Four hundred plus years ago, when William Shakespeare was writing sonnets and plays his main writing tool was a plain old quill that he occasionally dipped in an inkwell. This year we celebrate 450th birth anniversary of the man from Stratford-upon–Avon. To no one’s surprise many establishments including Omas, the Italian pen maker have decided to celebrate the occasion with exquisite collections of writing instruments. Among their collection is a gold fountain pen priced at $49,950 in a limited release of 45 pens.
The Omas William Shakespeare Anniversary Edition is a collaboration between Omas and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The partnership offered Omas access to trust’s comprehensive archives, which helped them with design details of the pen. The cap and nib of the oak barreled pen features lace patterns borrowed from the Shakespeare’s portrait at the Stratford trust. The top of the cap shows an inscription of a ring once owned by Shakespeare and now part of the trust. The cap also shows Shakespeare’s image, a reproduction of the Droeshout portrait on one side, and an image of a writer at a worktable on the other side. Engraved on the bottom of the pen is an entry from the original Parish Registry “Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakspere”.
In addition to the gold fountain pen edition there is a rollerball version also limited to 45 pens priced at $45,000. Also there are two other styles available, in sterling silver or 18-karat gold. Limited to 450 fountain pens at $3,500 and 234 rollerballs at $3,250. Numbers 450 and 234 represents Shakespeare’s birth anniversary and his likely date of birth 23rd April. The Omas William Shakespeare Anniversary Edition is currently available through Kenro Industries.