The most promienent shop there is the Gem and Company who have been in business for the last 80 years. I have visited this shop in the past and first came to know about it from my late grandfather who had purchased his Sheaffer vac-o-fill tuckaways from them.
Well, when I visited the shop this time, I was welcomed by Mr. Pratap Kumar who is the owner of this establishment. He is the grandson of Mr. M.C. Cunnan who started this store, and till a few years back the shop was being managed by Mr. Pratap's father Mr. M. Prabhat Kumar. Gem and Company have an illustrous past as one of the largest pen stores in the south of India and were representing major brands of the day like Pelikan, Parker and Sheaffer. They were also the authorised repair center for these brands and still hold a huge inventory of spare parts including parts for vintage Mont Blanc pens. They were also the main dealers for the Madras based Pilot pen company and their own brand the GAMA pen. The shop has been re-laid now, and I remember in the past when they had still kept installed wooden Pelikan pen display cases. Gem and company deals exclusively in pens, ballpens, inks and refills only and carry no other stationery items.
Gem and Co as seen from the entrance of Kurulagam:
Mr. Pratap Kumar at the counter:
The shop crowded with customers who still buy Fountain pens:
Sheaffer Shop display:
Pelikan Shop display; pls excuse the poor focus...
Some GAMA handturned acrylic desk pens:
Some mini ED GAMA celluloid pens:
A few shops away from Gem and Company towards Rattan Bazaar is a shop called The Pen Corner, they had the entire range of Wality pens and GAMA pens on display.
Krishna Mart is also nearby and I had bought my Madras Ebonites from them.
Adjacent to the left of The Pen Corner is a shop called KN Perumall Chetty, a fairly large shop.
They had some Ebonite pens at fantastic prices similar to the ones that I had picked up from Krishna Mart
These are the brief results of my survey of pen shops in the Parry's area, I am sure there are many other good pen shops in Madras, just a matter of proper exploration.
Edited by hari317, 30 July 2008 - 05:50.