The Historic Pen Company: Where History Comes to Life
The Historic Pen Company offers our customers the opportunity to purchase and exhibit not only one of a kind hand-made, unique wood products and gifts of historical significance, but also an expanding line handcrafted product and gifts made from materials other than wood that have been reclaimed and salvaged from structures and in some cases trees of historical and/or cultural significance.
HPC acquires amazing piece of Civil War history, Beauvoir, the retirement home of Jefferson Davis
The Historic Pen Company has acquired wood from Beauvoir Plantation, Home of Jefferson Davis.
Severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Beauvoir, the last home of Jefferson Davis has finally been restored and HPC has been fortunate to acquire a piece of the original front porch that was cut away during the restoration.
Unfortunately, along with Beauvoir many of the original artifacts, documents, furniture and art were also damaged and destroyed when the Estate was in the path of Katrina, but finally eith years later, Beauvoir, The Jefferson Davis Home and Prsidential Library has been rebuilt, restored and open to the public.
HPC feels extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to secure this small piece of history attached to one of the key players in not just the War Between The States but also one of the amazing military and political leaders of the 19th century.
Check our store, www.HistoryPens.com as we will be blogging about what pens we will be able to create from this unique piece of American and Civil War History.
Windsor Mills Covered Bridge - National Register of Historic Places
The Historic Pen Company has secured a piece of original 1867 construction wood from one of the few drivable Covered Bridges in the United States, Windsor Mills Bridge in Ashtabula County, Ohio.
HPC will create several fine quality writing instruments from this original construction wood, removed during a 2002-2004 reconstruction, to commemorate these icons of Americana, the Covered Bridge.
Windsor Mills Bridge, also known as Wiswell Road Bridge or Warner Hollow Road Bridge, is a covered bridge that carries Covered Bridge Lane, formerly Wiswell Road, across Phelps Creek in Windsor Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio, United States. The bridge, one of currently 17 drivable bridges in the county, is a single-span Town Truss design. The bridge sits atop cut stone abutments, one made of sandstone quarried nearby, and the other made of creek stone. The bridge was bypassed in the 1960s and closed to traffic, and Wiswell Road was rerouted west of the creek. In the 1980s, the bridge was completely closed due to safety reasons. It underwent extensive renovation from 2002 to 2004, and was then reopened to all traffic, except for trucks and buses. The bridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge’s WGCB number is 35-04-25, and it is located approximately 5.0 mi (8.0 km) west of Orwell, Ohio.
HistoryPens.com secures wood from revamped Ocean City, NJ Boardwalk
Ocean City, NJ - October 28, 2013 - HPC has secured a quantity of boardwalk wood removed from the beautiful Ocean City Boardwalk during a recent repair and restoration. Although the quantity is limited, HPC will create several ornament and magnet designs to compliment product made from Ocean City's sister New Jersey Boardwalks in Atlantic City, Point Pleasant Beach, Wildwood, Ocean Grove, Belmar and Seaside Heights, including a 2013 Christmas Ornament. Please visit our Online Store for more information...
Sam Houston Pecan Tree
The Historic Pen Company has acquired a rare piece of US and Texas history in the form of a small piece of the Sam Houston Pecan!
The house Sam Houston loved best was the one at Huntsville in which he resided for nearly twenty years.
In the south corner of the spacious yard only the stump remains of this native pecan, which grew into a beautiful tree of immense proportions. This magnificent tree died in 1974. According to Houston’s granddaughter, Mrs. Jennie Morrow Decker of Houston, her grandfather planted the tree in 1847. While returning from a trip, he had need of a buggy whip to spur his lazy horse. Having none, he stopped beside the road and pulled up a small pecan sapling, which served his purpose well. Arriving at his home, he saw that the roots were still intact, so he planted the sapling in the yard and it grew.
The Sam Houston Pecan produced a fruit, which was small but quite delicious. For many years, its pecans were distributed to Texas schools and colleges by Sam Houston State University at Huntsville. A number of the nuts also were sent to other state capitols and to the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
HPC hopes to create a couple of unique pieces out of this beautiful wood and one or more of HPC's exclusive pen designs by January 1, 2014.
White House wood acquired from the 1927 and 1950 reconstruction
The Historic Pen Company has acquired several pieces of wood that were removed and made available to the public following the 1927 and the 1950 renovations of the White House.
In 1927, Calvin Coolidge, tired of the leaky roof, had the attic space expanded into a full third floor by constructing a steel-frame story atop the brick and mortar walls of 1800. The added weight contributed to the failure of the structure by 1949, according to the Corps of Engineers' report, prompting the 1950 or Truman Reconstruction.
HPC, is accessing the stability of the wood and hopes to get a "few" pens made from this wood, some of which goes back to James Madison's rebuilding of the White House following the War of 1812, when it was burned down by British troops.
Our first pen will be part of our Sterling Silver Collection followed by our exclusive Stainless Steel design. Please check back regularly and email us any questions at Bob@HistoricPenCompany.com. This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of American History in the for of "Witness Wood" of the most famous residence in the world.
Christ Church, Philadelphia
The Historic Pen Company has acquired architechural pieces of Christ Church in Philadelphia, PA.
HPC will work on the development of a couple of pen styles that will be made from 1700 and 1800's artifacts removed and replaced in 1902, 1922 and 1968 including not only wood details but a piece of slate tile, iron hinges and latches and cir. 1700's lathe nails.
Members of the Church of England, who built a small wooden church on the site, founded Christ Church in 1695. When the congregation outgrew this structure some twenty years later, they decided to erect a new church, the most sumptuous in the colonies. The main body of the church was constructed between 1727 and 1744, and the steeple was added in 1754, making it the tallest building in North America at the time, at 60 meters. Christ Church is considered one of the nation's most beautiful surviving 18th-century structures, a monument to colonial craftsmanship and a handsome example of Georgian architecture. For more info...
