Wednesday, June 1, 2016

David Oscarson Jacques de Molay 700th Anniversary Commemorative Pen Limited Edition

Jacques de Molay was the 23rd and officially last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, leading the Order from approximately 1292 until the Order was dissolved by order of the Pope in 1312. He is probably the best known Templar, along with the Order's founder and first Grand Master, Hugues de Payens. His goal as Grand Master was to reform the Order, and adjust it to the situation in the Holy Land during the waning days of the Crusades.

With no crusader states remaining to protect, and with other problems surfacing, the right of the Order to exist had come into question. King Philip IV of France, deeply in debt to the organization, had De Molay and many other French Templars arrested on October 13, 1307 and tortured into false confessions. When De Molay later retracted his confession, Philip had him burned at the stake on the Île de la Cité, an island in the Seine River in Paris, on 18 March 1314.
The Jacques De Molay pen was first exhibited by its maker David Oscarson on October 13, 2007 in Washington, DC.  This particular pen is number “0 of 700,” and was the prototype used to model the complete production. 
The pen body includes acacia etching at nib end, Apprentice Column barrel (dark gray on the prototype only), and De Molay anniversary date band above.  The barrel end displays a Templar seal.

The cap displays a black and white tessellate pattern, bordered with a band of 8 icons alternating a Templar cross and a skull with crossed bones.  The barrel end displays an earlier Templar seal.

Body is 0.925 Sterling Silver.  Hard Enamel set in guilloché pattern. Ruby stud in clip hilt
Nib is 18-karat gold plated with rhodium, tipped with iridium, coupled with ebonite feeder.
Filling system accommodates cartridge, converter, or eyedropper fill.  It was also produced as roller ball pen.

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