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,

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