A posh fountain pen can be worth thousands | Daily Mail

This ‘double dragon’ pen sold for £178,135

If you are writing ‘thank you’ letters after Christmas with a traditional fountain pen, you could be holding a small fortune in your hand.

Most collectables herald from the 1920s onwards when piston-controlled ink fills turned them into writing instruments that are still practical today.

A 1921 Parker ‘Big Red’ Duofold can sell for £500 with the original box, while a 1939 Parker 51 in a rare colour, such as plum, can fetch up to £700.

Later pens, such as a 1954 Conway Stewart Floral, can fetch £400 due to their quality craftsmanship.

Other vintage pen makers that collectors consider include Mabie Todd, Sheaffer and De La Rue. Modern limited edition fountain pens are also highly sought after as investments. For example, a 1992 Montblanc Hemingway can sell for £1,500.

Art decorations add value for the most expensive pens. Japanese pen-maker Namiki uses an ancient lacquering technique called Maki-e.

An early 1930s Dunhill Namiki ‘double dragon’ hand-painted by artist Shogo sold for £178,135 last year.

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