J Herbin 1670 Collectors’ Edition Fountain Pen Inks
The collection of inks are a celebration of the life of Monsieur J Herbin, a merchant sailor with the Compagnie des Indes Orientales (the French East India Company). He travelled extensively in the east indies in the age of sail, collecting ingredients for his enterprising production of inks and sealing waxes.
There are five colours in this range of inks, all of which have contrasting but complementary gold flecks suspended in them. The different colours are as follows:
- (H150/45) Caroube de Chypres, or ‘Cyprus Carob’, reflects the habit of Monsieur Herbin and his fellow merchants of carrying dried carobs around as a handy and healthy foodstuff on long voyages. Caroube de Chypre is brown with red reflections, and gold highlights.
- (H150/09) Stormy Grey represents lightning over the surface of the sea; the ink is anthracite grey with gold flecks.
- (H150/18) Bleu Ocean recalls the shimmer of golden light on the deep blue sea, and the indigo dye which Herbin bought and sold from the Indian suppliers.
- (H150/26) Rouge Hematite is a rich red ink with gold flecks, that recalls the colour of the wax used in J Herbin’s famous wine-bottle seals – and the seals on the ink bottles themselves.
In each case, the 50ml bottles are sealed – in true Herbin fashion – with a wax seal, in a colour complementary to the ink.