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Henrik Wigstrom 

Henrik Wigstrom

As Head Workmaster to Peter Carl Fabergé from 1903 to 1918, Henrik Wigstrom captivated the art world with his brilliant creations for the House of Fabergé.  Among his greatest accomplishments were the Russian Imperial Fabergé Eggs, presented by the Tsars to members of the Romanov Family.

Wigstrom’s career began in 1886, when he started working in one of Fabergé’s workshops as apprentice to Mikhail Perkhin.  In 1903, he succeeded Perkhin as Head Workmaster to Fabergé, creating some of the finest treasures the world has ever known.

In 1907, Henrik Wigstrom completed the Fabergé Imperial Trophy Egg, also known as the “Egg with Love Trophies” or “Cradle with Garlands Egg.”

The Trophy Egg was presented by Tsar Nicholas II to his mother, the Dowager Empress Maria Fedorovna on Easter, April 22, 1907, celebrating the birth of his long-awaited son and heir, the Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaievich.

Trophy Collection 

The Henrik Wigstrom Trophy Collection is the first in the David Oscarson™  series of Limited Edition writing instruments.  Inspired by his 1907 masterpiece, this one-of-a-kind collection stands as a tribute to the fabulous works of Henrik Wigstrom, Head Workmaster to Peter Carl Fabergé. 

The Wigstrom Collection continues in the spirit of artistic mastery and the tradition of Old World craftsmanship by combining the centuries-old technique of Guilloché with the art and expertise of Hard Enamel.  The Trophy Collection is also the first to incorporate two levels of Guilloché and two colors of Hard Enamel on each Collection piece. All four breathtaking colors of translucent hard enamel are accented with rich opalescent white hard enamel; each color limited to production of 128 pieces (including fountain pens and roller balls). 



Hand-crafted from 18-karat gold and .925 Sterling Silver, each precious metal component passes through multiple stages of precision engraving, creating an intricate pattern known as guilloché.  This engraving technique, which brings life and light to the surface of precious metals was used repeatedly by Wigstrom and Fabergé in the creation of the Imperial Eggs and countless objets de fantasie

Hard Enamel

Using a mortar and pestle, a composition of glass, water and metal oxides is ground for hours by hand.  When settled, the water is removed, leaving the fine paste that is the basis for hard enamel.  A quill is then used to apply each coat of the mixture to the surface of the metal, ensuring that the entire guilloché area is completely covered in enamel.  The components are then fired in a furnace at temperatures exceeding 1,000° F, fusing the enamel to the metal and forming a layer of glass.

After cooling, the pieces are manually ground with a diamond file, restoring their proper shape and surface.  This tedious process is repeated at length until the level of enamel reaches the depth required to cover the peaks and fill the valleys of each intricate guilloché pattern.  When the final stages of firing are completed, the pieces are polished and buffed, revealing the velvet finish of translucent hard enamel.

Production of translucent hard enamel demands the highest levels of patience, experience and skill.  A five-year apprenticeship is required to ensure that the highest levels of quality will be met in each individual Collection piece.  

The Henrik Wigstrom Trophy Collection will be produced in 4 color variations:

Translucent Powder Blue and Opalescent White Enamel

Translucent Black and Opalescent White Enamel with Rhodium Vermeil

Translucent Red and Opalescent White Enamel with 18-kt. Yellow Gold Vermeil

Translucent Violet and Opalescent White Enamel with Rhodium Vermeil

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