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This is registered pen number H-AMC2789, from the famous Mercer Oak, a witness tree to the Battle of Princeton.


This pen was made from the famous 300 year old Mercer Oak, that stood on the front lines of the battle of Princeton as they ebbed and flowed past it and actually participated in the Battle of Princeton by supporting the mortally wounded, family physician and friend of Washington - Brigadier General Dr. Hugh Mercer for whom it is named. Nature gives each of these a unique design which I have the pleasure to reveal. Because of the source I can only make so many, so they will remain inherently rare. This tree finely succumbed to its age and weight in the year 2000. This tree saw the loss of many brave men - - but the birth of a new nation.
This will be a piece history in your hand for you to share with friends and family.


This site, as most sites, is in need of support. The Princeton Battlefield Society is currently in a battle with a powerful group that wishes to build housing on a major portion of the battlefield. So I make and sell these pens and donate some of the pens back to The Princeton Battlefield Society for their own use in fund raising. Check out http://www.saveprincetonbattlefield.org/index.htm for more information.

In the last month of 1776 the brave words of the Declaration of Independence resembled more a hopeless idle dream than that of the document of inspiration as we have come to know it. Supplies, morale, and the American troops them selves had withered away from the fight in the intervening months. Support for General Washington was paper thin and torn with the defeats and retreats of the summer and fall. Most on both sides of the conflict felt that the American Revolution had been lost. And the British command was actively repatriating the colonists in New Jersey and New York and waiting for the flame of revolution to flicker out - mostly on it’s own. Then on Christmas night Washington with a relatively small portion of his “army” crossed the Delaware river and marched on Trenton and there defeated the professional Hessian forces garrisoned there. A week later again at Trenton Washington held off a larger force of British regulars and stealthfuly withdrew to Princeton for the third and bloodiest battle of these ten crucial days in the American Revolution. These three different battles truly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and rekindled support for a cause almost snuffed out in it‘s infancy. The Battle of Princeton is, incidentally, the first land battle in which the US Marines fought.


Students, teachers, and enthusiasts of American, English, and French history. Descendants of men serving in this battle, especially DAR and SAR members. Members of the military especially US Marines, as this is purported to be the first land battle for them. Anyone who appreciates the unique, or just simple beauty.

To help you find pens from specific historic sites I have put together these links.

Summerseat - - Home of two signers of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution and the “Financier of the Revolution” - and Washington’s Headquarters, December 1776.

Christ Church Burial Ground -- Final resting place of 5 signers of the Declaration of Independence, including Benjamin Franklin.

George Clymer -- One of only 6 men who signed both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.

Battle of Trenton (1st) - - The amazing first battle of the Ten Crucial Days that turned the revolutionary war back from certain defeat.

Battle of Princeton -- The third battle of the Ten Crucial Days that turned the revolutionary war back from certain defeat. The first recorded land battle of the US Marines.

Mercer Oak -- The famous 300 year old witness tree of the Battle of Princeton.

Thomas Paine -- Known as the “Father of the Revolution” for his writings leading to and during the American Revolution.

Valley Forge -- George Washington’s famous winter encampment where his troops became an Armey, capable of standing against the best Europe had to offer.

William Penn -- Founded the first colony to guarantee the right to a fair trial and freedom of religion - Pennsylvania. Founder and Planer of Philadelphia.


The wood is from the famous Mercer Oak and has distinctive oak graining with some burl like areas. It has some small patches that reflect light in an unusual way and a darker knot on one side. This pen comes with a rubber comfort grip. It is a twist action Ball Point pen that uses a Cross refill available at any stationary in broad, medium and fine points and three colors, and can even be converted in to a mechanical pencil. The metal finish is a sealed 24kt gold.


Each pen comes suspended in a box suitable for gift giving (gold with a clear top) and a parchment paper pamphlet giving a history of the Battle of Princeton and Washington’s friend General Hugh Mercer.


These pens are meant to be used, but they are also meant to be collectable and passed on to succeeding generations or among friends. Therefore each is given a unique, recorded collectors number. Along with the number I keep 4 high resolution photos for future authentication identification if needed. These pictures are also sent along with the pen on the accompanying authentication and continuing provenance card. The continuing provenance card is there for each successive owner to sign and give this pen a family history of its own over the years. So if you are giving this pen as a gift you should sign the first slot to start its history trail.

Sites I now have available are:

Princeton Battlefield
Battle of Trenton (1st)
Valley Forge
Christ Church Burial Ground
The Benjamin Rush Oak
George Clymer
Thomas Paine
William Pen

I will continue to add more.
The second Battle of Trenton
Washington’s Crossing
Richard Stockton - Morven
Monmouth Battlefield
The Benjamin Franklin Holly
And others

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Mercer Oak Pen from the Historic Battle of Princeton


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: the mercer oak, wood, 24kt gold finish, cross type refill, turned, Educational material, Historic wood
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
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