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Anyone Heard Of Elysee Fountain Pens


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#1 cnr479

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 17:56

Hi all,
I have a lovely fountain pen, maker marked Elysee on the clip. It is quite slim, with a grey 'mesh' pattern. I have no idea as to age, where made etc. Anyone else come across one??
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 18:02

Hi Charlotte and welcome to FPN

I have an Elysee myself, excellent smooth nib, very early 80s in style, long and slim.

Excellent pen, enjoy it!

 


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Posted 20 August 2010 - 18:04

I've seen those pens, but i don't know much about the company. And, of course, :W2FPN: !

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 18:05

Hi all,
I have a lovely fountain pen, maker marked Elysee on the clip. It is quite slim, with a grey 'mesh' pattern. I have no idea as to age, where made etc. Anyone else come across one??
Charlotte :hmm1:


Elysee was a German pen maker that ceased production I think in the early 2000s. My first fountain pen, in the early 90s, was an Elysee. Elysee pens are among my favourites. I have picked up a couple from other FPN members but they don't turn up too often, either here or on eBay. Montgomery Pens sells them but their service leaves a lot to be desired.
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 18:06


Thanks Guys,
Anyone know what they sold for? I have never managed to find another & am curious.
Charlotte :blink:
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 18:09

Hi all,
I have a lovely fountain pen, maker marked Elysee on the clip. It is quite slim, with a grey 'mesh' pattern. I have no idea as to age, where made etc. Anyone else come across one??
Charlotte :hmm1:


Elysee was a German pen maker that ceased production I think in the early 2000s. My first fountain pen, in the early 90s, was an Elysee. Elysee pens are among my favourites. I have picked up a couple from other FPN members but they don't turn up too often, either here or on eBay. Montgomery Pens sells them but their service leaves a lot to be desired.

Thank you for that - I should have guessed German, because it is so reliable. Where are Montgomery pens?? I am in Surrey, UK. Char
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 18:10

Yep--I've got three or four Elysee pens. They're slimmer than I generally like, but for some reason I find them comfortable to write with. The nibs on mine are especially smooth. My only complaint is that one of the pens has developed some corrosion on the gold trim at the nib-end of the section. Although I'm not sure that I would pay the prices that I've seen for their upper-tier models, I do keep my eyes open since I found a couple of mine for cheap on eBay.

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 18:34

Hi Charlotte,

I have an Elysee Fountain as well I picked up last month that had been sitting in a Gift Store for ? possibly up to 10 yrs according to the Owner.

I had no box, papers or converter but other than from the occasional person maybe having it shown to them from the display case it looked like new & is gorgeous & a lovely writer.

Yes they are quite slim slimmer than all my other's except a Waterman Gentleman I think it's called.

I think the model/style is Élysée Parthenon Bi-Color/c1994 from what I can gather.

You might find more info on your & others here as well, enjoy they are lovely Fountains :)

http://www.penhero.c...ysee/Elysee.htm

Cheers,
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 18:41

Hi Charlotte,

I have an Elysee Fountain as well I picked up last month that had been sitting in a Gift Store for ? possibly up to 10 yrs according to the Owner.

I had no box, papers or converter but other than from the occasional person maybe having it shown to them from the display case it looked like new & is gorgeous & a lovely writer.

Yes they are quite slim slimmer than all my other's except a Waterman Gentleman I think it's called.

I think the model/style is Élysée Parthenon Bi-Color/c1994 from what I can gather.

You might find more info on your & others here as well, enjoy they are lovely Fountains :)

http://www.penhero.c...ysee/Elysee.htm

Cheers,
LF



... by the way, I think they sold in the 90's for upwards of maybe 300+ but now if you can find them 250+.

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 18:42

Hi Charlotte,

The best information I've ever found on this brand is at Jim Mamoulides' website. Link: penhero.com

I have a fountain pen and mechanical pencil set, and love them. Wonderful nib on mine!

(Lava beat me to it, but there's the link again anyway. :))

Edited by Rena, 20 August 2010 - 18:43.


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Posted 20 August 2010 - 18:48

Hi to every one.

I joined FPN yesterday to find out like Charlotte about a pen i was given by my wife in 1992.
this too as it turnes out is an Elysee, but i havenot been able to find anything about it.
I hope soon to be able to post a picture, and hopefuly with the help from all on this forum identify it

good luck in the future

Brennan

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 19:11

Hi Charlotte,
Welcome. My first fountain pen (mid 1980s) was an Elysee that was part of a time management system. It was very slim, heavy for it's size because it is made of brass, with a butter smooth nib that hooked me on writing with fountain pens. It survived a lot of abuse over the years including two shipboard deployments on an aircraft carrier (and more than one accidental trip through the ship's laundry), hundreds of trips in flight suit pockets in helicopters, and occasional abuse by a cat who thought it made a great toy. I finally retired it when the threads for screwing the section into the barrel became worn. When I started developing a serious interest in fountain pens eight years ago I bought several of the 70 and 90 series Elysee pens on eBay for ten dollars or less. Different models sold for up to several hundred dollars. Although my favorite pens are vintage I enjoy writing with the Elysees. They are smooth writers and remarkably tough. The company quit making them in 2000.