Washington Elm - Silver
The Historic Pen Company is introducing the only Washington Elm Pen to be made for our Sterling Silver Collection.
The "Washington Elm" is the Elm tree under which General George Washington assumed Command of the American Army during the Revolutionary War, July 3, 1775. Although our Master Pen Maker has struggled with wood that HPC was able to acquire from the collection of the now defunct Frank P. Blair Post No. 1, Department of Missouris, Grand Army of the Republic. This rare piece of "Washington Elm" that stood until it succumed to disease in 1923 was presented to the Frank P. Blair Post No. 1 of the GAR, by Thomas H. Lucy of William H. Smart Post No. 30 of Cambridge Mass in 1923. For More Info...
1st "Old Ironsides" Pen now available
The Historic Pen Company is proud to introduce the first pen made from a collection of wood we acquired from both the original 1927 reconstruction and the 1973 upgrades made in perpetration for the United States 1976 Bi-Centennial Celebration from the most famous ship in US Naval history - "Old Ironsides" herself - the USS Constitution.
In the battle that created not only the legend and nick-named "Old Ironsides" but forever sealed the US Navy's formidability, the 44-gun frigate USS Constitution was actually outfitted with 55 guns when she encountered the 38-gun frigate HMS GUERRIERE (armed with 49 at the time) off the coast of Nova Scotia, at about 2 p.m. Closing the distance of several miles between the two warships, HMS GUERRIERE raised three British ensigns as an invitation to a duel; USS CONSTITUTION’s Capt. Isaac Hull answered with four American ensigns. For More Information or to Purchase...
"Old Ironsides" - USS Constitution
The Historic Pen Company has added a quantity of wood and hardware from the original 1927 reconstruction of the most famous US Navy Ship in US History, the Frigate USS Constitution, nicknamed "Old Ironsides" when British Royal Navy cannon balls bounced off the hull of the Constitution during the it battle and capture of HMS Guerriere, a turning point in the War of 1812.
Additionally, HPC secure some wood removed from Old Ironsides during the 1973 restoration as preperations were being made for the nations Bi-Centennial.
HPC will be releasing a limited quantity of our new custom Sterling Silver pens as well as our not yet released custom Stainless Steel design.
The first pens for our Sterling Silver Collection will be available the last week in September, so check back regularly or send us an email to reserve your heirloom pen made from some of the the country's most important "Witness Wood".
HMS Victory Rollerball - made from HMS Victory oak with Rhodium and Black Titanium hardware
HPC is going to sell you "The Brooklyn Bridge" !!!!
The Historic Pen Company has just acquired 2 small pieces of the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the architectural wonders of the Industrial Revolution.
Over the next several weeks HPC will be evaluating the integrity of the wood to determine just what type of pens we will be able to turn from these pieces that were made into paperweights and distributed in 1983 as part of the 100th Anniversary Celebrations of this Iconic Engineering Wonder.
Please come back for updates, as we expect to only be able to get 2-4 pens from these historic pieeces of Americana.
You can also check our Blog for updates!
HMS Victory - Lord Nelson - Battle of Trafalgar
The Historic Pen Company is proud to introduce the first pen made from a small collection of wood from arguably the most famous ship in the history of the British Royal Navy - His Majesty's Ship Victory.
The HMS Victory is a 104-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Nay, laid down in 1759 and launched in 1765. She is most famous as Lord Nelson's flag ship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
The world's oldest commissioned warship, HMS Victory was taken into dry dock in 1922 in very poor condition and HPC has been able to secure a few pieces of Pitch Pine, Oak and Teak along with two small pieces of copper that were part of the 30+ tons of materials removed and replaced as part of the 1922 restoration program that returned her to her Trafalgar configuration.
The HMS Victory - Silver and Teak is a one of a kind pen made from the piece of HMS Victory teak wood and features HPC's exclusive Solid Silver hardware in a slim line design. Purchase...
Country Music fans: HPC secures a piece of Grand Ole Opry Stage
The Historic Pen Company has acquired a small section of the STAGE FLOOR of the Grand Ole Opry House! Between 1974 and 1980 this stage flooring laid beneath the feet of Presidents, royalty, astronauts, foreign dignitaries and the greatest stars in the word of Country Music.
HPC hopes to be able to get 2 fine quality pens out of the piece of the Opry Stage Floor that if it could speak would proudly tell you about the appearances of Presidents Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, Ronald Regan and George Bush. It would talk about visits from Princess Grace of Monaco, UN Ambassadors, Apolo and Soyuz crew members and rock star Bruce Springsteen. And just a few of the immortal Country Music Stars who's footsteps this "Witness Wood" would be familiar with include: Roy Acuff, Hank Snow, Ernest Tubb, Marty Robbins, Minnie Pearl, Rickey Scaggs, Barnara Mandrell, Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton.
Stay tuned, HPC will shortly know if we can get 1 or 2 pens from this historic piece of American Entertainment History. If you are a fan of Country Music this is a must, a rare heirloom that you will be proud to dispaly, use and pass down to future generations.
HPC preparing exclusive custom designed pens styles for Fall 2013 release
The Historic Pen Company will release 3 new custom pens this fall that will enhance the exclusivity and collectability of our historically significant "Witness Wood" products.
In keeping with our mission of preserving and repurposing historically significant and rare woods and other materials that would otherwise be lost to history, HPC is developing a series of custom made and exclusive pen designs and hardware from precious and semi-precious metals that will be available exclusively through HPC.
The first three releases will include two pens whose hardware is made from .999 fine Silver and one that will be Stainless Steel.
