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.



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.

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 BamaPen@jehubbard.com 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.

SOLD: Dunhill “Signed Range” Six Pen Box

This Dunhill box is uncommonly well-made and finished, with two small rare earth magnets for secure lid closure.  I’ve left the strip on the lid with the signatures of the original Dunhill employees.

Inside, I have carried thru the tobacco theme by using faux leather that strongly resembles tobacco leaf.  There are six pen slots and each pen can be up to 6 5/8″ long.

The box measures 7 1/4″ by 6 1/4″ and would sit well on your desk for your current rotation of pens.

The Dunhill Six Pen Box is priced at $35 plus shipping. SOLD If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and include your location 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.

Small Box

Small box by Hoyo de Monterrey  – too small for pens or ink, but good for small items on your desk

Exterior: The box is covered with textured paper, then painted gold.  Felt pad on the bottom.

Dimensions:  Exterior – 3″ x 5 1/4″ x 1 1/2″      Interior: 2 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ x 7/8″

Interior: lined with black felt.

Price: $10 plus shipping  – or – $7.50 and no additional shipping charge with the purchase of any other pen or ink box

If you are interested, please click here to email me and include your location or ZIP code.

Brown box in the picture is sold.

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Perdomo Reserve Petit Corona – Single Pen Display or Multiple Pen Storage

The Perdomo Reserve Petit Corona finished in gloss black with silver logo imprint.  It is quite small, measuring 7 1/2″ wide by 5 1/4″ front to back by 1 1/4″ deep.

This box is available in two configurations:

1. Single Pen Display

2. Five Pen Storage Box

Single Pen Display – I can fit it with a single pen display tray in your choice of suede cloth colors. See the home page for a picture of the available colors of suede cloth.

Five Pen Storage Box – I can fit it with a velvety flocked pen tray with individual compartments to hold five pens.  Pen tray material is available in the following colors: Red, Burgundy, Hunter Green, Royal Blue, Beige, Grey,  and White

In any configuration, the lid is secured with a rare earth magnet and the bottom is covered with soft foam (black, of course) to prevent scratching of your desk or table top.

Price in either configuration: $25 USD plus shipping.  One available.  Email me if you are interested…include your location for a shipping quote.

The picture above shows a Sheaffer Lifetime Balance for size comparison.