This is a quality handmade wooden fountain pen dressed in Teak from HMS Cornwall complimented by gold coloured fittings. The comfortable shape in the hand is complimented by the wonderful natural feel and warmth of the wood. Featuring a medium nib, the pen measures approximately 130mm long and 15mm at the widest part. The pen is postable to allow the cap to be mounted on the end while in use. Each pen will vary from the one pictured as no two pieces of wood are quite the same.
The pen accepts small 'International' ink cartridges (one included), or a refillable ink convertor also included. It will be shipped in the environmentally friendly card presentation case as pictured. A small gift card will be sent with the item giving details of the wood.
HMS "Wellesley" named after the Duke of Wellington, was built by the East India Company at Bombay and launched on 24th February 1815. She captured Karachi for the British, and participated in the First Opium War, which resulted in Britain gaining control of Hong Kong.
She was loaned to the School Ship Society by the Admiralty in 1868, and fitted as a training ship, was re-named "Cornwall" to be moored off Purfleet in April of that year. Owing to development at Purfleet, she was moved to Denton 1928.
Severely damaged in 1940, she gained the distinction of being the last British ship of the line to be sunk by enemy action and the only one to have been sunk by an air raid. Raised in 1948 & beached at Tilbury-Ness, where she was broken up. Her timbers in good condition were used in the rebuilding of the Law Courts in London. Her figurehead was taken to Chatham Dockyard, where it still stands, just inside the Main Gate under her original name of Wellesley. Many souvenirs were made from her timber, such as ashtrays, candlesticks, serviette rings etc, each with a metal plate giving details of the ship.
The wood for this pen came from a cutting board as pictured below;
All pens are handmade by me beginning with rough cut woods for the body. The body of the pen is turned on a lathe to the final shape as seen on each pen. The body is then sanded, sealed, waxed and polished to its final finish. Assembly is completed by using pre-made high quality pen components for long lasting performance.