Edited by PenHero on November 9, 2017, 5:16 pm
This is a rare Pilot sterling silver fountain pen made to commemorate the 60th Anniversary Coronation of Emperor Showa, or Hirohito, who reigned on the Chrysanthemum throne of Japan from December 25, 1926 until his death on January 7, 1989. This pen was made in 1986 in 2 versions, this one in sterling silver and the other in a sterling silver base with gold and black lacquer decoration. The pen cap, clip, and barrel end are treated with a special engraving process gives it a molten look. The barrel is decorated with an engraved chrysanthemum and what appears to be Japanese Paradise Flycatcher birds. On the cap top is a high relief cast silver chrysanthemum with the Kanji “寿” meaning “Longevity” to commemorate the Emperor's long life. The 5 1/4 inch long pen comes in a Paulownia wood box with a chrysanthemum embossed on the top. The nib is a 14 karat gold medium.