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Updated November 21, 2015

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Inkwells - Special Offer!  Vintage Inkpots!

Vintage blue and white glazed porcelain inkpots.  Each is about 1.75 inches tall and the opening is 1 5/8 inches.  Cobalt blue floral design.  Perfect for pouring out a little ink when you're using a dip or glass pen. Just the right size for mixing a small quantity of inks. Or you could fill with water to clean off your nib.  Just perfect for pen people! We know their original purpose in life was not as an Inkpot. Most likely they were sake cups, but others have suggested they might be small Chinese teacups.  Whatever they are, we do think they make great inkpots!

W993-1 $10  each

1 Inkpot 


W993-2 $7.50  each

2 or more Inkpots

Vintage Inkwells

W507 $125

Swiv-o-Dex Inkwell, early model in burgundy bakelite with ribbed black glass inkwell. Base measures 5.25 deep and is 4 inches across at widest point. Height is 4 inches with inkwell in upright position. Inkwell swivels in all directions. Imprint inside the "cup" that holds inkwell reads: Zephyr American Corp Swivodex Trade Mark Pat Pending New York, NY. Very good condition.

W631 $150

Sengbusch Partners Inkstand No. 351, clear pressed glass dual sided inkstand with double inkwells. This style of inkstand was designed to be placed in the center of a large desk and used by two people, one on either side. Each side has triple pen grooves across the front. There is a compartment in center between the inkwells for clips and nibs and doo-dads. Inkwells are self filling style - note that one inkwell is missing it's self closing mechanism/unit inside. Inkwell lids are hard rubber - black ink lid is showing some spotty oxidation. The red inkwell lid is almost totally oxidized to brown, but has an inlaid bright red ring in the top - most unusual. Base measures 8 x 8.5 inches. There is a small chip on the inner edge of hole for one inkwell. Also a chip on one corner. Normally, I steer clear of Sengbusch inkwells and inkstands with chips to the glass, but this one is unusual enough - very few double partners inkstands found, plus the red inlaid lid. These features make it a good find for the Sengbusch collector!

W669 $85

Sengbusch Model No, 51 Self Closing Inkstand with original box - Clear pressed glass with starburst pattern in base with No. 51 embossed in center of star. Black bakelite lid is marked: Sengbusch USA. Measures 3 in diameter and is 3 inches tall. Inkwell appears unused and is in excellent condition. The box shows shop wear on edges and the lid is intact but fragile!

W808 $85

Swiv-o-Dex Inkwell, early model in burgundy bakelite with ribbed black glass inkwell. Base measures 5.25 deep and is 4 inches across at widest point. Height is 4 inches with inkwell in upright position. Inkwell swivels in all directions. Imprint inside the "cup" that holds inkwell reads: Zephyr American Corp Swivodex Trade Mark Pat Pending New York, NY. Ribbed glass center section is cloudy in about a 1.75 x 1.25 inch area. Otherwise in very good shape.

W813-VT $70

Cast Brass Inkstand - Highly polished brass finish, deeply cast floral sprays on opposite sides of the base and also at top corners of the hinged lid. Recessed tray across the front for pins and nibs. Measures 5.25 across front, 4 5/8 inches deep and 2 inches tall at highest rear edge. Shows a few specks of wear to the finish in the front tray, otherwise very good condition.

W835-VT $100

Bradley Hubbard Inkwell, US, ca. 1930s, matte gold finish with very modern design embossed in center of hinged lid. Large clear glass inkwell insert below lid. Base measures 4 inches diameter. Bradley Hubbard Mfg Co mark is engraved on base of inkwell. Very good condition.


W849 $600

RS Prussia Inkwell Desk Set - This stunning RS Prussia Porcelain Inkwell Set was made in the Reinhold Schlegelmilch second factory in Tillowitz in the Upper Silesia Germany late 1800s. Wreath and Star Mark on the bottom of each piece notes RS Tillowitz and Silesia. The factory in Silesia opened in 1894 and this mark is less common than others. RS Prussian porcelain is known for the complex molds they utilized, beautiful patterns, hand applied decoration and the unusual glazes. This set is finished in a soft aqua blue with a hint of darker aqua speckles with hand painted gilded decoration in a luster finished glaze. It's a soft and subtle finish, not high gloss. The four piece set includes oval shaped desk tray, 3 piece inkwell, 4 desk pad corners and rocker blotter. The inkwell has a separate set in inkwell insert and set on lid. Rocker blotter paper is threaded to the rocker with ribbon. The center of the desk tray is finished in a light catching opalescent glaze. Measurements: Desk tray 12.5 x 9 in at widest points. Desk pad corners 4 x 4 5.25 inch triangle. Rocker blotter 2 5/8 x 4.75 x 1.75 in tall. Inkwell 4.25 in at base, 4.75 in at widest center and 3 in in height. Every piece except one desk pad corner is in just about perfect condition, this set was obviously well cared for. One desk pad corner has a repaired hairline crack on the bottom side and appears very stable. Excellent condition.

