The development of pen collecting as a highly popular hobby throughout the world has been helped by the publication of a number of books dealing principally with manufacturers such as Parker, Waterman and Sheaffer in the USA and, to a lesser extent, the UK. Recently, detailed monographs on the individual manufacturers such as Pelikan, Montblanc, Aurora and Omas have provided collectors with valuable additional information. This book provides an in depth description of the work and legacy of one man, Eduard Penkala, and the Croatian pen company bearing his name - Penkala. The detailed text provides an insight into the work of this inventor who was not only granted patents for novel pen and pencil mechanisms but who also improved the design of gramophone records and constructed the first plane in Croatia. Supported by a wealth of original material including pen catalogues, factory inventories, company records, the fascinating history of the Penkala company is described in detail. Original advertisements and the author's own substantial collection are used to illustrate the many models of pen which include bulb fillers, piston fillers and safety pens, mechanical pencils and the associated manufacture of nibs, clips, and a full range of writing accessories. This book brings hitherto unavailable information to the pen collecting world and is an valuable addition to every enthusiast's library. Simon Gray Battersea Pen Home
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