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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.

Recommended Items at Auction

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Mont Blanc, Waterman Pen Assortment
Jun 23, 10:00 AM CDT
Mont Blanc, Waterman Pen Assortment
by Leonard Auction
Est: $400- $600
$85011 Bids
A Cartier limited edition 150th anniversary fountain pen, with 18K nib, boxed.
Jun 16, 7:00 PM AEST
A Cartier limited edition 150th anniversary fountain pen, with 18K nib, boxed.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD3808 Bids
NIB MONTBLANC FRIEDRICH II FOUNTAIN PEN
Jun 25, 6:00 PM CDT
NIB MONTBLANC FRIEDRICH II FOUNTAIN PEN
by Dallas Auction Gallery
Est: $500- $800
$5506 Bids
NIB MONTBLANC LOUIS XIV FOUNTAIN PEN
Jun 25, 6:00 PM CDT
NIB MONTBLANC LOUIS XIV FOUNTAIN PEN
by Dallas Auction Gallery
Est: $50- $100
$5506 Bids
FIGURAL INKWELL " HOOLIGAN AND APPLE SEL
Jun 20, 9:00 AM CEST
FIGURAL INKWELL " HOOLIGAN AND APPLE SEL
by Historia Auctionata
Est: €0- €0
€7505 Bids
c.1910 Brass Egyptian Revival Inkwell
Jun 15, 10:00 AM MST
c.1910 Brass Egyptian Revival Inkwell
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$405 Bids
NIB MONTBLANC HOMMAGE ALEXANDER THE GREAT PEN
Jun 25, 6:00 PM CDT
NIB MONTBLANC HOMMAGE ALEXANDER THE GREAT PEN
by Dallas Auction Gallery
Est: $50- $100
$5505 Bids
NIB MONTBLANC KARL THE GREAT FOUNTAIN PEN
Jun 25, 6:00 PM CDT
NIB MONTBLANC KARL THE GREAT FOUNTAIN PEN
by Dallas Auction Gallery
Est: $500- $1,000
$7505 Bids
Vintage Waterman "Ideal" 18k Gold Foundation and Ballpoint Pen Set
Jun 23, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Waterman "Ideal" 18k Gold Foundation and Ballpoint Pen Set
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$1005 Bids
MONT BLANC YEAR OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON FOUNTAIN PEN
Jun 25, 6:00 PM CDT
MONT BLANC YEAR OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON FOUNTAIN PEN
by Dallas Auction Gallery
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,1004 Bids
Vintage pencil holder w pencils 28 H x 12 Dia cm
Jun 18, 7:00 PM AEST
Vintage pencil holder w pencils 28 H x 12 Dia cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD304 Bids
Collection of Miscellaneous Bygones from One Estate
Jun 23, 6:00 PM EDT
Collection of Miscellaneous Bygones from One Estate
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
A French 19th century porcelain inkwell having central figure and gilt highlights. H 12cm, W 18cm
Jun 16, 12:00 PM AEST
A French 19th century porcelain inkwell having central figure and gilt highlights. H 12cm, W 18cm
by Christian McCann Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD803 Bids
A variety of vintage Blackwing pencils
Jun 18, 10:00 AM EDT
A variety of vintage Blackwing pencils
by DOYLE Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $500- $800
$3003 Bids
Three boxes of rare vintage Blackwing pencils
Jun 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Three boxes of rare vintage Blackwing pencils
by DOYLE Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $600- $800
$3503 Bids
Parker Blue Diamond Fountain Pen Assortment
Jun 23, 10:00 AM CDT
Parker Blue Diamond Fountain Pen Assortment
by Leonard Auction
Est: $600- $800
$5003 Bids
Waterman Paris Ideal Fountain Pen
Jun 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Waterman Paris Ideal Fountain Pen
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $200- $300
$753 Bids
Vintage Mont Blanc Meisterstuck Fountain Pen
Jun 16, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Mont Blanc Meisterstuck Fountain Pen
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$403 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Pens


Setdart Auction House

Setdart Auction House

Nomisma S.p.a

Nomisma S.p.a

Dallas Auction Gallery

Dallas Auction Gallery

Nagel Auction

Nagel Auction