W866 $500

Jennings Bros Five Piece Desk Set, ca. 1915-1920, marked as Model 666. Stunning pheasants with decoration. Cast spelter with art metal finish and gilded highlights. This set includes: Double Inkstand with pen rest across the front, hinged lids, clear glass inkwell inserts, measures 9.25 x 4 inches at base, highest point is 3 inches. Rocker Blotter, blotter face measures 2.5 x 5 inches, height is 1.25 inches. Stamp Box with hinged lid, measures 4 x 1 5/8 inches, height is 1 3/8 inches. Letter Holder, decorated on both sides, measures 6.75 x 2.5 inches at base, height is 4 inches. Blotter Corners, set of four, complete with screws to attach to a blotter backing (not included). Each measures a 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 x 4.75 inch triangle. The entire set is in superb condition and shows barely a hint of use. No damage at all. So many times the pieces in these older sets get separated over the years, this was very well cared for. The Jennings Bros foundry was established in Bridgeport, CT in 1891 and is well known for the finely crafted high end metalware.

W880 $50

Brown bakelite, measures 3 inches diameter at base, height is 1.5 inches. Embossed on base: Gadeware Made in Gt. Britain. Note this is a one piece inkwell, pour in the ink and dip. Excellent condition.

W897 $150

Noritake Nippon Inkwell and Desk Box Set - Beautiful two piece set marked Noritake Nippon on the base of each piece. Small desk box with set on lid and double stamp box. Finish is a pale, soft green. Stamp box trays are opalescent. Gold borders the top edges and desk box lid. Desk Box measures 2.25 in square and is 2 inches tall. Stamp box measures 2 5/8 inches x 1.75 inches, height is 1 inch. Light wear to the gold edges, otherwise excellent condition.

W919 $425

Swedish Silver Plate Double Inkstand - This ca. 1920s footed double inkstand with brilliant blue glass inkwell and pounce pot was probably made in Sweden. I've referenced similar works by Nils Larson Meime although this particular piece is not marked. Beautiful openwork at the back of the inkstand forms a pen rest near the top. Lids are set on, metal collar on the inkwell, pierced and depressed inner lid on the pounce pot. Base measures 6 inches x 2.75 inches at widest points. Height to top of openwork is 4.25 inches. Inkwell and pounce pot are each 1 5/8 inches diameter where they fit into the base. We have gently polished the silver plated finish, but will leave more serious polishing to the person who purchases this lovely set. Unusual and very beautiful inkstand, a small work of art in itself. Very good condition.

W924 $40

Ma Carter Has Lost Her Head! Inkwell portion of the famous Ma Carter from the 1914 Ma and Pa Carter Inkwell set. Some time ago we had Pa’s head and a collector was ecstatic to acquire this as they had the inkwell portion. So, we’re thinking someone just may have Ma Carter’s head and make this a complete inkwell once again. Made in 1914 in Germany, each was individually hand painted. This inkwell is marked clearly on the base: Pat’d Jan 6, 1914 Germany. Measures 1 7/8 in diameter at base, height is 2.25 inches. Very good condition.

W925 $80

Rock-Art Inkwell - ca. 1920s,. While this inkstand looks handmade and technically it is, these Rock-Art inkstands were actually produced in quantity, of course each one is a little different. Sunk into the middle of the rock shrine is a cut glass inkwell with hinged lid - the inkwell has faceted edges and there are hand painted bright colored flowers on the inside of the lid. There are two small metal pen rests extending from the back of the inkstand for a dip pen. The base measures 3.5 x 3.25 inches, rear height is 3.5 inches. Very good condition.


W927 $625

Blue Cut glass Inkwell - ca. late 1800s, blue cut glass inkwell with Intaglio designs on top of lid and front face on inkwell. Square inkwell has cut faceted edges. Inkwell edge has 12 faceted cut edges. Hinged lid on brass bezel is just a hair askew, closes just shy of being perfectly even. On the top of the lid is Intaglio of a bird with envelope and on the front panel is another Intaglio with floral motif. Large inkwell measures 2.5 inches square, height is 3 inches. The etchings are very detailed and well done. Condition would be excellent except for a small 5mm rough spot on top facet left of center on center panel. This is a rare inkwell.

