Review: Retro 51 Bouquet (compliments of Anderson Pens)

Retro 51 Bouquet

I never thought I’d be a collector of Retro 51s. However, in the last couple of years, I’ve acquired a variety of different Poppers and a Classic Lacquer and, I must admit, I have a collection now. So, I now keep an eye out for the regular seasonal releases in the Popper series.

Retro 51 Bouquet

Just prior to the Atlanta Pen Show, Retro 51 released their spring design, Bouquet, and I scrambled to find a retailer who didn’t sell out in a minute. Luckily, the fine folks at Anderson Pens set not one but TWO pens aside for me and, as a result, one lucky reader will get claim this beauty as their own – or to give to their loved one, their mom, or their favorite person who deserves an everlasting bouquet of flowers.

Retro 51 Bouquet

The Bouquet is a smooth, watercolor floral printed on an ivory background. The flowers definitely have a tropical feel. The graphics are some of the most complex I’ve seen on a Retro 51 and they turned out really well. The colors are clean and rich. And the printing is flawless.

Retro 51 Bouquet end cap

The hardware is a soft, brushed gold. I’d almost call is rose gold but its not pinky nor is it brassy. The end cap is a rosy pink dot to match the flowers.

Of all the “Mother’s Day” releases that Retro 51 has done, this is by far the best one yet.

Retro 51 Bouquet

GIVEAWAY: See that one in the photo above still wrapped in shrinkwrap? That is #0288/1000 and it can be your. All you need to do is leave a comment below and tell me who in your life deserves a beautiful bouquet of flowers. AND… read the FINE PRINT. Big thanks to Anderson Pens for providing the giveaway pen!

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Monday, April 25, 2016. All entries must be submitted at, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Tuesday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your real email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money. US delivery addresses only please this time. Apologies to our international readers!

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  1. I think I deserve this awesome Bouquet pen! 🙂 My hubby says this pen has my name all over it, see there you go I must win it!! <3

  2. Hands down my wife deserves a beautiful bouquet of flowers! Not only does she put up with me and our two boys, she works two jobs, and is going to college to get her degree. The hardest working, most selfless woman I know.

  3. This would go directly to my mom, who rarely buys decorative “pretty” things for herself but who greatly appreciates lovely gifts.

  4. Everyone deserves flowers. flowers for everyone! HA! but really, my friend A could really use a bouquet; she’s been going through a lot recently and could likely use a pick-me-up

  5. Every woman deserves a bouquet of flowers, most especially a Mother. Good or bad we wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for her…

  6. My beautiful wife deserves a beautiful bouquet of flowers. We have a garden that she has helped to cultivate since we bought our house last year. I always take pictures or try to grab a few flowers to surprise her when I can. This would be like getting a bouquet of flowers from me every time she uses it.

  7. Hi there!
    I think “I” deserve this pretty new pen! Why? Because I’m doing the best I can under some very challenging circumstances since our daughter’s death. I just discovered fountain pens and it would be a joy and delight to own this beautiful pen.

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