Tag Archives: Pens

Order TT Patton Online

Can’t make it to the San Francisco Bay Area pop up store at Daisy’s in Montclair? Order in the comfort of your own home. We’ll ship it to your door. http://ttpatton.bigcartel.com/

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Let us help you with that (anniversary gifts!)

Valentine’s Day is approaching, and that may mean it’s your anniversary, too. If you’re scratching your head of what to get your spouse, let us help you with that. Let us make it easy by following these traditional gifts by year of anniversary. See the whole list here.

Year 1, Paper: Arguably one of the most important anniversaries, there are boundless options for paper. We love the idea of getting your spouse a set of personalized stationery by Bell’Invito (whether a name change is in order or not). This also makes a great gift from parents to the new couple.

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Year 3, Leather: By year three, you’ve made some wonderful memories as a couple, perhaps purchasing a home, getting a pet, or even adding to your family in other ways. Capture these moments in a leather-bound photo album or leather journal by Graphic Image to keep those happy times preserved.

Year 7, Wool: If you’re in need of a reminder to celebrate with your spouse, check out our merino wool wine carriers from Graf and Lantz and fill it with a bottle of champagne or a nice wine.  For non-drinkers, we have messenger bags and pouches for technology devices.

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Year 14, Animals: Why not surprise your better half with a decorative, decoupage piece from John Derian? With various retro patterns which include horses, dogs, and cats, your animal-loving wife or husband is sure to love it.

Year 25, Silver: This is a special year, requiring a special gift.  Cross and Faber-Castell use silver in their fine writing utensils.  What gift can be more special and practical than a pen?

Year 50, Gold: This is a big, no, the biggest one. The best of the best. Hopefully you’re having a party, and hopefully there will be a thoughtfully wrapped, 14 carat gold nib fountain pen from Namiki in a box for your sweetheart.

Whatever anniversary year it is, remembering a hand-written card is always stylish, personal, and unique. Stop by so we can help you make that one day a year special every time.

Throwback Thursday: A Look into Writing’s Past

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The original Cross logo

Ever wonder where people of the past got their paper and pens? Charles Dickens, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning all wrote on Pineider paper from Italy. And many other brands carry on legacies from the past into today’s future of paper and pens. Two of my favorite old-world brands are Cross pens and Crane paper. Let’s take a step back in time…

Cross is America’s “oldest manufacturer of fine writing instruments,” having been established in 1839. Their original products were gold and silver casings for wooden pencils. Alonzo Townsend Cross, the grandson of the original founder, is credited with many patents in the late 1800s, including the stylographic pen, which revolutionized fountain pens forever. Cross pens are still some of the finest pens on the market, and can be ordered at TT Patton with a free engraving through the end of the year.

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President and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt’s Christmas card on Crane paper

What good would pens be without paper? Crane began over 200 years ago with the objective of selling paper that is 100 percent cotton. Paul Revere himself used engraved banknotes on Crane paper to help finance the Revolution. In 1799, the mill which still makes Crane paper today was established in Dalton, Massachusetts. One of their first major clients was the US government. U.S. currency is still printed on Crane paper to this day. You can have a piece of this history by ordering personal stationery on Crane’s paper at TT Patton.

We treat art as valued pieces because of the history and story behind the piece, along with its beauty. The same is true for writing. Writing with a Cross pen on Crane paper is inherently an act of participating in the history of the past and present. Today’s hand-crafted products are sure to spur a conversation about their beauty, quality, and rich history. Now how’s that for a Throwback Thursday?