Don’s Cigar Box Pen Chests for

Add a little rustic charm to displaying your pen collection in these repurposed Spanish cedar boxes. Not only do they look great, but they also keep more money in your pocket to spend on pens. That’s the way it should be more often in this hobby.

Our son-in-law, Don Fluckinger—author of our collection of Extra Fine Points articles — is also a fountain pen collector and user. He fits these chests with pen trays and felt linings, and felt feet on the bottom to prevent scratching the desk or whatever surface they’ll live on in their new homes. Keep in mind, these aren’t fine wood furniture; Don does his best to remove all scratches, dings, and finish aberrations, but a few come with the territory.

Enjoy the elaborate logos (some boxes contain elaborate lid papers), the gold-tone hardware, and the slight imperfections—and watch with delight as your fellow pen-collector’s face lights up when you reveal how the innocent-looking cigar box on your desk is not packed with stogies, but instead your favorite writing instruments. Or, better yet, when the gift he or she receives is not a dozen Honduran Churchills but instead a lovely pen chest.

Each display case is a little differently sized. When choosing one, keep in mind that the most important dimension is the maximum pen length a box will accommodate. For quick reference, the Parker 75 and Pelikan M400 are about 5" in length. The Parker “51”, Sheaffer Balance Premier (Oversize), and Big Red Duofold are all about the same length, roughly 51/2" to 55/8". The Montblanc 149 and the Pelikan M1000 are both about 53/4" to 513/16" long.

Priority Mail shipping for a single box is $12.00 in the U.S.A. (International shipping is higher.) If one of these boxes strikes your fancy, keep in mind that these can go fast.

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