W938 $40

Terry Pen Filler Inkwell - Brown bakelite inkwell with black collar that is actually the top of the "filler". Terry Co. designed this inkwell in Janesville, Wisconsin to auto fill early fountain pens. In the center of the hole should be a little flexible rubber piece that your pen nib would fit into, this rubber piece is hard and parts are missing. Below that is a hard rubber self regulator to move the ink upwards and into the pen. This company wasn't around for long and I'm guessing that the auto fill feature wasn’t a huge selling point for most of the pen using population in the early 1900s. The inkwell measures 3 inches square, corners are contoured. Inside is a clear cylindrical glass bottle. The narrow bottom edges of the bakelite inkwell are Terry Pen Filler Co Janesville Wis USA Pat 1854814 Repaired crack on one lower corner of the brown bakelite holder. The Terry Pen Fillers are unusual, dare I say VERY hard to find and sell for no less than $100. Due to condition, this one is a steal! Nice little piece of history.

W942 $425

Italian Renaissance Three Piece Set - ca. 1880s Italian Renaissance styled three piece set includes Inkwell, pen rest and candle holder. Brass and enamel over brass. Very beautiful design in deep orange with cram flourishes and small gilded circles. Large pedestal based inkwell has a relief pattern on the hinged lid with ringed finial. Hinge is intact and the lid closes evenly. Base measures 1.5 inches diameter, height is 3.75 inches. The Pen rest has nice detailing on the sides of the brass rest. Base measures 4 inches diameter, height is 2.75 inches. The candlestick is a full 7 inches tall, this would put the candle even higher which would then put the light over what you were writing. Matching scroll work and two lions heads on the center upright. Base measures 4 inches diameter. Each piece is weighted and well designed to prevent being accidentally tipped over. Some of the gilded circles are missing on the inkwell and pen rest, all seems very intact on the candlestick. The circles were most likely removed by a previous owner due to overzealous polishing! Unusual set in very good condition.

W943 $25

Ink Pots are glazed a very soft grey with subtle speckles. Each is hand painted with a leaf motif in a brilliant bright blue. Each one is slightly different. Base measures 2.5 inches, height is 3.5 inches. Perfect Condition. These would work well for a single pen holder as the mouth is wide enough to accommodate most fountain pens or use as intended as a cool looking ink pot. They are not brand new but not super old either, I'd think they were made in the past 20 years. We have several available.



W944 $95

Torquay Inkwell - Make Thyself at Home Inkwell. The inkwell was made by the Torquay (pronounced Tor-Key) Pottery in Devon, England. Torquay was not just one pottery, but a group of potteries that operated under the Torquay name and each had their own specialties and to complicate matters further each made some pretty similar items, too. Since this inkwell is made of red clay that helped narrow it down a little. The Scandy design as this was called also helped narrow down the range of potteries. The odd wording and the style of penmanship appears to be an old Yorkshire dialect. I believe there is a very good chance that this inkwell was made at Torquay's Longpark Factory which operated from 1883-1957. My best guess judging from style and materials and reading some of Torquay’s reference material is that this inkwell dates to the 1920s and was made for the English tourist market. It reads: Fra Eethla (For Eethla) on one side, the reverse side reads: Mak Thisen at Hooam (Make Thyself at Home). Background is a pale ivory glaze and the raised Skandy design is done in royal blue, dark green, light green, brown and yellow. The lettering is in brown. Measures 2 7/8 inches diameter, height is 2 inches. No lid, nor do these ever appear to have had lids. The wide and squat profile would prevent it from tipping over easily. This inkwell is in very good condition.


W962 $90

Arts and Crafts era double inkstand with triple pen rest and thermometer. Beautiful brown toned art metal finish over copper over iron. Hinged lids lift to reveal clear inkwell inserts beneath. Nice triple pen rest across the front edge. The Thermo-Vane domed thermometer seems to be permanently set to 70 degrees. The inkwells and the pen rests continue to function exactly as intended! Measures 8.5 z 5.25 at widest base points, height is 3 inches. The finish is in very good condition with only a bit of wear to the rear of the thermometer. So many times these beautiful Art Metal finishes are ruined by excess cleaning. Very good condition.

W964 $70

French Souvenir Inkwell - ca. 1920s. Chrome plated double inkwell is marked: Made in France in four different spots on the underside of base. Two figural pieces in the center show the Notre Dame Cathedral of Reims and Joan of Arc. Souvenir de Reims is engraved beneath the cathedral figural. Hinged inkwell lids, recessed area is formed to serve as a single pen holder. Measures 5.5 x 2.5 inches at the widest base points. Height to the top of the cathedral is 2 5/8 inches. NOTE: Inkwell inserts and missing from this inkstand. Very good condition and nice detail on this souvenir inkwell.