HPC is very excited about these additions and will continue to develop new and exciting custom designs that will add to the heirloom pieces that we preserve.
The Old North Church 1723
HPC has recently acquired a beautiful piece of an original wooden beam from Boston's famed Old North Church of Paul Revere and Revolutionary War fame.
The Old North Church is where the famed "1 if by Land, 2 if by Sea" lights were shined, warning people of the approach of the British. This piece was part of a beam originally installed in the church in 1723 and was replaced during a renovation in the 1980s.
It was sold at the time to a Director of the UACC who has been a leading memorabilia and autograph expert since 1968. For more information about the Universal Autograph Collectors Club visit: http://uacc.org/about.php
HPC hopes to be able to get 2 unique pens out of this historical piece of American History.
One If by land, Two if by sea
The enduring fame of the Old North began on the evening of April 18, 1775, when the church sexton, Robert Newman, and Vestryman Capt. John Pulling, Jr. climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea across the Charles River and not by land. This fateful event ignited the American Revolution.
Founded in 1722, Christ Church in the City of Boston, known to all as the Old North Church, is Boston’s oldest surviving church building and most visited historical site. In 1775, on the eve of Revolution, the majority of the congregation were loyal to the British King and many held official positions in the royal government, including the Royal Governor of Massachusetts, making Robert Newman’s loyalty to the Patriot cause even more extraordinary. The King gave the Old North’s its silver that was used at services and a bible.
In addition to the Old North Church, the Old North campus also includes the 1713 Clough House, one of Boston’s oldest surviving brick residences; a chapel built in 1918 for Italian immigrants, which now serves as the Old North gift shop; two adjoining townhouses, used for administrative, educational, social, civic, and parish programs; three large courtyards, and two formal gardens.
Each year, a half a million visitors make the trip to Boston to experience this unique and stirring monument to liberty.
Please visit our company store to see this and other items of historic signifigance: www.HistoryPens.com
Birthplace of James Madison
HPC has just released the first pens made from the Belle Grove Plantation Mulberry Tree to commemorate Belle Grove Plantation the birthplace of our 4th Prsident, James Madison.
The Belle Grove Collection has been established to commemorate the extraordinary history that is Belle Grove Plantation in Port Conway, Virginia.
Belle Grove Plantation is the birthplace of our 4th President and "Father of the Boll of Rights", James Madison.
As well as being the ancestral home of his mother, Nelly Conway Madison, who returned home to her parents Belle Grove Plantation to give birth to her first child, Founding Father and future President: James Madison, Belle Grove history is intertwined with that of Virginia from its colonial beginnings in 1668, through the Civil War where the Port Royal/Port Conway area saw constant movement of Union and Confederate Troops.
Although its Civil War history is just now being researched in detail, it is known that on morning of April 24, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth and David Harold used the ferry at Belle Grove to cross the Rappahannock River to Port Royal where they stopped at Garrett’s Farm just 3 miles away. That afternoon, the detachment pursuing Booth and Harold, arrived at Belle Grove Plantation, where they rested in the front yard and were offered a meal. One of the officers, Lt. Everton Congar, was even allowed to sleep in the front hallway of Belle Grove. A short time later, the detachment crossed on the same ferry as Booth and Harold, and on April 26, 1865, the detachment caught up with Booth and Harold at Garrett’s Farm, capturing Harold and killing Booth.
The Belle Grove Collection will include several fine writing instruments and other items produced from recently removed trees and other materials that are being removed due to disease, maintenance, restoration and preservation. The first several items will be produced from a centerpiece Mulberry Tree that sat on the Bowling Green directly in front of the main entrance. After years of attempts to save the this enormous beauty, she finally succumbed to disease and infestation and it was necessary to take "her" down in April 2013 to prevent damage to the main house. For more information or to purchase click here...
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"Washington Elm" Pens are a real Challenge!
As several of our customers await the creation of HPC pens made from the famed "Washington Elm", the Elm tree under which General George Washington assumed Command of the American Army during the Revolutionary War, July 3, 1775, our Master Pen Maker has struggled with wood that HPC was able to acquire from the collection of the now defunct Frank P. Blair Post No. 1, Department of Missouris, Grand Army of the Republic. This rare piece of "Washington Elm" that stood until it succumed to disease in 1923 was presented to the Frank P. Blair Post No. 1 of the GAR by Thomas H. Lucy of William H. Smart Post No. 30 of Cambridge Mass in 1923.
Our hopes were to get 5 or 6 pens from this very fragile and dried out piece of the elm and although we took great care in stabilizing and turning the wood, our results were not as expected. Considering the nature of the wood, it looks like there will be only enough wood for 4 pens, that means only 4 lucky collectors will be able to add these rare beauties to their collection.
The first of these heirloom works of art has been completed for a Morris County, NJ Revolutionary War buff and its photo available here.
HPC will be working on the next pen before the end of June for another customer, that leaves only two of opportunities left to own a true piece of American Revolutionary War "Witness Wood" in the form of an heirloom pen that we hope will be passed down and revered for generations. Click Here to Purchase or Review
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HPC makes pen for President Obama
In this the Centennial Anniversary Year of the Borough of Seaside Heights, New Jersey and at the request of the Borough of Seaside Heights and specifically Mayor William Akers and Special Events Director, Michael Graichen, the Historic Pen Company was commissioned to create a high quality writing instrument to commemorate the May 28, 2013 visit of President Barack Obama to the Jersey Shore and to the community.
Following the devastation of Super Storm Sandy on October 29, 2012 and the destruction of the famous Seaside Heights Boardwalk, the continued support of people nationwide has served to strengthen the community during its recovery. Continued support through the Office’s of Governor Chris Christie and President Barack Obama and the visit on this the 29th day of May, 2013 by President Barack Obama to experience first hand the recovery efforts from the devastation that struck the New Jersey coast, is most appreciated and commemorated in creation of this one of a kind, handcrafted fountain pen made from Original Seaside Heights Boardwalk wood.
