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Miller's: Pens & Writing Equipment: A Collector'sGuide (Miller's Collector's Guides) Paperback – February 18, 1999

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These colorful, compact guides contain a large amount of information for the beginning collector. Each tells where to start and provides brief introductions to various categories of the six types of collectibles. Arranged in chronological order to show major varieties, designers, manufacturers, and makers, each contains 120 to 150 full-color photographs that are necessarily small but are crisp and clear, well organized, and labeled to fit the text. Every page of each book has a boxed "Fact File" offering important additional details in support of the collectibles described. "Where To Buy" sections list major antique associations and dealers in Britain and the United States, and although the collectibles are British or from Europe, prices are given in American dollars. Additional reading appears in the "What To Read" sections. Except for Perfume Bottles and Advertising Tins, all the books have helpful glossaries, and Ceramics and Glass include makers' marks. Authored by either notable collectibles writers who worked with private collectors or by collectors themselves, these little books have a certain brightness and cheer that make them pleasant reading even if one is not a collector. Because the scope is limited to mainly British collectibles, this series is recommended for larger libraries where there is interest.ATherese Duzinkiewicz Baker, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green
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Product Details

  • Series: Miller's Collector's Guides
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (February 18, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840001461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840001464
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,767,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 1999
Miller's, most famous for their antiques guides turn their attention to pens and writing equipment, giving some idea of the recognized growth in this area of collecting. This book is intended as a companion for the collector and unlike the companion by Alexander Crum Ewing, this book takes a broader look at the complete range of writing instrument collecting and would be more suited to someone who's tastes run to vintage as well as modern pen collecting.
Covering the complete gamut from early writing instruments to modern limited editions, it covers; pencils, ink, inkwells and other emphemera. This book doesn't waste time with small talk and in common with many companions, facts and details are thrown up at the reader in every sentence.
The run-through from early pens, unusual design pens, pens of the 30's and 40's and with the same attention given to pencils and inkwells it is interesting to note what's included. The usual suspects - 51's, 61's and PFM's all get their deserved mention, but so do more unusual items : Haro Glass nib pens, a 1930's two nibbed Dunhill manufactured by Omas and many other unusual offerings are included.
The book itself introduces a new theme every two pages (this is a mere 70 page book). These are fact filled pages with very good illustrations. The illustration showing the workings of the lever filler, for example, is excellent and the photography in general is very good. However, in common with all Miller's books the real value in buying this book lies in it's pricing guide. Many old items and vintage pens are given a Sterling price as a guide (nominally, a one to one conversion to US$ can be made). These guides can be used intuitively, to make an educated guess at other equipment from the same era, in the same condition.
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