FrontRunners: Royal Subjects

Montblanc is perpetuating its 19-year-old Patron of Art series with handcrafted writing instruments celebrating England’s Queen Elizabeth I. Released earlier this year, the Elizabeth I fountain pens (www.montblanc.com) include the $2,630 Limited Edition 4810. Gold-plated dots and fittings decorate the lacquered cap and barrel—a design based on the Virgin Queen’s dress in Nicholas Hilliard’s famous Ermine Portrait. The $8,100 Limited Edition 888, by contrast, is coated in dark-red lacquer and engraved to resemble the cover of a book that Elizabeth, at age 11, copied in her own hand.

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