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PRESIDENTIAL PENS & OFFERINGS
Specially imprinted pens (and pencils) for use by the President, Vice President and the White House began with the Truman Administration in the late 1940s. Several years ago I became interested in them and can confidently say that since then I have accumulated the largest extant, and nearly complete, collection of them. A few years ago I wrote a monograph based on that collection http://www.loringpage.com/attpensetc/PresPenBook.html and have kept it up to date with a web page http://www.loringpage.com/attpensetc/penbookupdate.html , Prior to the book I wrote a couple articles about Presidential Pens which may still be of interest, a general introduction, at: http://www.loringpage.com/attpensetc/prepenworld.html and another specifically devoted to the Nixon Administration, at : http://www.loringpage.com/attpensetc/presnixonpens.html
More recently I have decided to end my personal collection and recording with then
Clinton Administration. The reasons are
several fold, that cutoff represented a tidy 50 Years of Presidential Pens, it encompasses the era of
Parker Pen Company dominance (which has now ended with the move of its pen production
overseas), to be candid I got tired of eBay dealers all too frequent
misrepresentation of pens in this area, and being comfortable that I have for all intents
and purposes formed a complete collection, the excitement is gone. I will continue to report new finds in the
Since I have essentially stopped actively collecting I only have a few offerings in this area, but such as they are I set them out below.
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030 rare JFK / LBJ Parker 45 Demonstrator this is a Parker 45 Demonstrator Fountain Pen with an Eagle seal, it is believed that a group of these pens were made up for the JFK White House for possible use as bill signers, while there is no suggestion that they were ever used as such by JFK, it is reliably reported by an eyewitness that President Johnson subsequently used these Demonstrators at a bill signing the eyewitness attended, this would make the Eagle seal imprinted '45' Demonstrator the first, and by the far the rarest, Parker Bill Signer (simply as a pen collectible, without the seal, the Parker 45 Demonstrator trades in the $150 range at pen shows) - $1,000
050 Clinton boxed Sheaffer fountain pen & roller ball set available in two imprinting styles, one set is imprinted with Clinton's signature and the Presidential seal and the other set is imprinted with "The White House" and the Presidential seal (page 74) - $100 for either set or $175 for the pair.