Omas celebrates the reunification of Hong Kong with China in this Fountain Pen. This writing instrument is an Omas Fountain Pen Limited Edition 941 of 1997.
The cap was made to display treasured symbols of Hong Kong and China. The top is decorated with the Bauhinia flower encircled by the words, "Return of the Motherland", and enameled in the original red color of the Association's official logo. The clip is embellished in the same hue by a thin linear element reminiscent of basic calligraphy. Fountains of water adorn its cylindrical surface, which is elegantly patterned after the finest Chinese silk. The band around the cap synthesizes the Great Wall of China, one of the most recognized monuments of this earth, the OMAS logo emerging from one of the Wall's majestic gates, and the 4 ideograms meaning "Return to the Motherland" in Chinese.
The barrel of the pen follows this theme of combining Hong Kong and Chinese motifs. Sculpted into the metal sheath of the barrel, two Chinese dragons, mother and child, allude to the relationship between Hong Kong and China and support the emblem of their unity, the pink Chinese dolphin.
The Chairman of the Association, Dr. Raymond Wu, chose the pink Chinese dolphin as the reunification icon for a several reasons. Because schools of these dolphins often found in the waters off the western coast of Hong Kong, they are closely associated with the territory. Every year during their breeding season, the dolphins always return to the Zhujian (Pearl River) Delta of China, creating a symbolic link between the two countries. The close familial relations between the dolphins, especially between the mother and her offspring, represent the feelings of the Chinese people towards their brethren in Hong Kong. To express these sentiments, the pin Chinese dolphin is personified in the emblem as a lively being, enthusiastically splashing in the sea.
The band encompassing the barrel portrays a panoramic view of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. The skyline of the harbor includes not only the new extension of the Convention Center where, on July 1, 1997, England's Prince Charles and the top dignitary of China will officiate the hand-over ceremony, but also one of the tallest buildings in Asia, the Lucky Bank of China, called such because it was completed on the luckiest day of the century - the eight day of the eight-month of 1988.
The OMAS 1997 numbered limited edition celebrating the Return to the Motherland is comprised of 1997 fountain pens in .925 silver, each containing an 18K gold calligraphic nib inlaid with a dragon head and engraved with the words "Hong Kong 1997. This is number 941 based on the number on the box.
The nib is marked 18K/750 and marked with an M for Medium. The iridium tipping measures at .99mm when using digital calipers which is more the width of a broad point. The nib has never seen ink and I did not want to ink it so the next collector would have a pristine example.
This Omas fountain pen uses a piston filling system and I have tested it with water and works as it was designed to.
This Omas comes in the original Omas box, outer storage factory box, and Omas booklet/documentation.
This Omas Limited Edition Fountain Pen is a "statement" writing instrument crafted in Italy. The condition is Mint with the Sterling Silver displaying a fantastic design and detail. This Omas originally had an MSRP of $1800. There are no signs of this Omas ever being inked, it is in Mint Condition, and New Old Stock.
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