Victorian Pencils

The collection of "Victorian" pencils includes both British and American makers, and currently spans the period from 1816 through to approximately 1910 (or slightly beyond Victoria's reign at either end, but close enough to not be too picky). Additional information on Victorian era pencils can be found under the "Other Info" link above.

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Addison

Silver Addison pencil. Stamped with a figural pattern with scrolled words "Forget Me Not". Wear consistent with being well used but not abused. The "Forget" is very rubbed and almost worn away but the "Me Not" is very clear. The mechanism is fully working. Addison was a training ground for John Mabie and other pencil case makers in the mid-1800's.

"Addison"

Addison

Gold Addison pencil. Stamped "Addison" on the barrel and is also engraved with the owner’s name. Minimal wear; clear glass capstone in finial.

"Addison"

Addison

Silver Addison "calendar" pencil. Unfortunately the days of the week ring is missing. The calendar ring also says "Addison & Co". It has wear consistent with being well used but not abused. Acquired as part of a trade with another collector. This pencil is also documented in David Moak's "Mabie in America" e-book. 

"Addison"

W.S. Hicks? - BHR

Gold magic pencil. There is very little wear from usage.  BHR barrel is engraved "AG Days Pat Aug 10 58" (this is very faint but can be seen under the loupe). A second cartouche and has "Pat March 21, '71" engraved on it which is a W.S. Hicks patent date.                                 Oddly, the pencil has AG Day imprinted but not Hicks, the actual maker.  4.75" when extended.

"AG Days Pat Aug 10 58".

"Pat March 21 '71"

Aikin Lambert

Silver Aikin Lambert magic pencil. No dents or dings. Excellent condition overall. It is engraved with the initials "H.F.M." and has "Sterling A.L. Co." on the inside barrel. 4.5" extended and 2.5" closed.

 

"Sterling A.L. Co."

Aikin Lambert

Mother of Pearl Aikin Lambert magic pencil. Does not open & close properly but displays well. The name Aikin Lambert & Co. is clearly visible on the upper barrel and there is hardly any wear to the gold at all. There is a spot for engraving but it is clear. 4.5" extended and 2.5" closed.

"Aikin Lambert & Co"

Aikin Lambert

Mother of Pearl Aikin Lambert magic pencil.  is 3.5" Near mint condition; no damage; opens & closes ok; no wear to gold. 3.5" extended and 1.75" closed.

"Aikin Lambert & Co"

Cocks & Bettridge

Silver “pre-mechanical” pencil; otherwise known as “porte-crayon”. Made by Cocks & Bettridge and is hallmarked for Birmingham, 1816. Waffle seal on end. It pre-dates the invention of the mechanical pencil in 1822 and is currently the oldest pencil in my collection.

Hallmarked for Cocks & Bettridge, Birmingham, 1816

Edward Todd

Silver E. Todd magic pencil in in excellent condition. Extends and retracts smoothly. The small stamped imprint after the "sterling" imprint indicates Edward Todd. 2.5" closed and 5" extended.

"Sterling" E. Todd stamp.

Edward Todd

Silver Edward Todd spiral magic pencil. When you remove it from the sheath, there is an internal tube that applies resistance and "automatically" causes the pencil to extend to its full length of four full extensions. In excellent working condition. Barrel is engraved "Pat Aug. 9th, 92" which is a Todd patent date. It is also marked "sterling". Obtained through a trade with another collector. This actual pencil is also documented in David Moak's "Mabie in America" e-book.

"Sterling"

"Pat Aug. 9th, 92"

F. Cox - BHR

BHR Frederick Cox pencil. No makers mark on this pencil, however it does have two patent stamps. Near mint condition; no rubbing gold. 3.25" closed and 4.25" open. Upper barrel is stamped "Goodyears Pat May 6 51" (1851); lower barrel is stamped "Pat June 27 1865". Another collector, Jonathan Veley, has an online blog and has also written several books on collecting, including one on US pencil patents. One of Jonathan's blog entries pertains to the June 27, 1865 date; it belonged to a patent filed by Frederick W. Cox - patent # 48,374. Cox passed away in 1866 and there is no indication that his pencils were made subsequent to his death. Not many of these pencils known to exist.

