This is the Thomas Jefferson Tulip Poplar pen, produced by Eagle Pen Company. This stunning and unique pen is made from a piece of wood hewn from a tulip poplar tree that was planted by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello in 1807. The pen functions as a ballpoint.
Every visitor at Monticello was awestruck by the size of two enormous sister Tulip Poplar trees that flanked Monticello. Due to their incredible size, they were always assumed to be original to Monticello's construction, especially considering Jefferson's love of planting trees. It was not until 2011 that the tree was felled and could consequently be dated and cross referenced against Jefferson's tree chronology and personal diaries. Researchers and archivists found a journal entry from Jefferson matching the tree's location and date: "Planted 1 Laurodendron in margin of S.W. shrub circle from the nursery, April 16, 1807." The wood in the body of this pen was hewn from that very tree, hand-planted by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello in 1807.
The father and son team behind Eagle Pen Company are purveyors of the world's most unique writing instruments. They share a goal of bringing the luxury pen back to America. From start to finish, each pen is designed and handmade in the USA.
Length - 5 1/4".