In lovely condition with original case. The ink that has been in it for a long time still allows smooth writing as you can see!Sadly, we know NOTHING about fountain pens. As we were taking a closeup of the cap's rim, we laid the uncapped pen on the case and some ink from underneath the nib stained the inside corner (see Picture #15). Only extremely tiny signs appear here and there that we see with a magnifying glass that indicate this gem has been handled and used before. Magnifying with a loupe shows extremely thin short use scratches but NO abrasive scratches. Still, shiny and the cap screws on and off as smoothly as the day this beauty was made, the cap stays firmly over the end when you want to write, and the assisted open and closing case is lovely except for our stain described above.