February, 2018, Boxes to Consider

Here is a selection of boxes currently in my workshop that can be finished to your specifications.

February boxes

Clockwise from 12 o’clock:

Avo Uvezian Dominant 13th (4 available) eleven pens, $85 each

El Producto Queens (1 available) twenty-five pens, $65

CAO Criollo Bomba (5 available) twenty pens, $145 each

EP Carillo Dona Elana (1 available) ten pens, $55

Jaime Garcia Reserve Especial (1 available) eight pens, $85

Flor de las Antillas Toro (2 available) nine pens, $40 each

The gallery below gives examples of boxes of each type that I have done in the past. Lining colors, etc., are your choice from available materials.  Click on any image to open the gallery for larger views.

Prices do not include mailing cost.  If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and include your location or ZIP Code for a mailing cost quote.

 

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Pen-O-Matic – an odd one for sure!

Here’s something a little different!

Pen-O-Matic full view with boxI really get a kick out of the wide variety ideas that are embodied in fountain pens. Filling systems, from eyedropper to crescent, lever, button, Vacumatic, and Snorkel are good examples. Various ways to show the user how much ink remained in the pen are another, from clear areas at the base of the section to ink view windows, transparent strips in the barrel, to completely transparent barrels. Colors, patterns, facets, metal overlays, and pocket clip designs also served to distinguish brands. There were gimmicks as well, and this pen is one of them.

This is a Pen-O-Matic, an inexpensive American version of the fabled Meteore Pullman introduced in 1932. The Pullman sold for the equivalent of $7 in 1932, which is a typical price for a high end pen of the day. I’m sure the Pen-O-Matic was not that high priced, but I have nothing to go by except for an advertisement for a much later ballpoint version of 1949 that wholesaled for $7.20 per dozen.

The Pen-O-Matic’s “gimmick” was that it, like the Meteore Pullman, was capless – yes, the distant forerunner of the Pilot/Namiki Capless/Vanishing Point pens of today. The nib was extended by sliding the “cap” toward the clip, whereupon a small door popped open and the nib was revealed. Sliding the “cap” back retracted the nib and closed the door. Like the Pilot/Namiki, the pocket clip is oriented so that the nib faces up when the pen is clipped into a pocket.

The button filling system is accessed by unscrewing the “cap” at which time the pen is filled much like a Parker Duofold.

I have the pen, which does not seem to have ever been used, complete with the original box and instructions. The door that covers the nib is hinged via a tiny pin that seems quite fragile, so it is not surprising that more of these have not survived – if many were sold at all…

I found a closeup picture of the Meteore Pullman door – which opens on top of the nib instead of underneath – that shows how Meteore used a metal rim around the opening to provide a much sturdier door hinge.

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Eleven Pen Box – The Dominant 13th

 

Dominant 13th closedThis box originated as the 2013 Limited Edition from Avo Uvezian Cigars.  Avo Uvezian, the owner, a celebrated jazz musician, commissions one limited edition each year – special cigars in a specially designed box.  The 2013 edition was entitled The Dominant 13th in reference to a particular musical chord frequently used in jazz.

For this edition, he wrote a short piece of music entitled “Delightful Days” using the dominant 13th chord.  The cigar box resembles a music book and inside the front cover is the music he wrote.  Opposite that originally were the cigars, plus a USB drive with a selection of his music and a video of him playing the piano.  A rare earth magnet provides positive closure.

I have rearranged the box to hold eleven pens, each up to 8 inches long, and each in its own individual compartment.  The pen compartments are flocked with Royal Blue velour to match the color of the written music.  I’ve added two strands of elastic cord to secure each pen into its compartment even if the box/book is upright.

I did not get the original USB drive with the box, but will provide the contents on a DVD.

On the front of the box, where there was once a rather unsightly paper label, I’ve added a simulated closure ribbon affixed with a fountain pen nib.  A gold silhouette of Avo Uvezian with a cigar decorates the cover.

