Thomas De La Rue Ltd began manufacturing the Onoto range in 1905 and they quickly eastablished themselves in an already densely populated marketplace. The pens were successful because of the excellent quality of the materials used and the superior design of the filling system. Onoto pens were as good, if not better, than all their contemporaries including Parker, Watermans and Conway Stewart.
This is a superb example of the Onoto Minor finished in the desirable Blue transparent mesh celluloid. The celluloid material dates the pen to around 1935. The plunger filling system, deliciously quirky but extremely efficient, has been fully serviced with a new washer and cork seals fitted.
The pen itself is in very good condition, the colours in the blue mesh finish are still vibrant and the pen only has very minor marks and scratches commensurate with light use. There is a little wear to the plating on the clip and cap ring.
The 14ct gold nib is in excellent condition and writes beatifully with a medium line. The nib has a nice flex to it which gives a lovely shape to your handwriting.
Onoto pens are fabulous writing instruments and will give years of faithful service.