormolu Swan Motif Inkwell

April 22, 2018, 11:00 AM EST
Stamford, CT, USA

$30 (starting bid)

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Antique 19th C Gold Filled & Citrine Glass Pencil

April 22, 2018, 11:00 AM EST
Stamford, CT, USA

$40 (starting bid)

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Antique Cast Brass Inkstand with Equestrian Figure

April 22, 2018, 12:00 PM EST
New York, NY, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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SIX ASSORTED VINTAGE FOUNTAIN PENS AND ONE MECHANICAL PENCIL, 1920s-1930s.

April 22, 2018, 12:00 PM EST
Chevy Chase, MD, USA

$80 (2 bids)

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Sitzendorrf (Germany) Porcelain Inkwell

April 22, 2018, 10:00 AM PST
Lake Worth, FL, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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FRENCH CHAMPLEVE ENAMEL INKWELL

April 22, 2018, 2:00 PM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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Mont-Blanc : Stylo à bille avec pochette en cuir avec boite d'origine

April 23, 2018, 3:00 PM CET
Uccle, Belgium

€120 (starting bid)

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Mont Blanc

April 23, 2018, 6:00 PM CET
4030 Grivegnee, Belgium

€140 (starting bid)

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VTG BLACK AMERICANA FIGURAL BRONZE INKWELL

April 23, 2018, 4:00 PM EST
Delray Beach, FL, USA

$25 (starting bid)

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WATERMAN PEN EXCELLENT CONDITION

April 23, 2018, 4:00 PM EST
Delray Beach, FL, USA

$25 (starting bid)

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WATERMAN PARIS DUAL LUXURY PEN SET

April 23, 2018, 4:00 PM EST
Delray Beach, FL, USA

$25 (starting bid)

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