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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Coronation Pen


Creator: Francis JC Cooper (active 1953) (designer)
Creation Date: 
Materials and techniques: 
Ivory, gold, enamel, gemstones with a tooled leather case lined in silk
23 cm (long)
Acquirer: HM Queen Elizabeth II (b. 1926)
Presented to Queen Elizabeth II by the Worshipful Company of Scriveners, for use at the coronation of 1953

Gold-mounted, enamelled and jewelled ivory pen, used by The Queen at the Coronation in 1953. The pen is in the form of an ivory quill, with a gold central vane and nib; a representation of the Sword of State - which is borne before the Sovereign as she proceeds to the altar to sign the Coronation oath - forms the rib of the quill. Over this is placed a jewelled and enamelled crown supported by two cherubs (representing Prince Charles and Princess Anne). On either side of the sword's hilt are the letters E.R. The shaft is applied with the coat of arms and motto of the Scriveners' Company (Litera Scripta Manet - 'The written word remains'), and enamelled red and white roses. The back of the pen carries a presentation inscription, 'To Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Presented by the Company of Scriveners. Coronation Day 1953.'

Contained in a rounded rectangular navy leather case, covered with gilt embossed Scriveners' Company eagles, stars and the words 'ELIZABETH REGINA'. Lined with handwoven silk.

Further details

Additional Creators: RL Simmonds (active 1953) (maker)
Cyril Baker (active 1953) (maker)
Sydney M Cockerell (1906-87) (designer)
Franz Selepa (active 1953) (maker)
Ursula Brock (active 1953) (weaver)
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