Vermeil Limited Edition, 2007
"Winner of the Stylus Annual
Icon Award, 2008"
Sir 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. The
sterling silver edition of the Drake model has been a great success
and by popular demand, we are proud to add to this luxurious collection
the Drake in Vermeil.
A lush vermeil finish elevates the intricate engraving
of the Drake to yet another level of luxury. Luscious in appearance,
the thick gold covering warms in the hand, further enhancing the
personal pleasure of using a Conway Stewart writing instrument.
has long been admired and very much in demand for a diverse range
of products. The process of vermeil can be produced by either
the fire-gilding or electrolysis method. In the 1700s the original
fire-gilding process was developed in France but was later banned
due to the use of mercury in the process. Today's vermeil is produced
safely using electrolysis.
There is a Vermeil Room in the White House. The
soft yellow of the paneled walls of the room complements the collection
of vermeil or gilded silver bequeathed to the White House in 1956
by Mrs. Margaret Thompson Biddle. The vermeil collection contains
pieces from different services and includes the work of prestigious
artisans such as English Regency silversmith Paul Storr (1771-1844),
French Empire silversmith Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot (1763-1850),
The precious metal section of the Drake edition
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 Hallmark,
the world accepted standard for precious metal.
The Vermeil Drake limited edition pen is available
in an edition of just 100 pieces in either fountain pen or roller
ball writing modes. The fountain pen is mounted with the large
iridium tipped 18 carat solid gold nib, offered in eight grades.
It utilizes the converter cartridge filling mechanism.