My Husband's Pen Collection

@BelleStarr (39929)
United States
June 2, 2018 8:47am CST
When my husband worked at UTC, he collected pens. Everyone knew he collected pens so not only did I buy him one when we visited places but everyone we knew also bought them for him. He had lots of them. Some of them disappeared at work but when he retired, he brought some of them back home. Many of the pens were the type that had a moving part inside like a train or a carriage. I took a picture of just a couple of them. One is from Fatima, which we visited and another is Winterthur which we also visited. He used these pens so if they look a little rough, they probably lived for years in his tool box lol
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@Courtlynn (55383)
• United States
2 Jun
now that's something different for collecting.
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@BelleStarr (39929)
• United States
2 Jun
It is and it is very affordable, most pens are just a couple of dollars.
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@Courtlynn (55383)
• United States
2 Jun
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@just4him (129029)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Jun
That's an interesting collection.
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@BelleStarr (39929)
• United States
3 Jun
He really did have some cute ones but these were all I could find when I went looking. !! I remember getting him a cute Robin Hood one in Nottingham England years ago.
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@just4him (129029)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Jun
@BelleStarr That one must have been awesome!
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@BelleStarr (39929)
• United States
3 Jun
@just4him It was it was green and the clip to hook to a shirt was made of wood.
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@Tampa_girl7 (26839)
• United States
2 Jun
Collecting can be fun. I still have a comic book collection.
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@BelleStarr (39929)
• United States
2 Jun
Depending on condition, they can be a very profitable collection. My brother owned a comic book store.
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@Tampa_girl7 (26839)
• United States
2 Jun
@BelleStarr I would love to find out their value, but there is no where to take them here. Some would also be hard for me to part with.
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@Tampa_girl7 (26839)
• United States
4 Jun
@BelleStarr I was a child when I first started collecting them. Most are not in perfect condition.
@PainsOnSlate (20670)
• Canada
10 Jun
Love to see others collections. It must have been fun to collect pens and use them too.
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@BelleStarr (39929)
• United States
14 Jun
Yes he did enjoy it when he worked, now not so much lol
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• Canada
18 Jun
@BelleStarr I tend to collect Christmas stuff, and as a child a great Aunt started me on a Occupied Japan collection
• Canada
18 Jun
@DianneN (88488)
• United States
4 Jun
That is quite the collection!!! Having had careers as teachers and professors, we have pens galore from work, conventions, travels, and CVS, but the only ones we use our our Mont Blanc pens that were gifts to each other.
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@BelleStarr (39929)
• United States
5 Jun
I have a friend whose husband makes custom pens and I had one made for my son in law last Christmas and two of the grandsons, me I use a gel pen!! lol I would be terrified of losing an expensive pen.
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@DianneN (88488)
• United States
6 Jun
@BelleStarr I lost my first, so my husband bought me another. I think I left it at Stop & Shop signing my credit card. Drat! We received two pens with our programs at the theater the other night to fill out our bidding cards. I don't know what to do with them. Want them?
@sh2ker (323)
• Bury, England
3 Jun
What a cool collection. It is also a good way to remember where you have been. I collect guidebooks from all the tourist places I have visited.
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@BelleStarr (39929)
• United States
4 Jun
I collect the guidebooks too and I have way, way too many. His collection is easier to manage. lol
@sh2ker (323)
• Bury, England
4 Jun
@BelleStarr I know they do take up a lot of room but I like them and they are a cool reminder of where I have been. I added another one to my collection from Harlech Castle.
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• United States
3 Jun
There was a time when I collected matchbooks. Had quite a collection of them. But, they deteriorated quite fast. I was thrilled to find a box of them at a tag sale. Was hard pressed not to buy them. LOL. My first husband was a pen collector. He would manage to bring home quite a few. People became leary of him when he said "can I borrow your pen?" That meant they would not get it back. LOL
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@BelleStarr (39929)
• United States
4 Jun
lol He is not alone in that, many people have light fingers when it comes to pens lol I have to catch myself all the time not taking the pen when I sign at a restaurant, it is not intentional. lol
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• United States
6 Jun
@BelleStarr I had to put a big flower on all of my pens when I worked at the high school. Otherwise I was constantly looking for a pen.
