The Legacy series so far consists of three versions, the first Legacy that is a touchdown/cartridge pen with the end cap for the touchdown mechanism tapering from a circle to a square, the Legacy 2 that is very similar but with the end cap round and the Legacy Heritage where they abandoned the touchdown mechanism for a cartridge/converter filler.
The simplest of the many versions is the plain Sterling Silver with Gold trim...
... but the first version that Sheaffer offered was an interrupted Barleycorn in the Legacy and seen here in the Legacy Heritage version.
We also looked at the first of the two Legacy Heritage Victorian pattern pens.
But now we must wander back into the past and I hope that you will sit by the fire with me as I reminisce about my life and growing up.
My grandparents on both sides were part of the generation born shortly after the US Civil War and they in turn grew up with that war and the effects of that war as very, very real and immediate. One set of grandparents were from Baltimore, the other from Petersburg. Maryland, except for some of the western parts, was very much a Southern State and was prevented by occupation from seceding. In 1861 Federal troops were rushed to Washington, DC to defend the capitol and many came down by rail through Baltimore. There were riots and crowds opposing the troops and four soldiers and a dozen civilians were killed.
Growing up in Baltimore meant singing the Maryland State song each morning:
The despot's heel is on thy shore,
Maryland! my Maryland!
His torch is at thy temple door,
Maryland! my Maryland!
Avenge the patriotic gore
That flecked the streets of Baltimore,
And be the battle queen of yore,
Maryland! My Maryland!
So how does all of this relate to the Sheaffer Legacy pens?
Two of my favorites are the Classic Pen CP4 Washington and Richmond designs created in 1997. First, let's look at the Washington pen and we will wander south to Richmond and some more memories in the next review.
As mentioned above, the Washington pen is based on the plain sterling silver Legacy, designed by Andreas Lambrou and Keith G. Brown under their Classic Pens company. The engraving was done by the French firm Murelli R S.A.R.L. on a machine first built in 1928 that was returned from sitting in the companies museum to complete these designs.
Initially a run of 1865 (signifying the year the US Civil War ended) was planned but according to email from Mr. Lambrou at the time the design was finalized Bic purchased Sheaffer and the total number to be produced was reduced to only 500 of each design. In fact the plain finish Legacy shown above was one of the remaining pens that had been made (about 200 I've been told).
The guilloche design on the Washington pen is a very deep "Vague" pattern crossed by straight angular lines to form diamonds.
The cap band is silver with the Classic Pens logo, and the edition number laser etched into the surface.
Interestingly, the edition number is still shown as "xxx/1865" even though only 500 sets were made.
This particular pen has a broad just slightly Left Foot oblique nib.
The tactile feel of the pen though is really unique and feels far different in hand than the plain Sterling Silver or the Barleycorn, the guilloche far more pronounced yet softer than the Barleycorn. It also really changes appearance with light and angle as you can see in the next two pictures.
This is definitely a pen that is meant to be used and of all my special or limited edition pens, one that just screams "Use me every day".