Tim’s Pen Collection

My personal collection, to the amusement of everyone I’ve told “it will never exceed 30…” is generally a few over 50, with unremitting effort to keep it there. For years, I did not admit to having a collection, since I don’t collect things, but as fountain pen people know, it just happens. To help keep it manageable, I periodically let a pen or two loose to the public.

Truth be told, I do know how it happened. First, I bought cheap and taught myself how to repair and restore. I read, studied, and sought new adventures. That broadened my taste to include French, English, German, and most recently, Italian pens. Friends left their pens with me to restore and sell for them or I bought them unrestored on eBay. Then, a collector friend started regularly leaving pens with me to bring back to life (“I bet you’ve never seen one of these“) and sell for him. Soon, my eye started telling me to “maybe keep this one…”, and that’s how collections happen. If there is a common thread, it is that almost all of my pens are from 1930-1960, my restorations, and almost all are user pens with some intrinsic elegance — these are not coffee table pens, but dignified, handsome, and used. Enjoy my collection!

PS — Generally speaking, the pens in my collection are not for sale, although I promise to at least listen to any generous offer for all but a few…

United States / Canada

Europe / Britain / Asia