The Seaside Collection is the fifth in the David Oscarson™ series of Limited Edition writing instruments. Produced in five color variations, each will be limited to production of 88 pieces (including fountain pens and roller balls).
The Seaside 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 Seaside Collection is the first to incorporate four levels of Guilloché on each Collection piece. The four colors of translucent hard enamel in the Seaside Collection are accented with translucent white hard enamel and finished with Rhodium vermeil. The fifth Seaside Collection piece features translucent White on White hard enamel finished in a beautiful 18-kt. rose gold vermeil.
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; a painstaking process which brings life and light to the surface of precious metals.
The oceanic design of the Seaside Collection requires four separate stages of engraving. The entire body of the pen is first cut down to the level of the wave-patterned background, leaving the outlines of the shells and sand dollars in two levels of high relief. The wave pattern is then engraved onto the remaining portion of the body of the pen. The third stage of engraving applies the skeletal motif to the surface of each sand dollar, followed by a fourth and final stage of engraving the scallop pattern onto the shells.
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 Seaside Collection’s unique filling system accommodates a cartridge, converter or eyedropper fill; a series of seals and “O” rings prevents the ink from leaving the chamber at any point. A roller ball version of the Seaside Pen is also available.
Engineered in Heidelberg, Germany, the 18-karat gold nib is unsurpassed in quality and form. Coupled with an ebonite feeder, each nib is plated with rhodium and tipped with iridium to ensure durability in fine, medium and broad sizes.
The pens, jewelry and objets in The David Oscarson Collection are produced using the finest of materials, talents and techniques. Countless hours are dedicated to the creation of each unique design.
The Seaside Collection will be produced in 5 color variations:
Translucent Ocean Blue and White Enamel with Rhodium Vermeil
Translucent Sunshine Yellow and White Enamel with Rhodium Vermeil
Translucent Seafoam Green and White Enamel with Rhodium Vermeil
Translucent Aquamarine and White Enamel with Rhodium Vermeil
Translucent White Enamel with 18-kt. Rose Gold Vermeil