This STIPULA pen, designed by master artist Paolo Cerrini in high-relief engraved sterling silver, depicts frenzied horses crossing the finish line. The winning horse has a head of gold and is wreathed in laurel leaves. THE Medium 18k two-toned GOLD NIB IS rhodium-plated. this pen is a prototype that was purchased directly from stipula's U.S. distributor upon his retirement from the pen business. THIS EXAMPLE IS THE MATTE STERLING VERSION. THE PRODUCTION MODEL HAD A SHINIER FINISH, THEREBY FURTHER ENHANCING THE COLLECTIBILITY OF THIS PARTICULAR "LAURUS" PEN. BECAUSE OF THIS FACT, IT'S MUCH RARER THAN THE PRODUCTION RUN OF 398 PIECES. SINCE IT IS AN UNNUMBERED PROTOTYPE, THERE IS NO ORIGINAL PACKAGING, BUT THIS PISTON FILLING PEN WILL COME IN A STIPULA BOX. HERE'S your chance to own a stunning, rare example of fine art in a writing instrument.