@JudyEv (137661)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jun
I'm sure Winterthur is one of the destinations on our board game Ticket to Ride.
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@BelleStarr (39929)
• United States
5 Jun
There are two Winterthurs, we have been to both One is a city in Switzerland and one is a DuPont house in Delaware. The one is Switzerland is home to the Oskar Reinhart collection which is an amazing house museum filled with art!!
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@JudyEv (137661)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Jun
@BelleStarr How about that? Now we're in Tasmania we're continually coming across town names that are also on the mainland.
@SAM774 (4178)
3 Jun
that's fun .... i also collect pens but end up losing them
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@BelleStarr (39929)
• United States
6 Jun
lol yes my husband has also lost many of them.
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@Corbin5 (119950)
• United States
2 Jun
He must have quite a collection of pens after all those years. You never have to look for a pen, ever!
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@BelleStarr (39929)
• United States
3 Jun
lol I actually don't use his pens at home at all, he keeps them in his nightstand lol
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@Corbin5 (119950)
• United States
3 Jun
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• India
2 Jun
Nice to know about his love for collecting pens. Collection is a good way to keep memories.
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@BelleStarr (39929)
• United States
2 Jun
That is so true, every time we look at the pens we remember when we visited the location.
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• India
3 Jun
@BelleStarr Memories are always cherishing
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• Pamplona, Spain
2 Jun
Those are nice pens to have and remember. I don´t have any special ones really but I did before and I was fond of them and I lost them due to moving a few times too many.
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@BelleStarr (39929)
• United States
2 Jun
Yes, pens are easy enough to lose even if you don't move.
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• Pamplona, Spain
3 Jun
@BelleStarr I have managed tio keep the ones I have got this time even if the don´t work a lot of sentimental value for me.
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@LadyDuck (183434)
• Switzerland
2 Jun
My husband collects calligraphy pens, he likes those pens a lot even if he has a horrible calligraphy.
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@BelleStarr (39929)
• United States
2 Jun
lol Most men do have terrible calligraphy lol My son in law collects high-end pens, I had one made for him from rosewood for Christmas. My husbands collection was more about the different destinations lol
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@LadyDuck (183434)
• Switzerland
2 Jun
@BelleStarr I agree that most men have terrible calligraphy. He also have some nice fountain pens, that he only uses to sign documents.
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@Jessabuma (33167)
• Baguio, Philippines
2 Jun
Wow ! That's interesting! Collecting pen is a cool hobby.
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@BelleStarr (39929)
• United States
2 Jun
It is different and something that anyone can do.
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@Jessabuma (33167)
• Baguio, Philippines
3 Jun
@BelleStarr yes I agree with you..
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@Shavkat (66279)
• Philippines
2 Jun
That's a new way of collecting things. It would be nice to put them in one special place.
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@BelleStarr (39929)
• United States
2 Jun
If he was serious about it, we could have had a case made to hold them.
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@Shavkat (66279)
• Philippines
3 Jun
@BelleStarr I hope you can give a suggestion to him. He might have the idea.
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@ptrikha_2 (10913)
• India
11 Jun
That is quite some collection- great share!
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@BelleStarr (39929)
• United States
14 Jun
Thank you
@nela13 (9489)
• Portugal
6 Jun
I have a friend who collects pencils
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@BelleStarr (39929)
• United States
7 Jun
I think all writing implements are collectible.
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@noni1959 (4011)
• United States
5 Jun
I used to collect pencils with tips that held things like colored rocks,glitter and other things. Over the years I've lost a few and gave some away. Cool pens.
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@BelleStarr (39929)
• United States
5 Jun
Thank you, yes he has lost or thrown out most of his massive collection.
@ridingbet (60843)
• Philippines
4 Jun
i recall. i had a suitor who is an Australian citizen but is a Filipino, who sent me 2 pens have have those moving things when the pens are tilted forward and backward. one is a ship, and the other a boy.
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@BelleStarr (39929)
• United States
4 Jun
Yes those are exactly the ones that he has.
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@snowy22315 (54620)
• United States
3 Jun
Pens are a rather useful thing to collect. I never buy them but I am big on picking up free pens. I have dozens.
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@BelleStarr (39929)
• United States
6 Jun
Yes there are many opportunities to pick up free ones that are being offered.