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 and National Civil War Museum of Medicine
The Historic Pen Company is working with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine
and is creating several fine writing instruments out of wood from the Old Executive Office Building removed during renovations. Much of the removed wood has been repurposed by the
National Museum of Civil War Medicine as part of the restoration of Clara Barton’s Washington, DC Office.
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine operates Clara Barton’s recently
discovered office where she led an effort to trace missing soldiers from the Civil War before she founded the American Red
Cross, and has survived since her death 100 years ago.
The Old Executive Office Building wood has been repurposed as the flooring on the first floor of the
Clara Barton Civil War Missing Soldiers Museum
and will now also be used by HPC to create a series of pens commemorating not only Clara Barton and all of
those who worked with her and supported her efforts during and following the Civil War, but also the soldiers and the families who were impacted by her efforts. Read More…
Additionally, the amazing history that is the Old Executive Office Building is also encapsulated in this
“Witness Wood”. A rich and storied history of a building that still houses Executive Offices of the President and the Vice President. Read More…
Touro Synagogue - National Historic Site - Oldest Synagogue in US - 1763
The Historic Pen Company has acquired a piece of old growth pine from the Touro Synagogue built in
1763 in Newport, RI that we hope to create as few as 6 high quality heirloom pens from.
Touro Synagogue is the oldest
synagogue building still standing in the United States, the oldest surviving Jewish synagogue building in North
America and the only surviving synagogue building in the U.S. dating to the colonial era. Touro Synagogue was designated a National Historic Shrine by the Federal Government in 1946
and the congregation received a letter from President George Washington, on Aug. 21, 1790, extolling religious freedom.
Touro Synagogue has gone through
several restorations in recent years. This piece of old growth pine that HPC’s Master Pen Maker is working with came from a private collection and was presented to a donor in 1960 by Dr.
Bernard C. Friedman, President of the Society of Friends of Touro Synagogue National Shrine as part of a $330,000 restoration campaign. Read More…
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace rare find!
HPC has acquired an original, vintage piece of wood from the Abraham Lincoln Farm in Hodgenville,
Kentucky. The Ladies Lincoln League and the Lincoln Farm Association sold this rare wood piece in the 1920's to raise money for the funding of a library to compliment the
proposed monument and memorial building on the site. This original piece of wood is from the farm where Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809. This is an incredible and rare
piece of Lincoln history as most of the pieces from the period have been lost to time. We have only seen one other piece available at auction in 2011 and research shows one
piece that was sold at auction in 2007.
The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace site is today part of the National Parks system, thus no wood artifact or any
other artifact can be removed legally from the property.
This rare find still has glued to it the vintage tag that reads:
"This "Wood" is from the Lincoln Farm.
Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln.
Ladies Lincoln League.
For Library Fund.
The tag itself shows the signs of normal wear and its 100 years.
The Ladies Lincoln League would eventually turn the site over to the control of the Nation Park Service but prior to
that, the site became a national landmark and the Ladies Lincoln League was responsible for raising money for capital projects and preservation of the site.
The Historic Pen Company will turn this find into hopefully 3 unique fine writing instruments to commemorate the life of our
16th president, Abraham Lincoln.
Please contact: Bob@HistoricPenCompany.com with any inquiries.
USS Niagara - War of 1812
HPC has acquired through the support of the USS Niagara Educational Programs this extremely
rare piece of wood from the historic Flagship Niagara.
HPC expects to make only 3 heirloom handmade pens from this exciting piece of War of 1812
Naval History. This amazing piece still features the outer copper hull paint and inner red location paint. This piece was removed from below the
water line as evidence of the protective copper paint. The copper has gone verdigris in some areas (copper turning green) and is truly unique piece routinely removed during
regular the original major rebuild in 1988.
The Battle of Lake Erie took place on September 10, 1813, with Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry commanding the American fleet. Perry was forced
to abandon his flagship Lawrence. He was rowed through heavy gunfire to the U.S. Brig Niagara, from which he continued the attack. His victory over the British ensured American
control of the Great Lakes during the War of 1812. Later, Niagara was sunk for preservation and was raised out of Misery Bay in 1913
Packard Proving Grounds National Historic Site
Packard Factory Office Wood:
HPC has acquired reclaimed wood paneling recently removed during restoration
from the historic automotive industry Packard Factory.
The old growth oak has been carefully removed from the Factory and a portion of the proceeds
from the acquisition benefit the Packard Proving Grounds Historic Site.
