Sunday, August 7, 2016

June meeting photos ~ part two

Continuing with our June theme of "Limited Edition Fountain Pens"...here are some photos of a few of Bruce's amazing Visconti LEs. The one on the far left (in the photo below) is the gorgeous Visconti Mudejar Art LE, made of ivory-coloured resin and covered in scrimshaw engravings, released in 2007 (only 600 made), the one in the middle is the Visconti Istos Aracnis, released in 2012, made of black lucite and covered with a Sterling Silver overlay in a web pattern (only 888 made), and the far right one is a Visconti Ripple LE made for Chatterley Luxury. Excellent info on Visconti's Limited Edition Pens (they made a lot of them!) here on Fountain Pen Hospital's website.

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An assortment of wonderful Visconti LE's from their Opera range - from L to R: Opera Master LE, a Wall Street LE (2nd gen), the Aida LE, and the Visconti Opera Club Maple Leaf LE.
Bruce holding a Visconti Verona 'Rebecca Moss' LE:
A quick shot of Stuart's newest acquisition----a green-striped vintage Pelikan 140, a piston-filler made from 1952 to 1965. Those old Pelikan gold nibs usually write really nicely (as an aside, I have a 140 with a fantastic oblique medium nib that I absolutely love using).
Many thanks to Mark S for bringing in his extensive LE collection, which is shown in the three photos below. Mark brought in some Montblanc LEs that he'd shown us two years ago when we did Ltd Edition/Special Edition pens, but he also brought us some other lovely LE pens, including a Visconti Titanic LE (shown on the extreme right of his pen case below):
That's Mark holding the Stipula Casa Mila LE, made to honour visionary architect Antonio Gaudi (there's some interesting information on Stipula's Limited Editions --including the Casa Mila LE-- on this page of FPH's website)
A quick shot of my (Maja's) LEs: From L-R: Delta Vancouver Pen Club LE (#07/25), Waterman Carene David Ogilvy LE (not numbered, but the certificate---which I can't find right now---gives the # made), Retro 51 Double Eight LE (#075/200), Retro 51 Abbondanza, made for Retro 51 by Stipula (#231/351), Stipula Duetto LE made for Seattle's World Lux pen store (#30/50), Stipula Casa Batilo LE (#147/193),the 2007 Bexley Simplicity LE made for FPN--Fountain Pen Network (not numbered but the production run was limited to 115 pieces, iirc). Top left: Pilot M90 LE (limited to 9,000 pieces). Top right: Stipula Passaporto LE made for FPN (#22/200, marked Moderator as I'm an Hon. Admin there)
Lastly, I asked Ben to take a photo of his two modern Sheaffer Balance LEs because I accidentally deleted a quick shot I took of them, and he sent me this great photo showing the Jungle Green LE on the left and the Aspen LE on the right. Both are stunning patterns!
Many thanks to those who brought in LEs I didn't photograph---Julienne (mentioned in part one of this two-part post), Bill K with his Stipula Passaporto FPN LE in blue marble (one of 200 pieces made for the Fountain Pen Network website in 2011) and Jerred for showing us his gorgeous Delta Dolce Vita Oro and Nemosine Singularity fountain pen in Blue Marble (only 500 made in this colour). Natasha brought her OMAS LE pens to the April meeting, so she didn't bring them to the June meeting but you can read about them in our April meeting report :)
And many thanks to those members who brought in their new aquistions (not photographed)----June with her Pelikan 400NN, Bart with his Pelikan M800 in Burnt Orange, Natasha with her Marlen Aleph, Lamy Safari in the Dark Lilac colour for 2016, Lamy 2000 in stainless steel and her Namisu Nova model, which I believe was part of a Kickstarter.com campaign. This is a simple but very elegant design, made from solid aluminum or titanium, which is now (unfortunately) sold out, but if you can get your hands on one, I'm sure you'll be impressed by the design. One of Bethany's two newest acquisitions brought in for us to see was a Tactile Turn 'Gist' fountain pen, another elegently designed pen that was also part of a Kickstarter campain (the other pen she brought was a very cool Franklin Christoph '65'). And last but not least, our generous door prize donor, Jerred brought in his newest pen purchases---a Stipula Etruria Magnifica, a Parker 180 and some Dollar 7171I fountain pens.
It's great when our members have items to bring in for our monthly theme or show us their newest pen-related purchases....but even if you *don't* have something for the theme or new stuff to show, please come to our meetings anyway. The point of our club is to have fun, learn and/or educate people about fountain... and we're not pen snobs, either ;)

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