Pens & Writing Instruments

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  • A Large Art Nouveau Baccarat Nautical Bronze Inkwell
    Estimate
    $15,000 - $25,000

    A Large Art Nouveau Baccarat Nautical Bronze Inkwell

    Est.
    $15,000 - $25,000
    Antique Kingdom Inc.
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $5,000
  • Qajar Lacquer Pen Case
    Estimate
    $2,000 - $2,000

    Qajar Lacquer Pen Case

    Est.
    $2,000 - $2,000
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $1,500
  • A Fine 19th C. Viennese Enamel On Bronze Inkwell
    Estimate
    $3,000 - $5,000

    A Fine 19th C. Viennese Enamel On Bronze Inkwell

    Est.
    $3,000 - $5,000
    Five Star Auctions
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $2,000
  • 19th C. Millet Signed Chinoiserie Gilt Bronze & Lacquer Inkwell
    Estimate
    $8,000 - $12,000

    19th C. Millet Signed Chinoiserie Gilt Bronze & Lacquer...

    Est.
    $8,000 - $12,000
    Five Star Auctions
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $4,000
  • A Persian Floral Hand Painted Lacquer Pen Case Box
    Estimate
    $500 - $900

    A Persian Floral Hand Painted Lacquer Pen Case Box

    Est.
    $500 - $900
    Five Star Auctions
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $400
  • 19th C. TAHAN Inkwell Boulle Marquetry Napoleon III
    Estimate
    $2,000 - $3,000

    19th C. TAHAN Inkwell Boulle Marquetry Napoleon III

    Est.
    $2,000 - $3,000
    Antique Kingdom Inc.
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $1,100
  • 19th C. French Figural Bronze & Marble Inkwell, Signed
    Estimate
    $4,000 - $6,000

    19th C. French Figural Bronze & Marble Inkwell, Signed

    Est.
    $4,000 - $6,000
    Five Star Auctions
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $2,500
  • 19th C. Austrian Viennese Hand Painted Enamel Bronze Inkwell
    Estimate
    $3,000 - $6,000

    19th C. Austrian Viennese Hand Painted Enamel Bronze In...

    Est.
    $3,000 - $6,000
    Five Star Auctions
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $2,000
  • 19th C. English Copeland Spode Porcelain Inkwell
    Estimate
    $300 - $500

    19th C. English Copeland Spode Porcelain Inkwell

    Est.
    $300 - $500
    Antique Kingdom Inc.
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $150
  • Parker Custom 18K Gold-Plated Fountain Pen, c. 1950.
    Estimate
    $400 - $600

    Parker Custom 18K Gold-Plated Fountain Pen, c. 1950.

    Est.
    $400 - $600
    Turner Auctions + Appraisal...
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $300
  • Brass Two-Sided Lion Double Inkwell and Pen Holder
    Estimate
    $10 - $200

    Brass Two-Sided Lion Double Inkwell and Pen Holder

    Est.
    $10 - $200
    Lion and Unicorn
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $10
  • Two Tiffany & Co. Ballpoint Pens.
    Estimate
    $100 - $200

    Two Tiffany & Co. Ballpoint Pens.

    Est.
    $100 - $200
    Turner Auctions + Appraisal...
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $50
  • Two Vintage Cross Pens.
    Estimate
    $150 - $250

    Two Vintage Cross Pens.

    Est.
    $150 - $250
    Turner Auctions + Appraisal...
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $80
  • A Waterman Fountain Pen, and another.
    Estimate
    $100 - $200

    A Waterman Fountain Pen, and another.

    Est.
    $100 - $200
    Turner Auctions + Appraisal...
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $50
  • Cartier Stripe Fountain Pen.
    Estimate
    $200 - $400

    Cartier Stripe Fountain Pen.

    Est.
    $200 - $400
    Turner Auctions + Appraisal...
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $100
  • Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Ballpoint pen.
    Estimate
    $100 - $200

    Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Ballpoint pen.

    Est.
    $100 - $200
    Turner Auctions + Appraisal...
    1 Bid
    Current Bid
    $50
  • Montblanc-Meisterstuck Ballpoint Pen.
    Estimate
    $80 - $120

    Montblanc-Meisterstuck Ballpoint Pen.

    Est.
    $80 - $120
    Turner Auctions + Appraisal...
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $50
  • Brass Double Inkwell Desk Accessory
    Estimate
    $10 - $200

    Brass Double Inkwell Desk Accessory

    Est.
    $10 - $200
    Lion and Unicorn
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $10
  • Three Fountain Pens, Parker and Jinhao.
    Estimate
    $80 - $120

    Three Fountain Pens, Parker and Jinhao.

    Est.
    $80 - $120
    Turner Auctions + Appraisal...
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $50
  • Les Must de Cartier Paris 18k Plated "Trinity" Fountain Pen
    Estimate
    $250 - $350

    Les Must de Cartier Paris 18k Plated "Trinity" Fountain...

    Est.
    $250 - $350
    Consortium Auctions
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $150
  • Les Must de Cartier 18k Gold Plated "Trinity" Fountain Pen
    Estimate
    $200 - $300

    Les Must de Cartier 18k Gold Plated "Trinity" Fountain ...

    Est.
    $200 - $300
    Consortium Auctions
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $125

Until the 1950s, most writers used fountain pens as their primary writing instrument. In the 70 years or so that they have been in use, their appearance has undergone significant changes. The designs exhibited a wide range of complexity and ornateness, with some designs being simple and plain. Collectors love writing with a fine vintage fountain pen because of its diverse design and pure pleasure. From fine everyday pens to very elaborate and limited-edition pens, Bidsquare always has a large inventory of antique fountain pens. The collection of antique and vintage writing instruments auction include brands such as Parker, Sheaffer, Waterman, Pelikan, Wahl Eversharp, Montblanc, Conklin, Esterbrook, among others. Some may prefer vintage fountain pens for their nibs or for the materials they are made from. Many collectors value them for their historical value, as they offer a glimpse of the hobby's origins as well as the beginnings of it. Whatever your level of expertise or experience with antique, vintage, and limited editions of the past, the featured list of pens is sure to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the very best of antique writing instruments. There is nothing more collectible than vintage pens, especially fountain pens, which can be found in a wide variety of colors and styles, from classic cigar shapes to intricate jewel-encrusted casings. 

Pens & Writing Instruments - A Brief History

Fountain pens have a long history that spans the filling of reed pens with ink to the first patents and today's fountain pens. It is a superb example of collaboration that has resulted in a writing instrument that is stylish and functional. Plastic pens were introduced in a variety of colors and styles during the 1920s when pen manufacturers were at the forefront of technological innovation and prosperity. Streamlined pens were first introduced with the Sheaffer Balance in 1929. A basic model, sold in dime stores, became available in the 1930s. In 1950, Parker introduced the classic collector pen, the Parker 51, a ballpoint pen with modern styling. The first reliable fountain pen was created in the mid-1880s, but it was far from perfect at that time.


With an average age of 75-100 years old, vintage writing instruments are antiques. While they may appear as functional and original as when they were manufactured, they are often expected to perform beyond their capabilities. Prior to becoming collectibles, these tools were regularly used by people. Hence, it is not unusual for an antique fountain pen to stop working.

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