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Rocco P

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Interesting article on celluloid

06 April 2016 - 11:26 AM

I have found an interesting article on the production and conservation of celluloid.

Here's the link.


Omas Extra Lucens anellata

03 April 2016 - 10:20 AM

Today I have found only two pens, but one of them is a lady sized Omas Extra Lucens.

Omas Extra Lucens were produced starting from 1936, restyled in 1938 and put out of production in 1960. You can find more information here.

They are attractive pens, with a twelve-sided faceted design reminiscent of (and contemporary to) W-E Doric.


While it's easy to find Omas Extra pens, the Lucens ones are much more scarce. While plain Extras have an opaque barrel and were piston filled, Lucens pens had a translucent barrel and used a filling system that Omas called "stantuffo tuffante", nearly identical to the Dunn pump filler.


It was produced in a wide variety of celluloids. Black ones are somewhat easier to find. My new acquisition has a grey, ringed celluloid, with green undertones.







Tibaldi infrangibile

27 March 2016 - 10:35 AM

I like going to Easter flea markets in Rome, because there's almost no one buying and so you can find more and cheaper pens!


Today I have been lucky enough to find a Tibaldi Infrangibile (it's the bottom one in the first photo), a very nice, quite rare, Italian high tier pen, from the late '30s.


My pen is an oversize (as identified by the #26 imprinted at the bottom of the blind cap), Serie II, button fill model, in a very nice mottled green-brown celluloid.


The cap lib is broken, so I am in the hunt of parts made of similarly colored celluloid, to fuse for reconstruction surgery.






Gold Covered duofold

08 December 2015 - 11:55 AM

I've come across a strange, at least to my inexperienced eyes, duofold, fully covered in gold.

Was it a jeweler job or did it come from a Parker factory?


URL: http://pages.ebay.co...9561284&alt=web

Soennecken Pony

06 December 2015 - 12:57 PM

I have found this little gem in Porta Portese, Rome's biggest flea market, held every Sunday.

It is in great shape, except for a few shallow scratches in the barrel and a cracked nib.

The barrel is engraved: "SOENNECKEN Pony" and the nib bears an "SO" mark.
I'd be thankful if anyone could shed some light on this Soennecken model as I have never heard anything about the Pony.