American Art Plastics

Bringing back the classic materials of the Art Deco era


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Our interest in old plastics grew out of our work with vintage pens.  The history of the fountain pen is inextricably bound up with the history of its materials: hard rubber and celluloid; Bakelite and casein; and, more recently, acrylic and acetate.  Although we originally set out to bring back these classic plastics for pen makers and restorers, we soon realized that we would have many other customers, working on everything from musical instruments to jewelry, custom knives, furniture, and articles and artworks of all sorts.  Though the site's content is still slanted towards pens, we will be adding more on other applications as we go along.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any special interests or requests relating to our materials!

Mark Hoover is a veteran collector and dealer, with a longstanding interest in the history and technology of writing and extensive experience in the international antiques trade.

We have recently moved our main Maryland warehouse. Please note our new Kensington address, and our new phone number: +1 (401) 680-0246.


4120R Howard Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895


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