Thursday, August 9, 2012
David Oscarson Exclusive from Airline International
Airline International of El Paso, Texas, is offering an exclusive David Oscarson limited edition in fountain pen or rollerball. Les Quatre Couleurs (The Four Colors or the Four Suits) Canary Yellow Limited Edition of just eight pieces for the world (there are only two remaining) incorporates multiple levels of guilloche engraving and a combination of translucent and opaque hard enamel. The entire body of each pen is first cut to the level of the background, leaving the outer and inner lines of the four suits and decorative filigree motif in high relief. Translucent and opaque enamels are repeatedly kiln-fired and filed by hand, resulting in the beautiful finish of the true hard enamel. While the origins of playing cards can be traced to China, India and Persia as early as the seventh century, it wasn't until the fourteenth century that they were introduced to Europe. The four suits now used in most of the world – Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, and Clubs – originated in France about 1480. The spade represents nobility and aristocracy; the heart represents the church and clergy; the diamond represents merchants and the wealthy, and the club represents peasantry with its reference to the clover, the food of swine. This exclusive fountain pen is priced at $5,400; the rollerball, $5,200.