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Macniven & Cameron
Posted on Thursday June 10, 2021

Macniven & Cameron are well known as the leading Scottish manufacturers of dip pen nibs and fountain pens. Actually there is a quibble with both these statements. Most of the nibs issued under their name were made in Birmingham and many were made for them by other nib manufacturing companies. Did they ever have a […]


Blackbird Fountpen Eyedropper Filler
Posted on Tuesday June 08, 2021

This box is rather shabby, discoloured and worn, but that’s hardly surprising. It’s more than a century old. What’s inside is also more than a century old but there’s nothing shabby about it! It’s a Blackbird Fountpen, made around 1914 and the black hard rubber is like new, black as night and with chasing so […]


Checking In
Posted on Thursday May 20, 2021

Hello again! Sorry to have been off the air for a bit. My husband has been unwell. It’s hard keeping this one-woman show on the road when things go wrong. He’s on the mend now, though slowly, and I hope to be a bit more active here and on the sales site. A dozen pens […]


Mabie Todd Swan Leverless L112/94
Posted on Tuesday May 04, 2021

This one is rare. I wonder why, being so beautiful. Many thanks to Paul for photographs.


Swan Minor No 2 Italian Marble
Posted on Saturday May 01, 2021

There I was, complaining about the lack of colourful pens and I forgot about the Italian Marble Swan Minor I found. It has cleaned up beautifully and It is super flexy. I took some photos but I have yet to make a writing sample. Is Italian Marble a thing or is it just a made-up […]


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