Apollo 11
Apollo 11
Apollo 11
Apollo 11
Apollo 11
Apollo 11
Apollo 11
Apollo 11

Apollo 11

Our Apollo 11 pen pays homage to the greatest human achievement, landing on the moon.  This sterling silver and enamel pen brings together embedded Kapton foil from the Apollo 11 mission Command Module and lunar meteorite.  Material from the first moon landing and moon rock, in the palm of your hand.

Every Apollo 11 pen is crafted in Rhode Island by the finest jewelers.

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Original Apollo 11 Kapton Foil & Lunar Meteorite

Kapton Foil is very thin thermal shield applied as a tape to the outside of the Apollo 11 Command Module.  This reflective tape was designed to keep astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins safe from the extreme heat of re-entry through our atmosphere.  After re-entry, and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean July 24, 1969, Command Module 'Columbia' was washed and scrubbed of all remaining Kapton Foil as part of its initial quarantining.  Once deemed safe, these small, fire-charred pieces of foil were given as gifts to NASA employees as mementos of the moon-landing mission.  The Command Module was the only part of the entire mission to reach the moon and return to Earth; all other pieces of Apollo 11 were jettisoned in space or left on the lunar surface.  Our Kapton Foil comes from the private collection of William 'Bill' Whipkey; a former NASA engineer and head of the machine shop during Apollo 11's creation. 

Embedded in the rear finial of the pen are fragments of Lunar Meteorite NWA-11788, collected and catalogued in 2017, one of only 175 Lunar Meteorites catalogued in the world. A meteorite such as this is some of the only Lunar materials available on Earth not federally protected by NASA.

 

.925 Sterling Silver & Fine Enamels

When designing a pen for such a momentous and consequential moment in time, we knew we had to use the finest materials available.  The entire construction of the pen, inside and out, is .925 sterling silver.  You'll find no platings here, only solid sterling throughout--giving this pen a satisfying weight in your hand.  The onyx black sections are fine enamels over sterling silver, providing a gorgeous depth and reflection, warding off scratches. 

Just below the surface of the enamel is high-relief silver, illustrating the lunar surface map.  This map plots the course that Armstrong and Aldrin took to explore the moon, plant the American flag, and take lunar surface samples.

The engraved olive branch in the grip section is a nod to the gold olive branch left on the lunar surface by the Apollo 11 astronauts, a gesture of goodwill and "a fresh wish for peace for all mankind."

This pen also features our hinged-clip design, allowing slight forward motion of the sterling silver clip when pulled over a thick coat or shirt pocket, that springs back when released.  Though beautiful, our pens are built to be used, and without fear of bending or altering the sterling silver.

 

American Made & Limited to 500 Pens 

500 individual and numbered pens are being produced in this series.   We pride ourselves on quality over quantity, in producing the finest writing instruments possible utilizing the most interesting and unique historical items.  These high standards, especially when requiring American production, keeps our volume low, our quality high, and our clients on a first name basis. 

 

Artifacts

Original Apollo 11 Kapton Foil & Lunar Meteorite

Kapton Foil is very thin thermal shield applied as a tape to the outside of the Apollo 11 Command Module.  This reflective tape was designed to keep astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins safe from the extreme heat of re-entry through our atmosphere.  After re-entry, and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean July 24, 1969, Command Module 'Columbia' was washed and scrubbed of all remaining Kapton Foil as part of its initial quarantining.  Once deemed safe, these small, fire-charred pieces of foil were given as gifts to NASA employees as mementos of the moon-landing mission.  The Command Module was the only part of the entire mission to reach the moon and return to Earth; all other pieces of Apollo 11 were jettisoned in space or left on the lunar surface.  Our Kapton Foil comes from the private collection of William 'Bill' Whipkey; a former NASA engineer and head of the machine shop during Apollo 11's creation. 

Embedded in the rear finial of the pen are fragments of Lunar Meteorite NWA-11788, collected and catalogued in 2017, one of only 175 Lunar Meteorites catalogued in the world. A meteorite such as this is some of the only Lunar materials available on Earth not federally protected by NASA.

 

Construction & Design

.925 Sterling Silver & Fine Enamels

When designing a pen for such a momentous and consequential moment in time, we knew we had to use the finest materials available.  The entire construction of the pen, inside and out, is .925 sterling silver.  You'll find no platings here, only solid sterling throughout--giving this pen a satisfying weight in your hand.  The onyx black sections are fine enamels over sterling silver, providing a gorgeous depth and reflection, warding off scratches. 

Just below the surface of the enamel is high-relief silver, illustrating the lunar surface map.  This map plots the course that Armstrong and Aldrin took to explore the moon, plant the American flag, and take lunar surface samples.

The engraved olive branch in the grip section is a nod to the gold olive branch left on the lunar surface by the Apollo 11 astronauts, a gesture of goodwill and "a fresh wish for peace for all mankind."

This pen also features our hinged-clip design, allowing slight forward motion of the sterling silver clip when pulled over a thick coat or shirt pocket, that springs back when released.  Though beautiful, our pens are built to be used, and without fear of bending or altering the sterling silver.

 

Limited Edition

American Made & Limited to 500 Pens 

500 individual and numbered pens are being produced in this series.   We pride ourselves on quality over quantity, in producing the finest writing instruments possible utilizing the most interesting and unique historical items.  These high standards, especially when requiring American production, keeps our volume low, our quality high, and our clients on a first name basis.