Writing instruments of note on display in Łódź

An exhibition featuring over 70 collectible fountain pens opened in Łódź, central Poland.

The exhibition comprises of writing instruments from the private archives of Prof. Andrzej Papiewski, a Łódź-based surgeon, who has been assembling the collection for over 20 years.

The exhibit features 76 fountain pens by various manufacturers, mostly French and Italian. Most pieces come from limited-edition series and boast unique forms and materials used for their creation.

“Some of them can be regarded as real works of art,” Elżbieta Domagalska, the exhibit curator, said.

A number of pens contain a depiction of Pope John Paul II, who headed the Catholic church between 1978 and 2005. The list of prominent Poles with their own lines of writing instruments also includes Copernicus, Marie Curie, Józef Piłsudski, Tadeusz Kościuszko and Lech Wałęsa. The exhibition is open until May 7.