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

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December 2021

Dear Friends,

This batch, possibly my largest yet, includes 23 interesting and reinvigorated pens, including a couple of stunners! Among them are a sterling Waterman’s 452, a Conway Stewart with a special stub nib, a double jewel Parker 51, ten freshly restored Esterbrook Pastels, and a limited edition Delta Astra. 

There have also been a few changes to the website, the most important of which is a new Clearance section, for pens that need to move on. The various policies have been assembled into the Home page, but they haven’t changed. Yes, postage went up a little, but my shipping always reflects USPS changes. 

As everyone knows, December is the craziest month of the year for shipping, although it does appear that the system may not get completely blocked this year. For purchases after December 15, I’ll ask if you would prefer that I delay the shipment until after the first week of January; if the purchase is a rush or has a deadline I’ll recommend priority shipping. 

As always, I enjoy and learn from your correspondence, please keep it coming. And, there is a new Thought, about which I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

All the best for a happy and healthy holiday season!

Tim

How to Purchase a Pen

To purchase or inquire about a pen, please visit the Contact page and send Tim a note about which pen you wish to buy. When you’re ready to purchase, he 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 Tim to discuss the pen’s needs; after it is accepted for evaluation, for which there is no charge except shipping, pack and ship it as instructed to Timsvintagepens. Please do not just send the pen without discussing it with Tim in advance. More details about restoration 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

Tim 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 or by clicking Contact at the top of the page. If your writing preference is a written letter, he also has 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 hobby practice — 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