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domingo, 24 de novembro de 2013

A CUSTOMIZED FACTORY VACUMATIC PEN ?


This is a very curious burgundy  VACUMATIC pen with a 14 K trim and an inlaid diamond on the extremity of the arrow clip;  the engraved 14 K  wide cap band says: ERNEST E. DODGE . It's very tempting to think if this pen belonged to the founder and owner of that motorcar company or to one of it's relatives! I will try to do a research about this when I have some free time left. Meanwhile enjoy the pen which should be an  expensive model  in those days.









A WELSH COMBO PEN WITH A PATTERN PATENTED BY KENNETH PARKER!!!!!!!


This interesting  small Welsh combo pen is made with a celulloid pattern patented by Kenneth Parker !!!!!
This is a mistery because this pattern was patented by Kenneth Parker as we can confirm in the Vacumatic book by Geoffrey Parker, David Shepherd and Dan Zazove  ( pag. 117 ). 
IT ALSO RAISES THE QUESTION ABOUT ANY PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN WELSH AND PARKER !







The typical Welsh cap top








A #61 FIRST EDITION PEN SIGNED BY KENNETH PARKER





This is a first edition #61 capillary system Parker pen with a barrel dedication to MOSE NUTLEY  and signed by Kenneth Parker. An unknown number of these pens were made and offered to some people. I have a fountain pen collector friend who has in it's collection 4 of these samples.





sábado, 23 de novembro de 2013

A NICE DINNER BETWEEN FIVE FRIENDS, A NICE PEN AND A NICE ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE WES No. 97 JOURNAL, SUMMER 2013

This year I decided to attend once more the Ohio Pen Show organized by my friend Terry Mahorter ( and after some yers of absence ) . Due to my intense professional activity I arrived on thurday the 7th of November in the evening, I stayed Friday the 8th and I left on Saturday the 9th to land in Lisbon at 6:00 AM Sunday in order to have some rest and go back to work on Monday! A completely crazy trip! 
It happened that my friend Dan Zazove invited me to have dinner during my only free night in Ohio  with him and three other fountain pen collectors: Alfonso Mur my Spanish " brother" and probably the biggest Conklin collector, David Shepherd a well known Parker collector, researcher and author of Parker books and another collector I met for the first time called Tony Tavill a physician like myself but specialized in liver diseases. We had a wonderfull dinner ( nice food, nice wine and friendly and nice talks ).
On the last weekend during the Madrid Pen Show my friend João Pavão Martins gave to me the summer edition of the WES Journal ( Writting equipment society - from UK ) with a nice article written by Tony Tavill about the QUEEN ELISABETH #75 PARKER limited edition, a pen I care too much and I bought several years ago with the particularity that the box carried inside a loaner similar pen to loan to those who were in need of their original pen to be fixed. The loaner pen has a light color when compared with the original one.
I hope that you will enjoy not only the article and the pen but also the desk base and pens made by my friend Micky Conway.










  

TWO VERY NICE AND SIMILAR PENS: A PARKER VACUMATIC AND AN ANCORA


It's well know by collectors of old fountain pens that the Italian manufacturers besides wonderful original fountain pens also searched inspiration in some US brands namely the Parker Pen Company. 
Here are two really nice and special pens: a Vacumatic and an Ancora both made with similar patterns of celulloid .












 


AN INEXPENSIVE PARKER PEN FROM THE DEPRESSION TIME : THE PENCO PEN


During the Great Depression Parker made some pens under it's own brand name but also under other less common names: COLONIAL , PENCO, CADILLAC, FIFTH AVE. , SAFFORD ( the midlle name of the founder and company owner, George SAFFORD Parker ....???????). During the Madrid Pen Show I found a pen with a clip similar to the Eisenstadt or the Gold Medal pens   in the table of my friend Alfredo Recuero Sarmento . The interesting of this pen was not only  the shape of the clip but also that it was made in a celulloid similar to the Challenger Parkers ;  the barrel's imprint was also similar to the Parker ones,  but it was a bulb filler! After a research I found in the Vacumatic book by Dan Zazove, David Shepherd and Geoffrey Parker that the PENCOPEN was  made by Parker! 









