99% of this information gathering comes from FPN'ers, esp. eric47. As I was writing my wee review of my Ragtimes, I began to compile a list of Ragtime information. Because I always believe if I want this info, someone else might someday want it...well, here ya go future collectors of Ragtime. (A self-serving *ahem* modified version of this info is on my infrequent pen blog.) Here's a secret: I may love collecting information more than I love my pens.
As of 2009 Visconti has released six kinds of pens with the Ragtime name. Unless otherwise indicated the pens are made from cellulose nitrate (celluloid). In addition to fountain pens, there is also a ball point pen version. In the case of the 20th LE there is also a roller ball version.
- Ragtime. 1991. Material: celluloid sheet. Golor: Green, Blue, Blonde (Pearl/Black), Cinnabar (Orange/Black).
- New Ragtime, or Ragtime II. 1994. Material: Celluloid sheet. Color: Green, Blue, Blonde (Pearl/Black), Cinnabar (Orange/Black).
- Ragtime Black, or Ragtime III. 1999. Material: Lucite. Color: uh, it's Black. This is a smaller Ragtime that's about the size of a Pelikan M200.
- Ragtime Medici. 2000. Material: Lucite. Medici has engraving. Color: Black.
- Ragtime 20th Anniversary LE. 2008. Material: acryloid. Color: Caramel, Pearl and Brown swirls. 1988 made in honor of the Visconti company's 20th anniversary.
- Accademia Italiana. 1990. Material: Celluloid sheet. Color: Blue, Green and black. 130 made. A commission by Accademia Italiana Della Penna Stilografica (Italian Fountain Pen Academy). Far more stunning in person than any photo I've seen.
- Caravel. 1992. Material: Celluloid bar/rod. Color: Light Blue (Nina), Brown (Pinta), Plum (Santa Maria). Only 500 made. 14K nib. The first flat-top Ragtime. The Caravel honors the voyage of Columbus
- Stagioni. 1993. Material: Acyrlic. Cap and blind cap are celluloid. 300 of each season made. Barrels are solid color with mixed colors on blind cap and pen cap.
- Federico II. 1994. Material: Celluloid sheet. olor: Green, Blue, Blonde (Pearl/Black), Cinnabar (Orange/Black). Federico honors the 800th anniversary of Federico II of Hohenstaufen, a Holy Roman Emperor. Made as a set of 4 pens with 800 sets made.
- Minuet. 1999. Material: not sure. This is a very small combination fountain pen and ball point pen. Closed it's 3 1/2" in length. Photo here but not seen in the Visconti museum.
- Wood Ragtimes. Someone I know owns 3 Ragtimes made of wood. These are longer than the normal Ragtime and are beautiful solid color fountain pens.
Visconti Museum A great resource esp. for basic pictures. Be aware that the Museum's information about filling systems, nibs and such is often inaccurate. Good to check with folks on FPN to verify when possible.
Ragtime Clips and Furniture
Ragtime Filling Systems
Types of Ragtimes
Photo of Ragtime III and some good Ragtime info
Photo Ragtime III next to an original Ragtime
GoodGuy's review of the 20th LE
jde Ragtime review
Still Time for Ragtime
Visconti 20 Years of Business in Florence
A Visconti Collection at Waterloo A lot of Visconti pen photographs.
Pen World Magazine has at least 1 Fred Plewa Ragtime sketch. (I love Plewa sketches!)
Visconti Ad, Pen World, Vol. 7 No. 1, Sept/Oct 1993, p.11-12. Features the original Ragtime, inks, ink tablets, pen cases, and travelling inkpots.
Edited to correct colors. See Eric's post below for more color clarifications, and non-fountain pen information.
Edited by jde, 24 September 2009 - 16:31.