You have what has been called the cobra or snakeskin pattern. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine.

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 19:12

Charlotte ...MSRP 12/13 years ago... Numbered editions...Impressions #1 chinese laquer w/ 18k nib $450...
Impressions #2 18k nib $425...Parthenon Bi-Color 18k nib $350... Lacque Color Collection with gold plated
nibs range $80..by the way the nibs came in eight grades...EF,F,M,B,BB,OM,OB & OBB...

Hope this helps....

Fred
Edit..correction Dynamic Titan with titanium finish new item 1997 gold plated nib msrp$65 and the
Caprice Marbled Collection Blue, red and Green lacquer over brass with gold plated nib $65.

Edited by Freddy, 20 August 2010 - 19:24.


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Posted 20 August 2010 - 20:27

Edit..correction Dynamic Titan with titanium finish new item 1997 gold plated nib msrp$65 and the
Caprice Marbled Collection Blue, red and Green lacquer over brass with gold plated nib $65.


I worked for the US importer of Elysee in the late 80's - early 90's (Don't remember exactly when.) But these MSRP's seem about right for the bulk of the Elysees if my memory is correct. I don't remember there being any more expensive LE's at that time.
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 23:19

I bought eleven of these NOS some years ago in a sale (75% off very old prices).

Some nibs are steel, some 14K, some 18K.
Although the nibs on these pens all look similar, there are big differences in how they feel, so it's hard to give a general description.
I had already read the article on Penhero that Lava Fountain mentions so I was warned for the problem of corrosion of the section ring that Rockydoggy describes. That is why I use cartridges only in these pens, no converter. I advice you to do the same.
By the way, I use long cartridges that I refill with a syringe.

Edited by afruba, 21 August 2010 - 17:10.


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Posted 20 August 2010 - 23:42

I bought an Elysee about ten years ago, on sale, in Penfolds in Sydney. I assume that's about the time the Elysee company stopped trading. I paid a bit less than $A100 for mine. And ended up buying the matching pencil. I remember seeing other Elysee pens around in Sydney's pen shops in the 1990s and always thought they were mostly a little overdone for my tastes, and aimed at a girly market. This one caught my eye as it was a tad more restrained, and the price was right.

As others say, the pen is slim but is still good to write with, smooth if not completely buttery. My F nib is stainless steel, I presume, as there is no other marking besides the brand's curlicues and F on it. The nib has always written well, and the pen itself is of a lovely resin, mainly green but flecked with gold. It is one of my most beautiful (as opposed to handsome) pens, if I can put it like that.

But, yes, unfortunately the section ring under the nib is also badly corroded as others have noted. I don't use it often but it is still with me - a lovely thing. (The pencil is in good nick, but I tend to use less flamboyant-looking pencils for everyday.)

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 00:32

No.

Never held of them. I've never seen their pens in any of the UK "high street" stores I've been in to.

Having seen this thread though and performed some research, they look comparable to most mainstream manufacturer pens. Couddn't possible comment on performance.

Being in the UK, for this price range I'd stick with Parker though.
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Posted 21 August 2010 - 00:33

Hi all,
I have a lovely fountain pen, maker marked Elysee on the clip. It is quite slim, with a grey 'mesh' pattern. I have no idea as to age, where made etc. Anyone else come across one??
Charlotte :hmm1:


Elysee was a German pen maker that ceased production I think in the early 2000s. My first fountain pen, in the early 90s, was an Elysee. Elysee pens are among my favourites. I have picked up a couple from other FPN members but they don't turn up too often, either here or on eBay. Montgomery Pens sells them but their service leaves a lot to be desired.

Thank you for that - I should have guessed German, because it is so reliable. Where are Montgomery pens?? I am in Surrey, UK. Char


They sell through ebay, and also on their own website. The brick and mortar store is in NYC.

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 00:45

and the pen itself is of a lovely resin, mainly green but flecked with gold.


I believe you're describing the Lyric model - I have a similar one in red/burgundy (with gold flecks). Is the nib monotone gold?

The Parthenon style, as well as the LEs, have a 2-tone nib, I believe.

And I don't think it's a resin pen, is it? Isn't it some sort of finish over brass? Elysee was known for its cloisonne pens, but I don't think the Lyric is cloisonne. Nonetheless, the finish is over brass and is quite attractive.

I love the nibs on these pens - their shape creates the illusion of writing with a brush. HP
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Posted 21 August 2010 - 00:48

Here are two I purchased on eBay recently. These are both Parthenons.
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