Onoto combination pen/pencils do seem to be genuinely rare. This one is shown on page 211 of Steven Hull’s book, “Onoto The Pen”.
The combo is all sterling silver, not a sterling overlay, and this shows in the substantial weight at 34g. Each piece is hallmarked for London 1934. Capped, i.e. as a pencil, it is 14cm and with the cap posted, as a pen, is 14.8cm.
The pen is a lever filler with an Onoto 14k #2 nib, a medium-fine point, very smooth and flexible. The pencil lead is advanved and retracted by twisting the cone.
There is an indicia plate attached with the initials “JF” in a nice deco-style of script.
Condition: Good; the sterling overlay is hefty, no cracks but there are scattered dings. Both pen and pencil are in excellent working order and the pen’s nib is very smooth and has good iridium and nice flex.
Not a mint example by any means but all combos are relatively uncommon and Onoto combos are really rare and this is a nice example, lovely to use and the condition is reflected in the lower price.
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