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#1 Sigrid

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 15:14

Can somebody help me identify this vintage Visconti fountain pen? Sorry for the bad photo's (didn't make them myself) I don't have it in my possession yet so have to do with these images. On the nib is engraved "Tropen Iridium chrome". This is all the information I have.
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Posted 22 May 2019 - 19:19

This is it closed.
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And the Visconti name on the cap
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Posted 25 May 2019 - 14:14

I can only speculate that this pen was made by Tropen or Senator (Mertz and Krell), maybe in the late 80s or early 90s, maybe a version of the Tropen Scholar 500 customised for newly established Visconti. Anyway, a great find!

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 14:35

Maybe these two threads will be of some help:

http://www.fountainp...early-visconti/

http://www.fountainp...onti-id-please/

Maybe a version of Replica or D'Essai...

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#5 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 06:47

very interesting


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#6 Sigrid

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 20:45

I can only speculate that this pen was made by Tropen or Senator (Mertz and Krell), maybe in the late 80s or early 90s, maybe a version of the Tropen Scholar 500 customised for newly established Visconti. Anyway, a great find!

 

 

Maybe these two threads will be of some help:

http://www.fountainp...early-visconti/

http://www.fountainp...onti-id-please/

Maybe a version of Replica or D'Essai...

It's something to think about. It really puzzels me. Is it a fake Visconti? Is it a very early model? Why the Tropen nib? How about the clip on the cap? The green ink window?
Anyway, trying this week to take this pen to the Visconti store in Florence. Maybe they can enlighten me/us.



#7 nepniatnouf

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 22:50

Hi Sigrid! I wouldn't say that it's a fake Visconti. It may be that in their early years they sourced pens or parts from other manufacturers, including Tropen. Let us know what they will tell you in Florence.

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 22:53

Hi Sigrid! I wouldn't say that it's a fake Visconti. It may be that in their early years they sourced pens or parts from other manufacturers, including Tropen. Let us know what they will tell you in Florence.

No, I don't think it's fake either, but you never know in this crazy world. I hope the Visconti people will be able/willing to shed some light on it. Will keep you posted.



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Posted 28 May 2019 - 16:13

Hi Sigrid! I wouldn't say that it's a fake Visconti. It may be that in their early years they sourced pens or parts from other manufacturers, including Tropen. Let us know what they will tell you in Florence.

UPDATE! News from the Visconti store in Florence. The girl in the shop didn't know this pen but took some photos of it and sent it to an old employee in the back office. He could tell us that it's a Visconti Metal from 1990. Simple students pen. well, that was obvious. But the nib is still a mystery. Maybe because Visconti was just starting out they used a nib from another brand. They didn't know... Anyway. The pen is never used and in a good state. Nice people there at Visconti :)







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