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This Aurora 88 has a low serial number of 306947 which would date it to approximately 1948-49. It features a celluloid barrel with an ebonite section and piston knob that are still very black and not discolored like many other ebonite pieces are. This particular pen features a Nikargenta cap, which is a nickel-silver plating combining the beauty of silver and corrosion resistance of nickel. Nikargenta was Auroraís most expensive option when originally released and this cap is free of any dings or dents. The Nikargenta imprint on the back side of the cap is light but readable. There is some light wear on the crown of the cap and some corrosion around the cap lip. There are some imperfections in the plating on the cap that run along the clip. The clip, however, is in very good condition.
The ďAurora 88″ and serial number imprint in the section are crisp and clean and retain a majority of their white filling providing good contrast and making them easy to see. The barrel where the section screws into is free of cracks and the original piston seal is in great condition. Iíve filled the pen with both ink and water and it fills full with no leaks. The ink window is slightly ambered with great clarity. This pen comes straight from Italy in an aluminum case and yellow, Aurora branded cleaning cloth. This uncommon case is in excellent condition, free of dings or dents with original stickers still intact. This is one of the lowest numbered 88′s that Iíve seen. The fine flex nib is the perfect addition to this spectacular piece. Just make sure you have plenty of ink on hand if you decide to exercise that flex.
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