Collectibles

How India’s artisanal fountain pens are making their mark – BBC News

New York-based novelist Amitav Ghosh recently ordered a fountain pen from an artisanal maker in India. “The last time I looked at his online list, it said my order would be ready in 95 weeks,” the Indian-born author, most recently, of Gun Island, told me. Ghosh is willing to wait for his pen to arrive …

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Is there a single worth £200,000 hidden in your attic? | Daily Mail

Nothing, not even coronavirus, can stop the inexorable rise in vinyl sales – with many music fans now preferring to spin a record rather than pop on a compact disc. With purchases expected to top five million in Britain this year, the resurgence in demand is also having a knock-on effect on the value of …

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THE LOST ART OF FOUNTAIN PEN WRITING | The Advocate Online

Few people in the United States are ever exposed to fountain pens, but they stand as a tool that is especially useful for students. Of course, in the day of technological convenience, it is strange to suggest putting an abnormal effort investing into what may seem to be an anachronistic tool. However, studies continue to …

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How vintage sunglasses can be a shrewd investment | Daily Mail

CASH IN THE ATTIC: How vintage sunglasses can be a shrewd investment, with the pair Steve McQueen wore bagging £36,600. Vintage sunglasses are not only a cool accessory to wear this summer – but can also be a shrewd investment. Ray-Bans have a timeless appeal connected with celebrity status. Designs such as the ‘Wayfarer 2140’ …

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Margaret Thatcher bag set to fetch £1,2m | Daily Mail

Margaret Thatcher is one of the most iconic politicians of the 20th Century – and her place in history is reflected in the rising value of related collectables. To mark the 40th anniversary of her becoming Britain’s first female Prime Minister, a sale of her famous handbags, jewellery and clothes is taking place at the …

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A posh fountain pen can be worth thousands | Daily Mail

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 …

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Let the Fountain Pens Flow! – The New York Times

In this coldly pixelated age, old-fashioned writing implements make a small but meaningful comeback. Around 40 people had gathered on a recent weekday evening in SoHo at the Lamy store, a 600-square-foot ground-floor showcase of contemporary Germanic pen design. Packed around a table with notepads and test pens, the group, ethnically diverse but mostly men, …

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Up in your loft you may find a pile of old luggage worth hundreds – if not thousands – of pounds | Daily Mail

Peer up in the loft and you may find a pile of old luggage worth hundreds – if not thousands – of pounds. Louis Vuitton revolutionised the baggage industry when, in 1854 as a 16-year-old box-making apprentice, he started to make canvas cases that could be stacked on top of each other. Innovation: Louis Vuitton …

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