Excellentia Lech Walesa writing Instrument by Montegrappa
Lech Wałęsa is the celebrated leader of the “Solidarity” (Solidarność) movement, who guided it to a non-violent victory over the Communist regime in Poland in the late-1980s. His life has been inextricably linked with the history of Solidarity and Poland’s path to freedom.
Created in celluloid, embellished with detailed metalwork, the Lech Wałęsa Excellentia pen is offered in both fountain pen and rollerball forms. Montegrappa’s designers and craftspeople have used form, colour and detail to represent a remarkable life.
In deep blood red, the celluloid barrel represents the colours of both Poland and of Solidarity. Around its base is metalwork showing the outline of the Polish shipyards where the movement was born, engraved with the word “Nobel” and the year “1983”. The contrasting white-coloured cap bears a pocket clip with an anchor drawing inspiration from the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers in Gdańsk, while the cap is crowned with the Polish eagle coat of arms. The nib of the fountain pen is etched with a silhouette of the face of the great Polish leader.
This writing instrument has been produced in a limited series of 1983 fountain pens in sterling silver, corresponding to the year Lech Wałęsa was awarded the Nobel Prize, and 70 rollerball pens in sterling silver, representing his current age. 30 solid 18K gold fountain pens mark the years since Mr. Wałęsa was granted the Nobel Prize, and 25 solid 18K gold fountain pens with diamonds represent the 25th anniversary of the regime change since 1989.