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M600 Pelikan Souveran Vibrant Orange Fountain

March 10, 2021 Leave a comment
M600 Pelikan Souveran Vibrant Orange fountain pen.

M600 Pelikan Souveran Vibrant Orange

A couple of Special Edition Pelikan Souveran Vibrant Orange fountain pens have just emerged from the Penbox stockroom having been there since circa 2018, when this special edition pen was produced by Pelikan. These pens are no longer available and these two examples now feature on our website at Vibrant Orange Souverän.

M600 Pelikan Souveran Tortoiseshell Red Fountain Pen

December 6, 2020 Leave a comment
Special Edition M600 Pelikan Souveran Tortoiseshell Red fountain pen.

Special Edition M600 Pelikan Souveran Tortoiseshell Red Fountain Pen

SPECIAL EDITION Souverän® 600 Tortoiseshell Red

This series gives the classic Pelikan Souverän a bright and warm appearance. The colour variation on the barrels is reminiscent of a beautiful sunrise. The pen barrels are made out of cellulose acetate and result in shades of brown, yellow and orange. The caps of both the fountain and ballpoint pens have a solid red finish. The gold barrel bands, cap bands and pocket clips are gold plated with the fountain pen having a solid 14k nib. The fountain pen will be available from Pelikan in a choice of extra fine, fine, medium or broad nib grades. The Special Edition Pelikan Souveran Tortoiseshell Red fountain pen is a piston filler using bottled writing inks and the K600 ballpoint has a twist mechanism. These special edition Pelikan pens are expected to reach retailers in December 2020.

Waterman Serenite Nibs

October 17, 2020 2 comments
Replacement Waterman Serenite nibs.

Replacement Waterman Serenite Nibs

Moved some pen parts aside whilst rummaging and was surprised to find a few replacement Waterman Serenite nibs units in 18k, ST, stub nib grade in their original pen tubes as supplied from Waterman. Pricing on our replacement Waterman pen nibs page at Penbox. Originally the Waterman Serenite fountain pen was available in a choice of extra fine, fine, medium, broad, oblique fine, oblique medium or stub nib grades.

Parker Duofold Centennial Fountain Pens

August 20, 2020 Leave a comment
Marbled blue Parker Duofold Centennial fountain pen 1988.

Marbled Blue Parker Duofold Centennial 1988

Marbled maroon Parker Duofold Centennial fountain pen.

Maroon Parker Duofold Centennial Fountain Pen

Lapis Lazuli blue Parker Duofold fountain pen.

Lapis Lazuli Parker Duofold Fountain Pen

To mark the centennial of The Parker Pen Company (1888 – 1988) it was decided in 1987 to produce a range of Parker Duofold pens inspired by the design features of the earlier Duofold first produced in the 1920s. The result was a range of Parker Duofold Centennial fountain pens and matching ballpoint pens. The first of these new for 1988 Duofold pens was produced in a marbled blue finish and are now considered to be vintage pens by many pen collectors. An excellent example is currently for sale at Penbox along with a slightly later maroon marbled and later again lapis lazuli Duofold fountain pen.

Collectable and Vintage Pencils

June 18, 2020 Leave a comment
Vintage pencils.

Vintage Pencils

The image above shows a selection of pencil cases and pen holder as appeared in the Army & Navy stores catalogue dated 1907 (Edwardian period), although many of these items would have been produced in the earlier Victorian period.

Lead pencils are made of graphite, first discovered in the reign of Elizabeth I in Cumbria, England, where a new industry started with the mining and extraction of graphite. Later, many pencil cases and mechanical pencils were developed and manufactured in various materials including nickel plate, silver and gold. Find out more by visiting collectable and vintage pencils.

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.

Special Edition M800 Pelikan Souveran Brown Black Fountain Pen

October 26, 2019 Leave a comment
M800 Pelikan Souveran Brown Black fountain pen.

M800 Pelikan Souveran Brown Black Fountain Pen

New in October 2019, the special edition M800 Pelikan Souverän Brown Black fountain pen has now made its appearance in the shop. We are currently stocking the pen fitted with fine, medium and broad nibs and also have the matching ballpoint pen in stock and on display. These Pelikan pens can be purchased on the Penbox website or in person by visiting the pen store. Below is an extract of what Pelikan had to say on the launch of this special edition.


Special Edition Pelikan Souverän® 800 Brown-Black

Gracefully with a gentle appearance. That is the look of the new Special Edition Souverän 800 Brown-Black. The warm brown hue in the striped material of this writing instrument is perfectly complemented by the dark brown components. The barrel with brown and black stripes is made of high grade cellulose acetate, manufactured and turned into a sleeve. The rings and the pocket clip are finished in 24k gold plating.

The fountain pen with differential piston mechanism has a two tone, 18k gold nib and is available in nib choices of extra fine, fine, medium and broad. The ballpoint pen with twist mechanism matches the fountain pen perfectly.


Graf von Faber Castell Pen of the Year 2016

September 7, 2019 Leave a comment
Graf von Faber Castell Pen of the Year 2016.

Graf von Faber Castell Pen of the Year 2016

Since 2003 Graf von Faber Castell have produced a limited edition Pen of the Year. Every fountain pen being numbered and presented in a luxury pen box with papers a booklet and certificate. Here we have an image of the Graf von Faber Castell Pen of the Year 2016 which, after being in our stock room for three years, we have just listed for sale on our website. This one is the Special Edition Schönbrunn Pen of the Year 2016 with a gold finish (the pen was also produced in a platinum finish). We feel that this limited edition fountain pen, which is no longer available from GvFC, will not be available for long at this special price.

High standards, extraordinary materials, uniqueness, tradition and quality are the hallmarks of this Graf von Faber-Castell collection.