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Launch of new engraved pen collection

Engraved silver fountain pen

William Makepence Thackeray, the nineteenth century English novelist said: “There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.”

We are delighted at Engravers Guild, therefore, to help men and women discover these great thoughts with the launch of a new engraved pen collection from Clewley on our store.

Clewley pens are a pleasure to behold. Made in sterling silver, they are manufactured in Birmingham on machinery which has been used since the 1800s to create British fountain pens.

The company pays homage to the rich heritage that the city has in pen manufacture. At the turn of the last century, Birmingham was the world’s largest producer of pens, accounting for half of all writing instruments across the globe.

Today, there are few companies in the UK that have retained the skills required to deliver a world-class pen, and we are pleased to work with Clewley in offering a special item that can be made a truly unique personalised gift.

Each engraved pen from Clewley is presented in a beautiful case, and accompanied by a personal gift card in the Engravers Guild gift box. As a graduation gift, a wedding gift, a gift of congratulations on a promotion, or even just a gift for Christmas or birthdays, there can be no finer memento of that special occasion.

Happy Father’s Day

Engravers Guild wishes every dad a happy Father’s Day.

As John Updike, the Pulitzer Prize winning author, said, “You know how it is with fathers, you never escape the idea that maybe after all they’re right”.

So, the team here thought it appropriate on this day to celebrate perhaps one of the most famous pieces of paternal advice, that of Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling written in 1895 for his son – ‘If’.

Read the full poem here, but our favourite lines are:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same…

…Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son.

Wise words.

We hope all Fathers this year have received some special words from sons and daughters of their own. We’re pleased that many will be receiving a pair of engraved cufflinks, and know that those that are will be treasuring their personalised gift for many years to come.

Engraved cufflinks fit for a King

Engraved cufflinks for Duke of Windsor

Engraved cufflinks have been the mark of distinguished gentlemen for centuries.

No more was this true than for the Duke of Windsor. Formerly King Edward VII, he embodied English style and was the most photographed man in the world for a time.

His sartorial sense defined the gentleman’s attire of the day, to the extent that even the way he tied his neckwear took on his name – the Windsor knot.

Another essential part of his wardrobe was his cufflinks. His cufflink collection was one of the greatest in the world. And prize amongst them were his engraved cufflinks.

He owned the most expensive set of cufflinks ever sold at auction. It was a set made by Cartier London that consisted of double sided cufflinks engraved with E & W.

On the back they were engraved Edward 23/6/35, and Wallis 19/6/35. Estimated to bring £70,000 – 90,000, the set sold for a record £115,250 in 1987.