W965 $40

Sengbusch Self Closing Inkstand Model No. 51, clear pressed glass cylindrical inkwell with starburst pattern pressed in base and embossed No. 51 in center of base. Measures 3 in diameter and 3 in in height. Black hard rubber lid nice and black as it should be. Lid embossed: Sengbusch Self-Closing Inkstand Co. Made in USA Milwaukee, WIS PAT Apr 21,03, Aug 23,04, Jam 15, 07. Comes with most of a silver metallic Sengbusch box and original instruction sheet. Self closing ink filling unit is missing. Inkwell is in very good condition. Box and instructions are very well worn.

W975 $45

Leatherette Inkstand and Perpetual Calendar - Blue Leatherette set with gold diagonal tooling. Inkstand base has a single pen groove across the front, clear pressed glass inkwell. Set on lid is covered in matching blue leatherette. The perpetual calendar frames the current month protected by a piece of celluloid. All of the month title cards are present as are 7 different monthly calendars. Just slide them out the side and change your calendar at the beginning of the month. The cards are all marked Staco Made in USA. Fold out heavy cloth covered easel on the back side of the calendar keeps it upright. Inkwell stand measures 5.25 x 4.25 inches. Inkwell measures 1 7/8 inches square and is 2 inches in height. Calendar is 4.75 x 4 inches. Very good condition.


W976 $50

Awesome Common Sense Inkwell - Not your garden variety Common Sense Inkwell! Large paneled square base topped with an extra large common sense inkwell. Cork stopper in the base makes it easy to drain and clean out. Definitely for dip pens only. Common Sense inkwells are so named because they are very difficult to tip over resulting in virtually no ink spills! Base measures 3.5 inches square, height is 3 inches. Very clean and in excellent condition.

W980  $100

Hand Painted Inkstand, ca. late 1890s - early 1900s, probably French, hand painted flowers and greenery in deep tones of blue, green, dark red, orange on white glazed porcelain.  There are also a few gilded accents to the floral design on the lid. Russet scalloped border on the attached saucer also has a hint of sprinkled golden highlights.   Both hinged lid and the inkwell are fluted.  Saucer measures 5 inches diameter, height is 3.25 inches making it very well balanced and stable.  Lid closes securely and evenly at the bezel. Not even a hint of old ink left inside the inkwell.  Excellent condition. 



W982  $175

Antique Writing Desk, ca. mid-1800s. Wood writing desk has ebony finish on the exterior and natural finished medium wood finish on the interior.  Rear hinged lid measures 12 x 2 7/8 inches, lifts to reveal a pair of clear glass square inkwells at each end, center section lid lifts up to access storage space for pens, nibs, perhaps a scratch knife eraser and other writing necessities.  Each inkwell measures 1.5 in square and has a gold plated screw on lid.  Center storage area measures 7.5 x 2.25 inches.  Larger front hinged cover folds down to form writing slant which is covered with fine black velvet.  Interior lid lifts via a ribbon pull for additional storage below for stationery, envelopes, blotting paper and other writing accessories. Many times this interior lid is hinged, but this one is not and no signs of there ever being hinges. Overall dimensions are:  12 inches wide x 8.75 inches deep, height at rear is 3.25 inches, height at front is 2 inches.  No key to the lock in center of rear section.  The finish is well worn, it appears that at one point in time someone tried to scrub it a bit on the rear lid left of center as there is a small irregular area about ¾ x 2 inches that is closer to the natural interior finish.  Nice that it has the inkwells which are very hard to find!   The two inkwells included are not original to this box, they were made by an English company in the 1960s as replacements. Even these 1960s replacement inkwells are now difficult to find!  A very nice antique writing desk.


W987  $35

Heavy clear pressed glass inkwell with hinged brass lid. Pretty starburst pattern in the base. Brass bezel and hinged lid. The lid would have originally locked into place, but the pin on the lock is broken. The lid still closes evenly on the bezel keeping your ink from evaporating. Base measures 3 3/8 inches diameter, height is 2.25 inches, nice wide opening will easily accommodate fountain and dip pen nibs, measures 1.25 inches. There is a small rough spot on the base. Overall very nice inkwell and good for everyday use. 

W989  $75

Double Inkstand with Pen Rest across front, ca. 1940s, brown bakelite. Lids swivel to access inkwells below.  Double pen rest across the front.  Base measures 6.75 x 4 7/8 inches.  Height at rear is 1.5 inches  No maker marks, probably English.  Excellent condition.

W990  $20

Pottery Ink Pot in Southwest Style, recent production, large container is hand painted and glazed in cobalt blue, marigold yellow, green and white.  I have not measured, but I’d guess it would hold at least 5 ounces of ink, perhaps more.  Or you could stash other desktop items inside.  Topped with an old cork that fits perfectly.  Measures 2.5 in square at base, height including cork is 3 5/8 inches.  Very good condition. 


