Ashmolean Museum Oxford

Limited Edition Ashmolean John Ruskin Fountain Pen


To celebrate the Ashmolean museum in the University of Oxford, a number of pens have been launched by Conway Stewart, each with a theme taken from a collection. Each themed fountain pen is a limited edition of 200 pens worldwide. This pen comes complete with an 18ct gold Conway Stewart 1-tine nib, acclaimed by many uses for its smooth writing ability.

The father of the Ashmolean Museum is Elias Ashmole, and he wrote the 'Statutes Orders & Rules' of the Ashmolean Museum in 1686, and a facsimile of this document is included with every pen. The hand written title to this document is reproduced on the barrel of each Ashmolean Pen ; "The Ashmolean Museum in the University of Oxford" . These statute orders & rules have been adopted and adapted by public museums around the world, so these wise words written over 335 years ago are still relevant today in so many ways.

The theme of the first pen in the series is John Ruskin, (8 February, 1819–20 January, 1900) who was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, as well as an art patron, philosopher, prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He also has a unique association with the University of Oxford. He wrote essays and treatises, poetry and lectures, travel guides and manuals, letters and even a fairy tale. He also made detailed sketches and paintings of rocks, plants, birds, landscapes, architectural structures, and ornamentation. Much of these are now owned by and on display at the Ashmolean Museum.

The John Ruskin Pen is engraved into the body of the barrel, and one of his most famous sketches of a Lion's Head is engraved on the top of the cap. The fountain pen is made in Oxford Blue acrylic and complimented with 9ct gold. The wide cap band has English hallmarks to prove its quality and provenance.

Each pen is supplied in a beautiful Ashmolean Museum branded box in blue leatherette. Included with the pen is a booklet on the Ashmolean Museum and John Ruskin, a bottle of Sapphire Blue ink, a polishing cloth, a Conway Stewart user guide, and a certificate of authenticity.

This pen is brought to you by the Ashmolean Museum in the University of Oxford based in Oxford, England. A proportion of each pen sold goes toward supporting the Museum.

Materials: Oxford Blue acrylic

Dimensions: Length Closed: 14.6cm