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Classic Pens Limited was formed in England in 1987. Fountain pens were a shared passion for the two founders, Andreas Lambrou and Keith G. Brown. Their principal aim was to create exclusive fountain pens for pen lovers world-wide. This culminated in 1990 with the launch of the Classic Pens CP collection of limited editions.

The CP series of limited editions comprises flagship models of international pen manufacturers, fully covered in sterling silver and customized by Classic Pens. Each and every model in the series has been carefully selected not only for its quality, its history and pedigree and its design, but also for its writing performance.

The CP pens offer the user unique and exquisite guilloche engravings through which they transcend their function, and become objects of beauty as precious as jewelry, as well as future heirlooms.

They bear witness to the imaginative originality of Classic Pens and the fastidious craftsmanship of Murelli. They also demonstrate the technical precision and expertise of international pen manufacturers. And with every new CP pen, the family of the CP collection increases in diversity and prestige.

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Lambrou and Brown discussing the progress of their CP series of Limited Edition pens

The first series in the Classic Pens CP Collection was launched in 1990. It established a fruitful cooperation between Classic Pens, Sheaffer and Murelli.  The model selected for CP1 was the Targa by Sheaffer. The stylish Targa by Sheaffer, launched in 1976 is regarded as a modern classic.

The CP1 was offered in a single edition of 250 fountain pens world-wide.

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CP1 Targa (left) 1990 and CP2 Pushkin (right) 1993

The second limited edition in the Classic Pens CP series, is the Sheaffer Crest CP2 Pushkin Pen, launched in 1993. It was offered as a single Limited Edition of 500 fountain pens world-wide.

This launch was the fruit of a special collaboration between Classic Pens, Sheaffer and the Pushkin Prizes, a literary awards program for children in Ireland presided over by the Duchess of Abercorn, descendant of Aleksandr Pushkin, the founding father of modern Russian literature.

The third limited edition in the Classic Pens CP series pays homage to the poet Homer. The two pens CP3 Iliad and CP3 Odyssey are named after his epic poems.  The CP3 series was the fruit of the cooperation between Classic Pens, Aurora and Murelli. It was offered, in 1995, in a single edition of 500 CP3 Iliad and 500 CP3 Odyssey fountain pens world-wide.

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CP3 Iliad (left) and CP3 Odyssey (right)  in sterling silver, 1995

The fourth limited edition in the Classic Pens CP series is the CP4 Civil War Pens Washington and Richmond. It was the fruit of the cooperation between Classic Pens, Sheaffer and Murelli. The series was launched in 1997 and remembers the American Civil War 1861-1865. It was offered in a single edition of 500 CP4 Washington and 500 CP4 Richmond world-wide.

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CP4 Washington (left) and CP4 Richmond (right), 1997

The fifth limited edition in the Classic Pens CP series is the CP5 Celebration Pens Vintage and Modern. It was the fruit of the cooperation between Classic Pens, Parker and Murelli. The CP5 series pays homage to the original Duofold of the 1920s, as well as to its modern expression. It was launched in 1999 in a single edition of 500 CP5 Vintage and 500 CP5 Modern fountain pens world-wide.

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CP5 Vintage (left) and CP5 Modern (right), 1999

The sixth limited edition in the Classic Pens CP series is the fruit of the cooperation between Classic Pens, Pelikan and Murelli.  The theme chosen for the CP6 series is Goethe. The guilloche engravings of the two pens, Marguerite and Charlotte were inspired by his works, Faust and Werther. The series was offered in 2002, in a single edition of 500 CP6 Marguerite and 500 CP6 Charlotte fountain pens world-wide.

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CP6 Marguerite (left) and CP6 Charlotte (right), 2002

The seventh limited edition in the Classic Pens CP series is the CP7 Ocean Pens Pacific & Atlantic. It was the fruit of the cooperation between Classic Pens, Sailor and Murelli. The series was launched in 2003 in a single edition of 250 CP7 Pacific and 250 CP7 Atlantic Fountain pens world-wide.

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CP7 Pacific (left) and CP7 Atlantic (right), 2003

The eighth limited edition in the Classic Pens CP series is the CP8 Murelli Pens Flamme and Vannerie. It is the fruit of the cooperation between Classic Pens, Aquila Brands and Murelli. The series is being launched in 2008.

The canvas for the CP8 series is the Classic Legend 766 full size fountain pen and 762 full size roller/ball pen. It is the first time that the now popular roller/ball pen writing mode is offered with a CP series.

The pens are manufactured in Italy by Aquila Brands to the specification of Classic Pens. The CP8 series is named in honor of the Murelli Family. Classic Pens and Murelli have had a fruitful working relationship since 1990 with the CP1 Targa, the first series in the CP Collection.

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CP8 Flamme (left) and CP8 Vannerie (right), 2008


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