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Novelli Augusta

It was in 2000 that Marco and his dad, Augusto, started the planning of a special pen to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Novelli Pen & Pipe Store.  The resulting pen, the Augusta, came from two concepts.

The beginnings of the AugustaMarco liked a pen created by Montegrappa, the Reminiscence. This pen has a shaped body, with eight sides for the body and cap.

Augusto liked a rich blue and bronze celluloid that had been used in the 1920's for the Patrician line by Waterman.

Together, they worked with the Italian pen manufacturer Visconti to create the pen for Novelli. Up to this point, Viscount had not produced an faceted pen, one with sides, and this would be their first.

I first met Augusto in 1997. He wrote me with an offer: come to Rome and he would take my wife Karen and myself to lunch! Why not! We enjoyed meeting Augusto. He showed us the extensive collection of pens at Novelli. At this time, the store was actually across the street from its present location. It was a smaller store, and everything came out in trays from the back room. The lunch? It was great. We have been eating at the restaurant L'Archetto ever since.

Our next trip to Rome was in 2001 and we had the bad news that Augusto had passed away. We met his son Marco, and once of the pens that Marco did show me was the original Augusta pen. It was a Limited Edition of 300 fountain pens.

Decisions, decisions. The Augusta was one of a number of attractive pens. It was hard to put any of the pens to the side and make a selection. I did not select the pen at the time, and I always regretted that decision as I passed on a very unique and meaningful pen. In subsequent years I would see the odd Augusta become available on e-bay, but in the end I was never able to acquire one with a broad nib.

 

 

Visctoni Augusta

 

Augusta II

But some stories have good endings. A number of years later, when I was visiting Novelli Pen, Marco brought out the Augusto. I call it Augusta II.
Visctoni contacted Marco to tell him the celluloid was was not available, they had some in stock, and asked if he was interested in having any additional pens produced. Luckily the answer was yes and Visconti produced a limited number of pens for Novelli. Four were produced with Sterling Silver trim and with 23 kt gold palladium nib.

On our 2015 stay in Rome, Marco showed me a new release of the pen. The remaining celluloid created 300 pens with 24k trim, and four with sterling silver rhodium plated trim. I quickly made the decision to acquire the Augusta pens. I selected the silver trim pen, Pen IV or IV. The silver trim pens are unique in that the number is engraved on the top of the cap in roman numerals.

 

How is the pen? It feels so good in the hand. Light to hold as the body and cap are made of celluloid despite its large size. It is considered a large pen - 5 1/2 inches in length when capped and 6 3/4 inches when posted. It fills with a power piston filler mechanism and there is a clear ink view window to show the status of ink in the chamber. There is a double reserver so ink can transfer to a second chamber for flights. The pen has an incredibly smooth 23kt gold palladium nib, I ordered a pen with a Broad width, and it lays a solid line of ink on the paper.

 

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