Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Chilton Chopsticks from the Ohio Pen Show

Has it really been nearly two weeks since my last post?  What can I say?  Hospital has been crazy, and I'm still recovering from the Ohio Pen Show.  One of my grand finds (I picked up about 80 pens and had 80 more return to me there from the pen restorers) was this pair of Chilton desk pens.
Chilton was a relatively small volume manufacturer of very high quality fountain pens during the "golden age".  IIRC starting in Boston it eventually moved to Long Island City, NY.  While the pull and push of "smaller collector base" vs "smaller supply of pens" relative to the Big 4 can balance, nice Chiltons today out-price similar size/niche pens from the Big-4 in many instances.

The color of the desk pen "chopsticks" is considered.. . "Clown"... as in Chilton Clown Pen.  I've seen short clip pen, probably short ringtop, ringtop pencil and... desk pen, that one perhaps in two sizes.  Clown Pens are cherished items of high cachet in the Chilton universe, itself a desirable arena in which to play.


  1. Those Clowns are simply unbelieveable David. Congrats on an amazing find!

    I'm looking forward to seeing you in LA 2K10.

  2. Dear David,

    Those are a wonderful set of desk pens - pity there are no nibs, but great colours.

    It was great to chat to you and some of your friends at the Washington pen show. (I was that Aussie bloke wandering around.)

    If you happen to chat to Richard B. feel free to ask him how my Triad's going.




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