Inspiration takes many forms, yet a tiny, delicate pencil drawing by master craftsman Henry Simpole has become the foundation for one of the most beautiful writing instruments ever created by Onoto.
Stylish, elegant and tactile, this new Onoto fountain pen follows a proud tradition of making filigree overlays dating back to the 1910s.
Staying true to that period and combining design influences from Art Nouveau, this simple sketch has turned into a masterpiece of pen design – with a hidden secret! Look closely at Henry’s initial sketch on the left and you’ll see the letters ‘O-N-O-T-O’ embedded into the design, starting from the top left.
Issued in 3 elegant finishes – in sterling silver, gilded sterling silver (vermeil) and 18 carat gold, each one hand-made in small limited editions, the Onoto Overlay No 1 is a pen with a superb pedigree.
Pen connoisseurs around the world cherish vintage Onoto overlays with passion as they believe they are some of the best overlay pens ever made. So when a new Onoto overlay was agreed, there was only one man to design it – Henry Simpole, a silversmith who already has a global reputation for his modern bespoke overlays. His design for Onoto has already been universally acclaimed, and the Onoto Overlay Number 1 will surely become one of the most sought after “pen amongst pens” for collectors around the world in years to come.
18ct gold nib
As well as being beautiful, this new Onoto overlay is a wonderful writing instrument with the famous 18ct gold size 3 Onoto nib –available in Fine, Medium or Broad.
And if you prefer to use a special nib – an italic, stub or oblique, for example – we offer a service by one of the UK’s leading nib-masters to grind a custom nib to your specification. Just complete your requirements in the shopping cart.
Personalise your pen
Cleverly entwined into the pattern of the overlay is an oval cartouche which we can engrave with your initials. Just complete your requirements in the shopping cart.
Produced in strictly limited editions of 500 in Sterling Silver, 250 in vermeil ( 23ct gold-plated sterling silver) and only 50 in gold (made to order). Each pen is engraved with the edition number by the hallmarks.
The Onoto Overlay No 1 comes with a lifetime guarantee. If there is ever a problem with your pen, just return it to us and we will repair it for you free of charge. (See guarantee card for full details. Does not apply to accidental damage.)
No Risk, 30 Day 100% Refund GUARANTEE
You can acquire The Onoto Overlay No 1 without risk, thanks to our 30 day 100% refund guarantee. It is a cornerstone of our business that if for any reason, you wish to return the pen, you may do so within 30 days of receipt for a full refund of the purchase price, without question.
Special booklet & Certificate of Authenticity Each Onoto Overlay No 1 pen comes with a special booklet on Henry Simpole – the silversmith and craftsman behind this very special Onoto pen. In addition you will receive the following with your pen: a Certificate of Authenticity showing the limited edition number, an Onoto History booklet, a blotter, a care leaflet, an explanation of English hall-marks, and a cleaning cloth to keep your pen in superb glittering condition!
Please enter your details in the shopping cart including your nib preference, and whether you want your pen engraved with your initials. You can specify Arial or Script fonts. The additional cost for engraving is £22.00 plus VAT if appropriate.
* Due to the variability of gold prices, price for 18ct gold pen will be confirmed on placement of order.
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Please enter your details in the shopping cart including your nib preference, and whether you want your pen engraved with your initials. You can specify Arial or Script fonts. The additional cost for engraving is $40.
Vermeil (23ct gold-plated Sterling Silver)
18 ct Solid Gold
Diameter: 12mm (at widest part)
18 carat solid gold
F, M, B
Cartridge / Converter
The Onoto Overlay No 1: Vermeil
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Custom Nib £36
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