Paraphernalia
Last updated 10/30/14



Sometimes, we have interesting writing related collectibles and useful objects that we just don't quite know where to put on the website! The Pen Paraphernalia Page is the place to find them. Check back often, you just never know what might turn up here.


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Scratch Knife Erasers

Scratch Knife Ink Erasers were primarily used in the days before rubber erasers were invented, to scrape or scratch your mistakes away. Height of popularity was from early 1800s until they started to lose favor in the 1930s. I've seen reference to them as late as the early 1970s in an Alvin Drafting Supplies catalogue for use as a sharp implement to carefully remove ink from drafting paper. Ink eraser blades are spade or half-spade shaped, honed on each side, Handles are also a mix of materials although most are wood, note that many of the handles, sometimes referred to as hafts were very thin along the edges and especially toward the end - they served a dual purpose as a paper knife, what we might refer to as a letter opener today. In addition, some had handles that could serve as paper folders as well. Handy little writing tool!

We have gently polished the blades and handles. We have not sharpened any of these, although some are quite sharp and have no need for sharpening. The main reason we have not tinkered with the blades is that we are not knife people and are not familiar with proper sharpening techniques for these. Our mantra is always to do no harm to old objects, when in doubt less is more.
MM-SK6
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Ward & Co Cutlery Scratch Knife Eraser, Marked: B4*AN F. Ward & Cos Cutlery Sheffield. Dark wood handle, full spade style blade, measures 6.5 inches long. Light tarnish on blade, a few random silver metallic specks of ink on one side of handle.
$50
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Faber Scratch Knife Eraser. Marked: E. Faber (star outline). Dark wood handle, full spade style blade, measures 5 1/8 inches long. Light tarnish on blade and blade is slightly off center in the handle.
$20
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Naponoch Scratch Knife Eraser. Marked: Naponoch Knife Co. N.Y. Dark wood handle, half spade style blade, measures 6.5 inches long. Wood handle has a crack and as you can see the knife has been repaired by gluing the handle and reinforcing with twine, this was a common method in days gone by to fix a knife and keep on using!
$20




Jewelry for Pen & Ink Aficionados



Pen Nib Earrings

Made with love by our friend, Barb, from new old stock vintage pen and dip pen nibs. These are all newly made, never worn before. Lots of different styles to choose from!

EAR-007
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Plain Single Nib, locking wire, gold plated steel fountain pen nib, no imprint on the nib, totally plain. Length 1.25 inches.
$20
EAR-012
2


Figural Fountain Pen & Pencil Set, locking wire, antique silver finish. Length 1 inch.
$25


The necklaces below are all made from original writing equipment. Matching gold or silver plated 15 inch chain included with each piece. They are NOT in working order and would require odd parts or skills I do not possess which is why we have jewelry for you today! These are just nice to wear and let everyone know you are a writing aficionado!

JFP-002
necklace

Wahl-Eversharp gold filled crown top to a pencil, nice detailing on the upper edge. Measures 0.75 inches long.
$15
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Orange Celluloid Ring Top Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1940s, bright orange celluloid with some lighter peach marbling, gold plated band with three engraved lines, Measures 3 3/16 inches long. No markings on the pencil as to maker or country of origin. Chain included. This pencil is NOT in working order, we tried, we did not succeed in making it functional except to wear. Very good condition.
$15


Pen Pins



MM-456
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Palmer Penmanship Award Pin - Metal pin in dark blue, white and metallic gold reads: Palmer Method - Primary Writing, gold star in the center. Paper insert in back of pin states that the winner has satisfactorily completed the first drills. Measures ¾ inch diameter. Very good condition.
$15


Los Angeles Pen Show 2009
Collectible Lapel Pin

21st Annual LA Pen Show lapel pin. A different pin is presented to exhibitors and weekend registrants at the Los Angeles Pen Show each year. Measures 7/8 in square, clutch style pin on back, new in package. Here's your chance to get a collectible pen pin if you missed the LA Pen Show!

LAPIN-2009
LA pen pin

LA Pen Show Lapel Pin, 2009
$10



Dip Pen Nib Lapel Pins

The lapel pins have been hand crafted from antique dip pen nibs by Ariel Kullock in Argentina.

Each dip pen nib pin has been highly polished and has a sturdy clasp on the back suitable for use as a lapel pin or a tie tack.

MM-435
pen pin

Dip Pen Nib Lapel Pin - Nib imprint: Speedball Flicker USA George Patents Hung Mfg Co and FB5 on the reservoir. Measures 1.5 inches long.
$20




Other Items



Montblanc Stamps

A must for Montblanc aficionados! Reproduction self sticking stamps of the famous Montblanc advertising car, complete with pen on the top and snowcap hubcaps. Each stamp measures 1.5 x 1.25 inches and is done in sepia tones. Sold as a set of 10 stamps.

Montblanc Set of 10 Stamps - P750

P750 Montblanc Stamps - Set of 10 $5



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Wearever Display Front - This is a piece from an old wood Wearever display. Just the piece, not the entire display! Found it lurking in the back of one of my cabinets. Measures 13.5 x 1 inch. Has a solid bottom edge, so could adorn a shelf or a desk or even hang on a wall with a couple of hooks added to the backside. Fun little piece of ephemera.
$10
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Alvin West German Compass - Heavy steel construction, nothing flimsy about this drafting compass. Comes with a small clear container with a tiny piece of lead inside. Measures 8 1/8 inches long. In original box. Compass shows no signs of wear, just some light scruff marks on the box. Very good condition.
$20
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Pen Show Coffee Mug - New Jersey Pen Show October 1995, illustrated pens spell out New Jersey Pen Show. Perfect for coffee, tea or whatever your favorite beverage might be. Makes a great holder for a few pens or pencils on your desk. Illustrated and designed by Pier Gustafson a well known artist and pen collector. Excellent condition.
$30
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Pen Show Coffee Mug - Miami Pen Show 1998, pink with aqua pen show illustration. Perfect for coffee, tea or whatever your favorite beverage might be. Makes a great holder for a few pens or pencils on your desk. Illustrated and designed by D.J. Kennedy a well known artist and pen collector. Excellent condition.
$30
New
MM569
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Scotch Cellophane Tape Tin - Nice old metal tin with red plain pattern from the early days of Scotch Tape. Measures 3 inches diameter. Made by Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing in St. Paul, Minnesota. More commonly known as 3M today. No tape inside, just the tin for you to use to stash little desk trinkets inside. Very good condition.
$10
New
MM573
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Coffee Mug for Pen & Music Lovers! Chicago Pen Show 2006, Krone themed Mozart Pen, pens shown in full color, Krone logo in black, Mozart in script in light olive. Excellent condition and ready to be filled up with your favorite hot beverage.
$10
New
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Fountain Pen Chocolate Candy Mold - Betcha' don't have one of these! This old steel mold originally came from a chocolate candy factory in Cincinnati, Ohio. It measures 14.5 x 10 inches and makes 16 chocolate fountain pens. Each chocolate pen measures 5.25 inches long, just like a real pen. It is in excellent condition and we have indeed made chocolate pens in this mold for special events. Excellent condition.
$125





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