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The Best Laid Plans . . .

As many of you know we have been promising/anticipating a new website. The hope was that it would be ready by now. But life intrudes and my daughter, who designed the first site back in 2001 and has done most of our refreshes since then, has an awesome new job, but one with heavy responsibilities. So it now looks like September before we will have the new site up and running.

In the meantime we have done less maintenance and updating on the current site than we usually try to do. Over the next couple of weeks we will begin a clean up and will list at least a couple of dozen new pens on the site. We’ll keep you updated on our progress.

This month I would like to highlight a rather nice sample of new pens, part of a carefully curated collection. We’re calling it the RR Collection and it consists, for now, of about twenty carefully chosen pens from a collector who is now refocusing and reshaping his collection, offering up a few choice pieces. Check out the images and information below to see what can soon be yours.

In addition, new pens, lots of them, keep coming in. We now have a very strong selection of classic Pelikan 100s in both green and black. We also have a large number of Pelikan 400NNs in green and black. These pens which were made late in the classic age of pens, often come to us in nearly unused condition and offer a lot of Pelikan goodness in a modern package.

In addition we have a couple of the Pelikan OOTT replicas of the 110 and 111. We have those up on the homepage now.

We also have a small group of Aurora 88K & P models coming in, so contact us for those.

And, of course, always take time to enjoy the bounties of life that, apart from pens, come to us all.

The RR Collection

First up is a tray of pens featuring Pelikans, Parkers, etc.:

Pelikan 110N white gold$3,200.00
Pelikan 101N Lizard$1,800.00
Pelikan 100N gray pearl$625.00
Parker Oversize Vacumatic in burgundy pearl$625.00
Parker 1937Vacumatic Maxima in burgundy pearl$550.00
Conklin Stars and Stripes$600.00
Eisenstadt #8 bchr$650.00
Sterling Engraved Parker Jack Knife 96S$650.00
Mont Blanc 15$550.00
Soennecken 105M$600.00

Of special note is the Pelikan 110N. It is a pen so uncommon that I do not have one in my collection. Do contact me for more information and separate images of these pens.

In addition we are offering something most uncommon. For more information on this complete assemblage of Pilot Black Stripe pens, see this article.

In addition please note that we have several more recent new old stock Pelikans:

  • M620 Piazza Navona
  • M800 in blue stripe
  • M800 in red stripe
  • M800 1000 Year Austria
  • Originals of Their Time M110 White Gold
  • Originals of Their Time M111 Gold


We continue our spotlight on Kaweco, adding this month a large handful of truly spectacular pens. Of all the Kawecos, among the most highly prized were the models in red, blue, green and gray marble. We have just a few available 187 and 189 models. Once these are gone I am not sure we will be able to offer any more. And, of course, we still have a fine selection of Sports, from the first black hard rubber safety to the pens of the 1970s.

In 1987, having gone to the brink of extinction and being saved by Swiss bankers and Asian investors, Pelikan built its first oversized pen, based on the early postwar design of the famed Pelikan 400. The M800, as the new pen was designated, was intended to compete with the larger pens of its long-time rival, Montblanc. The new pen was a departure and, presumably, a necessary risk, for the company. The gamble paid off and over the next few years the Pelikan M800 emerged as arguably the finest pen of its era.

For those of you who want to wear your allegiance to Pelikan front and center, we are pleased to offer these belt buckles. They are cast in bronze by a leading pen collector who is also a jewellry maker. They are just under two inches in diameter and have a bracket that allows you to put them on any 1 ¼” belt. We can also offer them in sterling silver.

The brass buckles are $175.00 plus shipping and we can supply them with a belt for $205.00.

Click here to buy this item or get more info.

Purpose, Pens and Pelikans

This year marks twenty-seven years of pen collecting for me. I began with Sheaffers and Parkers and then looked to the classical "big four," of American pendom, Parker, Sheaffer, Watermans and Eversharp. In the mid-1990s, I decided to focus narrowly on Parkers. Then in 1997, I became interested in Pelikans. More recently I have added an interest in oversize German pens, modern and a few vintage Italian pens and a representative sample of the classical American greats.

Today my collection is probably smaller than it was a decade ago, but far more coherent. For more see the About Me page. If you wish to learn more about Pelikan pens please follow this link to the illustrated Pelikan History article I wrote for PenTrace. The purpose of PENguin is to offer other collectors, and anyone else who is interested, first rate, fully restored pens to add to your collection or for daily use. All pens offered here have been fully restored by me or by German craftsmen who I trust and are guaranteed to you for two years. (Please note that this guarantee is not transferrable.) I want you to be able to use or enjoy your pens as much as I do.

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