Hello Portland Grand

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Here is an unveiling of my new Personal Portland Grand in black, from bouteia. This is not the 5/4 which was auctioned yesterday. I bid on that one but my bids were way below the amount it finally went for. This one is marked ‘Grand’ rather than ‘5/4’.

The box - I wish more Filofax distributors realised the importance of packaging. Filofax UK sends things in a plain white Jiffy bag, no boxes, no hard packaging. That is so hard on the rings and gives an impression of cost-cutting. Receiving a Filofax in an actual box is so LUXURIOUS!

The box – I wish more Filofax distributors realised the importance of packaging. Filofax UK sends things in a plain white Jiffy bag, no boxes, no hard packaging. That is so hard on the rings and gives an impression of cost-cutting. Receiving a Filofax in an actual box is so LUXURIOUS!

First view - pristine! This is my 6th Bouteia item and they are all absolutely perfect

First view – pristine! This is my 6th Bouteia item and they are all absolutely perfect

First view of those enormous 31mm rings. Why don't more personals come with huge rings?

First view of those enormous 31mm rings. Why don’t more personals come with huge rings?

All the original inserts in place

All the original inserts in place. Zippered pocket to the left and TWO pen loops!

'Personal Portland Grand'

‘Personal Portland Grand’

The credit card pockets in this one are in the back, while the zippered pocket is in the front.

The credit card pockets in this one are in the back, while the zippered pocket is in the front.

View of inserts

View of inserts

More inserts

More inserts

Index cards - very nice gold lettering

Index cards – very nice gold lettering

Care guide

Care guide

Inserts

Inserts

Another view of the beautiful big rings

Another view of the beautiful big rings

Information

Information

Nice broad spine

Nice broad spine

$_57-16

Often, once I have bought from someone a few times I ask them to keep an eye out for items I am looking for. If you are a good customer and don’t take advantage, most shops and online companies are willing to let you know if something you are interested in comes into stock.

As well as this Portland, bouteia also found me a Personal Baroque in black. They were unable to find an A5 Brown Belmont for me but that I sourced (thanks to the help of several Philofaxy community members who knew I was after one) in the Netherlands.



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8 replies

  1. That Portland Grand looks just great, Janet! How big are the pen loops?

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  2. I was watching that Portland 5/4 and was stunned at how much it finally went for. Doubtless at least in part due to your signposting bouteia!

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    • I know what you mean! I was going to bid on the 5/4 but my maximum bid was about half what it went for. This one is a newer version but I am so glad to have it because of the big rings. I think bouteia may unearth a few more so keep your eyes peeled!

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  3. Wow! Now those are some big rings for sure 🙂

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  4. It just goes to show the benefits of a good customer/seller relationship. Seller has made some good recent sales on ebay and I’m sure your signposting and feedback has helped with that. More of us have had a chance to snare some rare goodies. Everyone benefits. 🙂

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