My personal collection, to the amusement of everyone I’ve told “it will never exceed 30…” is generally 50-60. 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.
Truth be told, I do know how it happened. As I taught myself restoration, I read, studied, and sought new adventures. It wasn’t long before 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 most of my vintage pens are from 1920-1960, my restorations, and almost all, including the modern pens, have some intrinsic elegance and historical interest to me — these are not coffee table pens to be admired, but dignified and handsome user pens. Enjoy my collection!
PS — Generally speaking, the pens in my collection are not for sale, although I promise to at least listen to any unusually generous offer for all but a few…