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#1 ChicMama777

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 09:05

   Allow me to introduce myself, I'm a twenty-five year old housewife & Mother. I sort of fell into the world of pens. I didn't start off crazy about them.

 

   When I was nineteen I worked for a high end watch shop, that sold Montblanc pens & accessories, I was in charge of inventory & became very aquainted with the models we had in our store. When I left that job the only time I thought about a pen was when I needed to use one. Then last year my Husband's Uncle passed (RIP) & he left his pen collection behind.

 

   No one knew what to do with the pens or how to sort them out, they weren't exactly organized. I had the only knowlege of such a thing so I offered to help. It became my responsibility to research & catalog his collection for my Husband & his Sister.

 

   Eight months later, I've grown quite fond of pens & have aquired a great appreciation for them. I have a lot of fun researching & learning about fountain pens even though I have found it to be very time consuming! I especially love the vintage & antique pens as I just love history & anything vintage/antique! It's been exciting to jump into this unexpected hobby. I think it coincides well with my love for typewriters!

 

   Cheers! To writing instruments!

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 10:06

Hi MM,  and :W2FPN:

 

An interesting way to get into fountainpens, but frustrating too, I would guess. All those pens, and they are not yours, and husband and sister in law may decide to sell the lot if they are anything nice.

 

By the way, how big was that collection? and does it have anything of real value? Or just nice writers, but not worth a lot? In that case you might be lucky....

You might want to show the collection. We LOVE pictures of nice collections...

 

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 11:46

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 13:29

 

Hi! Welcome to FPN.   :W2FPN:
I'm really glad you've joined us.

 

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 13:48

Welcome !

 

I applaud your fine stewardship of the heirloom collection.  I hope some of the pens will remain in 

service.  They were very personal items to your husband's uncle. 

 

As always, with fountain pens, interest, then fascination .  Crazy comes later.

 

Best wishes.


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 14:14

Greetings from northern California and welcome to FPN. It's great to have  you here with us.


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#7 Scrawler

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 16:47

Greetings ChicaMama777, welcome to FPN. If you photograph those pens and post pictures you will probably be overloaded with enthusiastic advice and information.



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Posted 20 July 2013 - 17:07

Hello and Welcome to FPN!! Glad to have you as a member!!


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#9 ChicMama777

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 18:51

Thank you for the warm welcome! I'm really excited to be here and meet people!

 

   There are some pretty awesome and expensive pieces, although nothing tooooooo crazy lol. I don't have any Agitha Christies hangin around (Iwish!). We will be selling most of the pens of as it is a VERY large collection but since I'm doing the work, My Husband said I get to keep the ones I really love. I do plan to make it a hobby in the long run.

 

   I plan to use the ones I keep  as I'm a writer and artist. I do alot of pen drawings, but have yet to explore fountain pens for much aside from some calligraphy, I'm very excited to get into that. I have a bottle of ink that says drawing ink, is it best to use drawing ink for art, I mean does it make a difference? This is so fun!

 

   I'll be sure to post pictures of interesting finds, I'm also starting a photo catalog for My Husband and his Sister on Flicker if anyone is interested I can post the link. I've found a lot of rare beauties and I really enjoy photographing the pens (I know wierd right?) It's sort of my way of documenting history? I just began doing the photographs recently, unfortunately there are two that wont end up on there as they were sold to a friend before I began photographing them. I've since moved and lost contact with them... c'est la vie

 

   -MM


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 19:24

Great youtube channel VirtuThe3rd!


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 19:25

Thank you for the warm welcome! I'm really excited to be here and meet people!

 

   There are some pretty awesome and expensive pieces, although nothing tooooooo crazy lol. I don't have any Agitha Christies hangin around (Iwish!). We will be selling most of the pens of as it is a VERY large collection but since I'm doing the work, My Husband said I get to keep the ones I really love. I do plan to make it a hobby in the long run.

 

   I plan to use the ones I keep  as I'm a writer and artist. I do alot of pen drawings, but have yet to explore fountain pens for much aside from some calligraphy, I'm very excited to get into that. I have a bottle of ink that says drawing ink, is it best to use drawing ink for art, I mean does it make a difference? This is so fun!

 

   I'll be sure to post pictures of interesting finds, I'm also starting a photo catalog for My Husband and his Sister on Flicker if anyone is interested I can post the link. I've found a lot of rare beauties and I really enjoy photographing the pens (I know wierd right?) It's sort of my way of documenting history? I just began doing the photographs recently, unfortunately there are two that wont end up on there as they were sold to a friend before I began photographing them. I've since moved and lost contact with them... c'est la vie

 

   -MM

Yes, please post a link.

 

Thanks, D.ick


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#12 Scrawler

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 19:55

Thank you for the warm welcome! I'm really excited to be here and meet people!

