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While talking about the Safari, I just got this nice sticker in my mailbox:

 

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The sticker was part of a advertising campaign. The owner of the sticker got a Lamy T-shirt for free, when the number of the back of his sticker was shown at the shop window of a pen shop...

 

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...probably back in the 80's.

 

C.

Hello Christof,

It's taken me a while to find your Lamy Safari sticker post just to check whether yours is the same as mine (apologies for the protective sleeve - hopefully the photo is reasonably clear enough). I've not seen any others but perhaps you have? I'll repost this also in the Safari thread started by Haywoody. Mine also has a number but it's on the front. Nothing on the back of mine.

Happy collecting!

Best wishes,

Chris

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Finally...

 

...I was able to complete my mini collection of Parker "51" Vacumatic Double Jewel. Now, I have all the colors:

 

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I know that for some of you this is nothing breathtaking, but for me (and my collection) it's a mile stone.

 

Now, looking for the missing Aerometric colors...will take another 3 years.

 

C.

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Congrats, Christof! Three years is not bad, at least you made it complete! I have yet to complete any of my mini collections... bugger!

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." -- A. Einstein

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Congrats, Christof! Three years is not bad, at least you made it complete! I have yet to complete any of my mini collections... bugger!

 

I think that "complete" is a thing to be defined newly in every case...

c.

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Long time no see, but here comes another topic, one of my favourites:

 

Boxed Pens!

 

When I started collecting pens, I did not spend a lot of attention to boxes, adverts and other ephemera. But during the time, I had to learn that these things are quite interesting. Also it's important to understand how things were presented and marketed in the past. It’s also a great thing, being able to present a pen in the original case. I think this is much more attractive than showing only single pens. That’s why I tried to add pens with boxes to my collection when ever I was able to. Here some pictures:

 

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Pair of Parker 61’s.

 

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Parker “51“ set

 

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Waterman’s Hundred Year pen, OS

 

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Sheaffer’s Snorkel Triumph set

 

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Parker 45

 

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Parker Duofold Senior, Danish

 

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Parker 61 Presidential 14 carats

 

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Pelikan 100N Tortoise/RHR

 

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Pelikan 112, 14 carats

 

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Pelikan 111

 

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Pelikan 100

 

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Lamy 99S

 

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Lamy Persona

 

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Pelikan 101 Tortoise

 

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Eversharp Doric set

 

If you also have pictures of your boxed pens, feel free to post them here.

 

C.

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Hi Christof,

 

I totaly agree with your view on boxes, the problem is they are so hard to find...

There are some admirable examples in your collection, I specially like the Pelikan's simplicity, but one can't avoid admiring the beauty of that Doric set.

 

Answering your invitation, I'll dare post here a picture of one of the (very) few pen+box I have.

 

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Regards,

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Christof, you have some very handsome boxed pens - a couple I recognize quite well but, as always with you, the sum is much more than the parts. Thanks for the great photos.

How small of all that human hearts endure,
That part which laws or kings can cause or cure.

— Samuel Johnson

 

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What a wonderful collection, Christof !

Here's a 1937 oversize Vacumatic set made in Canada and manufactured for the French market (18k nib) in its Faux Shagreen box.

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The thread only needs the admonition: Posts Without Pictures Will Be Deleted.

Then you can delete this one as well.

"Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others." - H. Jackson Brown, Jr

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What a wonderful collection, Christof !

Here's a 1937 oversize Vacumatic set made in Canada and manufactured for the French market (18k nib) in its Faux Shagreen box.

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What a fantastic set and box? You must have a luccky hand at fleamarkets. Congrats!

 

For me, it has become harder and harder to find nice pens in the wild. Last weekend, I visited our local fleamarket and bought a pen, I never paid any attention to before. Its a Rotring 600. Really, nothing very special...

 

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The reason for buying this pen is that I liked the well used appearance of this "tool". In my mind, I had a picture composition:

 

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I like the idea that this pen has seen lots of use and attention in his life, and that traces of this are well visible. If you imagine, that some pens like Kaweco Sports for example are available in a similar condition like this Rotring 600, but artificial produced... For me, this is something to think about. This Rotring seems so much more authentic. And it gives me a reason why some people prefer heavy and sturdy made pens like this.

 

C.

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Wabi/Sabi?

 

Perhaps applied to collections of well-designed objects that have been use-worn and time-worn to reflect their lives. The attraction for the collector is the mixture of good design and a reflection of life and time as passed through and experienced. The object has more than the immediate appearance of perfection of condition and can be more appreciated as a thoughtful experience of the sensation of actual life.

 

I enjoy putting used vintage pens in combination with other associated ephemera of the brand and model to create a slice of time past.

 

I understand your enjoyment of the Rotring 600. I have the the pen and pencil in their original German manufacture before the brand was swallowed up.

 

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/japanese-aesthetics/

http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?WabiSabi

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There was another pen coming in, right now. After a long stay at Swiss customs authority (hate,hate,hate!!!) the pen reached finally my door.

 

It's another Waterman's 52V, a 0852V to be correct. The ome with the nice broad cap band on the picture:

 

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You know already, I DO NOT collect Waterman pens.

...but these tiny, little, colored and shiny hardrubber things make an exception.

C.

 

PS: And yes, you are absolutely correct, these are no LAMY pens!

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You know already, I DO NOT collect Waterman pens.

 

C,

 

you keep on finding these little ones! It's a never ending process~~ I am always thinking "what's new this time?" Ha~

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"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." -- A. Einstein

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I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this thread all the way from the beginning and learned a lot about vintage pens that I never knew. But, the best part is the beauty of your photography. Thank you!

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Congratulations Christof, I went over your complete post and i'm astonished seeing so many beautiful and rare pens !

Insuring such a collection must cost a lot.

Thanks for shearing !

I wonder if you also have UHU pens in your collection , I have a few and think these were extremely well made.

Francis

 

Francis,

After you mentioned UHU, I started actively looking for one. The search became successful last week and I have now a UHU noblesse. Here a picture of the pen in untouched condition:

 

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One funny thing is, that this pen seems strongly influenced by Pelikans 100N:

 

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A second funny thing is the piston mechanism. There seems to be a two step mechanism. First, one have to unscrew the filling knob before a second thread engages and the piston will be moved. Some kind of a security mechanism, right?

 

Will show pictues after restoration as well.

 

And here's an advertisement from 1949:

 

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(sorry for bad quality, picture was taken with Iphone in library...)

 

C.

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