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House Of Mandela

The Madiba Freedom Pen

With this pen, we honour the life and achievements of our father and grandfather, ViscontiPen17Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela. He was not only a freedom fighter, but a passionate proponent of the ideals of self-determination, courage and love for all peoples irrespective of colour, creed, or gender. Born of royal Thembu heritage in the Eastern Cape in 1918, he is fondly called “Madiba”, yet few people know that Madiba is a clan name. When people call you by your clan name, it is a sign of deep respect, to you and those who have come before you. An important lesson in life is to always learn from those who have travelled the road before us. Our father and grandfather has consistently emphasized that he was shaped by the political, cultural traditions and values of his ancestral roots. We as his progeny have learned of courage and moral toughness, the indestructible human spirit and our innate need as human beings to learn, evolve and care for each other. It takes courage, compassion, love and sacrifice to make a lifetime commitment to fight for the freedom of not just your family but also your whole society. As our dear father and grandfather said:

“I never lost hope that this great transformation would occur. Not only because of the great heroes I have already cited, but also because of the courage of the ordinary men and women of my country. I always knew that deep down in every human heart, there is mercy and generosity. No one is born hating one another because of their skin colour or their background and religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn hate, they can be taught to love; for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its
opposite. Even in the grimmest times in prison, when my comrades and I were pushed to our limits, I would see a glimmer of humanity in one of the guards, perhaps just for a second, but goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.”

ViscontiPen16With every thought of compassion and love, we participate in the creation of a unified field of exponentially greater possibility for everyone. It is with great pleasure that we present you with this “Madiba Freedom Pen”. It is our desire that when you use this pen, it will impart a strong spirit of connectedness within all humanity, and that it’s Madiba magical properties will influence you to write about what we can do for each other and begin to free and heal ourselves, create true contentment and well being for all.

About the pen

Both the barrel and the cap of this precious fountain pen with its pentagonal structure in the shape of a beehive is manufactured in multifaceted black resin. The structure is clad in perforated solid 18 carat gold filigree work deliberately reminiscent of a beehive structure to underscore its shape. Three bees mounted on the filigree work on the barrel echo and symbolise the family and the house of Mandela.

The bees are manufactured using the microfusion cire perdue technique. To make them, a hand-made and delicately tooled model is first produced, after which they are cast and then finished and polished by hand. The body of each bee is set with twelve small diamonds, one millimetre in diameter each, to define the lines drawn on the body of the bee. The decoration is completed with small enamel designs on the bee’s body and wings. In addition to the bees, the filigree work on the barrel also hosts seven sapphires, four of which are light blue and three orange, the Mandela family’s symbolic colours.

The threaded part connecting the barrel to the section carrying the 23 carat Palladium Smartouch nib is also in solid 18 carat gold, with 18 baguette-cut sapphires african origin certified alternately in the same light blue and orange colours. Another detail on the barrel is the pen’s bottom plate, in 18 carat gold, with the HOM “House of Mandela” and Visconti logos engraved on it. By unscrewing the bottom plate as far as it will go, one can access the pen’s filling system, a Power Filler whose filling piston has a welded knob bearing the HOM “House of Mandela” logo, with two trees whose roots are intertwined through a bee in the centre.

A clip, also in 18 carat gold and manufactured using the microfusion cire perdue technique, bearing a reproduction of Nelson Mandela’s clenched fist, is fitted to a cap also in the same perforated filigree work. The pen comes complete with a pair of cuff-links also in 18 carat gold. The cufflink clasp bears Nelson Mandela’s clenched fist, matching the fist on the clip.

Objects of this nature, whose manufacture and materials place them squarely in the category of jewels, could not fail to come complete with a prestigious container specially manufactured in wood and clad in ebony leaf. Three of the four drawers in this precious casket are opened by solid gold knobs on which two trees whose roots are intertwined through a bee in the centre have been delicately tooled and reproduced. The front of the fourth drawer, containing the pen, is fitted with an 18 carat gold plate set into the ebony leaf. The frame reproduces the beehive, the dominant theme throughout the pen. The cold-rolled and hand-polished beehive plate is finished in two colours, with the underside in a brushed satin finish and a beehive design in polished relief. The drawer also has two solid gold knobs with a ruby 7 millimetres in diameter set in its centre. The beehive plate is set into the lower part of each of the casket’s four sides.

On top of the case, a rolled plate bearing the image of Nelson Mandela is framed by a beehive design echoing the filigree work of the pen.andela’s clenched fist, matching the fist on the clip.

The Box

Solid dark brown / black African wood personalised on top with a gold plaque coined with the image of Mr. Mandela. The box will have three drawers with the House of Mandela logo engraved on the handles and the base will be enriched with an 18Kt solid yellow gold overlay filigree representation of the beehive and a central ruby.

The Design Team

Creation and design was inspired by Dr Makaziwe Mandela and Tukwini Mandela, and produced by Visconti. This pen serves as a reminder of all that is divine andsacred in us. That freedom is a precious gift to be enjoyed with all of our fellow human beings

The Bee


The Bee is our family’s totem symbol and represents the House of Mandela. It is the literal translation of our father and grandfathers nameRolihlahla; colloquially meaning, “One who is brave enough to challenge the status quo.” The wings represent the many branches of our family tree. In addition to representing courage, it also represents compassion and a concern for others.Through sharing acts of kindness, it invokes numerous relationship circles with family, friends and the broader community. It has a central function in our ecosystem as the pollinator of food crops and without it our world would be changed forever. This pen serves as a reminder of all that is divine and sacred in us. That freedom is a precious gift to be enjoyed with all of our fellow human beings.



1) At the back end of the barrel, unscrew the blind cap.
2) Pull the rod all the way out, stopping when you meet resistance.
3) Submerge the nib into the ink until the front end of the grip section (before the barrel threads) is covered. 4) Depress the plunger downward with one single stroke.
5) Count to five slowly (allowing the pen to fill) and then remove To release ink from the pen, repeat points 1), 2), 4) and 6), taking from the ink. care not to immerse the nib in ink.
6) Screw the blind cap back into the barrel end.
7)Before writing, carefully:
a) block the feed (underside of the nib) dry with the soft cotton
cloth or tissue to remove excess ink and then

b) blot the equivalent of seven drops of inks from the nib by
wiping the nib surface against a cotton cloth or tissue with seven
strokes. This is very important to insure proper ink flow and
eliminate overflow immediately after filling.

8)To release ink from the pen, repeat points 1), 2), 4) and 6), taking
care not to immerse the nib in ink.

9)For optimal performance, use Visconti inks (or any other washable
fountain pen ink).You should lubricate the rod periodically (every 6 months or so) with a clear silicone spray or liquid as needed.

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