The President Barack Obama fountain pen was handcrafted by Historic Pen Company’s Master Pen Maker, John Greco over a period of 3 days: May 25-28, 2013. It is made from Authentic Seaside Heights Original Boardwalk Wood salvaged by the Borough of Seaside Heights during the clean up following Superstorm Sandy. Each pen is 5.875 inches in length with a circumference of 2.3125 inches and is enhanced with 24K gold plated hand-carved rhodium and iridium hardware, nib and crystal clip.
Pens Made from Destroyed Boardwalk Given to Prince Harry by Seaside Heights
SEASIDE HEIGHTS –The borough of Seaside Heights presented Prince Harry and Governor Chris Christie each with a set of pens made from wood from the destroyed boardwalk on Tuesday. In this photos, Special Events Coordinator Michael Graichen shows the pens to the Ocean Signal before presenting them to Prince Harry moments later.
HISTORIC PEN COMPANY/Seaside Heights creates Original Boardwalk wood gift for Prince Harry and Governor Christie
Manahawkin, NJ - May 13, 2013: The Historic Pen Company began with a simple goal: the reclamation, salvaging and repurposing of wood and other materials from historic sites throughout the United States that would otherwise be discarded and lost to history.
Additionally, the Historic Pen Company offers a historic and culturally significant, revenue-producing alternative to support the ongoing operation of its client historic sites while also limiting the destruction of these one of a kind resources, thus preserving not only history, but the integrity of the environment through the repurposing of these materials.
In this the Centennial Anniversary Year of the Borough of Seaside Heights, New Jersey and at the request of the Borough of Seaside Heights and specifically Mayor William Akers and Special Events Director, Michael Graichen, the Historic Pen Company created a “pair” of high quality writing instruments to commemorate the May 14, 2013 visit of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales to the community.
Following the devastation of Super Storm Sandy on October 29, 2012 and the destruction of the famous Seaside Heights Boardwalk, the continued support of people worldwide has served to strengthen the community during its recovery. Continued support through the Office of Governor Christie and the visit of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales to experience first hand the devastation that struck the New Jersey coast support this recovery.
The Governor Chris Christie and His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales pens were handcrafted by Historic Pen Company’s Master Pen Maker, John Greco over a period of 5 days: May 7-12, 2013. The pair were made from Authentic Seaside Heights Original Boardwalk Wood salvaged by the Borough of Seaside Heights during the clean up following Superstorm Sandy. Each pen is 5.875 inches in length with a circumference of 2.3125 inches and is enhanced with 24K gold plated hand-carved rhodium hardware and crystal clip. Although created as a matching “pair”: because to the complexity of the Boardwalk pine and grain, each pen is a uniquely different one of a kind work of art.
The pens were presented to Governor Christie and His Royal Highness during their May 14, 2013 visit to the Borough. More...
HPC Authentics Logo
The Historic Pen Company has released its new logo for HPC Authentics, the line of larger ornaments and other items that are made from authentic historic and culturally significant woods. The HPC Authentics quill and ink logo was specifically designed to enable its engraving on the reverse of each Historic Pen Company item to guarantee the provenance of of the material signified on the item. HPC handmade pens, pencils and smaller items will still be paired with Certificates or Letters of Authenticity, but the HPC Authentics logo will serve as your guarantee that the item you acquire is made from the material it represents.
HPC acquires a rare piece of "Witness Wood" that will be used to create a couple of very special historic pens!
HPC has acquired a rare and unique piece of "Witness Wood" that we will be determining over the next couple weeks how best to present to our customers and friends.
"In 1923, the tree was very fragile and diseased. Workers from the parks department of Cambridge were cutting two of the remaining limbs. Upon cutting the second limb, the entire tree fell over onto its iron fence and brought the Boston Elevated Railway cable to within 15 feet (4.57 m) of the ground. The tree was divided up into approximately 1000 pieces, and these were distributed to all states and their legislatures. The cross-section of the tree was sent to Mount Vernon. About 150 pieces were given over the counter, a few hundred were mailed throughout the country, and some fraternal organizations received pieces as well."
It is a piece of the Elm tree under which General George Washington assumed Command of the American Army during the Revolutionary War, July 3, 1775. Presented to Frank P. Blair Post No. 1, Department of Missouris, Grand Army of the Republic. By Thomas H. Lucy of William H. Smart Post No. 30 of Cambridge Mass. The tag was glued onto the chunk of wood, but has since dried out and fell off. You can see the glue residue on the tree (reverse).
Interesting historical piece that is circa 1923 when the tree was cut up, preserved and sent across the country for historical purposes.
Gettysburg 1863 Fountain Pen finds a new home!
The new owner of HPC's one of a kind, hand made, 22K Gold and carved Titanium Gettysburg 1863 Fountain Pen, made from a small piece of blood stained floor board from the Sheaffer Farmhouse, set up as a Union Field Hospital durning the first day of fighting.
Belle Grove Plantation: A Tree With A History Falls in King George
The following is an April 18, 2013 article in the Free Lance Star in Virginia written by: Cathy Jett, about HPC's friend and supporter Michelle Darnell and the Birthplace of James Madison, Belle Grove Plantation in Port Conway Virginia.
With a sharp crack and a ground-shaking thud, a massive mulberry tree crashed in front of James Madison’s birthplace in King George County on Wednesday.
Matthew Tierney, owner of Mot’s Tree Service and a certified arborist, immediately brushed sawdust off its 4-foot-wide stump and began counting rings.
