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Just seen the latest email from Novelli's mailing list: the shop has been robbed! This is terrible news, as Novelli is one of the most reputable shops in Italy, and always a pleasure to deal with. The theft includes a large number of limited editions; the folks at Novelli have kept track of the limited editions' numbers, and they've listed them on their website: https://www.novelli.it/en/pens/robbedpens.aspx If you stumble across an auction or website that sells pens with these serial numbers, alert Novelli immediately. I just hope that with a bit of help they will manage to retrieve at least some pens. Judging by the list of the LEs alone, they must have lost tens (if not hundreds!) of thousands of Euros.
Mister John posted a topic in Fountain & Dip Pens - First StopDear Fountain Pen Aficionados, Some of you might recall that my precious fountain pen collection, consisting of about 50 pens, was stolen from my office at UC Berkeley in early June. After continually searching, and others who helped, I have now located an eBay seller who is slowly selling off my collection. His eBay handle is Dort1463. He lists on global eBay markets including US, Canada, UK, Germany, and Spain. His international listings all have the peculiar caveat that he only mails to the US. Most of his auctions are private. His eBay store lists his name as "Daniel O." I do not make accusations lightly, but I'm quite sure these items are from my collection. Of the 16 pens this seller sold, all corresponded to items in my collection. Moreover, his sales included unusual items like a Sheaffer Intrigue Whaleshark with stub nib and a Sailor 1911 red with music nib. If any of you purchased items from this seller (at sumgai prices I might add), could you please be kind enough to contact me and perhaps give me the opportunity to buy back a part of my collection? In addition, if you encounter a listing by this seller, please notify me so I can bid or, better yet, catch this guy. Thanks to all for your continued support as I slowly recover from the trauma of losing my collection. Any suggestions for getting it back are greatly appreciated. I have already contacted the police, but have not contacted eBay. I am hesitant to contact eBay since all they will do is close the seller down thereby killing the ability of the authorities to trace him. Sincerely, John Morgan
An Open Letter to the Fountain Pen Community: Dear Fountain Pen Afficianados: It is a very sad day for me. I am a professor at UC Berkeley who loves fountain pens. I was upset to find my office broken into and my fountain pen collection, consisting of more than 50 pens, stolen. The thieves seemed to know what they were doing as they located some pens in rather non-obvious places. Some highlights of the collection at a Namiki Owl limited edition, a wide array of Pelikans from the 50s and 60s, and a Lamy Persona, a long discontinued model of wonderful design. Also in the collection were a Sheaffer Legacy with touchdown filler, a Sheaffer Intrigue in whale shark, and some lovely Omas Arco pens. Another unusual item is a Waterman Opera pen, a 1990 version of the Man 100 with lovely chasing. One item of strong sentimental value is a 1989 Montblanc 146. If you see such items suddenly turn up on eBay or offered for sale at a retail store, please alert the police. The theft is UCPD case #14-01720 and the phone # is 510-642-6760. I miss my collection greatly and will pay a handsome reward for its return. Please help me recover it. Sincerely, John Morgan