Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 248

As promised, here's the other new Delta fountain pen recently acquired by Jerred!

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

Jerred: "This lovely pen is a Delta 'Smorfia'. This particular model was called the 'Lucky' in North American markets, but that's not a perfect translation of the original Italian name. 'Smorfia' is a system of dream interpretation, where numbers are assigned to elements or parts of a dream to generate 'lucky numbers' that could be used in the lottery or for other purposes. An interesting idea to base a pen around to be sure, and perfectly in line with what I would expect from a company like Delta. 

 The pen here is in black, though it also came in red and Delta's terracotta orange acrylic, called the 'Dolcevita Lucky'. There was a second, slightly downmarket version of this pen that came in other finishes, but they are difficult to find information on."


"One of the more interesting design features is the clip. Contained in the clip is a small, screw-out chili pepper charm that's meant to protect the owner from the 'evil eye' which is a curse cast by an evil or scornful glaze. Again, fits pretty well with the overall theme."


"This pen also has a carved, sterling silver cap ring that was a common feature on Delta's mid-to-high range pens:"

"This pen comes with a 14k gold, #5.5 nib. As was often the case with Delta pens, it's a lovely writer:"

Back in May, we shone a spotlight on another Delta fountain pen with a quirky design (a sort of cousin to the Delta 'Smorfia") - Jerred's lovely Delta 'WE Aromatherapy' pen; that blog post can be found here. Our thanks to Jerred for sharing his photos and research on these interesting pens with all of us!

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