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This page last updated 3/19/14

Some of the more unusual desk sets we come across weren't made by "The Big Four" (Parker, Sheaffer, Wahl-Everhsarp, Waterman) but by smaller, equally high quality writing instrument companies. Desk sets are always in demand, and we try to list them as soon as we find them, before we're tempted to keep them for ourselves!


Banff Alberta Canada Souvenir Desk Set - A soothing scene of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, Alberta is inset on this souvenir desk set. Smooth leather look base, the photo is beneath a piece of celluloid stitched into place. Black pen holder with bright brass socket swivels 360 degrees. The original pen was missing, so we have replaced with a matte black desk style ballpoint pen that uses Cross refills. Pen is in perfect condition and fresh refill is installed. Base measures 3 5/8 inches diameter, pen is 6 5/8 inches long. Very good condition.


Bakelite Art Deco Desk Set Organizer - Brown bakelite desk set with single swivel black bakelite pen holder. Two depressions for clips, nibs and other desk thingies. Double pen grooves across the front of the organizer. Measures 7 x 6 inches at widest base points. Excellent condition.

Antique Cadillac Car Desk set, ca. 1960s, ivory porcelain with single pen groove across the front, black pen holder swivels 360 degrees. ca. 1960s black desk style ballpoint pen with wide gold plated center band. Pen uses a Papermate refill, fresh one installed. Very nice center full color illustration on desk set of a 1904 Cadillac. Base measures 5.75 x 5.25 at widest points. Pen measures 6 3/8 inches long. Base in excellent condition, pen in very good condition just showing a little surface wear.

Bronze Baby Shoe Desk Set, ca. 1950s, cast black metal base with bronze ribbed edge decoration, bronzed baby shoe mounted on the base. Black pen holder swivels 360 degrees. Fit with a new old stock desk style ballpoint pen in black matte with gold electroplate trim that uses Cross style ballpoint refills. Base measures 7.25 x 4.25 inches. Pen measures 6.75 inches long. Just some very light marks to surface, typical use marks, nothing major, overall very good condition.

Bakelite Art Deco Desk Set Organizer - Brown bakelite desk set with single fixed black bakelite pen holder. Two depressions for clips, nibs and other desk objects. Double pen grooves across the front of the organizer. Measures 7 x 6 inches at widest base points. Excellent condition.

Oak Desk Set with Clock - recent production (last 20 years or so), solid oak double desk set, single pen groove across the entire front of base, nice quartz clock across the back has fresh batteries. Includes two gold plated lined desk style ballpoint pens. The pens use Cross ballpoint refills and we have installed new ones in each pen. Base measures 13.75 x 5.75 inches, height to top of clock is 4.25 inches. Each pen measures 6 inches long. Excellent condition.

Bow Tie Dog Pen and Mail Holder - Cute little dog with big eyes and a bright red bow tie. Small ink pot in the top of this dog's head, brass spiral in the center for holding your mail. We've added a new old stock black matte desk style ballpoint pen with fresh Cross style BP refill. Dog measures 6 inches long, desk pen is 6.75 inches long. Marked Japan on base. Very good condition.

Art Deco Black Porcelain Desk Set - Small black glazed porcelain desk base with single black bakelite fixed pen holder. We have added a simple black and bright red desk style ballpoint pen. The red taper is angled to do double duty as a letter opener. The pen is probably about a decade later than the desk base, but they fit together well and the black and red look so good together! Base measures 1 7/8 x 3 7/8 inches, height from base to top of pen holder is 2.5 inches, pen is 7.25 inches long. Base is in very good condition, there is some mild crazing to toward the tip of the red taper, otherwise the pen is very good.

Bowling Bookend-Pen Stands, Figural ceramic in high gloss black glaze with matte gold highlights. We have included a basic black matte desk style ballpoint pens for each bookend, the pens are new old stock and use Cross style BP refills, each pen measures 6.75 inches long. Each Bowler bookend is 6 inches tall, base measures 1 5/8 x 3 inches. Very good condition.

Greek Memo Holder with Double Pen Holders and Pen Rest - Silver plated Cast White Metal. Two swivel black celluloid pen holders sit on each side of this elegant memo holder. Memo holder with pad measures 4.25 x 3 1/8 inches, it appears that at one time there was a cover over the top of the memo pad as there are two hinges on each edge of the top frame holding the memo pad. Single pen rest across the front. No pens included, but I do think elegant dip pens might be very appropriate, fountain pens would also be nice. Opening diameter of each pen holder is one half inch. Measures 6.25 inches at widest point where the pen holders are mounted. 7.75 inches from rear to front edge and the front edge measures 4 inches across. Deep casting on this memo holder with lots of detail. I estimate this piece to be ca. 1930s based on the design, the pen holders and the casting on the underside. Very beautiful and in very good condition.

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