Soennecken 222 Extra red lizard

Soennecken was the earliest German maker of fountain pens (starting in 1890), and remained in the business until the later 1960s. The company's facilities were destroyed during the second world war, and the firm had to develop all new models. One of these was this model 222 pen from about 1952, a pen that proves that not all German pens from those days were black.
In fact, this pen is so striking that it surpasses (in my opinion) most of the U.S. celluoid patterns of the 30s and 40s, as well as just about anything else on offer from Europe (ironically, by the time this pen was made, patterned celluloid was going out of of fashion in favor of cheaper injection molded solid-color plastics). Tiny cubes of coppery pearlescent plastic, less than a millimeter on a side, are suspended in a transparent plastic matrix. The random staggering of each row of cubes, plus the color variations among the cubes, makes the pen look like lizard skin when viewed from a distance. The scan above, heavily magnified, gives some vague idea of the "3-d" effect of this pattern (although you've got to see the real thing under a loupe to be truly impressed).

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2005-Jan-20 17:50:26 CST
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