Chris Robinson has been restoring and selling vintage fountain pens since 1976. She expanded her sales worldwide by launching this website - Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. in 2006.
We provide vintage fountain pens – restored and ready to use today and vintage desktop items. Vintage fountain pens are by their very nature second, third or even fourth hand, condition will vary and this is stated and reflected in the price.
A fountain pen gift box is available free of charge with each purchase upon request. Just tick the relevant box at checkout.
Our Sold Archive provides information to budding vintage fountain pen/desktop item collectors and social history students and is a permanent record of items of interest that we have sold. It is also an opportunity for potential customers to view recently sold items. Should you wish us to try to source another copy of a previously sold item a contact e-mail link is provided.
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This vintage fountain pen- the Taperite Stateleigh- was made by Waterman around 1945. It is not a particularly rare model but this example offers something extra. It forms part of a recently purchased collection and was previously owned by the late Henry Pleasants (1910-2000). He was an American music critic for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin. He subsequently joined the U.S. Army -leaving to enter the Foreign Service in 1950. He served as an intelligence officer in Munich, was involved with espionage during the Cold War and was CIA station chief in Bonn. He retired from the foreign service in 1964 and settled in London with his wife, Virginia Pleasants, the harpsichordist and pianist. His love of music and, in particular, the human voice, led him to write “The Great Singers” , released in 1966, which I gather became a standard reference work. For thirty years he was the London music critic for the International Herald Tribune. Given that his vintage fountain pen dates from 1945 it is most likely that it was in use during his work as an intelligence officer and thereafter until his death in 2000 when it was passed on to a friend and collector and then to me - if only it could speak. Condition is good but with some age wear particularly on the clip of the gold fill cap that also has some minor dings - these are reflected in the price – as is its provenance. The slip on cap carries the Stateleigh “star and stripes” motif and is engraved “H.P.” on the reverse. The smooth nib has a fine to medium point – and is a pleasure to use. It measures 13.3cm with cap on and 15.6cm with cap on barrel end. The barrel text reads “Waterman’s Made in U.S.A.”. So a piece of fountain pen history which will sit very well in a vintage fountain pen collection but will equally serve as a “special” everyday writer. All fountain pens are professionally serviced by Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. unless stated otherwise and bench tested prior to offering for sale. A further inspection is carried out before despatch. Filling instructions will be sent with your order and a gift box is available free of charge on request.
Postage and packing
U.K. via Royal Mail Special Delivery: £7.00
Europe via Royal Mail International Signed For: £10.00
Rest of World via Royal Mail International Signed For: £12.00
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Here is a little information about how this site works:
The Vintage Pens section initially shows all the pens currently in stock, displayed in a random order, over several pages. Clicking on the link below the pen illustration will reveal other pens available from the same manufacturer. An alternative method of finding a particular pen is to use the Search Catalogue section.
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