Thanks very much for looking at our listing for this wonderful Montblanc writers Edition William Shakespeare 1597 Fountain Pen, which comes with its book style Montblanc presentation box (including outers) and facsimile copy of Shakespeare’s signed deposition in the court case of Belott versus Mountjoy. The pen has been very lightly used and is presented in excellent condition – there is a thin scratch on the barrel and this is shown in the photos. There is a little bit of flaking to the black material used on the spine of the presentation box (common on this model) and a few small marks to the inner lining. Only 1597 (the year in which Romeo & Juliet was first issued) were produced and this is number 1204.
Ever year Montblanc honour a great literary figure, as part of their writers limited edition. In 2016 it was William Shakespeare. The octagonal design is a nod to the Globe Theatre.
The cap band features embossed symbols reminiscent of his career, including two chess pieces from King Lear, a skull for Hamlet and a rose and dagger to depict Romeo and Juliet. The black cap and vibrant red lacquered barrel (with a guilloche quill pattern) refer to the colour of the flags raised above the theatre to show the genre of the play being performed – black denoting a tragedy and red for historical drama. A Tudor rose can be found on the end of the piston cone and blue was chosen to represent royalty and heavenly grace.
The pen is fitted with an 18k medium nib and being a piston filler, your choice here is bottled ink.
The important details are as follows…
Limitation Number: 1204 / 1597
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