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 early 2000 series made from Black Chased Hard Rubber. The pen has been fitted with a gold filled overlay and it dates from around 1925. 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 with minor marks and scratches commensurate with light use. The overlay has an engraving "J C FORREST".
The 14ct gold nib is superb and writes beatifully with a Medium Flex line.
Onoto pens are fabulous writing instruments and will give years of faithful service.