David Oscarson Carl Linnaeus Fountain Pen - Silver w/ Purple (Limited Edition #1/8)
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“The Prince of Botanists (Princeps botanicorum)”, “The Pliny of the North”, “The Second Adam”; all names given to Sweden’s most famous natural scientist, Carl Linnaeus, (Carolus Linnæus in Latin) or Carl von Linné after being raised to nobility by the King of Sweden.
He was the son of a pastor and began his academic career studying medicine. In Sweden today Linnaeus is a national hero, known to children as the flower King and to adults as the great biologist and author of numerous volumes of technical works on the naming of living things. Over the years an immense quantity of scientific writings came from his pen, and, as the author of living classics, he remains a part of Swedish everyday life.
He documented his journeys to Lapland in 1732 and Dalarna in 1734, and later made a name for himself in the Netherlands where he could have remained, but in 1738 he returned home to Sweden where he became the most famous naturalist in Europe.Guilloché
Hand-crafted from 18-karat gold and .925 Sterling Silver, each precious metal component passes through multiple stages of precision engraving, creating an intricate pattern known as guilloché; a painstaking process which brings life and light to the surface of precious metals.
The “Wheat” design of the Harvest Collection requires three separate levels of engraving; the wheat stalks, grass and kernel outlines remain in high relief while the basket-weave background is interrupted by a third dimension of delicate lines of hair.
Using a mortar and pestle, a composition of glass, water and metal oxides is ground for hours by hand. When settled, the water is removed, leaving the fine paste that is the basis for hard enamel. A quill is then used to apply each coat of the mixture to the surface of the metal, ensuring that the entire guilloché area is completely covered in enamel. The components are then fired in a furnace at temperatures exceeding 1,000° F, fusing the enamel to the metal and forming a layer of glass.
After cooling, the pieces are manually ground with a diamond file, restoring their proper shape and surface. This tedious process is repeated at length until the level of enamel reaches the depth required to cover the peaks and fill the valleys of each intricate guilloché pattern. When the final stages of firing are completed, the pieces are polished and buffed, revealing the velvet finish of translucent hard enamel.
Production of translucent hard enamel demands the highest levels of patience, experience and skill. A five-year apprenticeship is required to ensure that the highest levels of quality will be met in each individual Collection piece.
Filling System: Standard International Cartridge / Converter (Included) / Eye Dropper
Nib: 18kt Gold