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  • FORD'S THEATRE "Witness Wood" to produce 2 heirloom pens!

    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.   Ford’s 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 expression.   In 1861 theatre manager John T. Ford leased out the abandoned First Baptist Church on Tenth Street to...

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  • Rare piece of Civil War Naval History - 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 Undine. The USS Undinewas 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...

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  • Stonewall Jackson 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" Stainless Steel - Fountain Pen features the Historic Pen Company's Custom Designed Stainless Steel hardware featuring an HPC - Witness Wood Jewel and a Gold Block German-Made Nib, 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...

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  • 1st Pen from the 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...

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  • Saving History

    Saturday, December 21, 2013 12:01 am                                            The PRESS of ATLANTIC CITY                                      By MARTIN DeANGELIS, Staff Writer      It wasn't exactly St. Paul on the road to Damascus. It was Bob DeMartino on the Boardwalk in Wildwood. 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...

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  • General "Stonewall" Jackson Prayer Tree

    During the Civil War, General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and 15,0000 men under his command encamped between the Middle and South Rivers following the end of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign in May and June 1862. General Jackson stopped to pray under a massive white oak tree where during the encampment troops also gathered for prayer beneath the oak. In Shenandoah Valley lore this giant oak became known as the Stonewall Jackson Prayer Tree. Over time this 350 year old oak tree stood proudly on the edge of a farm field, located near Mt. Meridan in Augusta County, Grottoes, Virginia: owned by Warren E. and Catherine...

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  • HPC secures Ocean City, NJ - Boardwalk Wood

    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. 

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  • HPC acquires a rare piece of Texas history!

    HPC has acquired 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...

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  • Christ Church, Philadelphia, PA

    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...

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  • "Old Ironsides" - USS Constitution Silver and Oak 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...

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