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Thomas Jefferson's Pen and Ink.

n the year 1809, Jefferson retired from the "hated occupations of politics" and returned to "the bosom of my family, my farm, and my books."

Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson's retirement years were busy and productive. After his morning routine, he settled into a lengthy period of letter-writing. "From sunrise to one or two o'clock," he noted, "I am drudging at the writing table." Jefferson wrote almost 20,000 letters in his lifetime, among them, scholarly musings to colleagues, affectionate notes to his family, and civil responses to admirers. He wrote John Adams that he suffered "under the persecution of letters," calculating that he received 1,267 letters in the year 1820, "many of them requiring answers of elaborate research, and all to be answered with due attention and consideration."

In the early 1820's, he purchased a sterling silver pen which he described as "one of the best I ever saw." The pen was manufactured by William Cowen, a watchmaker in Richmond, Virginia. Inherited by his daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, the pen was given to her son-in-law Nicholas P. Trist. It descended throughout the Trist-Burke family and has survived in the Monticello collection.

Pen
The Jefferson Sterling Silver Pen
This historic writing instrument is an accurate reproduction of that pen. Solid Sterling Silver .925 bar stock is machined to create the silver housing, pen cap, and threaded ink reservoir cap. Hand polishing gives the pen its characteristic lustre. The elliptical head displays the initials "TJ" in the same cypher style inscribed on many Jefferson artifacts. A gold plated medium nib is exposed by removing the threaded cap. (Diameter ~ .69", Length ~ 4.75") The Sterling Silver Pen, authorized by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello.



The Jefferson Sterling Silver Pen.
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Ink Well
The Sterling Silver Ink Well
The Sterling Silver Ink Well for his letter-writing which he called "pen and ink work."



The Sterling Silver Ink Well.
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Bank
The Thomas Jefferson Coin Bank
The Thomas Jefferson Coin Bank, cast in brass, 5-inches high.



The Thomas Jefferson Coin Bank.
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