Aurora 88

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 88 carries serial number 253135, which means it is probably from 1947, the first year of 88s’ production. It is an excellent, expressive writer, with an EF flex nib, one of 14 distinct styles Aurora produced for the 88. The pen was completely restored, but it does show its age, with some missing plate on the bottom cap edge and at the base of the clip and some minor age wear along the barrel, both accommodated in its price. If you have not owned an Aurora 88, be warned, they are addictive. Every time I restore one, only the fact that I own three others keeps the one in my hand from joining them.

This pen is not for sale.