The box/book measures 11 3/4 inches tall, 9 1/4 inches wide, and one inch thick.

Since the Dominant 13th box was a limited edition from five years ago, it is difficult to find.  I have managed to gather several to repurpose as pen boxes, but after these are gone there may not be any more available.

The Dominant 13th Eleven Pen Box, complete with music and video from the USB drive (now on DVD), is priced at $85 plus actual mailing cost. If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and include your location or ZIP Code so that I can provide a mailing cost quote.

I take payment by PayPal or if you prefer to pay with a credit card, just let me know and I can email an invoice which you can pay with a card.

I ship via USPS Priority Mail in the US and by USPS International First Class Package outside the US.

Click on any image to open the gallery for enlarged views of all the pictures.  Note: the box pictured here was sold, but I have an identical box that can be fitted out in similar style.

SOLD: Pen Tray for Eight Pens

20171208_140026_resizedHere’s a pen display tray that will hold eight pens.

The tray measures 8 3/8 inches by 6 1/2 inches and holds eight pens in individual Hunter Green velour-flocked compartments, with each pen being up to 5 5/8 inches long. The inside edges are also lined with matching green soft felt, and the bottom of the tray is covered with a slightly firmer variety of felt.

This eight pen display tray is priced at $30 plus actual mailing costSOLD If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and be sure to include your location or ZIP Code for a firm mailing cost quote.

I take payment by PayPal or if you prefer to pay with a credit card, let me know and I will email an invoice that can be paid that way.

I mail by USPS Priority Mail in the US and by USPS International First Class Package outside the US.

Click on any image to open the gallery for larger views:

 

 

SOLD: Dramatic Black Six Pen Box

LFD Oscuro closedThe LFD Oscuro exterior is finished in matte black with gold logo, and that theme continued inside with a black velvety lining with gold logo inside the lid. To convert it to a pen box, I have blackened all other interior surfaces and fitted a six pen black velour flocked pen tray.  Dramatic…yes!

The six pens rest in individual full-length black velour compartments, each measuring 7 1/4 inches long.  The pens will touch nothing but the lining of their compartments for good protection. The bottom of the box is covered with a 2mm thick foam pad to inhibit sliding and protect your surfaces.  A gold-toned latch secures the cover shut.

The box measures 6 1/2 inches wide by 8 1/4 inches front to back and 1 1/2 inches thick.

The LFD Oscuro Six Pen Box is priced at $35 plus actual mailing cost. SOLD If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com for a firm mailing cost quote.  Be sure to include your location or ZIP Code.

I take payment by PayPal or if you prefer to pay with a credit card, let me know and I will email an invoice that can be paid that way.

I mail by USPS Priority Mail in the US and by USPS International First Class Package outside the US.

Click on any image to open the gallery for larger views:

 

SOLD: Twelve Pen Tray

Twelve Pen tray with pensUnlike most of my products, this is an open display tray.  The tray holds twelve pens, each up to 6 1/2 inches long, in individual compartments.

After sanding and smoothing with 0000 steel wool, I stained and varnished all the wood pieces, bottom, sides insides, and dividers, with Minwax “Gunstock” stain and Minwax Satin Polyurethane varnish. Next, I lined the bottom, sides and dividers with hunter green 100% wool baize – this is the stuff that is used to cover billiard tables. That took some time, with 49 pieces of baize to cut to shape and affix to the wood surfaces!

The result is a tray that will hold your pens safely, never touching anything but the baize lining, yet allow you to display them on your desk or table.  The tray measures 11 1/2 inches by 7 inches.

The Twelve Pen Baize-lined Tray is priced at $45 plus actual mailing costSOLD If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and be sure to include your location or ZIP Code for a firm mailing cost quote.

I accept payment by PayPal or if you prefer to pay with a credit card, just let me know and I can email an invoice payable by card.

I mail by Priority Mail in the US and by International First Class Package outside the US.

Click on any image to open the gallery for larger views: