La Natalie Ballpoint
- Elegant twist ballpoint pen
- Produced from an original, vintage piece of Witness Wood® from the La Natalie - The ship that carried Napoleon from Elba
Witness Wood® featured in an heirloom collector quality writing instrument
- Features Witness Wood® from the 1833 shipwreck, recovered in 1924 and 24K gold plate hardware
- Engraved: La Natalie
- Made in the USA
The La Natalie Pen is part of a small collection created from Witness Wood® acquired by History Salvaged from a museum collection liquidation of the La Natalie which sank off the Monterey coast on December 1, 1833.
The La Natalie is an interesting ship with an even more interesting history. Originally, La Natalie, was a French sloop of war named the Inconstant, the vessel used by Napoleon to escaped from Elba to France. It was then captured by allied powers and sold to a Mexican trading company, which was then sold to the United States as a merchant vessel.
Traveling to Monterey Bay, La Natalie carried Mexican national Don Jose Abrego when she sank on December 1, 1833. In 1834, wood recovered from the La Natalie was used by Don Jose Abrego to build Casa Abrego, a wonderful example of early 19th century adobe construction, which still stands and is preserved as a California State Historic Site in Monterey.
Following a storm in 1924 that exposed the vessel, there were literally hundreds of article about “Natalie” nationwide, including the magazine section of the New York Times of October 26th that contained an article called “Last of Napoleon's Ship of Hope”.