Glossar Letter Z
One of the first synthetic plastics pens made from a celluloid variation called Radite by Sheaffer in 1924 and Permanite by Parker in 1926. But although it is beautiful and created many stunning color and pattern variations, celluloid is a very flammable material and these early pens should be protected from flame. Celluloid also tends to discolor (amber) due to the interactions of the chemicals with rubber and ink. Badly cured celluloid (before the production of pens) tends to shrink. In general to be worked on the lathe, but can also be worked as a thermoplast.
Zustand - GOOD
Condition - GOOD
Used pen, clear signs of use, but no severe damages like cracks or missing parts.
Zustand - MINT
Condition - MINT
Like new, never used or inked, no defect at all.
Zustand NEAR MINT
Condition - NEAR MINT
Like new, but may been inked and show minimal signs of use or storage. Of course no brassing, cracks or other damages.
Condition - POOR
Good for parts only...or to practice repairing
Condition - EXCELLENT
Used pen, but in very good working condition, no serious damages like cracks or crazing.
Condition - FAIR
Used pen with clear signs of use, damages like cracks and scratches possible, parts may not all be original.
Zustand: NOS, New Old Stock
Condition: New Old Stock (NOS)
Condizione: NOS, New Old Stock
Indicates that a pen was stored for a period of time but never sold or used. May have some shop or storage damage (fading, unusable sac) but can be a source of remarkably good vintage product.