Thomas Jefferson Tulip Poplar Fountain Pen
History Salvaged has long admired the work of German Pen Maker Seabastian Schweizer and is proud to have collaborated with Seabastain to create this first in an ongoing series to develop and design one of a kind
Historic Witness Wood® Fountain Pens.
Watching Seabastain and his craftsmanship bring not only each concept, but our different Historic Witness Woods® alive is a wonderful experience.
This pen features Tulip Poplar from Thomas Jefferson’s estate, Monticello. This rare Witness Wood® is from the Tulip Poplar that stood next to the portico of Jefferson’s home, felled in 2008 as the Estate could no longer keep it alive.
What makes this piece very special is that this Tulip Poplar was the last existing tree planted by Jefferson himself as documented by both Monticello and The Thomas Jefferson Foundation.
For the concept and design of this Thomas Jefferson Fountain Pen, we took a different track and developed it to reflect on Jefferson the “Private Person” as opposed to the Founding Father.
The Witness Wood® in the Thomas Jefferson Fountain Pen is intended to create a direct link to Jefferson the person and invites one to give thought and reflect on Jefferson, his relation to this tree and his own thoughts in his gardens.
The silver clef on the cap refers to the private person Thomas Jefferson and something that most people are unaware of, that he was an avid violinist.
The JoWo #6 bicolor 14 karat massive gold nib is meant to symbolize Stars and Stripes.
The gemstone on the back/finial is a rich turquoise color Amazonite stone that is meant to symbolize Jefferson's native Virginia, where Amazonite can be found.
Thomas Jefferson Tulip Poplar
Thomas Jefferson - author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third President of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia - voiced the aspirations of a new America as no other individual of his era. As a public official, historian, philosopher, and plantation owner, he served his country for over five decades.
In 1769, Jefferson began building his house on the plantation that he inherited from his father, Peter Jefferson and although still incomplete in the 1780s, it still
impressed European visitors with the sophistication of its design. By 1809, Jefferson finished the rebuilding of Monticello that began in 1796. He transformed the original eight-room Palladian villa, with its tall two-story portico, into a 21-room house designed in the fashionable Neoclassical style he saw in France.
Jefferson, an avid horticulturist, also created the gardens at Monticello, which were a botanic showpiece, a source of food, and an experimental laboratory of ornamental and useful plants from around the world. He experimented with plant species brought over from Europe and was particularly interested in developing vineyards.
The Tulip Poplar used in this pen was acquired from the local company that was contracted to remove the hollowed-out and dead tree that graced the SW corner of the building in 2008.
In his Weather Memorandum Book on April 16, 1807, Jefferson noted planting "1. Laurodendron in the margin of SW [shrub circle] from the nursery." This is the exact spot where this poplar tree was growing. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation believed that this was enough evidence to consider and promote this tree as the only one on the property that was definitely original and planted by Jefferson.
All pens are handcrafted by Master Pen Craftsman and are made in America.
Each is individually hand made and each varies in look and feel both in grain and shape.
History Salvaged product is guaranteed authentic and made utilizing the wood describe and in conjunction with our partner clients.
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