"Goodyears Pat May 6 51" (1851) "Pat June 27 1865"

G. Riddle

Early Gabriel Riddle pencil. Riddle was a partner of S. Mordan. Pencil is in excellent condition, no damage; imprint is crisp and clear; onion dome top; there are four inner chambers to hold spare lead.                                         In December, 1836, Mordan and Riddle dissolved their partnership and in March, 1837, Riddle posted notice in “The Register of Engravings” that his pencil cases would be stamped “Patent G. Riddle Maker London”. This dates this pencil as one of his early ones, when he first started his own business. Later ones were stamped “Patent G. Riddle London”.  

                                                  

"Patent G. Riddle Maker London"

G. Riddle

Sterling Gabriel Riddle pencil. In excellent condition, no damage; imprint is crisp and clear; hobnail seal top; there are four inner chambers to hold spare lead. This example is stamped “Patent G. Riddle London” and would date to the 1840's. 

"Patent G. Riddle London"

H.G. & S.

Sterling chatelaine type pencil. Expands to just over 3". It is marked HG & S Ltd. (I believe this would have been Henry Griffith & Sons, Birmingham). Barrel is in excellent condition and mechanism opens & closes ok.

 

"H.G. & S."

H.W. Bedford

Sterling chatelaine pencil that has a double extension. It is stamped "HW Bedford 1" on the inner most barrel. In excellent working condition. No hallmarks. HW Bedford was a London retailer so this pencil would have been made for them by one of the London pencil makers. This is the only “Bedford” pencil I've come across.

"HW Bedford 1" 

J. Butler

Early Joshua Butler pencil (Butler retired in 1839). Excellent condition, no damage; imprint is crisp and clear; orange glass seal. I don't have much info on Joshua Butler as yet but the pencils I have of his design are of very high quality. 

"J. Butler Maker London"

J. Butler

Early Joshua Butler pencil (Butler retired in 1839). Excellent condition, no damage; imprint is good and clear; perfect opal white seal. Inner barrel has 7 divisions for spare leads. Fully working but no lead. I'm not sure if this one dates earlier or later than the other Butler.

"J. Butler & Co Makers London"

J. Hague

 

John Hague's Patent pencil. A tad rough, with a couple of dings andnon-functioning lead advance mechanism but its rarity makes up for these minor flaws. Hague was one of the earliest americans to patent an everpointed pencil. Stamped J. Hague's Patent along with the patent date of Aug. 16, 1839 (the actual patent is # 1,291). The Hague patent uses an extra barrel to slide the mechanism in and out rather than a ring as on most early Victorian pencils. Strangely, the same day that I bought this pencil I was able to acquire a Hague/Maycock Hard Times Token from 1837 which is also very rare (see next entry) from a separate seller and haven't seen another Hague pencil or token since. More info on Hague can also be found on Jonathan Veley blog website (see "Other" section).

"J. Hague's Patent"

"Pat. Aug. 16, 1839"

J. Hague

John Hague and Sam Maycock were successful pencilcase makers in the 1830's.  At that time, some American manufacturers would have tokens made up that could be used by their customers. During the "Panic of 1837" these tokens were also used interchangeably with real currency. I was able to acquire this token and a very rare Hague pencil on the same day from different sellers. The coin is engraved "S. Maycock & Co. Everpointed Pencilcase Manufacturers" "35 City Hall Place N.Y." "Sam Maycock John Hague" and has the year 1837 and the american eagle on the reverse. 

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L.W. Fairchild

BHR Fairchild magic pencil. Mint condition. BHR barrel is engraved "Pat. March 21, '71". Inside barrel is engraved "L.W. Fairchild & Co." 3.25" when extended.

