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This container is a Schmitt box. The Schmitt box was invented by P. Jerome Schmitt, a priest, who was born in Neuhausen, Wurtemburg in 1857. Father Schmitt was one of the premier entomologists of his time and designed this style of box to be built to extremely close tolerances, and designed for permanent storage of valued insect specimens as it is virtually air tight to keep predator insects from attacking the collection. These are the real deal and a Schmitt box of this quality would cost $55 to $70 today depending on where you buy it even if you can find one. Cardboard Schmitt boxes will run you $40.00. This Schmitt box was produced at the hands of a master wood worker in the 1960’s for a college English Professor who was an avid entomologist with an extensive collection. This is an ideal box for pen storage because of the tight seal it makes when closed. I repair and refurbish each vessel completely by hand. The interior of the boxes are replaced with a custom built system designed for the storage and display of fountain pens. The finishing touches to the interior include a padded interior cover and slotted base for protection of the pens, both of which are covered with crushed velvet. The exteriors are completely stripped of all finishes and hand sanded to fresh wood working through various stages and grits of sandpaper. I use my own variation of the French polish process to finish the chest with shellac and polyurethane. I won’t go into detail on the French polish process, but it is used on guitars. To see the process look it up on Google. Needless to say, this procedure is done by hand and extremely laborious. You can literally see yourself on the surface of the finished product. Finally, the original brass hinges, handles, etc. are restored or replaced with new. These boxes were made of Douglas fir and other hard woods. I am not an expert on wood, but I think I have identified Douglas fir, oak, redwood and birch. This box will display eleven fountain pens. Keep in mind that while I am very particular about my, work these boxes are more than 50 years old. Most of the nicks, scratches and gouges (if there were any to begin with) have been completely repaired. Most of the Schmitt boxes came to me in amazingly good shape. Some will have small, almost invisible signs of wear and tear that was best not to attempt repair. This just adds to the beauty and individuality of each piece.

Specs: W-13, D-9, H-4. Weight 7 lbs.

Fountain Pen Storage Chest (No 9) plus Free 6 Pen Holder


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: wood, brass, crushed velvet
  • Only ships within United States.
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