Sunday, July 4, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 219

A few weeks ago, we featured some of Stuart's Parker ballpoints--both vintage and modern--in our National Ballpoint Day 2021 blog post. Since then, Stuart acquired two more nice ballpoints--a vintage example made in the U.S. (and no, it's not a Parker!) and a modern classic made in Switzerland...

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


Stuart:"The first is an uncommon Lady Stratowriter that Sheaffer made in the late 40’s (the pen on the right in the photo above). It’s shorter than the full-size model, and clip-less, like the Lady Sheaffer’s were later on. It’s from Bob Speerbrecher, and he modified the current Sheaffer refill to fit in the pen - it works fine. The finish is gold filled over brass- it’s very solid. There’s a blank cartouche panel where engraving could be done. And there’s a pattern of alternating straight and wavy lines, very elegant. The pen reminds me of the Kimberly Pockette, a simple compact bullet shape."

"And also today, my VP (Vancouver Pen Shop) purchase - one of the flamboyant Caran d’Ache 849 “Claim Your Own Style” pens. They’re selling them at 30% off to clear them out. I love the vivid yellow of this version, with the bronze clip and red button, very sexy!"

Congrats on the new acquisitions, Stuart, and many thanks for the write up and photos of these cool pocket ballpoints (and your two "Summer Reading" posts from earlier this month)!

A big 'thank you' to everyone in our pen club who has contributed to our online "show & tell" over the past fourteen and a half months - your photographs and reviews (short or long... it doesn't matter!) are all very much appreciated. We're going to keep the virtual "show & tell" going until we meet again in person (whenever that is). Until then, stay safe, stay cool, and have a great summer!

Best wishes,
~Maja

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