The oak has tight growth rings and a straight pattern and was 200-300 years old when it was cut
and installed in the East Grand Boulevard factory complex more than 100 years ago in 1912.
The Packard Proving Grounds was added to the National Register of Historic Places in
2000. The site is a part of the MotorCities National Heritage Area established in southeast Michigan by the National Park Service. READ MORE...
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Beach, NJ - February 24, 2014
With the continued reconsruction of the wood section of the Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk this month, the Historic Pen
Company was able to secure several hundred pounds of the removed PPB Boardwalk before it was taken off to the landfill.
This additional Point Pleasant Boardwalk wood will allow HPC to again produce authentic Point Pleasant Beach
Boardwalk, Ornaments, Magnets, Key Chains and Pens. Along with this additional PPB Boardwalk wood HPC still has PPB Boardwalk TREX boards that were secured during the
original November/December 2012 clean up, so our PPB Trex Pens are still available.
Check our store: www.HistoryPens.com for all of your authentic NJ Boardwalk wood product.
The Limited Edition of just 38 numbered pieces of the James Madison Ornament is made from the Belle Grove Mulberry Tree that welcomed
visitors as they approached the Birthplace of James Madison: Belle Grove Plantation entrance for more than 200 years.
Present from colonial times, the Belle Grove Mulberry Tree bore witness from America’s Revolutionary period, stood while the White House burned during the War of 1812
while James Madison served as our 4th President, saw both Union and Confederate troops crisscross her grounds during the Civil War, witnessed the pursuit of
America’s most notorious assassin, and saw innumerable innovations, inventions and changes to our culture and way of life through the 20th century and into the
21st century, until she succumbed to disease and had to be removed in May 2013.
The James Madison Ornament was cut and engraved with an image of our 4th President on the front and a brief provanance as well as the edition number and the piece
number of the edition .
What a great way to show your pride in America by owning and displaying this Limited Edition ornament of a Founding Father, President and Father of both the Constitution and Bill of
This is a rare opportunity to own a one of a kind, handcrafted piece of art, an heirloom that can be passed down to the next generation only adding to the history that the "Witness
Tree" that was the Belle Grove Mulberry has already absorbed!
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HPC secure wood from Ford's Theatre
The Historic Pen Company has
secured a rare piece of Americana in the form of a small piece if of wood removed during the 1960 remodeling of Ford's Theatre.
Theatre continues to celebrate the legacy of President Abraham
Lincoln and explores the American experience through theatre and education. Today Ford's Theatre is not only a working theatre but an historical monument, world-class museum and learning center, Ford’s
Theatre is the premier destination in Washington, D.C., to explore and celebrate Lincoln’s ideals and leadership principles: courage, integrity, tolerance, equality and creative
In 1861 theatre manager John T. Ford
leased out the abandoned First Baptist Church on Tenth Street to create Ford’s Theatre and over the next few years, the venue became a popular stage for theatrical and
musical productions. On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincolnvisited Ford’s for his twelfth time for a performance of Our American Cousin. At this performance, John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln;
he died the next morning in the Petersen House, a boarding house located across the street. Ford’s Theatre remained closed for more than 100 years.
Because the pen has square holes in it from the square
cut nails used during original construction, HPC expects to get on 2 high quality fine writing instruments from this wonderful example of “Witness Wood” and is currently
deciding how to best utilize this amazing piece of American History.
For more information
Rare Civil War Naval artifact - USS Undine
The Historic Pen Company has acquired a rare piece of Civil War Naval history in the form of a small piece if the USS
The USS Undine was a steam-powered Civil War gunboat converted by the Union from a sternwheeler into a lightly
armored vessel carrying eight (8) brass twenty-four (24) pound howitzers.1 On October 30, 1864, the Undine was captured by Confederate forces, after an engagement on the Tennessee River near
Paris Landing. On November 2 of the same year, the Undine, now under Confederate command, was badly damaged and escaped to Reynoldsburg Island after an engagement
with Union gunboats. There, two days later, on November 4, 1864, the Undine was burned to the waterline by Confederate forces to prevent her recapture by Union gunboats
attacking Reynoldsburg Island.
This piece of white oak was removed from the Undine in 1925 when extremely low water exposed part of the hull. It
wasn’t until 1990 when diver for a local preservation company “refound” the Undine and began a salvage operation and planed to raise the Undine, which has been under 40 feet
of water since the construction of the Gilbertsville, KY Dam in 1940.
