Saturday, April 12, 2008

Old Friends

In the past, the Pear Tree Pen Company has focused exclusively on modern writing instruments, and brand spankin' new ones at that. However, I think the time has come to expand our horizons a little bit and find the virtual shelf space for some quality pre-owned pens and pencils.

I still intend to devote considerable attention on the current crop of fountain pens produced by the fine companies we represent, including Waterman, Sailor, Pelikan, Omas, Lamy and the like. Nonetheless, I found it hard to pass up the opportunity to help a friend liquidate his collection of fine writing instruments, most of which were acquired new beginning in 1970 so. There are only a few fountain pens, but there is a sizable cache of very fine mechanical pencils, ballpoints and rollerballs from brands not frequently found at Pear Tree Pens. For instance, I now have available a several ST Dupont, Montblanc, Cartier, Yard O Led, Caran d'Ache, Graf von Faber-Castell, to name a few. Even some very special and hard-to-find limited editions!

I'm in the process of sorting everything out and taking photos, but I thought I'd toss out just a few examples of what is going to be available to help drum up some interest and, possibly, to offer up some good deals before I have to do a bunch more work photographing, writing descriptions, and posting them to my website. In the meanwhile, here are a few photos I snapped over the weekend.

If you see something you like, don't hesitate to send me an email at James [at] to make an offer. But, don't forget this is only a sampling of what will be available.

  1. Yard-O-Led "Viceroy" Sterling Silver Mechanical Pencil in the Plain finish
  2. Yard-O-Led "Perfecta" Sterling Silver Mechanical Pencil in the Victorian Finish
  3. Yard-O-Led "Diplomat" Sterling Silver Ballpoint Pen in the Barley Finish
  1. Visconti Pericles Rollerball (with Itoya .7mm black refill) in Blue pearlescent acrylic resin with gold trim
  2. Visconti Ragtime Mechanical pencil in green & black acrylic resin with gold trim
  1. Cartier Diablo - Rollerball - Black wtih gold trim (needs replacement refill)
  2. Cartier Diablo "mini" ballpoint - black with gold trim (blue Lamy M21 ink refill)
Porsche Design
  1. Porsche Design Arc 1 Fountain Pen - Titanium finish, 18K nib (unmarked, appears to write a fine line) C/C filler - takes standard international converter)
Caran d'Ache*
  1. Caran d'Ache Ecridor Retro Mechanical Pencil - Gold plated
  2. Caran d'Ache Hexaganol Ballpoint - Gold with Blue Chinese Lacquer inserts
* I'm not an expert on CdA writing instruments and have done my best to identify these. But I could be mistaken, so please ask questions if you have any!

All writing instruments are in good to very good condition. Some are even excellent, but all have been used (albeit well-cared for).



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