Omas Alma Mater Studiorum Saecularia Nona. Rare Fountain Pen (NOS). Based on the Omas 557F, this series of pens were issued in a limited number to celebrate the 900th Anniversary of the foundation of Bologna University. Omas crafted a special version of this 12 faceted fountain pen. Marked on the barrel is Omas m CM LXXXVIII. The 3 rings on the cap indicates that this was made for and sold by The Museum Of Modern Art.
This 12 faceted pen is made from black cottonl resin, it has a screw on cap with three medium width rings formed to shape of facets. Gold filled cap clip, and gently domed cap top. The pen is a piston filler, operated by a faceted knob at the rear of the barrel, which is also domed. Due to the pen being made of cotton resin, it is very light. only 20.5 grams.
Solid 14 carat single tone gold. Nib is stamped 'OMAS - 575 - 14K - M'. Nib has soft semi flex feel, very smooth medium 'M' writing tip. Ebonite (BHR) ink feeder.
Measurements and Specifications
Closed Length: 5.59" (142 mm)
Posted Length: 6.89" (175 mm)
Barrel Length (including Nib and Section): 5.05" (128.4 mm)
Cap Length: 2.58" (65.5 mm)
Cap Diameter: 0.57" (14.5 mm)
Nib: 14K Gold - Medium Writing Tip
Filling System: Integral Single Stage Piston
Cap Type: Screw On (designed to be posted onto rear of barrel)
Pen Weight: 20.5 g
Limited Edition Markings: m CM LXXXVIII
Service and Restoration
Pen has been fully serviced. Screw piston mechanism removed and seal lubricated. Nib and feed assembly removed to check nib alignment. Pen barrel and cap delicately hand polished. Reassembled, write tested and finally flushed with clean de-ionised water.
The barrel and cap are free from scratches, with no cracks, hairlines or dents. There are no personalisation. Gold plating is excellent with no signs of age related ware. Barrel and cap have a high gloss sheen, with highly detailed engraving.. Piston filling system slides with ease and draws up maximum ink volume. Cap to barrel screw is firm and positive. Overall pen is ready to write and is in very excellent condition. Pen comes with the original Omas black leather clamshell case, also in very good condition, outer white card box and stamped papers.
Produced when OMAS were arguably in their prime, the Omas Limited Edition Alma Mater MCMLXXXVIII is a very fine piston filling fountain pen, offering a lovely springy and responsive medium nib, and a very comfortable feel in the hand, very light in weight. It is the classic twelve faceted full sized fountain pen with a girth akin to the MontBlanc 146 Le Grand. It is piston filled, with a large ink capacity.