Doctors (with their notoriously illegible signatures) may be drawn to the newest writing instrument from David Oscarson. The St. Louis pen maker’s 23rd limited-edition pen pays homage to Alexander Fleming, the Scottish bacteriologist best known for discovering penicillin. The Alexander Fleming Limited Edition Collection is a touching tribute to Fleming’s impressive medical contributions, as well as a testament to the importance of the modern medical community. The limited-edition pens feature a rendition of Fleming’s signature wrapping around the barrel, a visual nod to the countless prescriptions doctors around the globe write daily. Each pen is also decorated with the chemical formula for penicillin; a representation of the original, contaminated petri dish that led Fleming to discover penicillin; and a tangle of stems, branches, and spores designed to look like the antibiotic under a microscope slide. As with all David Oscarson collection pieces, the Alexander Fleming Limited Edition Collection employs guilloche engraving covered in layers of hard enamel, in a choice of four color variations. The writing instruments are available in fountain or roller-ball versions for $5,600 and $5,400, respectively.
The Alexander Fleming collection is the follow-up to Oscarson’s 15th Anniversary American Art Deco Collection, which is embellished with 15 sections of guilloche engraving taken from 10 of the company’s previous designs. The 15th Anniversary fountain pen retails for $5,800, while the roller-ball pen costs $5,600. (davidoscarson.com)