It's still a good pen if Faber Castell is on it....if Osmia is still there.
Yours shows a real nice gold Osmia....That is one hell of a fancy Osmia. I hope yours has the Diamond on the cap jewel.
Does...so it's a '51-52 pen.
The 883/4 were Osmia-Faber-Castell pens. In pre '51 Osmia had not those models..((or had not yet bought them out...as part owner F-C would have known about them & I think total new ownership could not have developed those Osmia's88X and other three # models, due to lag time of design to production))...the F-C Dossenheim should be on the other side of the pen from Osmia.
Faber Castell bought into Osmia in 1936. In 1938, the Boehler brothers split the company....into Osmia and Boehler. IMO too much F-C sticking the nose in.
1951 Faber Castell finished it's buy out of Osmia, in they only made second tier pens, and needed a first tier pen.
Boehler managed to keep making pens into the '70's. School pens types....but the '38-war pens were as good as Osmia....out side not all his nibs were the Degussa nib.
1932 always broke Osmia (didn't have a office supply company to back it like Soennecken, MB & Pelikan) sold it's nib factory to Degussa who continued to make the Osmia nib for Osmia.....a very, very good nib. Yours is gold...= as good as the great steel nibs. If your nib has a nib size number in a Diamond it is semi-flex. If it says Supra it is 'flexi'/maxi-semi-flex.....in both cases the tines are made to spread no more than 3X a light down stroke.
Do not try to do Olympic Splits with them....they are Great Nibs....but not Superflex.
Use a light to medium-light Hand with your Osmia-Faber-Castel.
The the stupid folks at F-C started erasing Osmia from the pen.
First...Faber-Castell has it's name on the far side of the barrel.
Then the same side.
No problem there....but the Osmia diamond top vanished. As famous as a MB snowflake.
Osmia had some 3 cap jewels...could be four....each a bit different only one with the Osmia diamond on it. If it is not there don't panic....it could be some of the regular tops.
Had three to four clips too. One with Osmia on it, one with the form only, and two 'generic' of the era clips.
(Sometimes I think workers must have been paranoid of having a better pen than their bosses, so went plain jane, more than others would.)
After the Osmia diamond top vanished, so did the Osmia on the clip. Then Osmia vanished from the barrel.
Eventually all that was left on the semi-flex nibs were the Osmia diamond with F-C.
By mid-late '50's...Osmia had vanished....leaving only a Diamond on the Faber Castell pen.
A 'Gold' Boehler with Osmia model number 54. A tortoise. The cap and the clip (generic) are Osmia.
O-F-C 540....a Osmia would have been a 54 instead of 540.
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 08 April 2015 - 18:00.