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 nice example of one of the earlier models finished in Black Chased Hard Rubber. 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 good condition, the chased pattern shows only very light wear and the gold plate is in good order. This was a promotional pen made for Texaco and the word TEXACO is imprinted onto the barrel. This would have been an expensive pen in its time so this was a very prestigious promotional pen, perhaps intended for Managers or Directors of major customers.
The 14ct gold nib is in excellent condition and writes beatifully with a medium line. The nib has a light flex to it which gives a lovely shape to your handwriting.
Onoto pens are fabulous writing instruments and will give years of faithful service.