HPC hopes to get 2 pens out of the 6 inch piece of hull and is currently reviewing options to best utilize this amazing piece of “Witness
Wood” and turn it into historic heirlooms that can be displayed for generations.
For more information contact, Bob@HistoricPenCompany.com
Henry Ford's Fair Lane Mansion
HPC is pround to announce the acqusition if wood from another National Historic Site, Henry Ford's Fair Lane Mansion in Dearborn, MI.
Fair Lane was the name of the estate of Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford and his wife Clara Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, in the United States. It was named after an area in
County Cork in Ireland where Ford's adoptive grandfather, Patrick Ahern, was born. The 1,300-acre estate along the River Rouge included a large limestone house, an electrical power plant on the
dammed river, a greenhouse, a boathouse, riding stables, a children's playhouse, a treehouse and extensive landmark gardens designed by Chicago landscape architect Jens Jensen. The residence and part
of the estate grounds are open to the public as a historical landscape and house museum and preserved as a National Historic Landmark. Part of the estate grounds are preserved as a university nature
HPC was able to secure a recently replaced floorboard from the estate's Library and will create 6 custom made pens to be made available to the public. Email Bob@HistoricPenCompany.com for availablility and selection.
Stonewall Jackson Prayer Tree Fountain Pen
The Historic Pen Company is proud to offer ONE Stainless Steel Fountain Pen as part of
our Civil War Collection: produced from "Witness Wood" and "Witness Timber" from historically significant Civil War sites.
The General "Stonewall" Jackson Stainless Steel - Fountain Pen features the Historic Pen Company's Custom Designed Stainless Steel hardware featuring an
HPC - Witness Wood Jewel and is made from a piece of the 350 year old tree that General Stonewall Jackson stopped to pray under following the end of his Shenandoah Valley campaign in
May and June of 1862.
HPC has acquired several historic pieces of the massive oak that stood proudly on the edge of a farm field owned by Warren and Catherine Wilkerson and their
family until May 27, 2011 when the diseased-weakened oak was blown down by high winds. HPC acquired these pieces with the express purpose of repurposing this "Witness Wood" into several
hand-made heirloom custom and exclusively designed pens for the discerning collectors, Civil War buffs and/or the ancestors of one of those who served with one of the great military figures in US
General Jackson and 15,000 men encamped between the Middle and South Rivers, gathered for prayer beneath this tree and as history and lore would remember, it became
known as the "Stonewall Jackson Prayer Tree"
The Historic Pen Company created this General "Stonewall" Stainless Steel - Fountain Pen and all of our Civil War Collection pens to
commemorate all those who gave blood and treasure in the Civil War and to honor all US Servicemen and women who fought from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan to preserve our freedom and way of
We hope the owner of this cherished piece of American history will be as proud to own it as we are to have created it. To View or Purchase, Click Here...
First Pen from Sam Houston Pecan Tree
This was the first time we worked with Pecan. It is a custom made pen, using 22K Gold Plate hardware and is made from the Sam Houston Pecan Tree……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.
The old home place is now a Texas shrine and is located in Huntsville.
Saving History and Selling It
Saturday, December 21, 2013 12:01 am
It wasn't exactly St. Paul on the road to Damascus. It was Bob DeMartino on the Boardwalk in
Still, it was a revelation, a life-altering moment for DeMartino, who lives in the Manahawkin
section of Stafford Township and admits not all his pursuits are saintly. For instance, he's a regular at his favorite Atlantic City poker tables.
But on this occasion, he was down in Wildwood,
strolling by as workers ripped up a section of Boardwalk decking to replace the worn wood. What opened his eyes was that they were just tossing the old lumber away like it was trash.
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...
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
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
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
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...
"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"
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
"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,
Elmira Prison Camp, Elmira, NY - in use from July 6, 1864, until the fall of 1865, was dubbed "Hellmira" by its inmates.
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.
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.
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 has acquired a 10” round piece of the famous Lincoln Oak tree
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.
original Lincoln Oak died of disease in 1976 and was replaced in 1980 when a new oak tree was planted in its honor.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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 AFFAIR AT CEDAR BRIDGE
“Last Battle of the American Revolution”
Cedar Bridge Tavern, Barnegat, NJ, c. 1740
January 8, 1783, New Jersey Gazette, published the only existing public account of the battle: More…
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.
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