Classic design with subtle Shakespearean connections
Classically elegant in design, the Shakespeare Pen Vermeil is made from 23 carat Gold-plated sterling silver (often called ‘Vermeil’) 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 1300, well before Shakespeare was born.
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 of the Shakespeare Pen Vermeil 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.
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.
Only 400 of these Shakespeare Pens Vermeil will be made world-wide. Each one is engraved with an edition number on the end of the barrel and will be accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity confirming its edition number.
Writing with a Shakespeare Pen Vermeil
There is nothing quite like writing with a fountain pen. The ink flows from the nib in a way that aids thought and concentration. We cannot guarantee that your writings will become as famous as those of Shakespeare but owning a Shakespeare fountain pen may inspire you to write great words of comfort, love and wisdom to your friends, family and loved ones.
Available as a fountain pen or rollerball (or both!)
Shakespeare Fountain Pen – with Union Jack Flag 18ct gold nib
Fitted with a high quality 18ct gold 2-tone nib engraved with the flag of Great Britain. There is a choice of Fine, Medium or Broad widths to suit most writing styles. If you prefer to use a special nib – an italic, stub or oblique, for example – you can have the nib ground to your exact specification by one of the UK’s leading nib-masters. Just complete your specific requirements in the ‘Custom Nib’ section above.
Shakespeare Rollerball – with internationally available high quality refills
The Shakespeare Pen can also be ordered as a rollerball which is like a biro/ballpoint but has the free-flowing ink qualities of a fountain pen. Beautiful to write with, yet has the convenience of a ball-point. Or why not order a distinctive matching pair – a fountain pen and a rollerball?
Or buy a conversion kit to turn your Shakespeare Fountain Pen into a Rollerball – and vice versa – quickly and easily
If you like the idea of having a choice of rollerball one day and fountain pen the next, then you’ll love this ingenious Conversion Kit that we have developed. It comes with full instructions but it is a very simple process and gives you total flexibility. You will find full details and the chance to order in Accessories. The cost of the conversion kit is £72
The Shakespeare Pen Vermeil comes in an amazing display box which holds the pen in a frame as if suspended in mid-air. Also included is a Certificate of Authenticity showing the number of your pen in the worldwide edition of 400, a cleaning cloth to keep your pen in pristine condition, two ink cartridges, a converter and an 8-page booklet.
No Risk, 30 Day 100% Refund GUARANTEE
You can acquire the Shakespeare Pen Vermeil without risk, thanks to our 30 day 100% refund guarantee. It is a cornerstone of our business that if for any reason, you wish to return the pen, you may do so within 30 days of receipt for a full refund of the purchase price, without question.
Issued in association with:
Shakespeare Lives is an exciting global programme of events and activities celebrating Shakespeare’s work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death. Shakespeare Lives brings together a host of leading UK cultural organisations and artists with the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign.
VSO – Supporting education, fighting poverty
VSO is the official charity partner of Shakespeare Lives. This partnership will use the power of Shakespeare’s anniversary year to help thousands of children in Africa and Asia get the education they deserve. Education is a direct route out of poverty, but millions of children are missing out because of a lack of properly trained teachers, or by being excluded from classrooms simply because of who they are. VSO is committed to making education accessible to every child.
The power of the pen has never meant so much!
For every pen sold, a percentage is being paid to the charity VSO. What better way to celebrate William Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary year than to support this charity which is committed to helping thousands of children in Africa and Asia get the education they deserve. The power of the pen has never meant so much!