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Rare and Precious Writing Instruments
When you mention collector's pens, thoughts immediately turn to luxury writing instruments, limited editions, unique pieces preserved in their precious cases, sought-after symbols of style cherished by enthusiasts worldwide.
Collecting fountain pens is not limited to writing enthusiasts; these are true pieces of history, tied to the era in which they were produced.
Highly coveted are the fountain pens that played pivotal roles in moments universally recognized as crucial for humanity, the pens that passed through the hands of famous historical figures.
Giovanni Falcone loved taking notes with his collector's fountain pens.
Writer Roland Barthes praised the gentle flow of the fountain pen on the page to which he entrusted his talent.
Not to mention all the treaties and documents signed with fountain pens: the surrender of Germany during World War II, the nuclear treaty between Reagan and Gorbachev, the first peace agreement between Israel and Palestine.
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The Rarities of the Fountain Pen World
Fountain pens have traversed the decades, taking on new meanings and implementing increasingly innovative and technological features. What are the most desired collectible pieces by enthusiasts? Let's discover together the iconic pens that symbolize the history of fountain pens.
In 1864, the Frenchman Jean-Benoit Mallat developed the Siphoide, the predecessor of today's fountain pen. The first true fountain pen would have to wait until 1884 when Waterman patented the first reliable ink feed. Highly sought after are also the Parker Lucky Curve from 1894 with a safety ink feed channel and the Crescent Filler by Conklin from 1897, the first fountain pen with automatic filling.
Treasures That Have Marked the Eras
Among the collectible pens dating back to the early 20th century is the Safety Pen (1906), a retractable nib fountain pen with a spiral mechanism by Waterman. Just two years later, in 1908, Sheaffer invented the lever, ushering in the production of fountain pens with an automatic ink loading system.
The "Parker Jack Knife Safety Pen" model with a hermetic safety cap from 1912 is considered unobtainable, as well as the Trench Pen produced during World War I specifically for soldiers, featuring water-soluble ink tablets. Legendary are the "Lifetime" fountain pens from 1920, signed by Sheaffer, promising eternal durability, and the 1921 Duofold Parker, the first fountain pen in red and orange.
The Natural Evolution of Style
The luckiest collectors have in their display cases celluloid status-symbol fountain pens like the "Lifetime Jade Green" by Sheaffer, the Duofold Senior, Parker's Patrician, Wahl's Gold Seal with 14 interchangeable nibs, Sheaffer's Balance shaped like an airplane, Conklin's Nozac without a reservoir, and Wahl's Doric with 12 facets.
The Parker 51, a gem from the 1940s, is considered by many as the most characteristic fountain pen of all time, designed with influences from the Bauhaus artistic movement. Among the pens from the subsequent years particularly sought after by collectors are the Pfm (pen for men), the Capless with a retractable nib, and Parker's T1 in titanium.
Limited Edition Accessories
Those who have cultivated a passion for fountain pens for years are very attentive to the good condition of the pen they want to add to their collection: non-working or discolored pens are worth less, as are those that do not have their original caps or have damage to the nibs. Fountain pens are particularly fragile objects: they must be stored away from excessive light and heat and undergo periodic maintenance.
Among today's collectors, limited editions are especially popular, pens created for special occasions, famous character anniversaries, or series dedicated to an original theme. Collectible fountain pens stand out for their use of precious materials, precise execution techniques, and exclusive aesthetics.
Montegrappa Collectible Pens
The Exquisite Made in Italy Style
In the world of collectible fountain pens, Montegrappa is a solid point of reference, representing the excellence of Made in Italy in the realm of luxury writing instruments. Over the years, the company from Bassano del Grappa has focused on creating unique pieces, stylish specimens dedicated to great figures in international history, extremely rare models to celebrate major events, or to pay homage to artistic and literary masterpieces.
Here are some of the most sought-after Montegrappa pens by collectors.
The Dragon is the pen dedicated to the symbol of China in a limited edition created in 1995. Eastern and Western cultures merge into an exclusive object made in only 100 pieces of 18-carat gold: along the pen's barrel winds the image of a dragon, an ode to the power of writing.
Sports meets style in the Icons Montegrappa collection: one of the most sought-after fountain pens is the one honoring Muhammad Ali, made of gold and diamonds.
Invito alla Traviata is a Montegrappa collection dedicated to the most famous Italian operas of all time. The fountain pens paying homage to the great composers are entirely handmade in gold and precious stones. The real gem for passionate collectors is the model adorned with 34 diamonds.
And then there's the pen that Montegrappa created to celebrate its 88th anniversary: 88 pieces in 18-carat gold inspired by the Art Deco period.
In nearly 100 years of history, Montegrappa has left its mark on the most precious collectible pieces, and fountain pen enthusiasts can rest assured: many more precious rarities are on the way!
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