David Oscarson Meriwether Lewis Artist Proof Fountain Pen #0/100 M Nib For Sale
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David Oscarson Meriwether Lewis Artist Proof Fountain Pen #0/100 M Nib:
David Oscarson Meriwether Lewis Artist Proof Fountain Pen #0/100
In May, 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out on an expedition of epic proportion. Having accepted the charge from President Thomas Jefferson, their mission was to explore, map and document the vast new region of the United States acquired through the Louisiana Purchase. This fearless ensemble, known as The Corps of Discovery included Sacagawea, her son, “Pompey”, 45 young frontiersmen and Seaman (Captain Lewis’s 150-pound Newfoundland dog). Aided by this heroic group, Captains Lewis and Clark would become the first of their nation to reach the Pacific Ocean by land, facilitating trade with the Orient and unlocking the wealth of North America. “Future generations” Jefferson predicted, “would fill up the canvas we begin”. In 1802, Jefferson had offered to buy the port city of New Orleans from France, but Napoleon Bonaparte, faced with another war with England made a counteroffer including the entire Louisiana Territory (820,000 square miles) for $15 million, a sum of almost twice the federal budget. For just 3 cents an acre, Thomas Jefferson more than doubled the size of his country with the single stroke of a pen.
Few people in American history have accomplished what Lewis and Clark did: complete and document a journey over 8,000 miles long, traveling the full length of the Missouri River, and return to tell about it. America had changed, and Lewis and Clark had made it happen, imprinting their memory in American History forever.
The Lewis and Clark Limited Edition Collection stands as a tribute to the two Captain-explorers and the courage of their unparalleled journey. Lewis and Clark’s signatures are represented respectively in high relief surrounded by a background of gentle river currents underneath. Both Collection pieces feature a map of the Louisiana Purchase marking the Lewis and Clark Trail from St. Louis, Missouri all the way to Fort Clatsop, Oregon. The Meriwether Lewis cap features a telescope clip and a compass rose is engraved on the barrel.
This specific pen is the artist proof of the Meriwether Lewis model, with the number #0/100. The pen is new and unused. There is an engraving mistake on the pen, with the wrong year of the Lewis and Clark expedition engraved (the year engraved is 1803 when the expedition actually began on 1804.) This pen is completely one of a kind, even amongst the rest of the D. Oscarson Lewis and Clark LE pens.
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