With its Writers Edition, Montblanc pays tribute to the creativity and cultural influence of some of the world’s greatest literary figures. Among those great writers is Scottish born Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) best known for the 60 stories he wrote about Sherlock Holmes, the beloved fictional consulting detective. While Doyle trained in medicine and practiced as a doctor, his passion for storytelling produced a body of work that includes nearly 200 novels, short stories, poems, historical books as well as pamphlets. His spirit of adventure and exploration took him to faraway places including the Arctic and Africa where he volunteered as a doctor during the Boer War, writing a chronicle that decried the shortcomings of the British forces, and earned him a knighthood from King Edward VII for services rendered to the Crown. Later in life, he turned his focus to spiritualism, becoming one of the movement’s most ardent supporters.
The new Montblanc Writers Edition Sir Arthur Conan Doyle collection is inspired by the many tales of Detective Sherlock Holmes and the extraordinary life of his originator with design details telling the stories that have captivated readers for generations. Known as one of the essential instruments of any detective solving a crime or mystery, the clip on each of the editions is shaped like a magnifying glass in homage to the great Sherlock Holmes. The exceptional Arthur ´ s likeness can be found engraved on every nib on each of the four editions that make up the collection, accompanied by a special story element from the theme of the respective edition.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Special Edition
Made from precious resin with ruthenium coated fittings, the cap and barrel of the Writers Edition Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are decorated with a pattern based on an original Sherlock Holmes Tartan. As well as excerpts from an old street map of Victorian London, spotlighting “Upper Wimpole Street” where Doyle had his medical practice, and “Baker Street”, the residence of Sherlock Holmes. The dark grey tone of the resin evokes the dark foggy streets of London often described in Sherlock Holmes mysteries.
- “JB” behind the clip is a reference to Doyle’s medicine professor for Joshua Bell, a master of deduction and diagnosis who was the inspiration for character of Sherlock Holmes.
- A red lacquer dot above the magnifying glass represents an ophtalmoscope from the 19th century, a reference to the medical area he eventually specialized in.
- The Au750 solid gold nib with ruthenium coating engraved with a portrait of the Arthur and Pterodactyl dinosaurs from The Lost World, a science fiction novel about an expedition to a plateau in the Amazon basin where prehistoric animals still survive.
- Cap ring decorated with Doyle’s signature, the vine symbol from the cover of A Study in Scarlet, the vine symbol from the cover of A Study in Scarlet, the first story to feature Sherlock Holmes and the date at which the publishers wrote to him about obtaining the copyrights: “Oct. 30, 1886”.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Limited Edition 1902
A tribute to the stories of Sherlock Holmes in a dark brown lacquer that recalls the detective’s pipe, the limitation number of 1,902 Fountain pens and 1,902 Rollerballs for the Writers Edition Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Limited Edition 1902 is a reference to the first publishing of The Hound of Baskervilles, one of the most famous of the Sherlock Holmes novels. 1902 also happens to be the year Doyle was knighted by the King.
- Cap and barrel in brown lacquer feature the London street map with “Victoria Street” where Doyle’s Psychic bookshop was located, and “Baker Street”, the residence of Sherlock Holmes, as well as the tartan pattern.
- Cap top and the cone of the writing instrument crafted from wood, evoking Holmes’ smoking pipe.
- Made from Super-LumiNova, a silhouette of a hound from The Hound of the Baskervilles lurks behind the clip glows in the dark.
- Nib made of rhodium0coated Au750 solid gold with special engraving of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and a magnifying glass.
- Cap ring decorated with the Arthur’s signature, A Study in Scarlet logo, and the date he opened a Psychic book shop in London with his wife: “February 1925”.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Limited Edition 97
The limitation number of the Writers Edition Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Limited Edition 97 is a reference to 1897, the year Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s House “Undershaw” in Surrey was completed. It was in this family home that the writer penned many of his most important works including The Hound of Baskervilles. The edition features an Au 750 solid white goled skeletonized overlay on different translucent lacquer fields inspired by the stained-glass windows at Undershaw.
- Barrel with the London street map design and tartan pattern featuring “Victoria Street” where Doyle and his wife opened their psychic bookshop.
- Moveable magnifying glass clip with the Arthur’s initials found on the stained-glass windows of Undershaw.
- Cap top engraved with A NEW STEP INTO THE UNKNOWN, an article written by Doyle on Spiritualism and decorated with a removable ring inspired by a Sideric Pendulum, a medium of communication to Spiritualists.
- Rhodium and ruthenium-coated Au750 solid gold nib engraved with a portrait of Conan Doyle and a ship’s mast from the short story The Captain of the Pole Star.
- Cap ring features Doyle’s signature, the vine symbol and the publishing date of Pheneas Speaks, a book that describes communications Doyle had with spirits: “March 21, 1927”.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Limited Edition 8
Doyle experienced the spirit of exploration early in his life when at just 20 years old, he was offered the post of ship’s surgeon on a whaling boat setting sail for the Arctic Circle. The cap and barrel of the Writer’s Edition Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Limited Edition 8 are adorned with 3-dimensional icebergs in solid Au 750 white gold, surrounded by translucent blue lacquer reminiscent of the icy waters of the Arctic.
- Moveable magnifying clip reveals the “ACD” initials in red lacquer as featured on a stained-glass window at his house Undershaw, with a single sapphire adorning the top of the clip.
- Montblanc emblem in a diamond pave crowns the writing instrument, with the cap top ring featuring the engraving I CAME OF AGE AT 80 ° NORTH LATITUDE, written by Arthur in his diary on the day of his 21st birthday.
- Cap ring with Doyle’s signature, the vine from A Study in Scarlet logo, and the first publication date of The Captain of the Pole Star: “January, 1883”
- Cone engraved with September 11th – Lat 81 ° N.; Long 2 ° . The location of enormous ice fields as written in the story of The Captain of the Pole Star.
- Au 750 solid white gold nib adorned with an engraving in yellow of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and a ship’s mast from The Captain of the Pole Star.
To complete the tribute to a great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Montblanc is introducing a selection of matching writing accessories. A fine stationery notebook made from woven velvet featuring a street map of London and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s signature. A matching red ink color in a glass ink bottle is inspired by the first Sherlock Holmes novel A Study in Scarlet. A single leather pen pouch embossed with a street map of London and tartan pattern completes the assortment.