'Special Edition Westminster'
By popular demand, we
have released a special edition
Westminster pen in the exclusive Teal enamel finish
The Westminster edition is from the Elegance
range. It is the second limited edition launch from this series, following
the success of the Deco Diamond. Each pen from the Elegance range
has a unique design and is produced to the highest standard of English
Conway Stewart owners include the British
Royal Family, Prime Ministers, and US Presidents past and present.
As we are also an official gift of the British Government, it seems
fitting that we should pay homage to one of the most important buildings
in the history of England, the Palaces of Westminster.
Palace is one of England's most significant buildings. Not only is
it a tourist attraction due to its wonderful architecture, it is also
a grand landmark of much of England's history.
The Palace has given residency to our noble Kings
and Queens and became one of the chief centres of London life. It
housed the courts of law and was the place of many notable state trials:
William Wallace (1305), Thomas More (1535), the Gunpowder Plot conspirators
(1606), Charles I (1649) and Warren Hastings (1788-95).
The site is also the traditional venue for Coronation
banquets and other historical events including the presentation of
Addresses to the Queen on the Silver Jubilee and Golden Jubilee, the
marking of 50 years since the end of World War II and many other important
Westminster mediaeval Palace was entirely
destroyed by a fire on 16 October 1834. It took more than 30 years
to complete the construction of the new Palace of Westminster. The
building itself was designed by Charles Barry, while Augustus Welby
Pugin was responsible for every aspect of the interiors, as well as
for creating working drawings of all the exterior details. It is in
the Gothic style which makes it look older than it actually is.
Augustus Welby Pugin was the foremost British architect
of the 19th century. He was heavily influenced by his father, who
shared his profound love of medieval Gothic architecture. Pugin is
today considered to be the chief figure in the revival of Gothic design.
Although he was heavily criticized by many in the Victorian era, he
maintained that the structure of the building itself should be the
base from which the decoration was evolved in a clear and honest way.
Conway Stewart draws the design inspiration
for the detailed engraving on the cap and barrel from the work of Pugin
featured on the exterior walls of the Palace of Westminster itself.
The small diamond shaped recesses covering
the cap and barrel are based on similar decorative detail on the outside
of the Palace.
The tiny oak leaves in the recesses are
a symbol of England, whose mighty oak forests built the navy and made
England a maritime nation, spreading the ideas of democracy from the
Mother of Parliaments around the World.