Retro 51’s first collection from the Smithsonian

The first design in the Smithsonian collection is the Corona twist-top rollerball pen. The deeply etched barrel is reminiscent of the ornamental bronze-colored metal lattice that covers the outside of the National Museum of African American History and Culture building in Washington D.C.. Lead designer David Adjaye pays homage to the intricate ironwork crafted by enslaved African Americans in Louisiana, South Carolina, and elsewhere using this design. 

Each rollerball pen is numbered on the top ring. It ships in a commemorative Smithsonian NMAAHC tube. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this pen will support and further the Museum’s educational mission.

Retro 1951 Smithsonian Collection Corona Rollerball

  • Overall Size - 4 15/16 in. x 1/2 in. (125mm x 13mm)
  • Weight - 30 g
  • Composition - Copper plate
  • Appointments - Copper plate
  • Engraving - This pen does not have a space for engraving or the material simply does not allow us to engrave.
  • LIQUID INK REMINDER! - This refill is loaded with state of the art liquid ink. It is designed to wick onto paper. If it comes in contact in anyway with cloth it will drain itself by design. WARNING!


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