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Corona #777 Dip Pen (Vintage)


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About This Product

Here's an oddity (even in our always-odd vintage nib collection): this dip pen with no maker's mark and very little identifying information. The box top reads "Plumillas Corona," which means "crown nibs" in Spanish. Crown nibs were a popular style of pen, distinguished by the spring section in the center; the #777 is a classic example of this style.

The company listed on the box top, Estampaciones Metálicas Daimar, was a small manufacturer in Barcelona. The only evidence we've located of its existence—an invoice for dip pens we spotted on an auction site—is dated 1966, so we can assume that the company was active for the late period of dip pen production.

Based on this unusually thin historical record, our best guess is that these were made in Spain between 1940-1970. They are made from thin steel, which was characteristic of the crown pen—these fine-tipped writers are meant to feel light and agile, with a pleasingly tactile action from the spring section.

Like all of our vintage nibs, the Corona #777 is in new condition, individually inspected and packaged here in our St. Louis offices.

As with any dip pen, you will need to remove the protective coating so that ink will stick to the nib consistently. To remove the coating, simply dip your new pen in ink a couple of times and wipe it off. Repeat until the ink coats the nib completely and doesn't bead up. This process takes about 15 seconds and only needs to be done once, before you use the pen for the first time.

Sold individually. Made in Spain.

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