Since its official dedication on 28 October 1886, the Statue of Liberty has embodied a dream: the dream of independence, peace and a new beginning in the land of opportunity. Montblanc honours this symbol of freedom with an edition of highly exclusive writing instruments limited to 50 pieces around the world, representing the 50 states for which the Statue of Liberty became a unity icon: The United States of America.
At the New World’s Gate
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” In 1883, New York poet Emma Lazarus dedicated these lines to a monument that was currently under construction on the other side of the Atlantic: the Statue of Liberty, which was dedicated in its place in front of the Southern tip of Manhattan only three years later. In her moving lines, Emma Lazarus already foresaw the symbolic meaning that the statue would have for the millions of immigrants that arrived in America hoping for a new and better life.
The new Colossus
When French sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi received the order of crafting a statue as an expression of the close connection between France and the U.S. for the 100th anniversary of the American Declaration of Independence, he found inspiration in two antetypes from antiquity: The Roman goddess Libertas and the “Colossus of Rhodes”, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. In years of work, Bartholdi created a statue made of more than 300 wafer-thin copper plates. “Liberty Enlightening the World”, as it was officially named, measured impressive 46 metres and outshone every other man-made structure of its time. Engineer Gustave Eiffel constructed a filigree internal iron framework for Bartholdi’s statue to which every copper plate could be screwed separately. He also installed a spiral staircase, turning Bartholdi’s masterpiece into the first accessible statue in the world. This unique construction is stylized on the cap of the Limited Edition Statue of Liberty, dedicated to what is likely the most famous statue of the world.
The 8th World Wonder
In 1885, the more than 300 copper plates were shipped from Paris to New York in 241 wooden crates and then re-assembled on their pedestal around Eiffel’s ingenious iron skeleton. On 28 October 1886, ten years after the originally intended date, New York eventually celebrated the official dedication of the statue. “Lady Liberty”, as it was dubbed by the people, was praised as a breathtaking bridging between architecture and engineering andcelebrated as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. Montblanc honours this symbol of freedom with an edition of highly exclusive writing instruments limited to 50 pieces around the world, representing the 50 states for which the Statue of Liberty became a unity icon: The United States of America.
An icon of freedom and independence
Every writing instrument of this edition holds the date “July 4, 1776” in raised Roman numerals. The tablet held by the Statue of Liberty reads the same date in which the U.S. was born: the day of the Declaration of Independence. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated precisely 110 years to the day after this historic date. By the beginning of the last century, more than 20 million immigrants from all over the world had followed the statue’s call, setting foot on American soil for the first time in the New York harbour, about to start a new life. They all became part of the “melting pot of cultures” that was, along with the Declaration of Independence from 1776, one of the basicpillars of the American identity. Even 125 years after “Lady Liberty” first cast her look across the Hudson River towards the horizon, her radiant power is unbroken. Around the world, she is deemed a messenger for freedom and independence, an iconic embodiment of the “American Dream”.
The Statue of Liberty Limited Edition
With a total height of 93 metres, the Statue of Liberty was the world’s largest statue for nearly seven decades. Frédéric Bartholdi wanted his statue to send a message not only with its sheer size but also by the details he thought out – details that characterize the extraordinary design of this Limited Edition. The clip with its bordered citrine is reminiscent of the torch of the Statue of Liberty that also adorns the rhodium-plated 18 K gold nib as a fine engraving. The cap top made of 750 white gold is a stylized version of the seven- pointed crown of “Lady Liberty”, which its creator Bartholdi intended to symbolize the sun, the seven seas and the seven continents – for the message of the Statue of Liberty should be sent around the entire world.