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, and partially hooded nib looked like those of the 51, under the surface was an all-Italian piston mechanism and workmanship. The original 88 sold from 1946 until it was succeeded by the 88K in 1953 and the 88P in 1958, some 3 million sold pens later. 88s were sold until the 1970s, and are 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 88P is from my personal collection, being sold only because it’s not my birth month-made 88, which will stay with me for the long haul. This pen is from 1958-1963, and is in excellent condition, except for showing the microscratches of use on its gold cap and one grip mark on the section. Its piston mechanism has been freshly restored. It writes a fast, wet fine with just a touch of flex. The barrel and section are black celluloid and the cap is gold filled. The nib is a wet fine with a touch of flex. It is a delightful writer, a very sturdy and elegant pen that can be a daily user for years to come. I’ll probably have second thoughts about selling it until it’s sold.
This pen is not for sale.