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                                     and it’s growing among millennials,”
says Nicky Pessaroff, editor of Pen World magazine. “Millennials love to be self-taught, and they love to read stories about classic pen companies, the mechanics of how pens are made, and their histories.”
Pessaroff notes that even he adapts to the digital world by remotely editing his magazine from his home in southern New Mexico—not its headquarters near Houston. But just as wristwatches haven’t disappeared after being made redundant by smart phones, expensive vintage pens refuse to write off into the sunset. As with other luxury items, the rise of artisan producers has spurred significant interest in limited editions by mass-production companies.
“It’s not just the American market,” says Pessaroff, whose publication chronicles past and future writing instruments. “There are luxury and vintage pen shows in Mumbai and in China, South Africa and, more recently, South America.”
Too often, vintage pens unearthed in the dens or attics of grandparents are tossed out as worthless. “Oh yes, you can still find collectible fountain pens at flea markets and antiques stores,” Pessaroff says. “Often they are older ones made by Sheaffer or Parker. But because some of the parts are made of hard rubber, you have to look at the mechanisms to see if they are damaged in any way.”
As with other vintage and collectible items, there are shows for the cognoscenti, including one this past January at the Westin Philadelphia. There’s another in San Francisco Aug. 23-25.
Even auction houses are catering to pen collectors. San Francisco’s PBA Galleries had its first pen auction last summer, selling 361 lots of luxury and vintage items. “Vintage Montblanc rarities also found favor in the sale, with 43 of 44 lots sold, many of them well above the estimate range,” said PBA in its final report. “A Montblanc No. 12 Goliath reached $9,000, while a Montblanc
Watermans with silver filagree (circa 1912) were often engraved.
  Begins September 14th with
Judy Russell,The Legal Genealogist Lecture topics:
followed by
Beyond X and Y: The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing
Continues September 28th with
Frank Southcott
Understanding Census Records for
Family History Research
Unique Census Substitutes for Chester County Family Research
Finishes October 12th with
Kim Bucklaw
Tracking Ancestors through Collateral Lines
Genealogy Best Practices: Expert Research
Judy Russell
Habits and Techniques
                                   Each event will take place at the Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High Street in West Chester.
The event schedule will be: 9:00 - 9:30: Registration and light refreshments
9:30 - 10:30: First Lecture • 10:45: Break • 10:45 - 11:45: Second Lecture
Tickets will go on sale in June!
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