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 Architect’s pen sold for $6,000 and a No. 128 platinum-line celluloid pen fetched $2,700.”
But if no one actually writes by
hand these days, why buy expensive
and rare pens? To begin with, a collec- tor never needs an excuse to add to his or her collection. After all, why acquire new stamps when no one writes letters to mail with them?
Beyond collecting for the sheer joy of
it, people may also want to own one or two beautiful pens and utilize them like jewelry or personal accessories. And think of the amazement when you whip out your vintage 1925 Parker No. 7 Eyedropper fountain pen (aka the “Pregnant Parker”) to sign an important new business contract —or even the bill after a celebratory
group dinner?
Plus, anyone who has a home office,
den or study may want to dress it up
with a fountain pen, a bottle of artisan ink, and a sheaf of handmade paper. Although neither the ink itself nor the writing paper is vintage, they are part of paraphernalia associated with owning a classic. “The analog tool community loves handmade paper, and the interest in making your own inks is enormous,” says Pessaroff, playfully referencing pen fanatics.
In fact, last November’s New Yorker had
a front-of-the-magazine article titled,
“Ink Foraging in Central Park: The founder of the Toronto Ink Company leads a
group of pigment enthusiasts on a hunt
for acorns, berries, beer caps and other ingredients.” I’m reminded of the time when, as kids, we tried to make ink from the toxic pokeberries that grew throughout the rural countryside.
Handmade papers are always an attraction at bookstores or stationery stores. There
are also related collectibles like typewriters —especially those that senior writers used in their youth.
We ask Pessaroff if there any good books about vintage pens? “Well, you can start with my magazine,” he says. “We continue to grow every year, and we now have over 20,000 subscribers and 3,000 followers on Instagram.”
Our chat over, we say goodbye, and Pessaroff signs off—with a flourish, of course. o
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