TWO OVERSIZED VACUMATIC PENS MADE IN USA FOR EXPORT TO SPAIN AND SOUTH AMERICA



 I brought these  two oversized maxima Vacumatic Parker pens from the Madrid Pen Show : one set in green and another pen with a transparent black barrel , ( this last  one with a star clip ). Which it's interesting it's the fact that on  the barrel's imprint we can read " made in USA " but in a bottom line " marca registrada" ! These pens were made to export to Spain and also to South America ( Brasil included) . 






THE VACUUM FILLER " RIPLEY PEN "



At the last Columbus Pen Show I had the oportunity to buy this interesting pen from my friend David Nishimura from Rhode Island ( www.vintagepens.com) . The pics are not mine but from him and the information it is on the Vacumatic book by Dan Zazove, David Shepherd and Geoffrey Parker ( not sure of the order of the names in the book ).










According to Tony Fishier in his www.parkercollecor.com wonderful site the "Ripley" with the Vacumatic barrel imprint it's more rare than the Vacuum filler one:

(9) "Ripley's". Laminated Burgundy Pearl. This was a very short production pen and the first transparent laminated Vacumatic filler. Items with the imprint "Vacumatic" are more uncommon. Note the black blind cap.







 




sábado, 5 de outubro de 2013

A CHILTON pen set and a love story


It's a well known love story the marriage of Edward VIII of England with a divorced American woman called Wallis Simpson. Due to that Edward was obliged to abdicate of the throne  of England and it was his brother Albert Duke  of York who was coronated and took the name of George VI  in order to ensure the continuity of the Windsor's House. 
Edward and Wallis Simpson lived sometime in Portugal  in the house of the Espirito Santo , a well known banker's family and owners of the Banco Espírito Santo ; the house still exist today and it's located in Cascais a small fishermen's village on those days. 
For unknown reasons  other than to commemorate the coronation of George VI ,Chilton decided in 1937 to make a special pen set of it's Wing-Flow model with a inlaid crown and the letters G VI R ( George VI Rex ) in maroon ,fitted inside of a very nice box with a crown on it's top and called it the Coronation set . To the Chilton pen collectors this is a very sought and hard to find pen set.









sexta-feira, 19 de julho de 2013

1930/31 DUNHILL NAMIKI LACQUERED PEN





This pen was the first grade "A" design used by Alfredo Dunhill Ltd. and was highlighted in their 1931 and subsequent catalogs. In a memo to store employees it described the pen in the following manner: " This little piece is a Triumph of the lacquerer's art and is worthy of the Old Masters...... The idea of motion is vividly conveyed by the forward tilt of the vessel , the fluttering flags , the drift of the clouds and the "sound" of the waves. 
The subject matter for this special pen dates back to the 17th century. By 1641 a policy of exclusion was completed whereby Japan was virtually cut off from direct contact with the outside world. Limited trade was allowed by the Koreans , Chinese and Dutch , the focal point of such relations being the sending of embassies or tribute missions to Edo , the political capital of Japan . Such events became so popular that they were re-enacted through annual festivals , and were subsequently mimicked by children. Since the Japanese were forbidden to travel abroad and few had direct contact with the outside world , all non -Western foreigners tended to be grouped toghether as Chinese or Korean, the nationalities with wich they were most familiar. From the 18th century onwards , the portrayal of a Chinese , Korean or Dutch ship , toghether with Chinese children , aludes to foreign trade and contact with other cultures.

In NAMIKI The Art of Japanese Lacquer Pens by Júlia Hutt and Stephens Overbury. Page 72
Published by PENS UNLIMITED 
Copyright 2000

Details of this pen:
Chinese children in a Chinese ship with pennants .
Cap : birds above waves with distant mountain shoreline. 
Black lacquer ground , heavily sprinkled with gold powder, gold, silver, red green and black hiramakie , takamakie and togidashie . Gold lacquer feed . Signed Takeshi?