Its always nice, I believe, to know a little about who you are dealing with in business and to be able to put a face to a name - well here I am!
I run Cathedral Pens as a hobby with my wife Ann, you will often find us at pen shows and I'm always around if you want to give me a call - always willing to chat about pens and help oy if I can. I am a council member of the Writing Equipment Society, the foremost organisation in the world for pen lovers.
Okay, better get the legal stuff out of the way now:
Terms and Conditions
Please read these terms carefully, and print and keep a copy of them for your reference.
In the unlikely event that the goods are no longer available, or that we have made a pricing mistake, we will advise you of this. You will not receive an e-mail confirming acceptance of your order, and there will be no contract between us.
If the goods are not available, we may supply you with substitute goods. If you decide not to accept the substitute goods, you will not have to pay to return them to us.
How to place order
1.Select the item(s) that you require from our website by clicking the ‘Add to Basket’ link shown for the item.
2.Items that you have selected can be reviewed at any time via the ‘View Basket’ link.
3.When you have completed your selections click on the ‘Checkout’ link to complete your order. You will be asked to provide delivery and payment information via secure web pages. Please review your order carefully before submission to avoid problems.
4.If you make a mistake during ordering please contact us as soon as possible.
If the goods are lost or damaged in transit, please let us know promptly.
Cancellation and returns
If you cancel, you must return the goods to us at your own expense. You must ensure that the goods are packaged adequately to protect against damage and insured if required, please get a proof of postage when you return goods.
This cancellation policy does not affect your legal rights
Cathedral Pens takes its name from the cathedral city of Lichfield where I live with my wife Ann and our two sons and their families. Lichfield - a city? Its actually a typical rural English country town but because its home to the beautiful Lichfield Cathedral it has city status! An interesting place to visit, Lichfield has many historical points of interest and many famous personalities from the past Dr. Johnson (of dictionary fame), David Garrick (of theatre fame) and Erasmus Darwin (Grandfather of Charles Darwin) amongst many others. The beginnings of Lichfield have been obscured by history and may have stemmed from the Roman era, however the first recording of Lichfield seems to be in 699 by the Venerable Bede.
During the English Civil War Lichfield was a Royalist stronghold and the Cathedral suffered severe damage from bombardment by Parliamentarian troops. Today, although it is a dormer town for Birmingham and the rest of the West Midlands conurbation, it still retains its unique historical identity - come and see for yourself.
Cathedral Pens has stemmed from an interest in writing instruments that I have had since I was presented with a green marbled Conway Stewart for my 12th birthday by my parents, unfortunately the pen is long gone but the passion for writing instruments has remained and has been strengthened through my need for quality writing and drawing instruments during my professional life in design and marketing.
The collecting bug really took a hold just other three years ago and has now become a major part of my life. I decided to set up the Cathedral Pens web store to help fund my passion for pens and things and also to try and help those that are just starting off in this fascinating pastime. I also wanted to make readily available items that I had a great deal of trouble sourcing when I first started off seriously in the hobby such as quality ink sacs, pressure bars etc., pen cases and repair manuals.
The pens and other writing instruments that you will find here are not for those with unlimited free income but rather for average Joes like me who have to choose and buy carefully because unallocated cash is the exception rather than the rule.
What is collectable
Now we come to what is collectable and what isn't and this is an argument that flares up on a regular basis in the pen world. There are some that would say that only limited editions (LE) costing hundreds if not thousands of pounds/dollars are collectable; my own take on it is - if its of interest to you then its collectable. However if you are relating collectability to investment value that's a different matter. My own personal experience to date is this - a few years ago when I got into this hobby more seriously I invested a small lump sum which had come my way into buying pens, I had intended putting it into my pension fund but frankly it seemed that the more I put into the fund the less it was worth! So into pens it went the result to date is that I haven't lost money, I've gained a little, I've gained a lot of friends around the world and I have never had so much fun spending money!
So welcome to Cathedral Pens, please browse at your leisure and don't forget if you have any questions just mail me - if I don't know the answer I probably know someone who does.
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