Boxes for Consideration

The boxes pictured here are not on my For Sale page because they are not finished and I may not be able to get to them before Christmas.  If you are not trying to order a Christmas gift, though, please do feel free to ask about these for later delivery.

Acid Cigars “Kuba Deluxe” boxes.  The one in front in the picture is exactly as I get them, while the black one has been painted.  I can paint these most any color.  They hold 11 pens and have a view window in the lid.  The other pictures show a previously sold box that was painted burgundy.


I have nine of the Avo Uvezian “Dominant 13th” boxes.  These hold 11 pens and can sit on a shelf like books.

I have four of the CAO Criollo boxes that have four drawers. Each drawer can hold five pens, for a total of 20 pens in the box.  One picture shows the four unfinished and the others show one I sold recently.


For Sale: Three Classic Pen Reference Books

I need to thin the herd a bit, so I’m offering three classic reference books that any pen lover should have on hand. All are in excellent condition, essentially like new.  I’ll give $5 off on each one if you buy two, or $20 off if you buy all three, and of course I’ll combine the mailing cost.

Email me at if you are interested. Here’s the list:

Fountain Pens and Pencils: The Golden Age of Writing Instruments, by George Fischler and Stuart Schneider

Fountain Pens and PencilsThis classic book is a valuable addition to any pen and/or pencil collector’s library.  This hardcover 10 x 12 inch book, with dust jacket, is in overall excellent condition, essentially like new. Light areas on edges of dust jacket in the picture are glare, not discoloration.

It typically retails for around $70, but  I’m willing to let it go to a good home for $45 plus actual mailing cost.  Offers considered.




Fountain Pens: A Collector’s Guide by Jonathan Steinberg

Fountain PensThis large hardbound book, in excellent condition with intact dust cover, is one of those that every collector should have in their reference library. This copy is in overall excellent condition, practically like new.

This wonderful book can be yours for $25 plus actual mailing cost. Offers considered.





Fountain Pens. Penne Stilografiche. Bella Cosa Series, by Fortis and Vannucchi
Fountain Pens Bella Cosa series FortisISBN 10: 0811810836 / ISBN 13: 9780811810838
Published by Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1995

142pages, color illustrations throughout. Captions in English and Italian. Pictorial card covers with flaps. The book showcases more than 100 examples of exquisite craftsmanship, featuring outstanding pens designed between 1870 and 1960 by renowned manufacturers.

This book is quite well done and in excellent condition.  A very interesting addition to any pen lover’s library.  Includes more Italian pens than most pen reference books.

Asking $15 plus actual mailing cost.  Offers considered.

A Diamond Creek 1992 Wine Bottle Lamp

Here’s a lamp that incorporates a Diamond Creek ’92 Lake Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon bottle (empty) and its original wooden container.  This was a 20th anniversary edition by Diamond Creek, and my wife and I enjoyed the wine years ago, but I just could not toss the attractive bottle and box.  Finally I realized that it could become the basis for an interesting lamp, and this is the result.

As pictured the lamp stands 26 1/2 inches tall and the footprint is 8 x 8 inches.

The black lampshade is optional.  I’ll be glad to sell the lamp without the shade so that you can add your shade of choice.

The Wine Bottle Lamp is priced at $100 plus shipping as shown with the shade, or $85 plus shipping without the shade.  If you are interested, please email me at and include your address or ZIP Code for a shipping cost quote.

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Cigar Box Lamp

Lamp Edit

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This is just the thing for your man cave or billiard room, a lamp made from repurposed cigar boxes.  In this case, two Oliva boxes and a Java Maduro form the base and it is topped with a drum style black shade.

The base of the lamp is 7″ by 10″ and it stands 23″ tall to the top of the shade.

The socket is a 3-way, so you can choose to use a 3-way bulb or a standard bulb, whatever you prefer.  The cord is six feet long, ending in a standard polarized plug.

I can ship this lamp within the USA only.  It is bulky, but not very heavy, so shipping cost within the USA should not be too high.

An option for the buyer:  Since the lampshade is both bulky and fragile, I am quite willing to sell the lamp without a shade and let you provide your own shade.  I will reduce the price by $15 if you choose this option.

The Oliva/Java Cigar Box Lamp is priced at $75 plus shipping ($60 plus shipping without the shade).  If you are interested, please click here to email me for a shipping cost quote.  Be sure to include your location or ZIP code.