Pens and Ephemera

Italian pen makers are best known for their beautiful celluloid designs, and we have Aurora to thank for starting that trend in Italy in 1925. The company actually started in 1919. In spite of getting bombed during World War II, the company has continued producing fine writing instruments to this day. Its best known pen is the Aurora 88. Some variation of the 88 has remained in production since 1948.

Pre-Owned Pens: 4985 Aurora Ipsilon
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1980-present   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $149.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 4985: Aurora: Ipsilon
Matte orange is both attractive and rare in the Aurora Ipsilon line. Plus, there's the tactile bonus of a lightly textured finish. This set includes both the fountain pen and ballpoint. The fountain pen comes with an Aurora/Parker-style converter. You can also feed it both companies' ink cartridges. There's light wear and a light mark where the cap posts. You can see its steel nib is marked F for fine, but we find it writes closer to extra-fine with a little feedback. Writing is a simple click away with the ballpoint. You'll get it with a super smooth blue gel refill made by Parker.
Pre-Owned Pens: 4986 Aurora Ipsilon
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1980-present   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $99.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 4986: Aurora: Ipsilon
Aurora Ipsilon pens turn to classic vintage pen design for a look that is very appealing. It would be difficult to say this modern pre-owned pen wasn't a little inspired by the mandarin yellow of vintage Parker Duofolds. Nevertheless, this fountain pen looks stunning with very little, if any, wear. You fill the pen with an included Parker-style converter or Aurora or Parker ink cartridges. Its matching ballpoint pen is a click-cap style using Parker ballpoint refills. It currently has a working blue refill. The click the headline to see the golden nib of the fountain pen. You will write more of an extra-fine line than the fine marked on the nib. If you have written with a lot of pens you might understand what we mean when we say this nib is neither scratchy nor smooth. It rests somewhere between the two on the smoother side.
Pre-Owned Pens: 4884 Aurora 88 Demonstrator
Filling Mechanism: Piston Filler
Era: 1980-present   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $549.99  Was: $599.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 4884: Aurora: 88 Demonstrator
Few pens are as iconic in Italy as the Aurora 88. This limited edition Aurora 88 Demonstrator is numbered 508 and is a gorgeous feast for the eyes. We do not think it has ever seen ink! There is no trace of staining on the white piston filler. Moving smoothly up and down, the piston appears to be in perfect working order. We have not dipped the pen to avoid any staining. Its 18k gold nib is marked "M" for medium. Coming complete with its original box and bottle of ink, it is difficult to think you'll find a better example. True, the box has seen some wear over the years, but it has done its job protecting the precious cargo within. 13.6cm capped.
Pre-Owned Pens: 4883 Aurora Afrika
Filling Mechanism: Rollerball
Era: 1980-present
Price: $275.00  Was: $299.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 4883: Aurora: Afrika
In the early 2000s, Aurora paid tribute to several continents in the form of limited edition pens. You are looking at the Aurora Afrika rollerball pen. We love the subtly glittering sunshine yellow-orange with black veins. There's an onyx top jewel and a great barrel imprint. The preowned pen looks brand new, and it comes with a working blue Pilot G2 refill! Yes! You could use a boring standard rollerball refill or these also accept the G2, which is loved by most. Complete with boxes and papers. 13cm capped.
Pre-Owned Pens: 4614 Aurora Optima
Filling Mechanism: Ballpoint
Era: 1980-present
Price: $149.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 4614: Aurora: Optima
The vibrant red of our Aurora Optima ballpoint screams Christmas and St. Valentine's Day. We love the way the light picks up the different flecks of ruby goodness. You will find the pen is in mint or near-mint condition. It comes with a working black Parker-style refill that is easily found everywhere. You advance and retract the refill with a twist of the tail cap. This pre-owned pen makes writing an elegant joy once again. 13cm.
Pre-Owned Pens: 4301 Aurora Optima Sole
Filling Mechanism: Rollerball
Era: 1980-present
Price: $149.99  Was: $175.00
Pre-Owned Pens: 4301: Aurora: Optima Sole
Looking as bright and warm as the Italian sun, our Aurora Optima Sole is a beautiful rollerball pen. Coming complete in its original boxes, this pen is perfect except for one flaw: a chip in the tail's blind cap. Click the headline for a close-up of the chip. We include a new standard ballpoint refill with the pen. Limited edition number 1231. 12.6cm capped.
Pre-Owned Pens: 4294 Aurora Optima Primavera
Filling Mechanism: Rollerball
Era: 1980-present
Price: $199.99  Was: $225.00
Pre-Owned Pens: 4294: Aurora: Optima Primavera
Vibrant green and gold will knock your socks off in this set of Aurora Optima Primavera writing instruments. Each is only lightly used sporting minimal wear. Up first is the limited edition rollerball pen numbered 2359. It comes with a working blue refill, though we have no idea how much ink remains. Unscrew the black blind cap on the tail to change the refill. Matching it is the pencil numbered 2069. Twist the tail cap to the side to advance .5mm leads. A couple spare leads are hidden in the pen. Works great. Pen measures 12.6cm capped.