Pen Show was started in New Jersey by Stuart Schneider and George
Fischler over 10 years ago. Berliner Pens bought the rights
to the show several years ago, and at the end of last year's
show it was offered for sale. We purchased it and it is now
coming to New York City, thus the name New York City Pen Show.
excited at the idea of having a show for more than one day,
especially with the potential volume of people in the immediate
areas surrounding Manhattan. We decided to run the show for
three days; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all open to the public.
This was another unprecedented move. No show was open to the
public more than two days, and most only one day, Sunday.
The decision was made and everyone in the pen community seemed
to support our logic for a three-day show.
auction for the benefit of National Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
is scheduled to be held both at the show and to run simultaneously
on Ebay Charity Auctions pages (which are separate and apart
from their regular auctions) for ten days prior to show date.
All items to be auctioned are donations and all proceeds will
be donated to the National Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. We
have received strong support from many of the dealers for
both vintage and new pens. The first donation for this event
is a prototype of the Anno Domini from Robert Kronenberger's
personal collection. We are thrilled to announce the following
donations to the list: Allen Gross of PensPlus has donated
a wonderful Visconti Dragon, Fountain Pen Hospital of New
York has given us Krone Limited Edition Harry Houdini, with
key, which was limited to 100 pieces worldwide, and a wonderful
selection of Monteverde ballpoints and rollerballs from Yaffa
Pens. We have received also commitments from Bexley Pen, Michel
Perchin, Berliner Pens, Gary Lerher and Jac Zagoory. We contacted
all of the manufacturers, even those who were not attending
the show and those who never attend shows.
urging everyone to donate an item(s) for this worthy cause.
The donations are fully tax deductible and the proceeds will
be donated to the National Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. The
auctioneer has volunteered his time and services to this worthy
cause. We have some very special items already in the auction
and they will be listed in catalogue form on the New York
City website at http://www.nycpenshow.com
need to make this event a huge success is donations of any
writing instruments, and pen related objects. Both new and
vintage items are being sought. Anyone wishing to make a contribution
should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
for some more exciting news.
large and professionally planned museum quality exhibit of
historical pens, owned by Robert Kronenberger, avid pen collector
and owner of the shows sponsor, Krone Pens, will be
on display at the show for the first time ever. The display
consists of pens used to sign important and sometimes amusing
documents throughout history. A sampling of what will be on
display is the pen used by Abraham Lincoln when he signed
the Homestead Act in of 1862, John F. Kennedy's on the Arms
Control and Disarmament Act, to Bill Clintons pen used
to sign an executive order detailing ethics requirements for
executive branch officials in his first official act minutes
after being sworn in. This collection is enough to overwhelm
your senses with memories and moments from the historical
past as you feel the aura of the pens and documents that stand
collection includes pens and signatures from not only the
Presidents of our country, but also a few pleasant surprises
from legends such as Ernest Hemmingway and Marilyn Monroe.
You might just encounter a pen from your very own favorite
historical icon, and what a significant moment that would
be for you. But enough clues, the only way to get the full,
incredible effect is to see the collection with your own eyes,
up close and personal. And then, maybe you will take a minute
to admire the elegant writing instrument that you use to make
your next mark. For in a hundred years, it might be worth
more than you think. Then again, maybe not.
will début at the New York City show and will be more
exciting than we are allowed to say at this time. There should
be some element of surprise, don't you think?
exciting event is the display by Scott Woodside of Platinum
Pens U.S.A. in collaboration with Platinum Pens, Japan to
bring their treasured and honored Maki-E artists to the United
States for the first time ever, to exhibit their craft at
the New York City Pen Show. This is certainly an honor for
us, as the owners of the show, as well as for all those attending,
that this venue was selected for this amazing debut. Japan
holds their Maki-E artists in very high esteem, recognizing
them as "National Treasures". All of the artists
are licensed by the government of Japan and issued licenses
with numbers. Scott Woodside has informed me that the two
artists that will be present at the show hold the license
numbers "1" and "2". That is a very impressive
fact. Scott Woodside has just returned from Japan with preliminary
proposed plan for this exhibit. The artists will actually
perform their craft for all to see. They will show the steps
involved in the creation of a Maki-E pen and the incredible
talent possessed by the artists who create these amazing pens.
Maki-E is an art form that originates from the Sixth Century.
It was first used on fountain pens in the 1930s, and some
of those original creations will be on display at the show.
Recently, in one of the major auctions in London, an original
Maki-E fountain pen sold for in excess of $250,000 quite an
the events that are happening at the show, the assortment
of world class exhibitors who will be present at the show,
and the events that happen in New York City every day this
show promises to be, at the least, eventful and memorable.
keep all of you posted as new and exciting things happen.
You can follow my articles in Stylophiles Magazine for in
depth information from January to present. Visit the website
for the New York City Pen Show for up to the minute additions
to the auction catalogue and remember to make your plans to
attend this show, so in 25 years from now you can say "I
attended the inaugural New York City Pen Show".
to see you all in September.
and Steve Zucker