Imperial Penworks crafts the Patriot Pen of Magnolia from the limb of a tree planted by Ms. Clara Barton in 1865, after the grave team she led completed identification of buried Union soldiers. (See story below)
Each Andersonville Magnolia Patriot Pen comes with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, black leather case for protection and pen refill instruction card.
We will laser-engrave your choice of wood to make each pen truly unique. Click Here for engraving examples.
Finished pen size: 0.5 in. W X 4.875 in. L.
The Story of this magnificent Magnolia wood:
Journey back to 1865. 12,640 Union soldiers perished at Andersonville Prison and were buried in a cemetery near the stockade site. After the war, in the summer of 1865, Ms. Clara Barton led a diverse team to mark the graves of Union dead using confiscated Confederate records, and the records of Dorence Atwater. Atwater served in a New York Calvary Regiment and was imprisoned at age 19.
Grave identification mission complete, but prior to leaving, she planted two Magnolia trees...trees that survive today. During the war, Ms. Barton gained fame for her relief efforts, but in the years after the war Ms. Barton is credited with forming the American Red Cross.
Severe wind in 2008 shredded a limb from one of the two trees planted by Ms. Barton. I was given special access to the remains of this Magnolia prior to disposal. Though ALL THE WOOD IS FROM ONE LIMB, COLORS VARY EVERY INCH! I offer this pen in both 10KT Gold and Satin Nickel plating. Imperial Penworks works hard to illustrate the differences in the wood to compliment your plating choice. I will always select the best wood to match your plating.