Precious pen lands at shop

A gold pen worth £15,000, which has a special link to Shrewsbury, will be on show at a town shop next week.

The fountain pen, which celebrates the achievements of Shrewsbury’s most famous son Charles Darwin, is arriving at Write Here in the town’s High Street for a Christmas event.

The pen, manufactured by Italian firm Omas, features an engraving of a mockingbird on the cap and reproductions of footprints of creatures such as turtles and lizards on the clip.

“This would make a very special Christmas present for someone from Shropshire who loves pens!” said John Hall, owner of Write Here, which also sells a range of children’s toys, board games, cards and wrapping paper.

“The detail on the Darwin pen is incredible – it even shows the map of the journey of HMS Beagle and the body of the fountain pen is embellished to show four twists of cable used for docking ships.”

The pen will be on display at a special ‘Christmas event’ at Write Here on December 11 when people are invited to come to the shop and try fountain pens from midday until 8.30pm. Refreshments will be served and a nib expert will be on hand to give advice.

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