Aurora 88

1951
About This Model

The Aurora 88 model line is one of the more reliable and elegant fountain pens ever made. It heralded the reawakening of the Italian fountain pen industry after WWII, its design inspired by the Parker 51 in so many pockets of American soldiers in Italy for the reconstruction of Europe. However much its gold cap over a black barrel, hood instead of a traditional gripping section and partially hooded nib looked like those of the 51, under the surface lay an all-Italian piston mechanism and workmanship.  And, as Parker issued 51’s in gold and Lustroloy caps, Aurora did as well it the 88, adding the cap called Nikargenta, a silver/nickel alloy. The Nikargenta caps have not held up as well as Parker’s Lustroloy; every one I’ve seen has pitting. The original 88 sold from 1947 until it was succeeded by the 88K in 1953 and the 88P in 1958, some 3 million sold pens later.  The 88 line was one of very few pens that carried a serial number, and excellent research has unearthed year-starting numbers; this makes it possible to identify each pen’s age. 88s were sold until the 1970s, and are generally regarded as the most sold Italian fountain pen. In modern years, after 2005, Aurora began reissuing the 88, in an all-resin-bodied pen, with, after 2015, a wide variety of nibs. They are excellent pens. 

About This Pen

This is a typical Aurora 88 of the first series, from 1950, carrying serial number 1317120. This is a very nice user pen that writes very well. The piston was fully restored and fills completely. The 88s are all 13.7cm long capped and .7cm across just below the cap. The barrel and section have minimal marking of use, none of the discoloration in the section that is seen in many, and a very clear view window. The Nikargenta cap shows a bit of typical pitting and a spot of missing plate on the edge, but it is without serious marks or dents. This pen holds a huge amount of ink, so don’t fill it all the way to use it for a few days. The nib is a fine, a touch dry, with some typical Italian line variation, as can be seen in the writing sample. This can be a delightful daily user. Fill it with Aurora or another wet ink.

This pen is not for sale.