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 Blue marbled celluloid. The barrel is made up of two contrasting sections, one in Blue marble, the other in Black, this rare feature is complemented by the triple clip ring assembly and a deep solid 9ct gold cap ring. 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 marble finish are still vibrant and the pen only has very minor marks and scratches commensurate with light use. There is a little plating wear to the clip and some marks and scratches on the blind cap but that is to be expected from a pen approaching its 80th birthday!
The 14ct gold nib is in excellent condition and writes beatifully with a Broad Italic line. The Italic nib gives a lovely shape to your handwriting.
Onoto pens are fabulous writing instruments and will give years of faithful service.