Floaty pen museum

All the ancient pens – on display in one place – many warped, faded or just dried up

Mickey Mouse – floating

(Pen 946, Drawer 20) Hey Mickey! He’s so fine!


(Pen 950, Drawer 20) 6 Up was not enough. We went one louder.


(Pen 954, Drawer 20) They could only fit one in this keyring – the other six are out there somewhere.

Esso extra motor oil

(Pen 53, Drawer 20) Probably our oldest and most valuable pen! Purchased at Clignancourt flea markets in Paris, and valued by that nice David Battie from The Antiques Roadshow.

S S Canberra

(Pen 248, Drawer 55) I have very fond memories of cruising on this ship when I was 10 years old, long before my floaty obsession began. I was sad to hear that it had been sold for scrap in 1997. You can imagine my delight to see this souvenir pen come up for Auction on Ebay. The ship floats from Dover, via Athens and Istanbul, to the Pyramids of Egypt. Slightly worryingly, the ‘White Cliffs of Dover’ wobble a little when the pen is tilted!

Goldstar Israeli beer

(Pen 1363, Drawer 46) Magniiiiv!

Old egg timer

(Pen 1400, Drawer 20) Amazing old pen – still working

Monte Toledo – Aznar Line

(Pen 250, Drawer 55) It’s so old, the water has faded away, and the boat floats in the air!

London Airport

(Pen 1714, Drawer 20) The lovely people at Oxfam in Hessle contacted me about this pen and matching box. London Airport was renamed Heathrow in 1966, so that helps to date the pen. The box is amazing!

Post Office Tower

(Pen 2399, Drawer 20) An historic pen of the Post Office Tower, London, before it became the Telecom Tower, before it became the BT Tower. And it comes in an amazing presentation box, just like pen 1714 – Katy, you are amazing!

Seattle Space Needle, Gift Set

(Pen 1177, Drawer 91) To find one 50 year old pen is amazing, but to find two, and still in their original box…

British Columbia Sportsmans paradise

(Pen 299, Drawer 20) …If you like killing things!

Butchant Gardens

(Pen 304, Drawer 20) Another very old and faded pen. The people look like they have floated right out of the 1950’s.

CN Tower – Old

(Pen 323, Drawer 9) Our first vintage pen. It was a present from Katy who bought it at an antique shop in Brighton. It has most of its liquid missing. The elevator does not actually float. We date it at about 1970. Definitely a favourite.

Toronto City Hall

(Pen 324, Drawer 20) The Mountie floats along this modern cityscape in this lovely orange-barelled pen. Whoever owned it before must have enjoyed nibbleing the cap!

Niagara Falls

(Pen 330, Drawer 20) An amazingly old and faded pen.

Chelsea Football Club

(Pen 744, Drawer 20) The Pensioners!

Piccadilly Circus (V old)

(Pen 760, Drawer 20) It hasn’t changed a bit.

PTT Telecommunicatie

(Pen 830, Drawer 20) It’s for you…

Roux hair color

(Pen 2, Drawer 20) One of our oldest and most prized pens. The lady’s hair changes from blonde to brunette

Demurger & Cie

(Pen 8, Drawer 20) A little bit warped, but it’s a very old dip-stick

Fina service station

(Pen 45, Drawer 20) A bit bubbly

I love San Francisco

(Pen 1141, Drawer 109) From the days when San Francisco was really hip.

Tip and Strip, ancient lady

(Pen 1174, Drawer 20) As a rule, we don’t collect the Tip N Strips, but this one is so charming!

Lincolnshires Lancaster

(Pen 1194, Drawer 82) From the late Graham Jacob’s collection – we don’t know how it was damaged, but it’s very old, and we love it!

The Little Mirmaid

(Pen 1200, Drawer 23)

hohenluftkurort saalbach

(Pen 1257, Drawer 20) There’s an eidelweiss, so we must be in Austria

Space Needle (600), pencil

(Pen 922, Drawer 91)

Space Needle World Fair

(Pen 923, Drawer 91)

America’s first rapid transport monorail, World Fair, Seattle 1962

(Pen 1175, Drawer 91)

Seattle World’s Fair 1962

(Pen 1176, Drawer 91)

Souvenir of London Airport

(Pen 2632, Drawer 20)

Souvenir from Folkstone

(Pen 1306, Drawer 99)

Souvenir from the Isle of Wight

(Pen 1318, Drawer 99) Beautiful 1950’s car on a summer’s day

New York Rangers

(Pen 2006, Drawer 66)

Piggie Walt Disney Productions

(Pen 2008, Drawer 43)

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