The Neptune Pen

A History of Burge, Warren & Ridgley


Written by Steve Hull with his friend Mike Bryan, this book catalogues the history of one of the earliest English pen makers. Burge, Warren & Ridgley (BWR) were virtually unknown to collectors until this book was published. 


The book follows the history of the company from its founding c.1860 as a maker of imitation jet (i.e. vulcanite) mourning jewellery, to the production of their first stylo in 1879, up until the business was finally acquired by the Jewel Pen Co. Ltd., c.1933. It is packed with pictures of rare BWR pens and stylos, and there are four appendices listing the known model numbers with their dates, a reproduction of a complete Neptune catalogue from 1917, Neptune promotional items and advertising from the stationery trade press.


Published by Shelley and Peacock, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-9563444-0-3


104 pages, 203x250mm


Limited Edition of 100 £50, plus postage


(As of 7th November 2019, only 6 copies remain. Please contact Steve to check current availability.)



(via Royal Mail, standard, not tracked)

  • Within UK        £5
  • Within Europe  £10
  • Rest of World   £15


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