Sunday, December 20, 2020

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 123

It's a known fact that people feel more nostalgic during the holidays--they bring back memories of happy times spent with loved ones, delicious holiday meals shared with friends and family, and perhaps even some special gifts received as a child. Speaking of's something you don't see very often these days.... 

 (all photos courtesy of Stuart ~ please click on images to enlarge)

Stuart: "It’s a 1959 desk-set, with a ceramic base made for Parker by Haeger, and that was meant to double as an ashtray!  (oh the 50’s!!!) It’s in the original box, which as you can see is quite worn, but the set is great, either unused or used only a little." 


(Parker 'Spherix' ballpoint desk set with a ceramic ashtray made by Haeger Potteries)

Stuart: "It took 12 days from New York to here, which is good.  It was on Etsy, and I hemmed and hawed about it for months before deciding to go for it.  I’m surprised it hung around so long, lucky me!  I’ve seen -online- a 1959 Parker desk-set catalog that shows this set, along with several others by Haeger, including one that doubled as a planter, which makes a little more sense than stubbing out your cig in your desk-set."


Stuart: "The original Jotter refill is dried-up, but replacing it is no problem (as it takes modern Parker ballpoint refills)."


Sadly, Haeger Potteries closed its doors in 2016, after more than 100 years in business. The Haeger ceramic pieces that were part of desk sets don't come up for sale too often, so this was a great find :) Bravo, Stuart, and thanks for sharing it with us!

P.S. Stuart swung by the Vancouver Pen Shop and wanted to mention their Christmas Promo - a Waterman 'Allure' fountain pen, a bottle of Robert Oster ink and a notebook for $60 plus tax (and it's all gift-bagged, too!). Stuart also mentioned that the store will ship to people out of town.

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