Lot 182 of 594:
Astoria#1 rolled gold safety pen, Semiramis design, c.1920s  

Click image to enlarge
Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$360
$400 - $600

ASTORIA: No. 1 Large 18K Rolled Gold "Semiramis" Filigree Safety Fountain Pen






No. 1 Large safety pen, hallmarked 18K rolled gold filigree, round captop device, floral pattern, overlay likely of Italian origin. No Astoria emblem on cap. Mercury white metal circle-vent nib, no flex. 120mm. Dings, scratches and brassing to endpiece, dings to captop. The filigree pattern is remarkably similar to that of an obscure Montblanc No. 2 rolled gold filigree pen, c. 1930, which is believed to be the precursor of Montblanc's Semiramis Patron of Art design. The present example may predate the Montblanc No. 2, and the overlay is a closer match with that of the Semiramis. Considering the close association between Montblanc and Astoria, this pen may indeed be the primordial root of the classic Semiramis filigree design.


-Wallrafen, Stefan & Jens Rösler. Collectible Stars I: Montblanc 1908-1947. [Koln: 2004], pp.143-144. The present lot is identical to example "t" except that the clip style is different. Listed with a scarcity rating of 10 (on a 12-point scale), indicating "up to 25 exist". As the book explains, Astoria was founded in 1921 by Montblanc's director of production, George Ilgner. The new company enjoyed immediate success offering pens that were as stylish and well-made as Montblancs. In 1932, Astoria was bought by Montblanc, which continued selling pens under the Astoria imprint until 1936.

Lot Amendments


Item number:
Shipping info:

We have a full service shipping department to ensure proper packing and safe delivery of purchases at reasonable cost. We are specialists at packing and shipping books and works on paper.   All lots purchased by the same client are combined for shipping in order to keep the cost as economical as possible.  Our preferred method for domestic shipments is UPS Ground but we can also ship via FedEx or USPS Priority Mail. For international shipments are preferred carrier is FedEx..For international orders we select the most appropriate carrier depending on the value and weight of the items purchased.  We are happy to accommodate special arrangements by request.

Invoices are sent out the day following the auction and include a minimum $10 handling fee plus actual shipping and insurance charges.

Shipping estimates can be obtained  by contacting [email protected] prior to the auction.


Terms and conditions


All accepted bids are contracts and are considered final and non withdrawable.


A buyer's premium of 20% will be applied to all purchases.


The person posting the bids online has to be the person who has registered for the auction.