W991  $145

Sterling Silver Double Ink Stand, ca. late 1890s - early 1900s, Art Nouveau styling on the hinged lids, collar decoration at top of inkwells and the tray edges.  Clear swirl inkwells fit perfectly into holders.  Tray measures 5.75 x 4.25 inches, Each bottle measures 1.5 in square and is 2 inches in height.  Hinges are secure and lids close evenly and tightly.  Not marked sterling, but seems to be sterling, certainly polishes up like sterling. The bottom section of the tray is well worn, otherwise in beautiful condition. 

W994  $40

Elegant Common Sense Inkwell, ca. early 1900s, American - most common sense inkwells are rather plain, but this one is elegant with bands of pressed glass encircling the lower half of the inkwell. Of course it maintains the common sense properties being heavy and very hard to tip over, even the best cat paw will be challenged to spill the ink from this inkwell!  Measures 2.5 inches in height, base diameter is 2 inches, top diameter is 2 5/16 inches.  Small drain hole in the recessed base makes it easy to clean.  Very good condition.

W996  $50

Victor Inkwell with Red Hard Rubber Swivel Lid, ca. early 1900s, USA - Pressed glass inkwell has pressed small dot grid on the base. Beveled edges. Lid swivels to either side to access the front dipping hole which is fed from the larger reservoir beneath lid. Inkwell measures 3 inches square and is 1.25 inches in height.

Red hard rubber lid is marked on the under side in a diamond: Numan W-H Co Dept and on the outside lower edge: Victor. Excellent condition.   

Desk Top Items - Desk Top Accessories

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In addition to inkwells, we search the world for interesting vintage desk top accessories.

No, we're not talking about the desktop you might be reading this on, we're talking about your good old fashioned desk top, the one where you sit down to write letters with pen and ink.

Knife Handle Letter Openers - A Pendemonium Exclusive!

These beautiful letter openers were all made from vintage knives. The handles are just amazing and there is a wide range of patterns from the very old traditional designs to more recent Mid-Century Modern patterns. Handles range from Sterling Silver to Silver Plate to Stainless Steel. They are all in a minimum of very good condition, some letters openers show normal wear to the handles, after all, in days gone by someone used these to eat their dinner with! Each knife was individually hand ground and polished by a local metal craftsman into a letter opener blade. This gent does amazing specialty work, these letter openers will not disappoint you!

LO-17 $15

Stainless Steel Letter Opener, Mid-Century Modern single Starburst pattern, no markings at all. Measures 8.25 inches long.

LO-18 $15

Stainless Steel Letter Opener, Contemporary look of "paisley" shapes on edges of handle, no markings at all. Measures 8 5/8 inches long.

LO-19 $15

Stainless Steel Letter Opener, Pine Cone pattern, handle is marked: Wallace Stainless. Measures 7 7/8 inches long.

MM452 $35

Double Compartment Desk Organizer - Glass painted to look just like bakelite. Two section organizer to hold clips and pins or what-have-you on your desk. Measures 3 x 4 inches, height is 1.25 inches. Base is marked: Paragon No. 110 Frank A. Meeks Mfg Co New York. Common name in desk accessories and especially inkwells. Very good condition.

MM466 $12

Primitive styling and I have a hunch this spindle may have been made out back in someone’s shop! Heavy iron base with a thicker than usual bill spike. Round base measures 2 inches diameter, overall height is 4.5 inches. A lot of patina on the base, I'll bet the stories would be good if it could talk! Very good condition.

MM469 $15

Bill Spindle - Very contemporary modern look, probably dates to the late 1950s. Ivory metal base measures 2.75 inches diameter, overall height is 4 3/8 inches. Very good condition.

MM471 $15

Anodized copper metal desk top easel style vintage perpetual calendar has a nice groove across the front for a slim pen or pencil. Embossed God Answers Prayer on the left, embossed praying hands on the right. Perpetual calendar in center has a little slide in the front to change the dates. Measures 2 x 5 inches, small footprint on your desk. Great color, slide moves easily, very good condition. The little white speck in photo on the pen groove is no longer there, sometimes Frank and I don't coordinate photo-cleaning very well, sorry!

MM482 $40

Victorian Bill Spindle - Very large and ornate Victorian styled bill spindle, cast iron six sided base is bronze color and measures 3.75 inches diameter. Total height is 9 inches. Not your typical small spindle, this was probably used in a commercial setting. Very good condition.

MM487 $25

Laser Engraved Walnut Desk Ruler - Solid walnut 12 inch executive desk style ruler. The skylines of New York City and San Francisco are engraved at each end. The ruler is in mint condition, never used. Each is 2 inches wide. These were made in Newton, Iowa by the Newton Mfg. Co.

