Coronas were from an Italian firm called Mario Diaz, probably from the 1940s. Although Iacobini’s invaluable text notes that Coronas were made by various manufacturers and that Extras were piston-fillers, this Extra is a button-filler. It has two barrel rings, which give it a very interesting and different appearance. The pen is of red streaked celluloid, with gold trim. It has seen some use, shows some minor nicks and marks, but is a very solid pen that can be used every day. Its nib, also imprinted Corona Extra, is 585 gold, and writes a flexible fine line with just a little feedback. S$250
Serik 53/Montegrappa (early 1950s)
Also from Italy vintage pens, this pen is branded as a Serik, but it is really a Montegrappa, factory-branded by a postwar entrepreneur with his own name. Even the nib is imprinted with his name! It’s a very handsome pen, in sparkly, almost iridescent striated shades of green and gold. It is a typical length at 12.1cm, and is a slender but not petite girth, completely comfortable in all but the largest hand. It is a button-filler, and fills well. Trim is in gold, with three gold cap rings, a sign of a fancier Italian pen. It has been described to me as mint, and indeed shows no signs of having been filled, although I did test its nib. It was professionally restored in Italy before coming to me. The nib is wonderfully soft and smooth, and is Italian flexible fine with a little tactile feedback. It comes with its original box and certificate of original issue, in Italian, of course. $275
I’m very fond of this pen. It is officially without a brand and model, assuming that the imprinted “Italia” and “Lloyd Triestino” (both with quotes, as in other Italian vintage pens) are not those. Slightly shorter at 11.3cm capped, this is a full-girth pen that is very comfortable in the hand. It is in brown and darker pearl marbled celluloid, a sturdy pen with a turban crown. It is a button-filler, and it fills very well. The trim is gold, and shows evidence of a repair to the top of the clip. The unusual feature of this pen is its glass nib, which is very smooth, writes a wet fine line and makes for fast writing. For those who have not written with a glass nib, it’s a great experience. You write a little lighter, but it feels great. $175
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