“It’s 180 years old, maybe more,” he told Michelle Darnelle, who plans to open Belle Grove as a bed-and-breakfast by the end of May. “I’ll have a better idea when I make another cut.”
Darnelle had hoped that the tree was around when Madison had at least visited the plantation, which was the childhood home of his mother, Eleanor Rose “Nellie” Conway. The house there at the time burned shortly after his birth.
“It would have had to be 262 years old to have been here when Madison was born and 223 years old for him to have walked by this tree,” Darnelle said.
Madison’s grandfather, Captain Francis Conway, sold the plantation in 1790 to John Hipkins, who built the center section of what was to become a handsome white frame mansion on the earlier foundation in 1791. Madison probably never visited after the sale, she said.
Tierney still wasn’t sure of the tree’s age after slicing another section from its stump, but could tell that it had been deliberately planted near the house’s circular drive because it wasn’t an indigenous variety.
He and his crew also found evidence that someone long ago had gone to great measures to save it. Not only did they find a cable that had been wrapped around the tree to hold it together, but they also turned up chunks of concrete and a piece of rebar that had been inserted in a rotting section of the trunk.
“It must have been a significant tree for someone to have made that much effort to save it,” said John Crosson of Fredericksburg, who is part of an area woodworker’s guild. Members will turn usable sections into furniture and other objects such as fountain pens.
The mulberry was one of three damaged trees that Darnelle had felled and removed on Wednesday. One was an ash that had lost much of its top in two storms. The other, a red maple, had a honeybee hive occupying its hollow core.
Mot’s left the branches on the maple to help cushion its fall and used a chain saw to free the section containing the hive.
“When they come out, they’re going to be on the angry side,” warned master beekeeper Bob Wernsman of King George. “They’re trapped and they’re disoriented.”
Donning beekeeper hats and veils, he and his wife, Darlene Wernsman, spent much of the morning removing waxy combs filled with honey and larvae as they searched for the queen. They were able to get the bees into a wooden hive, which will be located on the bed-and-breakfast property. Darnelle plans to use their honey in the various recipes she plans to make for guests.
She burst into sobs after Tierney cut a wedge in the side of the mulberry facing away from the house and then toppled it by sawing through the other side. She said she hated to lose the tree, but feared that a storm would eventually knock it into the historic old home.
“I had to weigh between the tree and the house,” she said. “The house won.”
J.C. Forest Products, Inc. in Spotsylvania County will mill salvageable, 10-foot sections of the tree and cure them. The woodworkers’ guild, which it sponsors, plans to use it to craft a table or similar piece of furniture for Belle Grove.
Smaller sections of that tree and the other two will be used to make pens that the Belle Grove Foundation will sell at the mansion to raise funds to restore three outbuildings.
The Historic Pen Company in Manahawkin, N.J., which helped Darnelle locate J.C. Forest Products, also will get a three-foot section.
She and her husband, Brett Darnelle, are leasing the house and 7 acres from the foundation for their bed-and-breakfast operation, Belle Grove Plantation. It features two junior suites and two master suites, all of which are named for the families that lived there.
The Darnelles also hope that the house will be used for special events, such as weddings, and have a handicap-accessible entrance so that those in the military who have been wounded can come there with their families after rehabilitation.
"Hellmira" - Infamous Civil War Union Prison Camp - Elmira Prison Pens
The Historic Pen Company has just made available the first several pens in a series made from Elmira Prison, 1864-1865.
Elmira Prison Camp, Elmira, NY - in use from July 6, 1864, until the fall of 1865, was dubbed "Hellmira" by its inmates.
During the 15 months the site was used as a prisoner of war camp more than 12,100 Confederate soldiers were incarcerated there; of these, nearly 25% (2,963) died from a combination of malnutrition, continued exposure to harsh winter weather, disease from the poor sanitary conditions, and a lack of medical care. The camp's dead were prepared for burial and laid to rest by the sexton, an ex-slave named John W. Jones, at what is now Woodlawn National Cemetery. At the end of the war, each prisoner was required to take a loyalty oath and given a train ticket home. The last prisoner left the camp on September 27, 1865. The camp was then closed, demolished and converted to farmland.
In 1866 the Confederate Officers Quarters was dismantled and the wood was used to build 4 houses in a row on Grey Street. A recent renovation to one of these documented homes afforded HPC to purchase from the owner, the original construction spruce, yellow oak, hemlock and black walnut lumber being removed so an addition to the house could be constructed.
This is truly a rare opportunity for any collector, Civil War historian or buff or genealogists who’s ancestors served, were incarcerated or died at this infamous Union Prison where the mortality rate of 25% was exceed only by the Confederate Prison Camp Andersonville (29%).
To do this “Witness Wood” justice, HPC has created a series of pens that include the first in our Solid Silver Collection, pens that will not only be made of the rarest and most historic of woods but also include 100% solid silver fittings and hardware. Click Here To Purchase and see more…
HPC adds almost century old Teak from 1919 to collection, USS California deck
The Historic Pen Company has added some beautifully weathered Teck Decking from the USS California to our collection. Most HPC style pens will be available through our online store following the production of a 50 piece order of pencils that are being custom made for a client.
The Battleship USS California has had quite a history:
-Commissioned in 1919
-Attacked & sunk at Pearl Harbor in 1941, she was raised and repaired a year later and used in WWII and the Korean Conflict.
-Scraped in 1959 Read More...
HPC'S MASTER PEN MAKER, JOHN GRECO OUTDID HIMSELF - .50 Caliber Machine Gun Shell Pen
John handcrafted a pen that is truly a witness to history. The shell of the bullet is a once-fired .50 caliber machine gun shell from one of the P47 Thunderbolt fighter planes that pilots used for their advanced fighter pilot training at the Millville, NJ Army Airfield in the 1940’s. The shell has a full, rich patina making the 70+ years it spent enduring the elements evident. It was recovered in 2007 by the Airfield Museum as they cleared the grounds of expended ordinance where a racetrack would be built.
