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David Oscarson Les Quatre Couleurs Purple Reign Limited Edition Fountain Pen

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David Oscarson Les Quatre Couleurs Purple Reign

David Oscarson Les Quatre Couleurs Purple Reign Limited Edition of 8 – available as a Fountain Pen or Rollerball

This special edition color was made exclusively for Airline International by David Oscarson and is limited to only 8 creations for the entire world.

The Purple Reign Les Quatre Couleurs (The Four Colors or The Four Suits) is a fine writing instrument that incorporates multiple levels of guilloché engraving and a combination of translucent and opaque hard enamel.

The entire body of each pen is first cut down to the level of the background, leaving the outer and inner lines of the four suits and decorative filigree motif in high relief.

Translucent and opaque enamels are repeatedly kiln-fired and filed by hand, resulting in the beautiful and enduring finish of true Hard Enamel

While origins of playing cards can be traced to China, India, and Persia as early as the 7th century, it wasn't until the 14th century that they were introduced to Europe.

The spade (pique) can be traced to the sword of the Italian suits. The Spanish replaced queens with mounted knights (caballeros) and the Germans modified some suits using bells, hearts, leaves, and acorns.

Improvement in French production, however helped propel the more simplified French design to eventually become the standard for most of Europe. The French had originally included family names on court cards, but this practice came to an end with the French Revolution in the late 18thcentury.

The four suits now used in most of the world – Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, and Clubs – originated in France about 1480. The Spade represents nobility and aristocracy; the Heart represents the Church and Clergy; the Diamond represents merchants and the wealthy, and the Club represents peasantry with its reference to the clover, the food of swine.

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