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Here you’ll find my restored fountain pens — for sale, bargains, clearance, recent sales, and my personal collection — as well as Thoughts from my workbench. Please bookmark it, return regularly, and join my email list!

What’s new!

Late May, 2022

This batch may be my largest yet; as too many of you noticed, the website got pretty thoroughly cleaned out. In addition to adding a number of interesting pens to For Sale, I’ve restocked Tim’s Bargains and added to Clearance. For Sale features a handsome Parker Striped Duofold, an interesting little ebonite Paul Wirt, from Italy a Tibaldi Infrangible and a Zenith Extra, and two modern pens, a beautiful fantasy Sheaffer Legacy and an early 2000s S.T. Dupont in spectacular blue lacquer. These are accompanied, as always, by a variety of Parkers and Sheaffers and others, all good user pens. In Tim’s Bargains, I’ve added a variety of new pens. The Parker 45 listing received additions and was separated into two groups: the really good ones are in Bargains and the rougher ones were added to Clearance. In Clearance, there is a new listing of nine or so Parker 19s and Eversharp 10,000s, almost identical pens produced by Parker after it assumed control over Eversharp in the 1960s, and three Tiffany ballpoints that need to find new homes. I still need to update some of the Esterbrook listings, since so many have sold, but didn’t want to delay getting this listing published.

There is also a new Thought, which describes a major change in my life and how Timsvintagepens will grow from this change. As always, I enjoy and learn from your correspondence, please keep it coming. I’ll even have more time now to respond!

All the best for spring and good health. 

Tim

How to Purchase a Pen

To purchase or inquire about a pen, please visit the Contact page and send me a note about which pen you wish to buy (be sure to enter your email address correctly; if it’s incorrect I won’t be able to contact you!). When you’re ready to purchase, I’ll will send an invoice. Payment is by PayPal, Venmo, or cleared personal check. Be sure to read Warranty & Shipping policies before requesting a pen.

If you’re shopping for a present but don’t know what to purchase, Timsvintagepens also has gift certificates, available in any denomination you’d like, no extra charge, no expiration, just ask.

Restoration & Consignment Services

Restoration and repair services are available. Contact me to discuss the pen’s needs; after it is accepted for evaluation, for which there is no charge except shipping, pack and ship it to Timsvintagepens. Please do not just send the pen without discussing it with me in advance. More details about restoration, repairs, pricing, and shipping are at Restoration & Consignment.

Pens accepted for consignment sale are listed on timsvintagepens.com with typical pricing for that pen and condition, confirmed upon receipt and pricing determined by Timsvintagepens, in consultation with the consignor. More details about consignment sales are at Restoration & Consignment.

How to Contact Tim

I can always be reached for inquiries about pens for sale, answers to pen questions, or to just talk about fountain pens, via the Contact form (click Contact at the top of the page); again, please make sure your email address is listed correctly, or I won’t be able to respond to you . If your writing preference is a written letter, I also have a mailing address!

About Timsvintagepens

My journey in the fascinating world of fountain pens started with a Parker 21 in the 1960s. For the next forty years, I was a pen user, adding a Montblanc 149 and Pelikan 120 in 1970. In 2007, my tastes broadened with the addition of my late father-in-law’s Parker 51s, which kindled my need to know how pens worked and how to make them work better. In the years since, my pen use and broadening skills have blossomed into a fully-grown practice of restoring and selling pens. With effort, much good teaching, and continual study, my skills have steadily become more sophisticated, so that I am now able to restore most vintage pens I see to a level of functioning and appearance that is at least as good as they were when new.

Timsvintagepens is a vintage practice, in which I restore and sell what I find interesting. I strive to restore and make available a wide a variety of American and European pens, generally from the 1910s-1970s, from the well-known Parkers and Sheaffers to the lesser known and less often seen, many of which suffered only from inadequate marketing. To me, vintage pens are endlessly fascinating objects, and enabling their return for new careers is my passion.

Tim Ettenheim