SOLD: Picture this five pen box on your desk!

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This five pen box is unusual in several respects: First, it has a markedly horizontal feel because it is considerably wider than it is deep. Second, the lid splits in the center, opening toward the sides.  Third, the finish is composed of a deep blue background with silver and copper marbling overlaid on it for a distinctly three-dimensional depth.  Some would even say steampunk.  I say steampunk light!

Inside, the design continues the steampunk light look.  The insides of the lids and the surrounding edge of the box are stained ebony, and the entire pen compartment is lined with a soft silver/grey leather-look material.

The pen compartment can be set up in two different ways, with the choice going to the purchaser.

I can install the pen tray toward the left hand end of the box and insert a divider toward the right hand end, creating two separate spaces, one for pens and the other a compartment for small “stuff” such as ink cartridges, paper clips, or other such. The pictures show the divider in place with a six inch pen compartment, but the divider is adjustable, so could be moved in either direction.

Alternately, the pen tray can be centered in the box and the divider omitted altogether.

The pictures show both arrangements and the purchaser can choose.

The Five Pen Steampunk Light Box is priced at $40 plus actual mailing cost.  If you are interested, please email me at and include your location or ZIP Code so that I can provide a mailing cost quote.

I mail by USPS Priority Mail in the US and by USPS International First Class Package internationallly.  I accept payment by PayPal or if you prefer I can email an invoice which you can pay securely with a credit or debit card.

Click on any image below to open the gallery for larger views.  The image with pens shows a MB 149 in the center and a Parker 51 just in front of it to give you an idea of size:


SOLD: Really Different…a Round Twelve Pen Box

Here’s a box I’ve not seen before, and not too likely to see again.  It’s a round double decker box from Foundry Cigars.  The three parts of the box nest together with the outside wood strips matching from bottom to top.  The lid features a “steampunk” style image.

PLEASE NOTE: This box can only hold pens up to 5 3/16 inches long.  Please measure the pens that you would consider placing in this box to be certain that they will fit.

I’ve repurposed it to hold twelve pens, six in each of its two levels, each pen up to 5 3/16 inches long.  That is not long enough for longer pens, but it will handle many other pens.  For example, in the pictures are a variety of Esterbrook J, SJ, and LJ pens and several different models of Sheaffer Balance, Military Balance, and Triumph Sentinel pens.

I have lined the former cigar compartments with red felt and fitted red velvety flocked pen trays to keep each pen securely in its place.  I’ve even lined the inside of the lid with matching red felt so that a pen can’t touch wood in any direction.

The box measures 7 3/4 inches in diameter and 2 3/4 inches tall.

If you have the right pens, then this will make a very interesting desktop pen box for you.

The Round Twelve Pen Box is priced at $50 plus shipping. SOLD If you are interested, please click here to email me for a shipping cost quote.

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

SOLD: Five Pen Box, Marbled with Copper Interior

Five Pen Marbled Box with Copper Interior closedThis stunning five pen box is marbled inside and out with black, teal, gold and copper.  The pen compartments are individually lined with copper suede cloth to protect and cradle each pen.

The box can handle pens up to the size of a Montblanc 149.  The pens pictured are:

  • Sheaffer PFM
  • Artcraft ca 1930
  • Montblanc 149
  • Artcraft flattop ca 1925
  • Waterman Phileas

The pictures really tell the story; you can picture this box on your desk holding your current rotation of pens.

The Five Pen Box, Marbled with Copper Interior is priced at $25 plus shippingSOLD

If you are interested, please email me with your location so that I can provide a shipping cost quote.

SOLD: A Small Steampunk Pen Box – larger than it looks

Padron Decoupage Box closed angleIt began life as a Padron cigar box.  After I applied a layer of taupe colored Thai Banana paper and about eight layers of acrylic medium, plus some serious sanding with 400 grit paper and 0000 steel wool, it fairly glows.  The artwork on the lid and inside the lid give a gentle Steampunk feel.

This box measures only 5 3/4″ by 4 1/2″ by 1 3/4″, but it will hold six pens up to 5 1/4″ long in individual red velvety flocked compartments.  The first picture shows a collection of Conklin crescent filler ringtops, but the second shows its true capacity, including an Esterbrook J, a Parker 21, a Sheaffer Balance, and three standard sized Eversharp Skylines (not demi).

The Small Steampunk Pen Box is priced at $25 plus shipping SOLD.  If you are interested, please CLICK HERE TO EMAIL ME and be sure to include your location for a shipping cost quote.

Another Box Just for Me – I ran out of storage space! I HAD MORE OF THESE, BUT THEY ARE ALL GONE NOW

Marbled El Primer Mundo closedThis box began life as an El Primer Mundo cigar box.  I’ve marbled it with black, teal, gold, and copper (sometimes twice) and fitted the interior for pen storage.

The inside of the lid bears an original artwork by me featuring vintage handwriting,  postcards, and other interesting handwritten items.Marbled El Primer Mundo open with pens

If you want a little more “steampunk” motif, I have some alternate artwork that I can provde.

Marbled El Primer Mundo pens detailThe pens are contained in individual compartments lined in a deep rusty red shade of suede cloth, and the pens pictured are my family pens, plus the first vintage pens I collected.  In the center are a Parker 51 Special – my father’s – and a Sheaffer TM Tuckaway – my mother’s – with matching pencil.  Flanking those on the right is a Laughlin eyedropper filling pen that belonged to one of my paternal grandparents, and on the left is my mother’s father’s Hudson pen.  Further to the right are a Parker 51 and a Ford’s pen and pencil set, and to the left of the Hudson are a Sheaffer slim Targa that I’ve owned for many years and a Sheaffer “fat” Valiant Touchdown.

The bottom of the box is covered with a 2mm thick foam pad to provide a non-skid surface that also protects a desk or tabletop against scratching.

The box measures about 10″ by 7″ by just 1″ thick and makes a nice statement in my office. 

If you like this box, CLICK HERE TO email me, because I have two more of these El Primer Mundo boxes that I can finish similarly. 

These are priced at $30 plus shipping.  SOLD

Nine Pen Storage – Marbled in Black, Bronze, and Teal – SOLD

This box started as a Davidoff cigar box and has been refinished in a marbled black/bronze/teal combination, including the inside and the edges of the pen compartments.  I’ve lined the pen compartments with a red-brown/bronze suede cloth that picks up the bronze in the marbling of the box.

The box will hold nine full-sized pens and looks quite nice on a desk or table top.  As always, I’ve covered the bottom with 2mm foam to protect your desk.

The Nine Pen Marbled Box is priced at $30 plus shippingSOLD If you are interested, please email me with your location for a shipping quote.

SOLD: Small Steampunk Style Box for Five Pens

Five pen box closedThis little box is really “steampunk light” because there is no artwork.  Instead, this one is marbled inside and out with black, teal, and silver, and the pen compartments are fitted with blue/black suede cloth “leather” to carry out the steampunk theme.

The box is small, measuring 7 1/2″ by 5 1/2″ by 1 1/4″ deep, but holds five pens as large as a Montblanc 149 easily – see the photos.

As usual, I have added a 2mm foam pad on the bottom of the box so it won’t scratch your desk or table top.

As usual, I will ship in the US by Priority Mail and internationally by International First Class Mail, and I accept payment by PayPal.

The Five Pen Steampunk box is priced at $25 plus shippingSOLD Please email me with your location for a shipping cost quote.