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Conway Stewart 'Drake'

The new Conway Stewart Drake has been inspired by the legendary British explorer Sir Francis Drake. This new model is rendered in solid sterling silver, with cap and barrel covered in intricate guilloche engraving. The elegant and graceful engraving blend with solid construction and simple classic design to produce a fine writing instrument worthy of association with one of the most notable figures of the Elizabethan era.

Image of Conway Stewart Drake fountain peSir Francis Drake was born in Tavistock, near Plymouth, England in around 1540. With Plymouth the home of modern day Conway Stewart, it seems only appropriate for the company to name this superb new design after a local legend.

Sir Francis Drake was an English sailor and explorer, politician and civil engineer who exemplified the dash and gallantry of Elizabethan England. As a young man he sought his fortune at sea, and by the age of 20 was in command of his own ship. Early exploits in the Caribbean began his long running battle with navy of the Spanish Empire. His early career also established Drake as not only a premier explorer, sailor, and leader, but also left him (and the men under his command) quite wealthy.

In 1577, Drake was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth to undertake another expedition against the Spanish, this time along the Pacific coast of the Americas. He sailed from Plymouth, England, with four other ships and crews of over 150 men. First crossing the Atlantic ocean to the Caribbean, Drake then sailed south, crossing from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the Magellan Strait. Violent storms destroyed one of the ships and caused another to return to England. The Golden Hind sailed northward alone along the Pacific coast of South America, attacking Spanish ports like Valparaíso as it went.

Drake now headed westward across the Pacific, and a few months later reached the Moluccas, a group of islands in the Southwest Pacific, east of Indonesia. He made multiple stops on his way toward the tip of Africa, eventually Image of Conway Stewart Drake fountain perounding the Cape of Good Hope, and reaching Sierra Leone by July 22, 1580. On September 26 The Golden Hind sailed into Plymouth with Drake and 59 remaining crew aboard, along with a rich cargo of spices and captured Spanish treasures. Hailed as the first Englishman to circumnavigate the Earth, Drake was knighted by Queen Elizabeth aboard The Golden Hind on April 4, 1581, and became the Mayor of Plymouth and a Member of Parliament.

When war broke out between Spain and England in 1585, Drake led a fleet into Cadiz, one of Spain's main ports, and occupied the harbour for three days, capturing six ships and destroying 31 others. Drake was vice admiral in command of the English fleet (under Lord Howard of Effingham) when it overcame the Spanish Armada that was attempting to invade England in 1588.

Legend has it that prior to the Battle of Gravelines, Drake was playing a game of bowls on Plymouth Hoe. On being warned of the approach of the Spanish fleet, Drake is said to have remarked that "the Spaniards can wait but my game of bowls can't" This was put down to bluff and was in fact a sign of his superb Image of Conway Stewart Drake fountain penmariners skill. From the position of The Armada when it was sighted, Drake new that the tide and winds would take them in a particular direction and that in order to intercept them his already prepared fleet should not sail for several hours. His patience paid off and his rout of the Spanish in the ensuing battle was the high point of his remarkable career.

Drake's career continued into his mid fifties. In 1596, he died while unsuccessfully attacking San Juan. He was buried at sea in a lead coffin, near Portobelo, Panama.

The Drake fountain pen is fashioned from a solid rod of sterling silver. Guilloche engraving is used to create a gently flowing wave pattern on the cap and barrel, set off with highly polished cap top, cap band, and barrel end.

The solid sterling silver section leaves the weight centred low in the hand, ensuring that the pen is balanced well when writing. Each pen is engraved with the name Drake on the cap band, and a likeness of The Golden Hind on the cap top. The Conway Stewart Drake bears the English Sterling Silver Hallmark, the world accepted standard for precious metal.

The Drake fountain pen is mounted with our large 18 carat solid gold nib, rhodium plated to match the sterling silver cap and barrel. The nib is available in eight nib grades, form Extra Fine to Double Broad, Italic Fine, Italic Medium and Italic Broad. The Drake utilises the reliable converter cartridge filling mechanism.

The new pen is presented in Conway Stewart's luxurious packaging, which contains a souvenir book on the life of Sir Francis Drake.

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Conway Stewart 'Drake'

Nib grades: Extra Fine to Extra Broad, Italic Fine, Italic Medium, Italic Broad
Filling mechanism: converter cartridge


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