MM489 $30

Tatum Victorian Harp Spindle - ca. late 1890s - early 1900s Tatum cast iron harp shaped wall spindle. Long curved spindle could hold a lot of bills or you could use this to drape other object over in the curved base end - ties, scarves, necklaces - use your imagination! Embossed Tatum on the backside. High quality cast iron. Very good condition, just a few high points missing a bit of black paint.

MM504 $25

Filigree Vintage Bill Spike - Very ornate cast iron with star shape near top and keyhole to hang it up with. Very wide curved spike, it will hold a whole bunch of bills, letters or whatever other papers you want to stab onto it. Back plate measures 5.25 x 3.5 at widest points. Very good condition.

MM516 $12

Letter Holder - ca. 1960s leatherette covered metal letter and memo holder. Black with attractive gold detailing across the front edge. Base measures 2 x 6 inches, rear height is 4 inches, front height is 3 inches. Excellent condition and just waiting for you to fill it with your incoming mail.

MM542 $20

Small Cast Iron Spindle, ca. early 1900s - Elegant little cast iron spindle, sometimes called a bill spike has a black finish. I suspect this spindle was well used over the years, the raised scallop pattern is well worn from many years of handling. Base diameter is 2 1/8 inches, height is 3.5 inches. Just waiting for a desk to call home and perhaps a few papers to hold. Very good condition.

MM544 $45

Perpetual Calendar - Lusterware figural perpetual calendar has a figural lion on the front edge in lion colors with a cute little black hat. Pearly Lusterware blue frame holds the original cards so you always have the right date. Hand painted. Base is black. Base measures 2.5 x 1.75 inches, height is 2.5 inches. Art Deco steps on left side of calendar. Marked on base both in a black circular stamp and embossed on the porcelain: Japan. Very unusual and in great condition.

MM546 $10

Swingline No. 747 Stapler, burgundy, several specks of paint missing on one lower edge of stapler, otherwise it is just fine. Well made, heavy steel stapler. Functions perfectly with a load of standard staples. Not really collectible, just a practical well made stapler at a great price. We use staplers like this everyday here at Pendemonium Central that are 25 years or older and they just keep on stapling. Current retail on this classic model is $32.

MM547 $10

Swingline No. 444 Stapler, black, several specks of paint missing on one lower edge of stapler, otherwise it is just fine. Well made, heavy steel stapler. Functions perfectly with a load of standard staples. Not really collectible, just a practical well made stapler at a great price. We use staplers like this everyday here at Pendemonium Central that are 25 years or older and they just keep on stapling. Current retail on this classic model is $26.

MM557 $40

Antique Cameo Arts & Crafts era Wood Bookends - Solid wood bookends have quite the stately look and have a dark finish, I am thinking judging on the style that these date to ca. 1920s, definitely have that Arts and Crafts style look to them. There is a small 1 in diameter well worn round cameo Applique on each bookend, I thought about removing them, but then decided to leave them for the next rightful owner to make this decision. Base of each bookend measures 5.75 x 2 1/8 inches, height is 6 inches. Aside from the worn cameos, very good condition and a well made set of bookends.

MM570 $15

Antique Cast Iron Bill Spike is made of heavy iron and has a bit of a coppery looking patina to it. Base diameter is 2.25 inches, height is 5 inches. The spike leans a tiny bit to one side, but is straight. Fill it up with bills or notes and letters, great little vintage desk accessory.

MM580 $25

No need for those chintzy chrome plated hand held paper punches when you can put this old cast iron single hole lever operated punch on your desk! A perfect hole each and every time! Bottom of base is marked: Oil occasionally Wilson Jones Co 116-1. Base measures 4 1/8 x 2.25 inches at widest points. Height with lever upright is 4 inches. We did due diligence and oiled each punch, they work great. Very good condition.

MM581 $45

Vintage Streamline Design Desk Lamp - Great metal lamp in a shimmery champagne colored finish with ribbed bright gold plated trim around the single pedestal. Push the little push button on the base to turn on and off. Uses a single 18 inch fluorescent tube. Store your pens in the wide pen groove across the front of the base. Weighted base measures 5.5 x 4.5 inches, shade is 18.5 inches long. Height is 12 inches. Just a hint of wear to the finish on lower front edge of base, this lamp is in very good condition and it works!

MM587 $25

Pen and Note holder - Small sized wood note holder is perfect for holding 3 x 5 cards upright across the back, pen rest across the front for the pen you always grab for! Base measures 5.5 x 2 3/8 inches, rear height is 2.5 inches. Doesn't take up a lot of desk top real estate! The pen groove across the front is about a half inch wide, will accommodate most pens except those that are exceptionally large. I don't think your Parker Black Giant would fit, but then you probably wouldn't leave it laying out on your desk to start with! Very good condition.

