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#1 fpupulin

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Posted 03 August 2019 - 03:26

Long due thread...

 

In a page devoted to Italian pens, this topic is calling all the expressions of one of the most recognizable Italian materials ever used in fountain pens: the mythical Arco celluloid!

 

Made worldwide famous by the Officine Meccaniche Armando Simoni (OMAS) in Bologna in their Extras and Paragons, Milords and Princesses and Damas, and proposed here and there by other brands and independent manufacturers, the Arco celluloid is the quintessence of "italianity" in pens: warm, refined, flamboyant and unique.

 

Judging by the prices fetched by Arco celluloid pens in these days, is seems that the "Arco fever" is strongest than ever, and I can understand why...

 

Let me begin with a few photos of some of my Arco: 

 

 

 

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Posted 03 August 2019 - 03:29

Wasnt the first arco celluloid the platinum celluloid made by Bayer in Germany and famously used by MB?

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Posted 03 August 2019 - 03:32

Wasnt the first arco celluloid the platinum celluloid made by Bayer in Germany and famously used by MB?

 

 

Really I do not know, Zaddick, but you are surely right. It may well be that I exceeded a bit in Italian pride, he he he... 



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Posted 03 August 2019 - 05:03

I could also be wrong, but arco is most strongly associated with OMAS so I am sure this wonderful thread will be filled with lovely images. My favorite arco pens are French made by Mora Stylos in their classic torpedo shape.

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Posted 03 August 2019 - 11:58

I didn't think that Arco could look more beautiful, but these photos elevate her beauty.



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Posted 03 August 2019 - 13:23

A picture tells a thousand words, but a video tells a thousand pictures ;)

Thought it could be interesting to share a video of some acro being rotated

 

https://i.imgur.com/Ogzc35v.mp4


Edited by RubenDh, 03 August 2019 - 13:25.


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Posted 03 August 2019 - 13:58

Arco pens are so beautiful! Wish I hadn't foolisly sold my Arco Omas!


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Posted 03 August 2019 - 15:28

I could also be wrong, but arco is most strongly associated with OMAS so I am sure this wonderful thread will be filled with lovely images. My favorite arco pens are French made by Mora Stylos in their classic torpedo shape.

Nothing wrong with Italian pride... I'm Italian too!

Agree 100% 

Arco celluloid "shows" magnificently on Mora Stylos pens.  The large size and torpedo shape of the pen enables the Arco pattern to fully "express" itself.

And quality of the craftsmanship is incredible.

 

 


Edited by Seney724, 03 August 2019 - 17:25.


#9 Michael R.

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Posted 03 August 2019 - 16:46

48446986682_821e334578_k.jpgP1480030 by pensninks, auf Flickr

 

48446991407_9491994f28_k.jpgP1480056 by pensninks, auf Flickr

 

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Posted 03 August 2019 - 17:10

A picture tells a thousand words, but a video tells a thousand pictures ;)
Thought it could be interesting to share a video of some acro being rotated
 


Great, short video, enhancing the qualities of this special material! Thank you for sharing.

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Posted 03 August 2019 - 17:16

Agree 100% 
Arco celluloid "shows" magnificently on Mora Stylos pens.  The large size and torpedo shape of the pen enables the Arco pattern to fully "express" itself.
And quality of the craftsmanship is incredible.
 
(Apologies for not giving credit to the person to whom these photos belong, but I do not know where they originated!)


Not sure if you are being cheeky, but those are my photos. ;)

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Posted 03 August 2019 - 17:19

I could also be wrong, but arco is most strongly associated with OMAS so I am sure this wonderful thread will be filled with lovely images. My favorite arco pens are French made by Mora Stylos in their classic torpedo shape.

Nothing wrong with Italian pride... I'm Italian too!

  

Agree 100% 
Arco celluloid "shows" magnificently on Mora Stylos pens.  The large size and torpedo shape of the pen enables the Arco pattern to fully "express" itself.
And quality of the craftsmanship is incredible.
 

Great pens, those Oldwins by Mora Stylos. I particularly like how they did use the Arco celluloid with complete freedom and in a very original way, to make pens that are true to their original models, with no relationships with Omas stylistic elements. A great job, I heartedly agree.

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Posted 03 August 2019 - 17:24

Not sure if you are being cheeky, but those are my photos. ;)

Not at all.  I had no idea where they originated.

Why don't you put them up on your post and I will take them down from mine......

They deserve to be up here somewhere!!  No description can accurately convey the beauty of the Arco celluloid on the Mora Stylos template.



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Posted 03 August 2019 - 18:14

Arco pens are so beautiful! Wish I hadn't foolisly sold my Arco Omas!

 

Is that the one I bought from you at the Dallas Pen Show about 4 or 5 years ago?



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Posted 03 August 2019 - 18:23

Wonderful thread. My Omas 360 Rollerball in vermeil before I sold it.

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Posted 03 August 2019 - 21:54

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Cheers

 

Michael

 

Wow, Michael! I absolutely love those "family portraits"! A Grand Paragon, a Paragon, and a Princess... What a beautiful trio!



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Posted 03 August 2019 - 21:58

Wonderful thread. My Omas 360 Rollerball in vermeil before I sold it.

 

Welcome to the thread, Como! It must have been difficult to give up such beauty, isn't it?

 

Do you still have some Arco celluloid pen?



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Posted 03 August 2019 - 22:00

And here I am going again, with a few Arcos living in tropical Costa Rica:

 

 

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Posted 04 August 2019 - 01:06

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My OMAS Arco pens: 3 Old-style Paragons and an Ogiva. 3 Brown arcos and a green.

 

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Posted 04 August 2019 - 11:44

Vintage arco celluloid

 

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