Rare pens on show at event

A selection of rare pens will be on show at a Shrewsbury event this week.

An open evening is being held at specialist retailer Write Here, in the town’s High Street, on Friday February 28, when experts will be on hand to talk to customers and a huge range of products will be on show.

John Hall, proprietor of Write Here, said that he was delighted that one of the UK’s smallest pen manufacturers would be in attendance.

“Worcester Pens, based in Kidderminster, are a very unusual company as there are so few small businesses making pens now in the country. We are pleased that Bryan Lucas of the firm will be coming along to our event with a selection of his artisan products,” John said.

“We have hundreds of pens and writing accessories in the shop for people to view and try, including some collectors’ items, and have also invited John Sorowka, who is a national expert in repairs and customising nibs, along to talk to guests,” he added.

A rare gold pen worth almost £20,000, which has a special link to Shrewsbury, will be on show.

The fountain pen, which celebrates he achievements of Shrewsbury’s most famous son Charles Darwin, is on sale at Write Here with a price tag of £19,500.

The pen, manufactured by Italian firm Omas, features an engraving of a mockingbird on the cap and reproductions of footprints of creatures such as turtles and lizards on the clip

“People come from throughout the Midlands and Wales to buy from us in Shrewsbury and we are hoping as many customers as possible will visit us on February 28 as writing with pens is becoming more and more popular,” John said.

The evening starts at 6pm and includes refreshments.

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