The patent date on the barrel actually belongs to W.S. Hicks, so it is rather odd that Fairchild would put a Hicks patent date on his pencils.        

"L.W. Fairchild & Co."

"March 21, '71"

L.W. Fairchild

Niello silver Fairchild magic pencil. Engraved vines & flowers on barrel. In perfect working condition; no dents, no damage works ok. Inside barrel is engraved "Pat. March 21, '71" and  "Fairchild". Extends to 5". Another curiousity, with the Hicks patent date on a barrel stamped Fairchild.

"Fairchild"

"Pat. March 21, '71"

Lownds Patent

Silver Lownds Patent style of pencil;  not marked with maker's name. No dents or dings. Some slight discolouration on inner barrel but it doesn’t affect the operation at all. Jacob Lownd held one of the earliest American mechanical pencil patents (patent #32, Sept., 1836). His design had the nozzle of the pencil propelling out of the casing by pulling on the end of the barrel, giving it a quarter turn, and then pushing the end back in.  Engraved casing. The finial cap is plain bare metal. 3.5" when closed and 4.75" when extended. 

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Lund Patentee

Helical Lund Patentee pencil. Dates to mid-1800's. Patent for this mechanism was purchased around 1850 by a man named William Lund from William Riddle (not sure if there is a relationship with Gabriel Riddle). Stamped on the barrel "Lund Patentee London". There is also an "S" after the London and I'm not sure what it signifies. In mint condition; no cracks or chips, the gold is perfect. Lead is advance by turning the gold ring on the barrel. As the ring moves along helical groove in the body the lead is extended. Screw off terminal. 

"Lund Patentee London"

Lund Patentee

Helical Lund Patentee pencil. Dates to mid-1800's. Stamped on the barrel "Lund Patentee London". Excellent condition; tiny hairline age cracks about 1/8" long at the tip. Silver collar. 

 

"Lund Patentee London"

Lund Patentee

Helical Lund Patentee pencil. Dates to mid-1800's. Stamped on the barrel "Lund Patentee London". Excellent condition. Almost identical to another that I have except this one is slightly shorter, slightly smaller in diameter, and uses a finer lead. 

 

"Lund Patentee London"

Lund?

Helical Lund style pencil. Wooden barrel with no maker's mark. No damage. The mechanism works perfectly.

 

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Mabie Todd

Gold Mabie Todd magic pencil. Purchased at auction from Bloomsbury Auctions in the UK. 3" when extended. It appears to be rose gold from the colour. It is marked Mabie Todd & Co and "14K" on the inner barrel, plus owner's initials. Excellent working condition.

"Mabie Todd & Co"

"14K"

Mabie Todd

Gold Mabie Todd magic pencil. It has the Mabie Todd logo on the cap as well as “14K”. No damage.

 

Mabie Todd logo

"14K"

Mabie Todd

Silver Mabie Todd magic pencil. NOTE : Although the pictures do not show this, the pencil itself is inside the sterling sheath and can be removed. The sheath is stamped with the "M" over the "T" and "co" (mabie todd mark). The inner pencil has no markings. No damage to pencil and is in working order. 

Mabie Todd logo

Mabie Todd

MOP Mabie Todd magic pencil. Near mint condition. It is stamped "Mabie, Todd & Co." on one side of the inner barrel and "Pearl Pat. MCH 8 81" on the other side. The March 8, 1881 patent date on the barrel refers to patent #238,735, Lewis P. Warth of New York applied for this patent on January 13, 1881 for a method of attaching pearl slabs to pencil cases. (Info from Jonathan Veley’s blog - 2017).

"Mabie Todd & Co."

"Pearl Pat MCH 8 81"

Mabie Todd

Gold Mabie Todd magic pencil. Purchased at auction from Bloomsbury Auctions in the UK. Extends to 3". Ornate barrel design. The pencil is opened by first extending the inner barrel and then twisting it to extend the tip, unusual for MT magic pencils). Marked Mabie Todd & Co. In full working condition.

