well known that, during the last century, the third decade
represented one of the best periods for the Italian production
of celluloid pens.
regard, there were several companies, such as Omas, Tabo,
Minerva, Contessa (all them based in Bologna), Aurora, Radius,
Astura, Prismatica (based in Turin) Ancora, Tibaldi and
Columbus, which had produced high quality and wonderful
one hand there are some Italian pen brands which are well
known by collectors; on the other, there are some pen companies
which still remain less known, although the quality of their
writing instruments was very high and despite the fact that
they produced fancy pens.
it's not simple to write about the history of these minor
pen companies because their products are hard to find and
also for the reason that there is little information published
in the most important pen books about them.
I am writing about the history of a less known Italian pen
company which produced gorgeous and very well made pens,
particularly from 1930 to 1940.
Omega FP Co.
there is very little information available concerning the
Omega FP company. In 1919 the Verga brothers, Eugenio and
Alfredo, founded the Columbus pen company in Milan which
is still one of the most important pen makers. Successively,
in 1930, Mr. Alfredo Verga founded in Milan another pen
company which was named "Omega", like the greek
the first models they adopted the button-filler ink filling
technique, and they had both the section and blind cap made
of ebonite. A roller clip was adopted very early on by the
company. In particular, on the barrel of the first models
appeared to be engraved: "Omega fountain pen co."
(written in english), although the "Supernova"
name was nor engraved here.
some years, the company started the production of the "Supernova"
models and most of them were engraved: "Omega Supernova
Marca Depositata AVM". For information: A) "Omega"
was the name company, B) "Supernova" was the model
name, C) "Marca Depositata" is similar to "Trade
Mark", and D) AVM stands for Alfredo Verga Milano.
In particular, "AVM" appears to be engraved within
greek letter (Figure 2 and 3b).
the Supernova, the Omega Co. adopted both the button-filler
and the lever-filler ink filling techniques. Figures 1,
2, 3a, and 4 show you some models.
the basis of my research, Omega's nibs were made both of
steel and 10Kt/14Kt solid gold. All Omega's pen had an original
Omega nib, and most probably the company did not adopted
nibs were also numbered. Of particular interest is the fact
that the company used also nibs made of "10 Kt"
solid gold, at least I found one, very flexible, installed
on a safety overlay model (Figure 5a and b). Omega safety
pens were very well made and were probably of German origin.
The date of production appears to be engraved on the clip,
which is "1937" in this case (Figure 5a).
present, I have no further information about this lesser
known Italian pen company. However, it seems that their
pens were of high quality like those which were madeby the
most famous and prestigious Italian brands.