The Esterbrook Pen Company was a true American Original. For one hundred years, Esterbrook was the pride of Camden, NJ. In 1858, entrepreneur Richard Esterbrook established his pen company under the trademark Esterbrook Pen Company, which would soon become one of the biggest and most beloved pen makers in the world. At its height, Esterbrook was the largest pen manufacturer in the United States employing 600 workers. Much of America’s history has been written and created with Esterbrook pens. U.S. presidents Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation with their Esterbrook pens. John F. Kennedy called for our nation to literally reach for the stars, signing documents that promised to land a man on the moon and bring him safely back to earth.
Famous Disney artist Carl Banks brought Donald Duck to life with an Esterbrook No 356. Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz used the No 914 for all his comics. All the while millions of students grew up learning to write using Esterbrook pens. It is fair to say that these visionaries, and artists, helped Esterbrook to become an integrated part of America’s politics and culture in the 19th and 20th centuries.
At the turn of the 19th century, the artist Alphonse Mucha was at the height of his career. A fine artist, whose name is now synonymous with the art nouveau style, the Czech Mucha came from an illustration background and became widely and commercially well-known through his advertisements for everything from chocolate to cigarettes to laundry detergent.
Living in Paris, Mucha was also celebrated for his idealized female figures that were often based on Parisian film stars and glitterati, and his work included his years studying, drawing, and painting film actress and icon, Sarah Bernhardt. His portraits of her were printed as large-scale posters heralding his commercial work which took advantage of new advances in printing.
In 1887, the invention of celluloid film paved the way for Mucha to become the first artist to work directly from photography. Thusly, his color palette was often the rich, warm, pastel tones of photographs and he used these hues to create Mucha women with flowing hair that matched the flourish of his gorgeous lettering and typefaces.
Within this range of color emerges a signature eau de nil blue that Mucha used to clothe the women in lush drapery, illuminate the skies behind them, give them wings and surround them with waves of water.
Our newest addition to our core range of Esterbook Estie’s celebrates the innovation of Mucha’s work and his particular shades of blue, blended into a material that reflects the celluloid of pen making past.
Introducing Nouveau Bleu, the latest offering that joins our other classic colors as a permanent part of the Estie lineup.
- Manufacturer/Model: Esterbrook Estie
- Material: Acrylic Resin
- Nib: JoWo #6 Steel Nib
- Filling System: Cartridge/Converter. (Both Included)
- Warranty: Full Perpetual Warranty Guarantee All modern Esterbrook writing instruments are unquestionably guaranteed against mechanical failure for the life of the pen.
- Made in Taiwan
- Length capped: 149 mm
- Barrel length inc nib: 127 mm
- Cap length: 70 mm
- Barrel diameter: 13 mm
- Section diameter: 11 mm
- Weight: 24g