Each year since 1992 Montblanc pay tribute to great people and their lifetime work called the ‘Writers Edition’ to remember these people they release a writing instrument in their memory. This time to celebrate the life of George Bernard Shaw a classic Irish playwright, critic and polemicist. His Western influence which extended from his death and over sixty plays won his Nobel Prices and Academy Awards. Some of his most famous work included Pygmalion, Saint Joan and Superman. This pen set is subtly based on Pygmalion with reference to the play on the fountain pen in the set.
Shaw started very young writing plays however unfortunately despite the time he spent writing them he sadly got nowhere and his novels were dismal failures and he got many rejections. Eventually he found his platform in literacy, he wrote for the next fifty years but the plays he had written in the twenty after Man and Superman became his foundational plays such as Androcles and the Lion, The Doctors Dilemma and Pygmalion his most famous which was adapted to the big screen in 1938. Shaw went to further fame when he adapted the play into a musical and was on Broadway in 1956 with Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews starring and later again on screen with Harrison and Audrey Hepburn.
George Bernard Shaw sadly past away in 1950 at the age of 94 and yet again working on another play. His memory will be remembered through this pen set. It has been announced that he was rated regularly as second only to Shakespeare among British Dramatists.
The Pen set is Limited Edition and there are a total of 4,000 sets made with the unique serial number engraved into each of the writing instruments. All three of the writing instruments are made from deep green marbled lacquer contrasting well with platinum-plated rings corresponding in size running down the barrel and cap. Usual features such as pen clips are featured on the side of the caps on each piece and the black and white enamel Montblanc emblem can be found on each cap featured on top representing the peak of the Montblanc Mountain and adding branding. G.B. Shaw’s signature has been engraved on the side of each writing instrument in memory of his name. The only difference in each one is the type of nib, there is a mechanical pencil which is released with a twist mechanism much like the ballpoint pen however the fountain pen is slightly different. This is a piston fountain pen taking both cartridge and ink bottle. The nib is made from rhodium-plated solid Au 750 gold with engraved details on the nib in the shape of a flower basket referring to story of Eliza the flower girl a main character in Pygmalion one of Shaw’s masterpieces which seemed to transform Eliza into an aristocratic lady. The flower was engraved in memory of Eliza Doolittle.
The pen set comes presented inside a book shaped presentation box with G.B. Shaw’s signature on front and the Montblanc brand name. The writing instruments are accompanied with a booklet which goes into some detail about G.B. Shaw and the writing instruments designed in his memory and a two year warranty booklet filled out on the day of purchase.