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's "The Pen" finished in Jade Green (also known as Viridine Green) celluloid. The plunger filling system, deliciously quirky but extremely efficient, has been fully serviced with a new washer and seals fitted.
The pen itself is in very good condition, the colours in the Jade finish are still vibrant with a little darkening to the barrel. Both pen and pencil show only very minor wear marks and the plating to the clips, cap rings and pencil trim is strong and blemish free.
The 14ct gold nib is in excellent condition and writes beatifully with a Fine line and a gentle flex.
Onoto pens are fabulous writing instruments and will give years of faithful service.