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Achievements of Civilisation Series

Achievements of Civilisation Series

Pelikan's "Achievements of Civilization" series was designed to commemorate some of humankind's greatest successes and developments.

The series was left open-ended and it is unclear whether any more pens will be produced and added to the collection. Fire, Script and Time have already been celebrated - what could be next? The Wheel? Flight? The Moon Landings? Vaccinations? ...the Internet?


Fire - 2010

Fire - 2010

The third fountain pen in the "Achievements of Civilisation" series celebrates the art of taming fire.

The most important motif is the bowl filled with fire. History tells us that in former times, our ancestors had to wait for lightning to strike before they could 'catch' the flames. They filled skulls with oil in order to preserve the special flames that gave warmth, kept wild beasts at bay and helped to prepare food. Today, fire is just a match away, but to celebrate this achievement of civilisation,the bowl of fire is depicted on the clip, the specially created nib, and the cap.

The barrel is made of brass and lacquered several times in a vivid red. Every flame on the barrel is first lasered, then plated with 24 carat gold. Five real Topaz gem-stones make the sparks come alive. The nib is made of 18 carat/750 gold and has an iridium grain at the tip. This Limited Edition was available in the nib sizes F, M, and B.

When burning wood, our forefathers learned to produce embers hotter than 500° Celsius (900° Fahrenheit) that were valuable for their survival. The limited edition "Fire" is dedicated to this ability and is restricted to 500 writing instruments worldwide. It was launched in August 2010.

The Limited Edition Fire was delivered in an elegant red gift box with a matching booklet that gives a delightful account of the theme and the intricate details of the fountain pen.

The "Fire" fountain pen was released in 2010 and is limited to 500 pieces.

Calculation of Times - 2008

Calculation of Times - 2008

Dividing and measuring time as it passes - man has always focussed on this by observing nature. Above all astronomical events such as the movement of the sun and the different phases of the moon are clearly identifiable thanks to their periodical recurrence.

From these our forefathers once developed the calculating units for year, month, day and hour. The year with its different seasons is calculated from the orbit of the earth around the sun. The month corresponds with the movement of the moon around the earth and the change in the phases of the moon. The day results from the rotation of the earth around itself and the consequent change of day and night. In the further course of history the sun served to divide the day into hours and minutes.

In earliest times knowledge of the sky was necessary for people in agricultural areas essential for survival. Later a firmer understanding of time also served to allow people to determine precisely their place in the sequence of generations or their own age. To this day the division of time is essential in marking our everyday life. It helps us to arrange our lives and to structure our working day. The future can only be planned with an understanding of time.

With the edition "Calculation of Times" Pelikan is commemorating this important achievement for the history of mankind. Thanks to its timeless elegance and exceptional functionality the superbly crafted Pelikan fountain pen is an exclusive and valuable companion throughout the year.

From the orbit of the moon around the earth, which lasts just under 30 days, man divided the year into twelve months. Lit by the sun, only one half of the moon is turned towards the earth. Based on the position of the moon and sun are and the relation to each other, we see varying amounts of the moons illumination. The four phases of the moon which can be seen, new moon, first quarter moon, full moon and last quarter moon, are embossed on the cap of the Pelikan fountain pen in high relief.

In ancient times the Babylonians and Greeks used the position of the sun in the sky and created the first sundials. A vertical shadow stick, whose shadow fell on a clock face, served to measure time - often accurate to within a few minutes.

Pelikan has engraved the structure of a sundial with eleven marked hours onto the cap of the fountain pen. The twelfth hour appears as an embossed high relief in the lower part of the clip, which at the same time adopts the symbolic function of the shadow stick.

Early developed cultures liked to show the cycle of the year in pictures. Each month is represented by an activity or event adapted to a season. On the Pelikan fountain pen a cycle from the early Middle Ages can be found. Themes such as sowing seeds, harvesting and use of natural products characterize these early calendars or months in pictures. The seasonal vegetation cycle can also be recognised.

Today in many parts of the world the Gregorian calendar is used. Named after Pope Gregory XIII, it was adopted after numerous calendar reforms due in part to its precision and ability to accurately mark time at the end of the 16th century.

If you value stylish elegance when writing, you will appreciate the craftsmanship of the high-quality 18-carrot gold nib, which has the sun embossed on it as a relief. The shaft shows calendar themes of everyday life in the Middle Ages. They are incorporated into the black metal shaft coated with ruthenium faithful to detail and filigree and then plated with gold.

The edition number, which is engraved on the filling handle, identifies each fountain pen as a unique collectors' item. Only 760 pieces of these unrivalled writing instruments have been made by Pelikan. This worldwide edition commemorates the Christian calendar, which began around 760 years after the founding of Rome with the birth of Christ.

The "Calculation of Times" fountain pen was released in the year 2008 was limited to 760 pieces.

Evolution of Script - 2007

Evolution of Script - 2007

For thousands of years, the accumulated knowledge of humankind, the diverse cultural achievements of different peoples, their legends and their histories could only be transmitted by word of mouth. As a result, much was irretrievably lost. Only with the invention of writing did it become possible for such ancestral lore to be preserved for coming generations in its original form.

Pelikan is celebrating this quantum leap in the history of human civilisation with a new limited edition. The first fountain pen of this series bears the name "Evolution of Script". With this, Pelikan is looking back to the origins of writing thousands of years ago: from the cave paintings that were the precursors of writing, via the invention of hieroglyphics in Egypt and Mesopotamian cuneiform, to the development of the Greek alphabet as the point of departure for European scripts.

The high-grade resin cap is engraved with cave painting motifs. The barrel, which is gold-plated with lacquer embellishments, displays the other early forms of writing as finely drawn symbols, hand-engraved in masterly fashion. The individual epochs are visually separated by gold-plated rings, in order to symbolise appropriately the line of development.

The incomparable nature of this collectors' item is very apparent in the 18-carat gold nib, which will be embossed with a different design for each edition. On the clip, the shape of which reflects the overall form of the pen, the same pattern as is embossed on the nib is repeated in high relief, recessed into the clip.

Technically too, this masterpiece represents the culture of writing in its purest form. Solid brass components guarantee reliable functionality combined with the highest degree of writing comfort. The artistic realisation of the theme, united with the consummate workmanship exercised on materials of the highest quality, makes "Evolution of Script" a highly desirable object, particularly for collectors.

The plunger fountain pen is to be produced in a limited edition restricted to 930 examples worldwide: this recalls the first European adaptation of the Phoenician alphabet, which occurred on Crete in around 930 BC. The edition number, which is engraved on the end of the filling knob, makes each fountain pen unmistakably a one-and-only object.

The "Evolution of Script" fountain pen has been released in the year 2007 and is limited to 930 pieces.