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In Hand

Fountain Pens are Coming Back in Vogue
Ettagale Blauer
From the Print Edition:
Winston Churchill, Autumn 93

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But for anyone with an itch to collect pens, Fingerman suggests Brimfield, Massachusetts, where in May, July and September, 4,000 to 5,000 dealers show their wares in fields full of tables. And those who want to get an idea of what they might have in the dresser drawer or what they might find at a yard sale should consult Fountain Pens and Pencils: The Golden Age of Writing Instruments by George Fischler and Stuart Schneider. There is also Pen World magazine.

Fountain pen auctions have been held at Bonham's in London since 1988, but the relatively low value per unit keeps them out of the limelight in this country. Still, auctioneer Alex Crum Ewing, who runs the collector's department at Bonham's, sold a pen for $5,500 in 1990, then worth about $10,000.

The range of prices is quite astonishing. A recent auction booklet in the United States listed many fine older examples of fountain pens for less than $500, and many were in the $200 to $300 range.

Not a bad price to pay for a bit of elegance and style.

Ettagale Blauer is a freelance writer.


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