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Question ~ Osmiroid Button Filler

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#1 Pira


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Posted 21 December 2015 - 17:38



I am hoping you good folks can fill me in on the history (or lack thereof) concerning this recent purchase. I am aware that the Osmiroid 35 nib was often used as a quick replacement on pens, but I am more interested in the body of this pen. I have been unable to find any reference to what appears to be a rubber body (?)....let alone a button filler. Any thoughts? Was this cute little thing someone's Frankenpen?


23263008594_f728fc7972_b.jpgOsmiroid_button_001 by Pira Urosevic, on Flickr


23808716951_32464d9849_b.jpgOsmiroid_button_002 by Pira Urosevic, on Flickr


23891206355_45e8e97b88_b.jpgOsmiroid_button_003 by Pira Urosevic, on Flickr


23865085606_e8c57baf0d_b.jpgOsmiroid_button_004 by Pira Urosevic, on Flickr

Edited by Pira, 21 December 2015 - 17:53.

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#2 Ernst Bitterman

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Posted 21 December 2015 - 20:11

That's a much earlier shape of pen than I would have thought Osmiroid would produce (they being, as far as I know, all post-WWII production), but there's nothing in it that suggests it's other than what it says it is.  I'm hoping someone with a fund of real Osmiroid scholarship will appear to comment, because I'm also quite curious to find out what and when from this thing might be.  Given the company's penchant for ending models in a five, it may well be the initial example of an Osmiroid 35....

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#3 peterg


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Posted 21 December 2015 - 22:38

The origins of Osmiroid goes back to 1918 when Edmund Perry left Perry & co to form a new company, ES Perry, to manufacture his dip own pens. Manufacture ceased around 1939/40. After the war manufacture recommenced selling Iridinoid and Osmiroid steel nibs.


Between 1948 and 1953 a small factory was set up to manufacture fountain pens. Yours looks like one of those pens as it is pure 1930's in style and design. I can see nothing that suggests that your pen was not manufactured as a complete pen.


They would have been phased out when the new factory at Gosport was opened and the 'classic' 65 model was introduced.


Culled from a WES magazine article

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 12:22

Thank-you very much both of you, for your quick responses regarding this pen. I sincerely appreciate the help.


I unearthed the following archieved blog post from 2007, which you might find of interest: http://listarchive.c...ex.cgi?0::20742


"Osmiroid was originally a brand name used by Perry and co for their dip nibs, then the firm started making fountain pen nibs and fountain pens sometime in the 1930s I believe, Perrys made many brandname pens, Commonwealth being one that comes to mind........


........ The Osmiroid Junior is quite early, in fact I think it is just pre, during or post WW2, the 35 nib was made for years and used by other makers as well. "



That would go far to explain the style and materials used in the body of this pen. :)

Edited by Pira, 22 December 2015 - 12:23.

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 12:40

Now that is one nice looking pen. Congratulations so such a fine catch.

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