"Mabie Todd & Co."

Perry Patent

MOP Perry magic pencil. Unfortunately the inner casing solder joint has let go on this one. It displays fine in the open position and would close if pushed but the inner barrel is no longer connected and as such it would be difficult to re-open. Pencil is otherwise in mint condition. No dents or dings; no plate loss; no chips to mop. Very large for a magic pencil, extending to 5.5". "Perry & Co Patent” is engraved on the nozzle. Purchased at auction  from Key Auction house.

"Perry & Co. Patent"

S. Mordan & Co.

Silver 3 colour telescoping pencil from S. Mordan. Mechanics are excellent. No damage. Extends to 5.25".

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

S. Mordan & Co.

Silver 3 colour pencil from Sampson Mordan. The barrel is stamped "S. Mordan & Co. Sterling Silver". Mechanics are excellent; all glass inserts on slider are there. Plain barrel.

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

"Sterling Silver"

S. Mordan & Co.

Silver 3 colour pencil from Sampson Mordan (enamel sliders in black, red, blue). The barrel is stamped "S. Mordan & Co. ". Engraved "From Major B. to W.C. 1895". Working condition; black one difficult to fully extend. Some enamel damage. Two small barrel dings.

"S. Mordan & Co."

S. Mordan & Co.

Silver 3 colour telescoping pencil with twist mechanism from S. Mordan. The mechanics are excellent. One small chip on the black enamel. Lead nozzles advance by twisting respective colour.  Stamped "S. Mordan & Co".

"S. Mordan & Co."

S. Mordan & Co.

Silver pencil holder S. Mordan & Co. Hallmarked London, 1899. In excellent condition. One side has "SM & Co", along with the hallmarks (a lion, a shield, and a "d", while the other side says "S. MORDAN & CO". Inside of  pencil, when extended, has threads which holds the pencil in place. 

"S. Mordan & Co."

London, 1899 hallmarks

S. Mordan & Co.

Silver pencil holder, Mordan. In excellent condition. Line and dot pattern. No pencil.

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

S. Mordan & Co.

Silver pencil holder, Mordan. In excellent condition. Plain barrel. Fully hallmarked London, 1901, along with S. Mordan & Co. stamps. 

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

London, 1901 hallmarks

S. Mordan & Co.

Silver pencil holder, Mordan. Hallmarked but unreadable.. In very good condition. The one side has "SM & Co", along with the hallmarks, while the other side says "S. MORDAN & CO". Inside of the pencil when extended, has threads which holds the pencil in place. 

"S. Mordan & Co."

unreadable hallmarks

S. Mordan & Co.

Silver pencil holder, Mordan. Hallmarked London, 1902. In great condition. The one side has "SM & Co", along with the hallmarks (a lion, a shield, and a "g", while the other side says "S. MORDAN & CO". Inside of the pencil when extended, has threads which holds the pencil in place. 

"S. Mordan & Co."

London, 1902 hallmarks

S. Mordan & Co.

Silver Mordan Centennial pencil. Fully hallmarked but too worn to determine the exact year. Also stamped "Centennial" and "S Mordan & Co Pat Appd For". In excellent, full working, condition.

 

“S. Mordan & Co Pat. App. For” “Centennial"

"SM & Co" plus unreadable hallmarks

Mordan Riddle

Early Mordan & Riddle pencil. Fully and clearly hallmarked for London, 1825 (SM GR). In excellent condition and mechanically perfect. Onion style finial. Barleycorn pattern on the barrel. Excellent example of an early Mordan & Riddle. It is a heavier and bigger piece than most. 

 

"S. Mordan & Co's. Patent"

London, 1825 hallmarks

Mordan Riddle

Early Mordan & Riddle pencil. Fully and clearly hallmarked for London, 1826. Has the earliest of stamps on it "S. Mordan & Co's. Patent". In excellent condition and mechanically perfect. Bloodstone cornelian capstone with "fly" image and "Vite" engraved in the capstone.

