Eridano 44

1935-40

About This Model

There were many small fountain pen manufacturers in Italy during the vintage era, particularly in Torino and Bologne, and included Artus, Atlantica, Aurea, Imperiale, Kosca and others. The trouble is that there is almost no published information about them, except for the wonderful scholarship of Letizia Jacobini, who has managed to tease out most of the sub-brands and models from brands, a tremendously complex job. Most of the brands here were one purchase I made some years back to experience mid-level Italian vintage pens. They were almost all button-fillers, in celluloid patterns that I had never seen before or since. The nibs were almost all steel, responsive and often at least minimally flexible. Filcao started in the 1960s in Settimo Torinese, Italy, as a machine shop for metal parts. Crediting Richard Binder for the history, it's noted that by the end of the decade Filcao was producing cartridge/converter fountain pens, which then became its primary business. In 2004, Binder designed a pen for Filcao called “Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean,” an all-new button filler. It was followed by the Atlantica, the Nobile, and the Silvia. Filcao closed in 2012.

About This Pen

Eridano pens are virtually undescribed in the literature of fountain pens.  With thanks to Jacobini’s fine text, we know they were manufactured by the Pecco Stilus company during the 1930s, as a more inexpensive line. This particular pen is a model 44, made in Turin, probably during the latter 1930s. It is a full-sized pen, 13.1cm long capped and 12mm thick, of thick celluloid in yellow ochre black, and grey, and is in very good condition. The colors are in largish chunks, almost like the early Sheaffer black and pearl pens; the ochre is striking. As with so many of the vintage Italian pens, it is a button filler. Its nib appears to be gold, and is marked “Eridania”, and “Stilus”, the brand. It is marked 3, although it is not known what the 3 refers to, since the nib is substantially larger than a standard 3.  The Eridano writes as many of the vintage Italian pens do, a delicately flexed EF to a full medium.

Price: $220 Sold

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