Graf Von Faber-Castell Limited Edition Heritage Ottilie Fountain Pen
As a special offer from Chatterley Luxuries, for a limited time and while supplies last, you will receive a GVFC Violet Linen Bound notebook and a 75 ml of GVFC Moss Green ink with purchase. The outer box does have some minor wear and tear. The pen is brand new, but does have some handling micro scratches on it from traveling to pen shows.
A new limited series of extraordinary writing instruments is set to enhance the Graf von Faber-Castell Classic Collection in honor of the company’s namesakes.
History behind the pen
The period around 1900 is one of the most exciting eras in Europe when manifold innovations and powerful tradition, aspiring entrepreneurs and glamorous aristocracy, Art Nouveau and the beginning of modern design are clashing. During this period, Lothar von Faber succeeds in producing the first branded writing instruments in his pencil factory near Nuremberg and thus lays the foundation for his company’s international reputation.
When it is time to appoint his successor, he chooses his granddaughter Baroness Ottilie von Faber. The sole heiress to the large modern pencil company makes the acquaintance of Count Alexander zu Castell-Rüdenhausen from one of the oldest German aristocratic families.
Baroness Ottilie von Faber and Count Alexander zu Castell-Rüdenhausen get married in 1898. Due to a testamentary clause in Lothar von Faber’s will, the company should keep the “Faber” name for all time. The marriage thus creates the new noble family of “von Faber-Castell”.
A fitting expression of the glamorous marriage is a new, luxurious lifestyle. The noble family has the castle modified and expanded. The precious materials used as well as the exclusivity of the overall design are impressive to this day. Important designers and artisans are hired, like Bruno Paul who plans the representative rooms down to the last detail. Artist, designer and architect in one, he succeeds in combining elegance and modernity like no other.
The ladies’ lounge is equally stunning thanks to the exquisite furniture. In this room Ottilie’s desk is of particular importance, which is ornamented with precious marquetry. Chairs with delicately patterned fabric showcase her favorite color violet.
The smallest movement or change of lighting allows individual segments of the pattern to stand out amidst finest shading effects. This play of color and pattern is subtly reflected on the barrel of the “Limited Edition Ottilie” fountain pen.
About the pen
The metal parts are made of solid silver. The grip, end cap and cap are adorned by the hallmark. The front end of the elegantly fluted cap is decorated by the double knurling characteristic for our Sterling silver writing instruments as well as by the intertwined initials A, O, F and C – a display of filigree craftsmanship. Barrel is an elaborately lacquered purple.
The words “Handmade in Germany” are engraved in the decorative ring. The 18 carat, bicolour gold nib has been inscribed by hand. The end cap features an engraving of the collection’s name “Limited Edition Heritage” and the limitation of each of the fountain pens to 1,898 pieces, representing the year of Ottilie’s and Alexander’s wedding.