For sale: Moore’s Midget Safety Pen

I’ve decided to sell my Moore’s Midget “non-leakable” safety pen ringtop. You can read more about it in another post here on my blog site: My First Safety Pen

Here are some details:

Barrel imprint “Moore’s Midget Pat.Sep.8,1896
Side of Barrel end cap: “2.E0” and “10”
Cap imprint “Moore’s Quick Turn Cap Pat.29,1903
Nib imprint “The Moore” There could be more on the nib, but if so, it is hidden.

Measures just 3 3/4 inches when capped. The cap will post, and has the pin inside that prevents damage to the nib if the user attempts to put the cap on without first retracting the nib.

The pen came with a neck ribbon (sautoir) with a University of Michigan clasp and a gold/gold-filled attachment clip. The ribbon appears to be woven silk and may be original.

The pen is in excellent condition, sharp chasing and imprints, dark black hard rubber, writes nicely with some flex and I have not had it to leak.

The nib (original) provides significant flex in the hands of one practiced in using it.  I’m not!  But I have attached my poor effort at a writing sample to show what it can do.

I can provide more specific pictures if requested.

Asking $100 plus actual mailing cost from Alabama. I take payment by PayPal. Offers will be considered.

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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

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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.