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#1 goodguy

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 01:11

Aurora Etiopia white ivory.

I am not a big Aurrora fan,not because of anything against the company just because I concetrate at Parker and Sheaffer and a man with my resorces must limit himself to few pens.
Never the less this pen facinates me especialy because of its history.
If I could choose between it and Parker Big Giant or Parker Duofold Mandarin yellow I think I would choose the Aurrora.

I would love to know if anyone here has this pen.

Do you have any idea how much this pen is worth ?
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#2 Dan Carmell

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 04:59

I have to say I have always cringed at the idea of the Etiopia. It is a pen that commemorates the conquest of the last independent state in Africa. The conquest of a very primitive state, albeit a very ancient one--and the only majority Christian state in Africa (at least then), by a European power desperate to provide itself a major power by possessing colonies is not a proud moment for Italy. Not to mention that their first invasion failed at the hands of the Ethiopian army. No, it may be an attractive pen, but it is not an attractive history!

I am of Italian descent, but am not proud of this chapter in Italian history. What would have the great Garabaldi, the liberator of Italy, thought of this?

It is rather ironic to think that Aurora came out with the Afrika a few years about (although the motifs of this pen are of Southern Africa). Have they repented, perhaps?

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 09:16

Hi guys,
i have to agree with Dan regarding the history behind the pen. Nevertheless this pen is extremely rare. I once bought a pen from an Italian dealer (it was a Sheaffer PFM III set FP & BP) and upon discussing more about pens the story of the Aurora Etiopia came about. He told me that he and his business partner owned one about 3 years ago, and sold it to an Italian collector for around 6500$. The pen is super rare, and at the time he said that there were about 5-10 pens known to exist. He described it as the holy grail of pen.
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Posted 20 January 2007 - 09:38

Hi all,

The Ethiopian is a interesting pen in all aspects and I really dig that type of pen.

Nevertheless, it seems to be a commemoration of something the ethiopians, italians and other nationalities are not surelly proud - the violent and undesired occupation of a country by other.

This bring us to the the scarcity of the pen - what are the numbers of production and how was the pen sold or distributed ? This should enlighten us on the facts or reasons behind it's rarity.

Or is it just a doctor's pen with a crest ?

I am located in Portugal and never saw one in the real life - but a portuguese collector and repairer as parts of one pen, and the cap really as a symbol just like the one on the pen reproduced in lambrou.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 09:52

QUOTE (rustynib @ Jan 20 2007, 10:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This bring us to the the scarcity of the pen - what are the numbers of production and how was the pen sold or distributed ? This should enlighten us on the facts or reasons behind it's rarity.

To my knowledge rarity is due to the fact that, with WWII just ended, name and alleged history of the pen was screaming "Look, my owner is fascist!" to the beholder.
This, combined with the colour of the pen, which made it even more noticeable, brought to mass destruction to avoid troubles.
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Posted 05 March 2009 - 10:15

the ETIOPIA is very rare and one of the most fascinatic pen ever manufactured despite his semplicity,size and color.
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Posted 05 March 2009 - 10:25

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#8 sbroglia

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 10:27

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#9 saintsimon

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 11:26

I know very well, why my Tibaldi is called "Impero".

#10 fuchsiaprincess

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 11:43

Is it made out of ivory?

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 11:56

no it's white celluloid.
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Posted 07 March 2009 - 00:05

QUOTE (sbroglia @ Mar 5 2009, 09:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
no it's white celluloid.
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Phew! Thanks for clearing that up!

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 16:03

Well known the Etiopia,
less known the universe around.

The pen was sold in second half of 1936 to commemorate the foundation
of italian empire by Benito Mussolini.
Important the color choices:

Ivory white celluloid to reflect sun rays






Red and yellow of the box are colors of Roma (Rome) Empire's capitol
and the brown as the included ink pills






An additional gadget was included in the box
an ivory white medal in Moldrite (a kind of plastic)
with engraved 9 Maggio A XIV fascist era became in 1922 year of march to Rome
when Mussolini held the power, so 1922+14=1936
with red/yellow ribbon, exactly same as ribbon of official medal commemorating the march to Rome








Born as trench pen had to be loaded with water,
or other liquid (in desert is better drink the water)
adding a ink pill, a small supply was stored in
blind cap, a larger supply in celluloid case with engraved
INCHIOSTRO COLONIALE (colonial ink)








Even window stand were in shape of imperial eagle
could hold eight pens.





Sorry for small images but are very old (archived) pix

S

Edited by sanpei, 07 March 2009 - 19:57.

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 16:37

Way cool! yikes.gif Love the history lesson with the pen clap1.gif

#15 Nikolaos

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 17:24

That's fantastic Sanpei, thanks for posting

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 17:47

QUOTE (sanpei @ Mar 7 2009, 05:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
....
INCHIOSTRO COLONIALE (colonial ink)
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S


INCHIOSTRO COLONIALE roflmho.gif
(Wonder if da Brits had something similar biggrin.gif )


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* can remember neither the original authors of that parody song nor the full text of it, nor have I found a recording on the web.

#17 sbroglia

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 18:06

three different versions!! thumbup.gif
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Posted 07 March 2009 - 18:18

Heh, what percentage of the world's remaining stock of these pens do you have? : )

Is it just the lighting difference between photos, or did they come in both gold and silver trim versions?



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Posted 07 March 2009 - 18:22

Obviously, it is a debatable pen. Since it celebrated the ultimate point of Italian Fascism, I can imaging that there will be people that object to it, despite its importance in the fountain pen history. Others may be impartial enough to consider it for it "objective" value, in terms of material, filling mechanism etc. It was only 70 something years ago, so time may or may not be enough for people to forget.
Personally, I would not be fond of a pen that celebrated the Greek dictators of the late 60s (it does not exist smile.gif).
But I still read with interest this thread and I thank our italian friends that provided the photos of the pen and ephemera.

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 18:53

QUOTE (antoniosz @ Mar 7 2009, 07:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Obviously, it is a debatable pen. Since it celebrated the ultimate point of Italian Fascism, I can imaging that there will be people that object to it, despite its importance in the fountain pen history. Others may be impartial enough to consider it for it "objective" value, in terms of material, filling mechanism etc. It was only 70 something years ago, so time may or may not be enough for people to forget.
Personally, I would not be fond of a pen that celebrated the Greek dictators of the late 60s (it does not exist smile.gif).
But I still read with interest this thread and I thank our italian friends that provided the photos of the pen and ephemera.


Here's not a politc discussion place,
we're talking about items and not making any propaganda,
so please let's talk of pen and stop.
TX

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