The Conway Stewart brand, synonymous
with British heritage, has been privileged to have its
products chosen as official gifts of the British government,
and a Conway Stewart was the chosen pen for the G8 Summit.
Owners of Conway Stewart
pens include the British royal family, prime ministers,
and U.S. presidents past and present.
Conway Stewart creates exclusive
pens for many prestigious accounts, including 10 Downing
Street, the Royal Air Force, the Red Arrows, Rolls Royce,
the Westminster Collection and Mensa, among numerous others.
In keeping with the companys
heritage and traditions, Conway Stewart will launch its
spring 2006 Elegance series to honor the nursing pioneer,
Born into a wealthy family, Florence was an academic child home
schooled by her Cambridge University-educated father. She
grew to be a lively, attractive young woman, much admired in
the family's social circles. Although her family had its own
plans for her future, Nightingale developed an interest in social
issues, including visits to the homes of sick local villagers,
and from this she soon became very interested in hospitals and
In the mid-nineteenth century, nursing was not
considered a suitable profession for well-educated women and
Nightingales parents fought bitterly against her wishes.
Nevertheless, the strong-minded young woman toured Europe with
family friends and afterwards returned to Kaiserswerth. There,
she enrolled in nursing training, which led to her employment
as Superintendent of the Establishment for Gentlewomen at No.
1 Harley St., London, in 1853.
The London Times newspaper was at the time critical
of the British medical facilities provided for soldiers injured
in the Crimean War. Minster at War Sidney Herbert, who knew
Nightingale socially and of her work at Harley Street, appointed
her to oversee the introduction of female nurses into the military
overseas hospitals. At first, the doctors disapproved, but within
days of a fresh, massive influx of casualties, Florence Nightingale
and her staff of 38 nurses were fully stretched.
As Lady-in-Chief, Nightingale wrote
home on behalf of the English soldiers and helped send the men's
much-needed wages to their families. She introduced reading
rooms into the hospitals and gained the undying respect of the
Florence Nightingale's successful
introduction of female nurses as an integral part of the staffs
of military hospitals was rewarded by a grateful nation. A public
donation in November 1855 enabled her to continue nursing reform
in Britains civil hospitals.
Upon her return home to England
in 1856, Nightingale became the driving force behind the campaign
for a royal commission to investigate the health of the British
Army. In 1860, she became the first woman to be elected a Fellow
of the Statistical Society, rewarding her contribution to Army
and comparative hospital statistics.
In 1865, she settled at 10 South Street, Mayfair, in the West
End of London, where she lived to be 90.
Nightingale's greatest achievement was to raise nursing to the
level of a respectable profession for women. In 1860, with the
public contribution of the Nightingale Fund, she established the
Nightingale Training School for nurses at St. Thomas' Hospital.
From 1872, Nightingale devoted her attention to organizing the
school and, almost annually for 30 years, wrote an open letter
to the nurses and probationers, giving them advice and encouragement.
Nightingale devoted her life to
tirelessly campaigning to improve health standards, publishing
200 books, reports and pamphlets. One of her most authoritative
works, "Notes on Nursing" was published in 1860. It
focused on the principles of nursing: observation and sensitivity
to the patient's needs. It has been translated into 11 languages,
and today, more than 145 years later, it is still in print.
Nightingale received many honors
in recognition of her groundbreaking work, including the coveted
Cross awarded by Queen Victoria. She played a significant role
in changing Britain's health-care system and her writings continue
to be a resource for nurses, health managers and planners.
The Nightingale pens are from Conway Stewarts Elegance range.
This is the companys third edition launch from this series.
Each pen from the Elegance range has a distinct design and is
produced to the highest standards of English craftsmanship.
Lovingly constructed of hallmarked
solid sterling silver, the petite Nightingale has been designed
in the style of Fabergé, with a highly detailed guilloche
fox-head pattern engraved on the cap and body. Each pen is then
skillfully covered with vibrant bonded enamel.
The Nightingale is available in
three contemporary pastel shades: Cherry Blossom, Mauve, and Mint
Green. This exquisite pen shows all the characteristics necessary
for becoming a modern design classic.
The Nightingale is available in
both fountain pen and ball pen writing modes. The fountain pen
is mounted with an 18-carat, solid gold, rhodium-plated nib.
This series makes a perfect stylish accessory
and is housed in a delightful Conway Stewart leather wallet.
here to view three new additions to the Conway Stewart Elegance
Nightingale Series, bringing the vivid world of precious gemstones
to these sophisticated fine writing instruments. Inspired by the
rich bounty of nature, we have incorporated bold new shades of vibrant
bonded enamel with the delicate guilloche engraving of these classic
The Nightingale is available in both
fountain pen and ball pen writing modes. The
fountain pen is mounted with an 18-carat, solid gold, rhodium-plated
This series makes a perfect stylish accessory and is housed in a delightful
Conway Stewart leather wallet.