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The Silver Crane Company and Parker

May 7, 2020 Leave a comment

From what we can determine The Silver Crane Company was trading from an address in Suckley, Worcestershire, from the early 1980s until circa 1993. During this period several novelty gift products were produced which were influenced by the external shape and design of the Parker Quink ink bottle and the Parker fountain pen with its iconic arrow pocket clip. Visit the Penbox website for more information and to view more examples of their ceramic desk accessories.

The Silver Crane Company ceramic Parker Quink letter rack.

Silver Crane Parker Quink Letter Rack

Silver Crane Parker pen.

The Silver Crane Company Parker Pen

Vintage Inks and Vintage Ink Bottles

February 24, 2020 Leave a comment
Vintage ink bottles.

Vintage Ink Bottles

Originally ink was made by combining lampblack with gum and a little water and forming the mixture into small pellets which were dried in the sun and later dissolved in water when required. This is the basis of Indian ink, which, despite its name, was first formulated and used in China. Being water based, it was easily washed off papyrus, parchment or paper, so vinegar was substituted for water and the writing became fixed. Various substances were added to make different colors and for centuries scribes made their own inks, based on their personal recipes.

About 1832 Dr Henry Stephens (1796 – 1864) accomplished the desire to make a writing fluid as permanent and as indelible as the paper or parchment it was written upon. ‘It is proof against every known chemical agent, and combines with the paper so strongly as to resist moisture and most other influence’ the Stephens’ Ink company claimed. The discovery of aniline dyes some years later enabled the corrosive constituents of ink to be removed and the need for pen wipes used for the cleaning of steel nibs after their use vanished.

Above is an image showing a selection of ink bottles featuring some Victorian glass and earthenware examples and later twentieth century examples. For the ink bottle collector there are enough shapes and sizes to offer a wide field of interest. Victorian glass examples can be octagonal, have bevelled edges, fluted or ribbed sides, be unmarked or show the maker’s mark on the side or base. And many where made in the shape of locomotives, a house, shoe or boot, with or without a ledge to rest a dip pen.

Pen Shop

January 14, 2020 Leave a comment
Pen Shop

Penbox Pen Shop

The Penbox pen shop was established in 2001 and moved to its current location in 2005. Fifteen years later we continue to retail prestige pens from many pen manufacturers both in the bricks and mortar pen shop on the high street and online. Indeed, some customers bought their first school pen in the shop and have since returned to buy a pen in celebration of their graduation. Penbox have and continue to specialise in the retail of prestige, special edition and limited edition pens, and in recent years have witnessed a growth in interest in all things stationery related.

World’s Smallest Pen Museum Opens

February 9, 2019 Leave a comment
The World's smallest pen museum.

World’s Smallest Pen Museum

After years in the planning and with the help of EU funding, philanthropy and private donations, the world’s smallest pen museum has now opened its doors to the public. The museum curator has gathered exhibits to illustrate a potted history of the fountain pen from c. 1880s – 1980s. Early examples of the ball pen are included as they brought about the demise of the fountain pen at the time. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Stephens Inks Enamel Sign

October 21, 2017 Leave a comment
Enamel Stephens Inks Sign

Enamel Stephens Inks Sign

A novelty Stephens Inks enamel adverting sign in form of a giant thermometer spotted whilst visiting the British Motor Museum, Warwick, amongst other examples of automotive related signs mostly from the 1940s. This is the most complete and largest example of this wall mounted Stephens Inks enamel sign that we have seen. A pleasant surprise during our visit when the Penbox pen shop was closed and we thought that given our interests in classic cars we would pay the museum a visit. If you visit the British Motor Museum look out for it on the central staircase alongside other advertising and display signs.

Silver Sheaffer Legacy or Designer Hair Slide?

October 25, 2014 Leave a comment
Silver Sheaffer Centennial Legacy hair slide.

A silver Sheaffer Centennial Legacy or a designer hair slide?

Make a statement this Christmas at the office party with the all sterling silver Sheaffer Legacy Centennial designer hair slide. When my partner asked for an all silver pen I didn’t know that she intended using it as a designer hair slide, and as an accessory to her figural nib earrings.  Luckily, for the ladies out there who want a designer silver hair slide, we have them on offer at less than half price here.

Sampson Mordan Pencil

May 19, 2014 Leave a comment
Sampson Mordan pencil.

Sampson Mordan Pencil

An example of a Sampson Mordan “Torpedo” pencil in silver with engine turned barleycorn decoration has been imaged and now added to our Mordan vintage pencils webpage.  It is dated 1938, in its original gift box and in excellent condition.  The variety of designs of gold and silver pencils from S. Mordan was extensive and a few more examples can also be viewed on the same page.

Pen World

April 24, 2012 Leave a comment
Pen World

Pens delivered to the Pen World

For over a decade Penbox have been retailing prestige pens and writing accessories to the Pen World from our pen shop in North Lincolnshire, England.  We now supply pens to the World via our website.  And if we have not got the pen listed you are interested in we welcome email or phone enquiries.  Visit Penbox for pens supplied to the Pen World.

The Pen Shop

February 13, 2012 Leave a comment
The Pen Shop
The Pen Shop

The pen shop that goes by the name of Penbox is a little jem hidden away at the top of the Fountains Court shopping area in Epworth, North Lincolnshire.  This pen shop is proof that pen and ink are still loved by many in this age of keyboards and information technology.  In the shop customers stare misty eyed at pens displayed under glass and in show towers.  Displayed are fountain pens from Montegrappa, Visconti, Delta, Porsche Design, Caran d’Ache, Graf von Faber Castell and Pelikan in addition to the more widely know Parker, Waterman and Sheaffer.  The pen shop supplies pens for every day extended use, gifts, graduations and special occassions.  Visit Penbox the pen shop online or in Epworth, Lincolnshire.

Penbox Deliver Worldwide…

September 8, 2011 Leave a comment
Penbox deliver worldwide by bike, courier and Royal Mail.

Penbox Deliver Worldwide...

Customers often ask Penbox if we deliver worldwide.  The answer is ‘Yes’.  But we only use the Penbox company bicycle for local deliveries.  All other pen or pen refill orders are delivered by a courier or Royal Mail.  So having pumped up our bicycle tyres we are ready to deliver orders to the UK and worldwide.  www.penbox.co.uk