Friday, January 29, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 143

Back to modern writing instruments we go with this handsome Italian fountain pen belonging to Jerred...

(all photos courtesy of Jerred ~ please click on images to enlarge)

Jerred: "This is a Delta "Nuova Galleria" ("New Gallery").  The original Galleria used the Delta Dolcevita pattern, with swirled acrylic colours instead of the flaked acrylic/celluloids of the Dolcevita.  This version of the Gallery was created for Martemodena and while it shares the same basic shape of the Galleria/Dolcevita, there are some differences.  The pen is slightly longer and slightly thinner overall, and it uses a much simpler engraved steel cap band instead of the carved cap band of Delta's higher end models.  The quality is still quite good, and feels better in hand than later Martemodena models.  The colour pattern on display here is "Old Ivory".

"The nib is Delta's Fusion nib, in an Extra Fine. The nib was, unfortunately, not particularly good on this model. While it was a reliable writer, it was overly scratchy and required some work."

Sadly, Delta went out of business in 2017, but its DNA lives on in Leonardo Officina Italiana, the pen company co-founded by Salvatore Matrone (who was a designer at Delta) and the Maiora Pen Company, founded in 2018 by Delta's co-founder Nino Marino. Many thanks to Jerred for sharing his latest pen purchase with us, as well as all the others we've showcased in past "show & tells" :)

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