Size: Length - 5 11/16 inches nib retracted; 6 3/8 inches nib extended.
A uniquely designed pen, and in pristine unused and uninked condition, with its original box and papers. The Giovanni da Verrazzano was a special edition pen by Stipula - one of the very few modern retractable nib pens. This one is made from a beautiful blue/black marbled celluloid with silver fittings and a large 18 carat gold nib in an unusual 0.8mm italic. The design of the pen reminds me of wood turning wtih its in and out curves. The circular cross-section of the pen is interrupted in the centre by an octagonal piece decorated with five silver bands, that rotates freely. The cap has another octagonal part in the centre with two silver bands. It also has a small gemstone inset into the top surface. When you first unscrew the cap the nib is hidden inside the barrel. Screw the cap onto the barrel end and keep turning, though, and the nib appears. As with most retractable nib pens, the pocket clip is at the forward end of the barrel so that the pen sits nib-uppermost when the pen is in the pocket. The pen also has an ingenious piston-filling mechanism that is operated by twisting the knob at the end of the barrel after extending the nib. The imprint on the barrel commemorates the date when Verrazzano discovered New York Harbour. This pen was made in an edition of 1524 pens. The original presentation box is black leatherette covered with padding top and bottom. It is embossed on the lid in silver with the edition name and a compass rose. Inside, it is lined in deep red velveteen. Below the pad is a small magnifying glass and a little silver key along with a guarantee/information booklet. The thick black card outer box is also present and also in excellent condition.