MM591 $55

Double Pedestal Desk Lamp With Double Pen Rests - No makers marks on this antique all metal desk lamp, but I assure you it is very well made, also quite heavy. Adjustable metal shade over single fluorescent tube. Double pen grooves plus a small recessed area for all those little odds and ends that collect on our desks. Base measures 10 x 5.5 inches, height is 14.75 inches to top of shade. Shade length is 18 inches. Golden bronze pebbled finish which is original to the lamp. This lamp is in working order. Very good condition.

MM594 $50

Vintage Writing Portfolio - The tan suede writing portfolio is in near mint condition and it would definitely serve someone well today as a traveling writing portfolio. The cover is embossed in brown in beautiful lettering and some nice flourishes: Stationery and Sheridan, Wyo. There is a hand painted picture in the upper left corner of snow on the mountains in front of a fenced green field. A single snap holds the portfolio closed securely. On the inside left section of the portfolio is a small pocket that holds a matching Address Book, there are two handwritten (ink ink!) addresses, one is in Virginia and one in Alaska. The address book measures about 2.25 x 3.25 inches and is fully indexed. To the right of the address book is another larger pocket measuring 5.75 x 3 inches, we have tucked in two sheets of our high grade blotting paper in this pocket. On the front of this pocket is a small stitched window pocket with a clear celluloid insert, probably intended for your identifying information? On the right side of the interior of the portfolio is a pen loop and two tan suede straps to hold writing paper. We have filled the writing paper section with 10 sheets of some of my favorite paper - Pentallic "Paper for Pens" - "A crisp, bleedproof paper that preserves to an exceptional degree the integrity of the ink line, Specially designed for the most detailed pen and ink work including technical and crowquill pen drawing, broad pen and copperplate calligraphy." Each sheet measures 5 x 8 inches. The back cover of the writing portfolio is plain tan suede. Great vintage item and the condition is just amazing, I doubt it was used much other than to perhaps write in those two addresses in the address book, perhaps scribble some notes and then put away for a number of years.

MM479 $12

Vintage Bill Spindle, octagonal base with cast filigree pattern, iron base is painted black, there is some paint loss on the underside of base. Base measures 2 5/8 inches at widest points, overall height is 5.5 inches. Slight bend in the spindle, otherwise very good condition.

MM614  $10

Large Monkey Trio Pen Wiper and Blotter  - San Diego, Calif. Early souvenir pen wiper - blotter combination has a trio of monkeys across the back in the See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil poses. Smooth Leather top is embossed in silver:  Souvenir of San Diego, Calif.  Don't Monkey With Anything On This Desk.  There are two pieces of felt and one piece of blotting paper, you could lift the top, slide your pen nib in between the felt pieces and wipe off any excess ink from your pen nib.  The blotter on the bottom could be used to blot directly on your writing.  Perfect painted finish on the brown monkeys with reddish-orange faces.  No ink stains on the felt, definitely not used for pen wiping.  Unfortunately there are some bends to the leather top piece and a few spots where the bonded leather has been scraped away - I'll bet when this was new there was a price sticker over the back right spot and someone removed it not so nicely.  Still a very nice example. 

MM620  $15

1950s Mail Bucket - Oval shaped Mail Bucket has cute design on the front with an illustrated Dip Pen.  Exterior covered in a soft brown linen look paper, design is in dark brown.  Original makers imprint on bottom:  Desk Basket by Stylecraft Baltimore 30, MD Made in USA.  Measures 6.75 x 4.25 at widest points, height is 4.75 inches. Just perfect for holding your incoming letters and other mail.  There are a few very minor knicks to the linen finish, overall very good condition. 

MM626  $40

Sengbusch brown bakelite moistener with ping pong ball in opening,  measures 3 3/4” diameter x 2” high, weighted base, original black and gold label on side of moistener, embossed on base: Sengbusch Pat Applied For Made in USA.  Keep it handy on your desk to moisten stamps and envelopes.  Excellent condition. 

MM629  $20

The Original Shannon Lock Arch - Office Specialty - Canada. Cast iron arch file opens to hold two hole punched papers.  More than likely it would have hung on and office or shop wall to hold the sales tickets for the day.  This one is starting to pick up some patina, we polished it up a little bit, but don’t really want to distract from the character.  The back plate with the embossed lettering measures 4 x 3 inches at widest points.  The arches extend 3.25 inches from the back plate and swivel outward when unlocked making it easy to add papers to the file.  Just not something you see everyday!

PW-034 $40

Pressed glass paperweight, ca. 1930s – clear pressed glass paperweight with cross hatch pattern embossed in bottom is very heavy and will hold down a pretty hefty stack of papers! There were a number of desk top accessories made in this pressed glass pattern over the years including inkwells and pen trays, so this may be a good match for an item you already have. Measures 3.5 inches diameter and is 1 7/8 high including knob. Excellent condition.

