Thank you David and Bob...
Over the week end I worked on two of the lot: The Luxor and the Osmia.
Interestingly, both are made of celluloid, which pattern usually can be found on Soennecken pens
The Luxor is a remarkably well made piston filler. The whole pen is very well made and feels sturdy in hand. Also its size is very comfortable with 125mm and compareable to Pelikan 400s. I am not 100% sure about but I guess that this is pre war production. The broad cap band is decorated which is typically for Luxor pens and the heavy brass sword-clip is just great. Both gives the pen a weighty and impressive look.
The replacement of the cork seal was a little bit a challenge because the original seals are very thin walled. Only the best cork material can be used in such cases and a very careful proceeding is necessary.
The pen has a nice and flexible 14 ct nib which allows expressive writing!
The Osmia 232 is very well preserved. Hard to believe that this pen has seen lots of use. Its a button filler and dating was much easier because exactly this pen is mentioned in the book of Andreas Lambrou. (...#9 on page 229.) The pen has been made around 1938 and is pre war production as well. The pen is rather small with 117mm but the cap posts very well and so it's a handy pen as well.
Rebuliding was an easy job
Also this one has a marvellous and flexible EF nib.
Both pens are filled with black Quink and are lying on my desk now for a while. After some playing, writing, sketching and doodling, the one or other may find its way to the cllassifieds, but lets see what's next
Edited by christof, 06 October 2014 - 14:10.