Custom John Steinbeck Box

Steinbeck pen box_3From time to time I have added to my Great Writers series of boxes, which has included Cervantes, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, and C.S. Lewis (search “writers” to see examples).  Recently a Steinbeck fan asked me to create a box with that theme.

I’ve read Steinbeck, but did not have any solid ideas for how to represent him – yes, dark, but what else?  The design became a collaborative effort, with the customer providing favorite quotes, me combining them with Steinbeck images, and ideas being tossed back and forth via email.

This slide show displays some of our options:

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Eventually we settled on a plain black box with black interior, plus a Steinbeck photo and quotes inside the lid and his signature on the lid.  Very simple, definitely dark, and quite effective.

As I write this, the box is in transit to its owner in Australia.  He’s already seen photos, so I’m posting them here for anyone else to see.  We will add photos of the box in use with his pens as soon as we can…Click on any image to open the gallery.

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SOLD: Famous Writers Series – Mark Twain – Double Deck, 14 Pens

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The latest in my Famous Writers Series, a double-decked, fourteen pen box featuring an image of Mark Twain inside the lid and a Mississippi River steamboat, where Sam Clemens got his pen name, on the lid.

The box is finished inside and out in black, dappled with copper and grey, representing an old box that has traveled the path of Mark Twain, up and down the Mississippi, across the Atlantic, and many places in America.

Inside there is one lift-out tray and a lower compartment, each holding seven pens up to six inches long.  The individual pen compartments are lined with a grey “leather” microsuede to further carry out the vintage theme.

The Mark Twain Double Decker is priced at $55 plus shipping. SOLD If you are interested, please click here to email me for a shipping cost quote.

I ship via USPS Priority Mail in the USA and USPS International First Class Mail internationally.

 

SOLD: Christmas Collection: Great Writers Series – Edgar Allan Poe

The Edgar Allan Poe Box – One of my Great Writers Series

Exterior: Satin black finish with Edgar Allan Poe’s signature on the lid, 9″ x 8″ x 1 1/2″

Capacity: Six pens up to 6 1/2″ long

Interior: Grey “leather” suede cloth lining individual pen compartments with Edgar Allan Poe image and quotes inside lid

Price: $40 plus shipping. SOLD To request a shipping cost quote, please click here to email me and include your location or ZIP code. 

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SOLD: Christmas Collection: Great Writers Series – Cervantes/Don Quixote

The Don Quixote Box – One of my Great Writers Series

Exterior: Image of Don Quixote and Sancho, 9″ x 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″

Capacity:Three pens up to 6 3/8″ long, plus a compartment for small items

Interior: Three wood and “leather” suede cloth lined pen compartments, original artwork of Don Quixote inside lid

Price: $30 plus shipping. SOLD To request a shipping cost quote, please click here to email me and include your location or ZIP code. 

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Don Quixote Pen Box for Nine Pens – SOLD

Here’s a pen box for nine pens with a Don Quixote theme for the literary types.

Don Quixote closed 2The box is finished on the outside with red/gold/copper marbling and a Don Quixote image.  The inside lid continues the Don Quixote theme and the pen compartments are lined in a complimentary copper colored suede cloth for a soft landing for each pen.

The box measures 6 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ x 1″ on the outside and will hold pens up to 6″ long.  Be aware that because the box is rather shallow, it will not accomodate large diameter pens such as a Montblanc 149.

The bottom of the box is finished with a 2mm foam pad for a non-marring, non-slip surface.

The Don Quixote Pen Box is priced at $35 plus shippingSOLD  If you are interested, please click here to email me with your location for a shipping cost quote.