PW-035 $35

Lasercraft Solid Walnut Paperweight, beveled edges, laser engraved oak leaf and acorn design. Measures 3 x 5 inches. Original labels all intact on the bottom. Excellent condition.

PW-039 $30

Cast Iron Paperweight, oval shaped, raised filigree pattern on top surface, knob is attached through the base with a bright brass nail. The bottom is hand marked with the letters MEL and also the name, Marion which might relate to the M in MEL. Measures 2.75 x 2.25 at widest base points, height is 1 inch. Base is not quite level due to the centered brass nail head, this could be easily resolved with a layer of felt, but wanted to leave the markings visible. Very good condition.

PW-049 $20

Custom Paperweight - Features a full color Sheaffer Lifetime Point advertisement from 1945. Clear glass square antique paperweight with pressed circular beading measures 3.25 x 3.25 inches. Black felt on base. Light scratches on top, otherwise very good condition.

PW-050 $25

Custom Paperweight - Features a Waterman black and white advertisement with fountain pen and Ben Franklin illustration from May 3, 1919. Clear glass oval antique paperweight measures 4 x 2 7/8 inches. Black felt on base. Excellent condition.

PW-051 $25

Custom Paperweight - Features Sheaffer early Skrip bottle in full color from May 24, 1937 advertisement. Clear round domed antique paperweight with pressed beading measures 3 1/8 inches diameter. Black felt on base. Excellent condition.

PW-054 $25

Custom Paperweight - Features Esterbrook Fountain Pen and Renew Point in Black, White and Red from March 24, 1951. Clear round domed antique paperweight with pressed beading measures 3 1/8 inches diameter. Black felt on base. Excellent condition.

PW-055 $25

Custom Paperweight - Features Carter's Ryto Ink in Black and White from November 9, 1931. Clear round domed antique paperweight with pressed beading measures 3 1/8 inches diameter. Black felt on base. Excellent condition.

PW-056 $10

Custom Paperweight - Features Sheaffer Lifetime Nib in full color from 1931. Clear round domed antique paperweight with pressed beading measures 3 1/8 inches diameter. Black felt on base. There is an internal fracture on this paperweight, does not interfere with the picture, nor does is look like it will expand further, otherwise very good condition.

PW-060  $10

Custom Paperweight - Features 1950s Esterbrook illustration from an original advertisement in black and white.  Magnified under the domed paperweight are elegant fingers installing a Renew Point. Clear domed antique paperweight measures 3 inches diameter.  Grey felt on base protects your desk.   There are some very light scuff marks on the dome, otherwise very good condition. 

PW-061  $10

Custom Paperweight - Features a 1950s Sheaffer Snorkel illustration from an original advertisement in full color.  Magnified under the domed inkwell is a black Sheaffer cap with white dot and fingers encircling it. Antique paperweight measures 3 inches diameter. Grey felt on base protects your desk. There are some very light scuff marks on the dome, otherwise very good condition.  

MM630  $30

Double Stamp Box with Double Pen Rests, dark finished wood. Lids open outward on brass hinges to access your postage stamps. Single pen rest on each long side of the Stamp Box. I’m sure the center section must have once held something, perhaps a calendar or small memo pad, there are two half moon shaped pieces of metal on each end which don’t seem big enough to have held anything. Measures 5.5 x 4 inches at base. Height is 1.5 inches. Very good condition. (1 avail) 

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Corning Museum of Glass

By sheer luck, we ended up in Corning, New York in May 2005 on the trip back from the New England Pen Show. We found a motel for the night, got settled in and then went off to take a drive around town and see Corning. We were in awe of the Corning Museum of Glass just from looking at the outside, so we knew that we would be off to a late start the next morning because a tour of this museum was surely a must-do!

Amongst stunning glass creations, throughout the museum we found beautiful glass inkwells. Some were grouped with like glass and style, others were grouped as inkwell examples. We were very pleased to discover the inkwells, a nice unexpected diversion on a long road trip.

It was difficult to photograph the inkwells because of the lighting and glass, but I can assure you, they're well worth the trip to Corning. There are many, many more on display, the inkwells below are just a small sampling, not to mention the ones where the photos came out pretty well!

There were fewer ink bottles to gaze at, but we did see this early Hill's Ink bottle out of Philadelphia with an unknown cone ink bottle in the foreground.

We also sat in on a short demonstration on the art of glass making.

The glass exhibits at the Corning Museum were well done, the museum is a pleasant experience and no chance to get bored because there is something unusual around every corner. There is also a lovely gift shop and a large cafe with fresh and delicious food - not things all museums can have bragging rights to! Whether it's just down the block or thousands of miles away, the Corning Museum of Glass is well worth the visit!


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