Metropolitan Museum of Art Elizabethan Armor Ballpoint Pen
Elizabeth was on the throne, Shakespeare was on the stage - and George Clifford, Third Earl of Cumberland (1558-1605), was a knight in brilliantly shining armor. This gold-plated Elizabethan Armor Ballpoint Pen by Metropolitan Museum of Art interprets his richly embellished armor, which was forged in the Royal Workshops at Greenwich and is remarkably well preserved some five centuries later. It featured Elizabeth Tudor’s insignia (two E’s mirroring each other), the Tudor rose, and the fleur-de-lis, which was then part of the English coat of arms.
Clifford was made the Queen’s Champion in 1590; the design of these pens, with brass barrel and cap, is adapted from his splendid armor in the Metropolitan Museum’s collection.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Elizabethan Armor Ballpoint Pen Features:
- Gold-plated pen interprets the richly embellished armor of George Clifford
- Brass barrel is adapted from Clifford’s armor in the Museum’s collection
- Features Elizabeth’s insignia, the Tudor rose and the fleur-de-lis
- Retractable ballpoint pen with twisting advance