The ‘bullet’ was made from the barracks floorboards, removed during restoration of this National Historic Register site, where these very pilots were housed while training. John was challenged to save this historic "witness wood" that like the recovered shells was left to weather the elements for the last 70 years. John met that challenge by putting the "witness wood" through a special heat-set resin stabilization process, the wood was than carefully crafted by hand on a wood lathe. It was given a light acrylic shell for further protection before being finished with a furniture paste wax.The buffed wax adds a warm feel to the wood while maintaining the patina it has developed over the years.
Twisting the bullet will produce the writing tip, a standard Cross style ink cartridge. When the ink runs out it can be replaced by pulling the bullet out of the shell and simply unscrewing the old cartridge.
The Historic Pen Company provides unique items in the form of one of a kind hand-made wood products and gifts of historical significance. HPC takes pride in our ability to secure Historically and Culturally significant woods and other materials that would normally be discarded and lost to history. By salvaging these “witness woods” and other “witness materials” HPC allows our customers to collect, use or gift: heirloom pieces of history that are memorialized in our artwork and handcrafted items.
USS North Carolina teak deck added to HPC collection
HPC is proud to announce the acquisition of Teak Deck recently removed and replaced during preservation efforts of the USS North Carolina.
HPC will be producing a full compliment of hand made fine quality pens and possibly several other items from this historic wood that witnessed every major Pacific Theatre offensive of World War II.
The USS North Carolina Collection is intended to recognize those who participated in the preservation of our way of life during WWII and to honor those who served aboard the hallowed deck of the North Carolina.
Click Here to read some of the history of the USS North Carolina and come back often as the first several pens should be available April 10, 2013.
St. Peter's Church and award winning wood carver, Mark Bair
Commemorating Philadelphia’s 250 year old landmark, The Historic Pen Company's commissions Award Winning Wood Carver, Mark Bair to give a second life to the St. Peter’s Church, historic Horse Chestnut Tree.
St. Peter’s Church in Philadelphia has a rich history tied to Colonial America and in the development of these United States and the Horse Chestnut that was removed in 2011 from the church grounds that witnessed the construction and the subsequent 250 years of Church and American history is living through the heirloom pens that HPC has produced for parishioners, history buffs and locals.
With only 12 pieces of the St. Peter’s Horse Chestnut left, HPC has commissioned New Jersey based Award Winning Wood Carver: Mark Bair to bring life to these last few pieces of history by recreating the St. Peter’s Church Steeple emerging from the remaining branches.
HPC acquires additional Atlantic City Boardwalk wood
With the last remnants of the north end of the Atlantic City Boardwalk that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy piled at the old Bader Field airstrip awaiting removal to local landfills, the Atlantic City department of Revenue and Finance under the direction of Budget Officer Tom Monaghan held an auction of the remaining AC Boardwalk wood on Friday, March 1, 2013.
The Historic Pen Company was able to increase its holdings by acquiring a large quantity of the Tropical Hardwood Boardwalk wood along with the lower grade pine undercarriage.
This auction acquisition will afford HPC the ability to create a more diverse product line of not only AC Boardwalk pens made from the Ipe boards but also a more diverse collection of pine product that may be expanded to include not only magnets and window ornaments but jewelry and souvenir tokens.
New Atlantic City Boardwalk product will be introduced over the next several months and will be available online and in local gift shops and other retail locations.
HPC has acquired a 10” round piece of the famous Lincoln Oak tree
The Lincoln Oak was a large oak tree in Bloomington, Il under which both Abraham Lincoln and Stephan Douglas gave several speeches throughout the 1850’s. Although the Lincoln Oak was not a site of one of the famed Lincoln/Douglas Debates, it was the site of many exciting political speeches.
Located in an area of Bloomington, IL known as Dimmett’s Grove when Lincoln and Douglas spoke there between 1855 and 1860, a platform was typically constructed under the shade of the old oak.
The original Lincoln Oak died of disease in 1976 and was replaced in 1980 when a new oak tree was planted in its honor.
In 1976, following its removal, several pieces of the Lincoln Oak were taken to the city maintenance building where Parks Superintendent Carl Guhlstorf gave “chunks” of the Lincoln Oak to local residents who stopped by. HPC was able to acquire one of these “chunks” in February 2013.
HPC estimates the ability to make 4 or 5 Historically significant fine quality pens from this piece of Lincoln Oak. Although several dozen “chunks” of the Lincoln Oak were distributed by Superintendent Guhlstorf, this is the only known piece to have surfaced since the tree’s removal.
HPC acquires a piece of blood stained floorboard from Gettysburg Battlefield Hospital
At the time of the Battle of Gettysburg, the property owned by Daniel Sheaffer and his wife, Sheaffer's Farm, consisted of one the brick house, several outbuildings and a sawmill located on White Run Creek. The Historic Pen Company is proud to announce it has secured a small piece of the 2nd floor, floorboard of this Battlefield Hospital. More...
Seaside Heights Boardwalk Collection
The Historic Pen Company is working with the Borough of Seaside Heights during its 100th Anniversary this year, in the development of an extensive line of Seaside Heights Boardwalk Commemorative collectibles from wood and other materials. Although HPC has focused on a series of pens, window ornaments, magnets and similar items, a series of original art in the form of wood carvings and other items will be ready for the “Reopening” of the Seaside Height Boardwalk sometime this spring.
Like with all HPC product, the materials used are of historic and/or cultural significance and are limited in quantity, quality and availability, so don’t miss your opportunity to acquire a piece of NJ Shore History and the memories that come with it.
