Friday, November 10, 2017

Montegrappa Alexander Hamilton Collection

Italian luxury writing instrument manufacturer Montegrappa pays tribute to Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, by presenting a special edition collection.

Among the greatest of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, Alexander Hamilton (11 January, 1755 or 1757 – 12 July, 1804) was notable for achieving so much despite a difficult childhood and dying at a too-young 49 years of age. Though he never attained the highest office of the newly-formed nation, few of his fellow founders would influence its political system more than Alexander Hamilton, and few were more controversial.
Montegrappa Alexander Hamilton Collection
Hamilton played a major role in the American Revolutionary War, joining a militia at the start of the war, in 1775. Early the following year, he raised a provincial artillery company, to which he was appointed captain. He soon became the senior aide to General Washington, then the American forces’ commander-in-chief. Hamilton was dispatched by Washington on numerous missions to convey plans to his generals.

Hamilton envisioned a strong central government led by a vigorous executive branch, a strong commercial economy with a national bank and support for manufacturing, and a strong military. His position was challenged by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who formed a rival party as they favoured strong states based in rural America and protected by state militias as opposed to a strong national army and navy.

In 1798-99, Hamilton called for mobilisation against France after the XYZ Affair and became commander of a new army, which he readied for war. However, war was never officially declared and did not involve army action, though it was hard-fought at sea.

President Adams found a diplomatic solution that avoided a war with France, so Hamilton’s opposition to Adams’ re-election helped cause his defeat in the 1800 election. Jefferson and Aaron Burr tied for the presidency in the Electoral College in 1801, and Hamilton helped to defeat Burr, whom he found unprincipled, and to elect Jefferson despite their philosophical differences.

Montegrappa has honoured Alexander Hamilton with two distinguished pen models in Ivory White or Black resin. The collection is imbued with highly-detailed surfaces and fittings to embody the various aspects of his personality, life, deeds and merits. Each model is produced in 177 fountain and 177 rollerball pens. The fountain pen is piston-fed, and the nib is made in 18k gold with the initials “AH” engraved on its surface.

Both editions’ pen cap tops represent the torch of the Statue of Liberty, the lost-wax casted ornamental decoration resembling the flames of the torch, with 18k rose gold plating signifying fire. The signature clip and blind cap as a dome were all inspired by the Statue of Liberty.

The Alexander Hamilton Limited Edition has been produced exclusively for PENPORIUM.

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