 

   There are some pretty awesome and expensive pieces, although nothing tooooooo crazy lol. I don't have any Agitha Christies hangin around (Iwish!). We will be selling most of the pens of as it is a VERY large collection but since I'm doing the work, My Husband said I get to keep the ones I really love. I do plan to make it a hobby in the long run.

 

   I plan to use the ones I keep  as I'm a writer and artist. I do alot of pen drawings, but have yet to explore fountain pens for much aside from some calligraphy, I'm very excited to get into that. I have a bottle of ink that says drawing ink, is it best to use drawing ink for art, I mean does it make a difference? This is so fun!

 

   I'll be sure to post pictures of interesting finds, I'm also starting a photo catalog for My Husband and his Sister on Flicker if anyone is interested I can post the link. I've found a lot of rare beauties and I really enjoy photographing the pens (I know wierd right?) It's sort of my way of documenting history? I just began doing the photographs recently, unfortunately there are two that wont end up on there as they were sold to a friend before I began photographing them. I've since moved and lost contact with them... c'est la vie

 

   -MM

 

Thank you for the warm welcome! I'm really excited to be here and meet people!

 

   There are some pretty awesome and expensive pieces, although nothing tooooooo crazy lol. I don't have any Agitha Christies hangin around (Iwish!). We will be selling most of the pens of as it is a VERY large collection but since I'm doing the work, My Husband said I get to keep the ones I really love. I do plan to make it a hobby in the long run.

 

   I plan to use the ones I keep  as I'm a writer and artist. I do alot of pen drawings, but have yet to explore fountain pens for much aside from some calligraphy, I'm very excited to get into that. I have a bottle of ink that says drawing ink, is it best to use drawing ink for art, I mean does it make a difference? This is so fun!

 

   I'll be sure to post pictures of interesting finds, I'm also starting a photo catalog for My Husband and his Sister on Flicker if anyone is interested I can post the link. I've found a lot of rare beauties and I really enjoy photographing the pens (I know wierd right?) It's sort of my way of documenting history? I just began doing the photographs recently, unfortunately there are two that wont end up on there as they were sold to a friend before I began photographing them. I've since moved and lost contact with them... c'est la vie

 

   -MM

Please post the link, we love pen porn. Yes it makes a difference. Do not put drawing ink or indian ink into a fountain pen unless it specifically says for use in fountain pens on the label. Drawing ink which is for use with dip pens will dry in the feed and clog it and render your pen useless.



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Posted 20 July 2013 - 20:20

Thank you so much Scrawler! I'm so glad you told me that! I've yet to use any and now I'm glad! That would have really been awful!

 

   I will be adding a lot to my "pen porn" lmao but for now this is all I have edited organized and uploaded, so keep checking back in on it. By the end of the day I hope to have quite a bit more done.

 

Here is my flickr:

 

  Theres another pen I have, that I posted in the forums but I don't have enough info on it yet to post it on Flickr, I like to have correct captions with as much info as possible. But if you would like to see it, it was here:  http://www.fountainp...lp-to-identify/ I'm trying to find someone near to me who may be able to give me info, like an appraiser or something.

 

Let me know what you think or if you catch any errors!

 

       Best Regards!

                         -MM

 

P.S. anyone else wanna share photos? I like seeing other peoples pens as well! ;)

 

   Also if you click the photo there are captions with the info on each pen for each picture, I didn't know it was gonna make a super cool slide show! AWESOME!

 

   I will be seperating each set on my flickr by brand, so far I'm working on the Montblancs because they are my favorite, but I've got quite a diversity actually :) I'm so excited to be able to share!


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 03:34

Wow, amazing show, and those black pens - the Montblancs? - look like dancers in tuxes waiting for their cue in a Busby Berkely Musical!

 

I've been thinking today about some pens that sort of got dumped on my mother at one point - they were broken and didn't work and we had no idea how to fix them or even that it was possible, but they were pretty, and I wonder if she still has them in a drawer somewhere?  I'll have to ask her...

 

See, you've inspired someone already!

 

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 03:58

Thank you! :) I have a lot of fun posing and photographing pens, my Husband thinks I'm insane lol.

 

   That's awesome, let me know if she still has them (post pictures ;) ) I had a similar thought about my own Mother, someone left her pens about sixteen years ago and I have been wondering lately if she kept them. They were Sheaffer's mostly and a few victorian looking ones that I never payed attention to the names of as I was a kid when I last saw these. I asked her about it and she wasn't sure if she had them since she moved, never got back to me... hmmm now I'm inspired to follow up.

 

   A lot of people don't know what they have, My Husbands family would have just been selling these at a garage sale if I'd not have asked to have a look. Some of the oldest beat up looking pens are some of the most rare and beautiful. Flea markets are full of this sort of thing.

 

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