My pencil collection consists of a variety of mechanical/propelling pencil designs, manufacturers, and materials used. Over time, I became more interested in the 19th century British manufacturers, primarily focussing on Sampson Mordan, but also selecting unique pieces from a wide variety of other makers. The acquisition of a few early American pieces resulted in interest in this area of collecting as well.
While many pieces are not "museum quality", part of the attraction for me has been those pieces that were clearly valued possessions by their early owner(s). In that context, some pieces show signs of wear, demonstrating that the owner enjoyed the use of the pencil on a regular basis, and for a significant period. The majority of the collection dates to the 1800's. Considering that many of these pencils are almost 200 years old, every one of them would have an amazing story to share if they could.
A much smaller, but equally enjoyable, part of the collection includes a variety of 20th century pencils in a couple of categories - "vintage", and "novelty". The few Parker pencils in the collection are only a small fraction of the offerings that Parker sold during the 20th century. Their "Duofold" range has a timeless appeal to me as most are just as beautiful and functional today as they were the day they were made, almost 100 years ago. Many others obviously share this view as the classic Parker Duofold design of fountain pens and pencils is still being manufactured today. The novelty pencils of the 1940's-1960's have had a similar appeal. Most were advertising give-aways or souvenir-type pencils. Not particularly high quality, and not particularly expensive at the time, but each creative in their own way.
What you see on these pages is an evolving collection. I am always open to offers for trades, or buy/sell opportunities with other collectors, dealers, or anyone out there that might have old pencils or writing related items gathering dust, in a closet, or hidden away at the back of your sock drawer.
The collection of inkwells, ink bottles, and related accessories, is a more recent expansion to my existing pencil collection. I had a number of items in this category that I had accumulated over time as I purchased "lots" from auction houses, etc. That led to an interest in finding out more about writing related accessories, and a couple of years ago I purchased a restored antique writing slope that I now use on a regular basis. And all of that led to my current interest in inkwells & ink bottles.
I'm fascinated by the travel inkwells, likely for the same reason as victorian pencils. Unlike some of the gorgeous antique desktop inkwells and inkstands, the travel inkwells were designed to be more than just a pretty face. Travel inkwells had to be able to carry an adequate ink supply securely during the owner's travels, whether that was by horse, carriage, ship, etc. without leaking. Ink bottles started to show up in the collection as a somewhat natural progression... I couldn't resist the variety of ink suppliers, the creative bottle designs and bottle manufacturing processes, and the fact that these fragile clay and glass items have survived the test of time.
I hope that those interested will enjoy wandering through the collection. I welcome comments, corrections, and suggestions, that will improve the content of the website. Drop me a note via the "Contact" page.
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