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Never working with Trex composite boards before, the Historic Pen Company's designers were not sure if our master pen maker would be able to work the composite material using traditional pen turning techniques, fortunately, although challenging, we were able to fashion these beautiful pens that feature not only the gray of these enviornmentally friendly boards but is speckled with pinks, whites and other colors and truly beautiful and unique. More...
Ghiradelli Square - National Register of Historic Places
The Historic Pen company is releasing the first in a series of 14 Ghiradelli Square pens that are made from wood removed from the c.1915 Chocolate Factory construction of this world famous tourist attraction and California and National Register of Historic Places landmark.
The oldest buildings in San Francisco’s Ghiradelli Square were already standing in 1893 when Domingo Ghiradelli’s sons purchased the entire block of property in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Warf to use as the headquarters for their father’s successful chocolate business.
From 1899 to 1915 the Ghiradelli family continued to add four more buildings: the Chocolate Factory, the Cocoa Building, the Clock Tower and the Power House. In the 1960’s when the Ghiradelli Chocolate Company was sold, prominent San Franciscan, Mrs. William P. Roth and her son bought the factory property and restored many of the original buildings to create the tourist attraction we know today. As Ghiradelli Square has undergone more changes in the past few years to make way for things like seismic upgrades, luxury time share apartments and a wine tasting area, HPC has been able to secure some wood from recently removed beams from this 1982 inductee to the National Register of Historic Places.
HPC is proud to have been able to secure a small collection of wood from the National Register of Historic Places landmark and will create a series of custom pens for the discerning collector and enthusiast.
Stanford University’s Encina Gymnasium
When the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 heavily damaged the seven magnificent neoclassic buildings comprising the Stanford University campus, the Stanford Gymnasium was among them. The new Encina Gymnasium was completed in 1915 providing Stanford athletes the necessary facilities to hone their skills for the next 89 years. More...
Warner Brothers Prop and Studio Building 1936
The Historic Pen Company has acquired a limited quantity of beautiful Douglas Fir from the 1936 Warner Brothers Prop and Studio Building. Founded in 1918, Warner Brothers is one of the world's largest producers of film and television entertainment. In 1904 the Brothers focused on film distribution but by World War I they were producing films and in 1918 opened the Warner Bros. Studio on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. In April of 1923, with help from a loan, they formally incorporated Warner Brothers Pictures. In 2008 building 89 on the historic Warner Brothers lot was carefully deconstructed to make way for a new sound stage. Committed to recycling, Warner Brothers preserved some of the Douglas Fir timbers from that building. These timbers have been used in the background of films featuring notable superstars such as John Barrymore, Betty Davis, Humphrey Bogard, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Barbara Streisand, Clint Eastwood and Rin Tin Tin.
This is truly lumber with a story of its own. HPC is proud to have been able to secure a small collection of this wood and will create a series of custom pens for the discerning collector and enthusiast.
TALK ABOUT "WITNESS WOOD" - What stories this wood could tell - San Quentin State Prison
For those of family genealogist who may have had a "cousin" spend some time in San Quentin Prison in San Rafael, CA since it opened in 1852, you can now own an artifact in the form of a fine quality pen made from wood recently removed and salvaged during the deconstruction of the 1885 Italianate style Prison Hospital. More...
Atlantic City Boardwalk pens available......if those boards could talk
The Historic Pen Company's Master Pen Maker, has just completed the first 5 pens produced from wood salvaged from Atlantic City's world famous boardwalk. Although HPC was able to salvage several types of wood representing different era's of construction, maintenance, replacement and repair including pine, cedar, oak and other varities, this first group of pens were made from the tropical hardwood Ipe.
Whether finished with 24K gold plated or rhodium and titanium hardware, our Atlantic City Boardwalk Collection are beautiful yet functioning works of art.
Be the first to own a piece of "Witness Wood" from "The World's Playground" transformed into a pen you will treasure for a lifetime. More......
Restore the Shore - Jersey Shore Boardwalk Collections
The Historic Pen Company has supported clean up following Superstorm Sandy at several resort and beach towns in both New York and New Jersey. In addition to Boardwalk wood that was salvaged during the Atlantic City clean up, HPC has been able to salvage some wood from the Point Pleasant Beach and Belmar Boardwalks in NJ as well as wood from the Rockaway Beach Boardwalk and Staten Island's South Beach Boardwalk.
The Historic Pen Company began with a simple goal: the reclamation, salvaging and repurposing of wood and other natural materials from historic sites throughout the United States that would otherwise be discarded and lost to history.
HPC is proud to have been able to salvage some small quantities of wood from these Iconic and culturally significant sites.
In situations where America's Historic and Iconic places are damaged or destroyed, understandably preservation often takes a back seat to clean up and healing. HPC has made a concerted effort to salvage and secure some of wood that has seen countless millions of children, adults, vacationers and tourists enjoy these boardwalks over the years before it was all carted off to landfills.
Over the next months and years, the boardwalks will be rebuilt and enjoyed once more by future millions of people, but HPC will be able to create pens, pencils, ornaments, magnets, bookmarks and more from the boards of a bygone era and will make available product that you can use, collect and pass down for future generations so they can hold in their hands memories that could not be washed away by Sandy.
HPC will donate a portion of the proceeds from our Boardwalk Collections to the Sandy Relief Foundation and will continue supporting clean up of the New York Beaches and the Jersey Shore.
HPC secures wood from famed Boardwalks post Sandy
The Historic Pen Company is about to release a series of items produced from the New Jersey Shore's iconic Boardwalks that were salvaged during the clean up following Superstorm Sandy’s October 29, 2012 New Jersey Landfall.
