De La Rue Onoto desk pens are not commonly found. This one dates from the 1930s.
The pen is made of a translucent amber celluloid with a black taper and section. The pen is a lever filler and has the attractive De La Rue claw box lever patented in the 1920s.
The barrel has a crisp imprint: “THE DE LA RUE PEN” and the base the matching “DE LA RUE” label on the back. The base is made of brown Bakelite with brass fittings and a black pen holder.
The celluloid barrel of the pen has a good colour and transparency. It has been fitted with a silicone sac to help preserve the colour.
The pen is approximately 17cm (6 5/8 inches).
The 14k De La Rue Onoto nib is a fine, slightly scratchy writer, possibly with uneven tipping, which can easily flex but is prone to railroading when flexed. At some point in its life it has been bent and straightened (not by me) and the kink is visible. The condition of the nib is reflected in the low price for an Onoto desk set.
The Bakelite base is in good condition with no damage and the De La Rue label intact. The brass base for the pen holder has some discolouration which may well polish off. The holder itself is in very good condition.
Price: $67 (£50, €56) plus postage:
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Europe: €14, (£11)
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