I recently bought a job lot of fountain pens and mechanical pencils. There were a few interesting writing instruments among the lot, some of which will turn up here soon. One unexpected thing was this Osmiroid 65 still in its original packaging. I discussed Osmiroids in general terms back here: http://wp.me/s17T6K-osmiroid and I illustrated that article with a picture of an Osmiroid 75. This pen I have today is the earlier lever-fill No 65.
I don’t have exact dates for the Osmiroid 65 and 75. My husband, who started school in 1955, remembers the 65s being used then or soon after, so it seems that this unused example has been around for fifty years or more.
Normally, new old stock pens will disappear into a collector’s cabinet never to be inked. They fetch a premium as perfect examples of their kind. With an Osmiroid, I suspect the rules will be a little different. While the fact that it is “new” and in pristine condition will still be appreciated, the buyer is likely to be a calligrapher rather than a collector, and the pen will certainly be inked and used.
The left oblique italic nib is a beautiful thing, and one of the less common Osmiroid nibs. I haven’t seen one before.