HPC will be donating a portion of the proceeds of each sale in the series to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, American Red Cross Relief Fund and other Sandy relief projects.
The initial Restore the Shore authentic wood items will include ornaments that can proudly be displayed year round as well as magnets that will remind us all about the power of Mother Nature and the resilience of those of us who were affected by Sandy but are committed to rebuild, reclaim and restore.
Sandy may have changed the Jersey Shore, but our memories will live on and new memories will be created as our homes, beaches, boardwalks, businesses and lives are rebuilt.
Be one of the first to own what will be limited edition items made from actual Boardwalk wood and support the efforts to Restore the Shore.
Visit our online store ( www.HistoryPens.com ) and pre-order your Restore the Shore memories today. HPC will offer free shipping on any Restore the Shore products from our online store during this pre-order period.
Located in Southern Ocean County, New Jersey, The Historic Pen Company continues to support and participate in the clean up following Superstorm Sandy while aiding our neighbors, friends and businesses.
One of our featured cultural sites was the iconic Shack located in the marsh on the Route 72 Causeway connecting the mainland with Long Beach Island, the welcoming site that for years announced to visitors, vacationers and locals that the beach was just a few more minutes straight ahead, is no more, succumbing to Sandy.
Built in the 1920's to shelter local hunters and fisherman, The Shack has had a long and storied history, one that has included a half century of "posing" for artists and photographers and even being dressed for Halloween and Christmas, and never missing an opportunity to show her patriotic colors on the 4th of July, Memorial Day or Veterans Day.
Sandy did in one fateful day what nearly 100 years and countless other storms could not, wash The Shack away!
RIP our old friend.
ca. 1920 - October 30, 2012
HPC also lent a hand helping to clean up America's Playground, Atlantic City.
Throughout the process we were dismayed to see the damage done to the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk on the northern end of Absecon Island. Fortunately, we were able to salvage a small quantity of the Boardwalk, including some tropical hardwoods that were being carted off to landfills during the clean up. We hope to repurpose this historic wood that would otherwise have been lost.
Stay tuned as we develop a collection of heirloom Atlantic City Boardwalk product.
HISTORIC PEN COMPANY partners with TUCKERTON SEAPORT AND BAYMEN’S MUSEUM
Manahawkin, NJ October 15, 2012: The Historic Pen Company has partnered with the Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum and will create an extensive line of pens, Christmas Ornaments and other product from one of the recently dismantled Sneakbox boats owned by the Seaport and Museum. A Sneakbox is a small boat that can be sailed, rowed, poled or sculled. It is predominantly associated with the Barnegat Bay in New Jersey, just as the canoe-like Delaware Ducker is associated with the New Jersey marshes along the Delaware River near Philadelphia.
The Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum Collection of cedar of gift items and collectibles made by the Perrine Boat Works will be sold at the Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum Gift Shop along side a display of other Historic Pen Company product of local and national interest.
The Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum Collection will also be available along with all Historic Pen Company product of historic and cultural significance beginning October 19, 2012 when the Historic Pen Company launches it Online Store. The Online Store can be visited through the Historic Pen Company main website: www.HistoricPenCompany.com or www.HistoryPens.com. Stay tuned for an update on the first run of Tuckerton Sneakbox gifts, collectibles and heirlooms.
Whiskey, Wine and Prohibition Collection
The Historic Pen Company is proud to introduce the first several specialty pens in our Whiskey, Wine and Prohibition Collection.
HPC has committed to the ongoing development and introduction of a series of fine quality writing instruments that will celebrate our history of distilled products.
The Whiskey, Wine and Prohibition Collection will make available pens produced from aged casks and wine barrels that were used in the fermentation process at some of the world's most recognizable producers and winery’s. Additionally, HPC is negotiating with several existing restaurants whose history includes operations as a Speak Easy during the Era of Prohibition to create a line of pens that celebrate our continued fascination with the Roaring Twenty’s, Rum Runners and Gangsters.
HPC has also developed a beautiful Wine Barrel Pen that is painstaking produced by one of our master artisans from retired wine barrels whose origin is unknown. More...
Wildwood Boardwalk Collection
The Historic Pen Company has just introduced the first several items in the Wildwood Boardwalk Collection made possible through HPC’s exclusive agreement with the City of Wildwood. The initial product offering includes: Fine Quality Pens, pencils, Christmas and other ornaments, key fobs, bookmarks and assorted key chains. HPC’s will regularly introduce new items and designs for our retail partners and consumers.
HPC’s artisans are extremely excited by the variety of the wood that has been replaced and repurposed into the Wildwood Boardwalk Collection. Along with an assortment of species of wood that have been introduced into the Wildwood Boardwalk over the decades and because of the various species, treatments, rot and spillage of all sorts of food and drink, HPC has created product of varying colors, grains and other interesting features.
Cedar Bridge Tavern - The Last Battle of the Revolutionary War
The City of Wildwood partners with The Historic Pen Company
The Historic Pen Company has partnered with the City of Wildwood, NJ to create an exclusive line of high quality historically significant pens and other wood products produced from wood removed from the historic Wildwood Boardwalk.
The “Wildwood Boardwalk Collection” will feature a wide range of collectible wood product that will complement a series pens to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the City of Wildwood and the memories the millions of people who have visited New Jerseys Best Beach and boardwalk over Wildwood's first 100 years.
St. Peter's Church, Philadelphia, PA
The Historic Pen Company is proud to release the first in a series of fine quality St. Peter's Church Pens in this fountain pen made from the 250 year old Horse Chestnut tree that was removed from the Church grounds for safty reasons. The piston pump and cartridge St. Peter's Fountain Pen features Rhodium fittings with a 24K gold plate German milled nib with iridum point for smooth writing along with a hand carved 3-D cap and Swarovski crystal. More...
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