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Visconti Fountain Pen Amerigo Vespucci Limited Edition

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Visconti Amerigo Vespucci Fountain Pen, a Visconti Pens Limited Edition

 

2012 marks the 500th anniversary of Amerigo Vespucci’s death, the Florentine navigator who first recognized that the fourth continent was not part of Asia (as Columbus thought) but rather part of a “New World”. In 1497, Amerigo addressed a letter to Lorenzo de’ Medici with details of his discoveries.  The letter caused such a stir that when Martin Waldeseemuller drew the first map of America 10 years later, he called the continent after the feminized Latin version of Amerigo’s name: Americus Vespucius.

Vespucci was a skilled navigator and traveled to the “New World” on four separate occasions, discovering Rio de Janeiro and giving Venezuela, or “Little Venice”, its name.  King Ferdinand II of Aragon appointed Amerigo “Piloto Mayor de Castilla” in 1508, placing him in charge of new expeditions and training sailors in the use of the quadrant and the astrolabe.  He stayed in this job until his death in 1512.

Visconti “Amerigo Vespucci” Limited Edition Fountain Pen

To create a pen commemorating this important 500th anniversary, Visconti took inspiration from symbolic events, primarily Vespucci’s travels and Waldeseemuller’s famous map of 1507. It would have been impossible to reproduce the entire map on a pen, so we chose sections depicting Europe and America. To reproduce it correctly, we further perfected our scrimshaw technique, introducing points and chiaroscuro into the graphic work. The result is astonishing − indeed almost as astonishing as Vespucci’s own travels! Certain details, such as the caravelle, are almost painterly in the quality of their engraving. If we stop to consider that a scrimshaw is not on the surface but actually inside the surface, we will realize what an incredible accomplishment this has been on our artists’ part.  Such a special item could not fail to have a special presentation box, so we reproduced the instrument which, in conjunction with the quadrant, allowed Vespucci to complete his voyage: the astrolabe.

Product Details for Visconti Amerigo Vespucci Limited Edition Fountain Pen

Limited Edition: 500 pens in Bronze

Limited Edition: 50 pens in 750 gold

Material: Ivory Resin

Nib: 18k nib

Filling System: Power Filler

Artwork: Scrimshaw on cap and barrel

Case: Carved wooden astrolabe

Retail Pricing:

Amerigo Vespucci Marine Bronze Fountain Pen $3,450

Amerigo Vespucci Marine Bronze Roller $3,450

Amerigo Vespucci Rose Gold Fountain Pen $26,895

Amerigo Vespucci Rose Gold Roller $26,895

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Weight 5 lbs
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