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. 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.

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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 cost.  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.

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9 Pen Box – Davidoff Limited Art Edition 2014

Davidoff Limited Art Edition 2014 closedDavidoff has offered their Limited Art Editions each year for the past several years.  This is the 2014 version, featuring an abstract image intended to evoke a tobacco leaf.  The remainder of the box is finished in glossy white.

Inside, I have stained the unfinished wood surfaces and lined the box with burgundy microsuede cloth to coordinate with the artwork.  The bottom of the box is factory finished with a felt-like material.

There are nine individual saddle-style pen compartments, each lined with the same burgundy microsuede and trimmed in gloss white to carry out the color scheme of the exterior.  Each pen compartment holds your pens completely separated and only touching the microsuede cloth lining.  Each pen can be up to six inches long.

The box measures 9 1/2 inches by 7 inches by 1 3/4 inches.

The 9 Pen Davidoff Limited Art Edition 2014 is priced at $50 plus mailing.  I can mail this box anywhere in the US via Priority Mail for $9.50. If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com for questions or to place an order.

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

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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.

Flor de las Antillas – Five Pen Box

Flor de las Antillas Robustos closedThe Flor de las Antillas boxes are always popular, perhaps because they combine a definite “cigar” style with sturdy wood construction and a nice latch.  This is one of the smaller models, the Robusto, which has been repurposed to hold five pens.

The Robusto measures 9 inches by 6 inches by 1 3/4 inches.  Inside, I’ve stained and varnished bare wood surfaces and fitted a handsome Hunter Green velour-flocked pen tray that will hold five pens in individual compartments, each pen up to 8 inches long. Underneath, I’ve affixed a 2mm thick foam pad to inhibit sliding and protect your surfaces.

The Flor de las Antillas Robusto Five Pen Box is priced at just $35 plus actual 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.

I accept payment by PayPal or if you prefer I can email an invoice which you can pay with a credit or debit card.

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

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FOR SALE: Traveling Inkwell II

Large Traveling Inkwell outer and inner lids open

Large Inkwell both lids open

I’ve decided to offer this restored traveling inkwell for sale. I believe that it would be quite usable for a typical fountain pen.  You can read all about it below, and if you have any questions or are interested in purchasing it, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com

I’m asking $40 plus actual mailing cost. Include your location or ZIP Code with any email inquiry so I can figure the mailing cost.

Last October I wrote about having found a small traveling inkwell and restoring it to usable condition.  Here’s the link: A Small Traveling Inkwell  Apparently having that one inkwell was not enough for me.  Recently I purchased a second one, slightly larger than the first.

The first inkwell was 1 3/4″ in diameter and 1 1/2″ tall, while this one is 2″ in diameter and 1 3/4″ tall.  These were made in the dip pen era, so were not planned for filling fountain pens – only a nib had to fit into the neck of the bottle.  The first one, being smaller, has a neck that is a tight fit for a fountain pen – a Sheaffer Snorkel would work well, though – while the second would be much more useful for modern pens.

Because the glass bottle in the heart of these inkwells is the key element, and replacements are not available, I made certain that the second, like the first, had a bottle in good condition.  It was in good cosmetic condition except that its original leather covering was almost gone; the bottom portion was still there to show me that it was very thin brown leather.

It first needed a good cleaning, and to facilitate that, I wanted to remove the glass bottle.  These normally will just lift out, but this one was stuck fast.  Examination showed that there was a thin rim of corrosion right at the shoulder of the bottle, locking it in place.  Over a several day period I applied WD-40 (What else?  The old rule is: if it won’t move and it is supposed to, apply WD-40…) to the corrosion, and after each soaking I scraped at the corrosion with the tip of my X-acto knife.  The bottle would not move.

The next trick was to freeze the entire inkwell in the hope that the different contraction and expansion of the glass bottle vs the metal container might help to break things apart – without breaking the glass.  After a day in the freezer – and yes, my wife did ask what that was in the freezer – and another application of WD-40, the bottle suddenly loosened from the grip of the corrosion and slid out intact.

The remaining corrosion quickly surrendered to my scrubber and the chrome plating shined up nicely.

I noticed that the material covering the spring-loaded lid that serves as a stopper for the bottle was in poor condition, so I fashioned a modern replacement from a thin piece of rubber of about the same color.  I am confident that this will form a tight seal, as I had already used the same solution on the first inkwell.

As before, I used some leather patterned microsuede cloth – brown, this time – to form the “leather” covering for the bottom half of the inkwell.  The technique was the same. Someday I may find some suitably thin leather and try my hand at fitting it to the inkwell, but in the meantime this is a very credible substitute.

The first inkwell, possibly of German origin, featured an unusual small decoration of a girl and some flowers soldered to the lid.  This one, clearly French from the imprint on the inner lid, originally had a doughnut-shaped inlay of matching leather.  I used a bottle with a mouth of just the right diameter for the outside of the doughnut as a template, then used a leather punch to cut the hole in the center.

With the metal parts and the ink bottle cleaned, the new seal material installed, and the faux leather covering in place, the second inkwell is ready for use.

The imprint on the inner lid reads: BREVETES S.G.D.G. PARIS.  This indicates that the design is patented in France, but without any guarantee by the government that it will work.  There is also a star and crescent imprint in the center of the lid.

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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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