A pen steeped in history: a pen to be treasured
Named after Sir Winston’s family home in Kent, the Onoto Chartwell is a stunning tribute to a man who shaped the world we live in; a man whose heroism, statesmanship and authority led a nation through some of the darkest hours imaginable – and refused to surrender.
This version of the Onoto Chartwell, in 23ct gold-plated sterling silver (often known as 'Vermeil') is available in a limited edition of just 200 pieces. It’s a luxury pen which is redolent of the great man in so many ways; a pen with stature and presence; a pen that says a good deal about the qualities of its owner.
Churchill’s historic link with Onoto
When Winston Churchill wrote to his wife Clementine from the trenches in Northern France in November 1915 in the early stages of The Great War, asking for ‘a new Onoto pen’, it was recognition that a Great British pen brand had found favour with the Greatest Briton that ever lived. (See Note 1 below)
Records show Churchill used Onoto pens for much of his writing throughout WWI and WWII. As a writer and communicator, a pen was possibly his most important tool; as he once said “I have always earned my living by my pen ….” (Note 2)
How appropriate then that almost 100 years later, The Onoto Pen Company should be chosen to produce a range of pens to celebrate Churchill’s life and, in particular, his passion for writing.
The Onoto Chartwell
Whether you are a pen collector, a lover of Churchill or simply a supporter of the finest British craftsmanship, you’ll be impressed with the Chartwell.
It is a BIG pen weighing over 90 grams! The cap is designed not to be posted on the end of the barrel, so to give that perfect balance and to sit comfortably in the hand, the barrel has been made extra-long; 134mm from the barrel end to the tip of the nib. The total length of the pen with the cap screwed on is 157.5mm. A mammoth of a pen!
The highly tactile ‘brickwork’ design subtly references Churchill’s passion for bricklaying - he was even given a union card by the Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers.
Sir Winston’s signature on each pen
You’ll also find a facsimile of Sir Winston’s short signature - ‘WSC’ - which he used to initial war correspondence and state documents - on the cap’s ‘cigar-style’ gilded sterling silver cap band.
Decorated with the Churchill seal
The top of the cap is decorated with the Spencer Churchill family seal of a Lion and a Gryphon, made from a wax casting taken from Sir Winston’s signet ring.
Sir Winston’s photographs
With your pen, you will receive an exclusive 24pp booklet which includes a detailed chronology of Sir Winston’s life, and a selection of rarely-seen images from the Churchill family photograph albums. Also included is a facsimile of the actual letter Sir Winston wrote to his wife in 1915 mentioning Onoto; see his handwriting, and read what he thinks of his first 48 hours in the trenches!
Onoto nibs – Probably the best on the market
Put ‘pen to paper’ and you’ll be amazed at the smoothness of the exclusive Onoto #7 18 carat gold nib. It’s a true touch of luxury and is available in broad, fine or medium widths to suit your handwriting style.
Custom nibs also available
And if you prefer to use a special nib – an italic, stub or oblique, for example – just let us know, we can grind to your exact specification by one of the UK's leading nib-masters. Just complete your requirements in the shopping cart.
Like all modern Onoto pens, the Chartwell comes with a lifetime guarantee. If there’s ever a problem with your pen, just return it to us and we’ll repair it for you free of charge. (See guarantee card for full details. Does not apply to accidental damage.)
Licensed by Churchill Heritage
The Sir Winston Churchill Fountain Pen range is officially authorised by Churchill Heritage and the proceeds support good causes and educational initiatives associated with preserving the heritage and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill.
Certificate of Authenticity
The Onoto Chartwell - Vermeil is available in a limited edition of 200 pens. Each one comes in an Onoto burrwood presentation box together with a signed Certificate of Authenticity, Onoto History booklet, blotter and cleaning cloth to keep your pen in tip-top condition. Also included is a leaflet on ‘How to care for your Fountain Pen’ and a booklet on English hallmarks to explain the history of these stamps of quality.
Now, like Churchill, you can own an Onoto
If you have ever considered acquiring a ‘high-end’ pen, but don’t know what to choose, the Chartwell ‘ticks all the boxes’! From the historic link to Churchill, to the authenticity of his signature and family seal, the Onoto Chartwell - Vermeil is a pen with outstanding pedigree. What’s more, it’s entirely made in England, a fact that we like to think would have received Sir Winston’s nod of approval. To acquire the Chartwell, simply click on the ‘Purchase’ button below.
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|Made in England – with pride
The Onoto Chartwell
is entirely hand-made in England and is based on the shape of one of the most famous fountain pens ever made – the Onoto Magna of 1937 which is still acclaimed by many as the Best fountain pen ever made.
Just like Sir Winston, other famous historical figures used Onoto pens in the last century to communicate great words of wisdom. Click here
for more information on the history of Onoto pens.
"Send me a new Onoto pen.
I have stupidly lost mine."
Winston Churchill, November 1915
No Risk, 30 Day 100% Refund GUARANTEE
You can acquire the Onoto Chartwell - Vermeil without risk, thanks to our 30 day 100% refund guarantee. It is a cornerstone of our business that if for any reason, you wish to return the pen, you may do so within 30 days of receipt for a full refund of the purchase price, without question.
Prefer a Rollerball?
The Onoto Chartwell - Vermeil is available as a Rollerball or Fineliner with at no extra cost. Why not purchase a fountain pen and a rollerball as companion pens?