Aurora Marco Polo
About This Model
Aurora's production was relatively linear after its recovery with the Aurora 88 starting in 1949. Simply put, until the 1970s, it was 88s in their various incarnations, with usually a second line. The first of these second lines was the Duocart, which first appeared in 1963, one of the first cartridge fillers and perhaps the only one with two linked cartridges. After Aurora was acquired by the Verona family, their current proprietors, Aurora then produced the 98. a piston filler with Reserva Magica, a hidden extra ink reservoir, the Auretta student pen, and the Hastil, each of which broke new design ground. In 1982, their innovation was the Marco Polo and the Magellano, slim cartridge filling pens of similar design, in a variety of finishes and quality levels. Their nibs are very similar to 88 nibs in appearance, but with less flex. In the modern era, Aurora brought out the Optima, and a modern version of the 88, very attractive pens, easy to use and maintain.
About This Pen
This Marco Polo, actually the first I’ve used, is an excellent example of 1980s Italian styling. Slim and dressy at 13.7cm, this pen is in very clean condition. It is either gold-plate or gold-filled, feels like the latter, with long deep ribbing in the barrel and cap. The cap ring is horizontally ribbed with what appears to be black enamel filling in the ribs, giving the pen a very handsome appearance. There is a small Aurora imprint, in their 1980s font, running on the cap from the top of the cap ring to the base of the clip. The two crowns are matching, gold rings with black inserts. The inserts match the black resin section under the cap, which is smooth and clean. The nib is an Aurora, and it writes a nice full fine/medium. Some pens, Auroras among them, write better with their own branded ink; thus, its writing sample is in Aurora Black. It comes with a cartridge, which was probably original with the pen. An elegant pen, very pleasing to use.
Price: $95 Sold