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This Manuscript's content:
All that Glisters… The Shakespeare Pen in Vermeil
A dazzling new Churchill addition
The Conway Stewart Raleigh in graphite
The magnificent Jaguar in Sterling Silver and enamel
Welcome to Manuscript #9
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The Shakespeare Pen
The Shakespeare Pen has been designed and handcrafted in England by The Stratford Pen Company's highly talented silversmiths and pen technicians who have incorporated the essence of the world’s greatest playwright into a fountain pen that’s as English as the Bard of Avon himself.
Classically elegant in design, The Shakespeare Pen is made from Sterling Silver and bears a full set of English hallmarks to confirm its quality and purity. English hallmarks have been used as evidence of purity of precious metals since 1544, well before Shakespeare was born.
Traditional engine-turned silk pattern
And there’s a closer link with William Shakespeare… His father, John Shakespeare, was a well-to-do glover and whittawer in Stratford upon Avon, and made silk gloves and purses for the nobility. At that time, silk was very fashionable with the aristocracy so when it came to making a decision about the engraved pattern on the cap and barrel of the Shakespeare Pen it seemed appropriate to use a traditional engine-turned pattern known as ‘silk’ which was used by many English silversmiths in the past, but is rarely seen today.
On the end of the cap is an image of William Shakespeare which has been taken from the title page of his First Folio, published in 1623. ‘Made in England’ is also engraved on the cap top to reflect that not only is the pen made in England, but so was the world’s greatest playwright! The end of the barrel bears the pen's edition number.
A black onyx gemstone is embedded near the top of the clip as it is believed to promote wisdom, intuitiveness and concentration – great qualities for any writer and innate to Shakespeare.
Raleigh in graphite
Originally issued in a limited edition of 50, we have found and assembled just 10 of these magnificent pens and everyone who has seen them has been hugely impressed. It has great shape and wonderful balance. The combination of grey/black acrylic with sterling silver fittings is perfect. And there are only 2 remaining.
Conway Stewart Jaguar
Originally issued in a limited edition of 100 pens in 2012, only 1 Conway Stewart Jaguar in Sterling Silver remains!
This magnificent pen is an example of British craftsmanship at its finest. Made from solid sterling silver and engraved with an intricate hexagonal interlocking panel design on the cap and barrel, the pen has been overlaid with hand-applied vibrant orange and charcoal translucent enamels in the style of Carl Fabergé.
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