"S. Mordan & Co's Patent"

London, 1826 hallmarks

Mordan Riddle

Early Mordan & Riddle. Markings are quite rubbed but the date character "m" is easily recognizable in the hallmark under magnification which dates this one to 1827. It is also stamped S Mordan & Co's Patent but this is extremely worn and difficult to make out even under a loupe. Very good working condition. Hobnail (waffle) cap; no dents or dings. 

"S. Mordan & Co's Patent"

London, 1827 hallmarks

Mordan Riddle

Early Mordan & Riddle pencil. Fully hallmarked for London, 1828 (SM GR). In excellent condition except tip of pencil is missing and needs to be replaced. Waffle style finial. Reed pattern on the barrel.

 

"S. Mordan & Co's Patent"

London, 1828 hallmarks

Mordan Riddle

Early Mordan & Riddle pencil. Fully and clearly hallmarked for London, 1830 (SM GR). Has the earliest of stamps on it "S. Mordan & Co's. Patent". Excellent condition and mechanically sound. Waffle cap. Has spare lead in the barrel.

"S. Mordan & Co's Patent"

London, 1830 hallmarks

Mordan Riddle

Early Mordan & Riddle pencil. Fully and clearly hallmarked for London, 1830 (SM GR). Has the earliest of stamps on it "S. Mordan & Co's. Patent". In excellent condition although it is missing the tip of the pencil. Waffle cap. Finial does not unscrew.

"S. Mordan & Co's Patent"

London, 1830 hallmarks

Mordan Riddle

Early Mordan & Riddle pencil. Fully and clearly hallmarked for London, 1830 (SM GR). Has the earliest of stamps on it "S. Mordan & Co's. Patent". In excellent condition. Crown/onion cap. Finial does not unscrew. Minor ding near cap.

"S. Mordan & Co's Patent"

London, 1830 hallmarks

Mordan Riddle 

Early Mordan & Riddle pencil. Fully and clearly hallmarked for London, 1831 (SM GR). In excellent condition and mechanically perfect. Yellow glass gapstone (no chips or damage). Engraved with owner's name on cartouche that originally would have had "S Mordan & Co's Patent" (the "S" is still visible under a loupe at the beginning).  

London, 1831 hallmarks

Mordan Makers & Patentees

Early Mordan & Riddle pencil. Markings are quite rubbed but the top of a "u" is recognizable in the hallmark under magnification which dates this one to 1835. Its is also stamped S Mordan Makers & Patentees. Very good working condition. Beautiful 6-sided capstone; no chips. Only a few minor taps on the barrel.

London, 1835 hallmarks

Mordan Makers & Patentees

Mordan slider pencil. The "S. Mordan & Co Makers & Patentees" on the barrel dates this pencil to between 1830 and 1845. Purchased at auction from Bloomsbury Auctions in England. Working condition with an amethyst stone in the cap that is in perfect condition. Line & dot pattern on barrel. Finial unscrews to reveal 3 internal tubes for lead storage.

"S. Mordan Makers & Patentees"

Mordan Makers & Patentees

Mordan slider pencil in excellent condition. The makers imprint is crisp and clear. The "S. Mordan & Co Makers & Patentees" on the reed style barrel dates this pencil to between 1830 and 1845. In good working condition. Uncut amethyst in cap is in perfect condition. Purchased from Bloomsbury at auction. 

"S. Mordan Makers & Patentees"

Mordan Makers & Patentees

Mordan slider pencil. "Mordan & Co Makers & Patentees" on the barrel. It is in excellent condition with the Mordan stamp still very clear. The top has an amethyst insert that has the initials of a previous owner engraved in it. The crown does not appear to be removable. No dents or dings. Interesting barrel design. Also a different slider design in that a small silver tab is used rather than a full ring around the barrel. 

"S. Mordan Makers & Patentees"

Mordan Makers & Patentees

Mordan slider pencil in near mint condition. No dents or dings and the makers imprint is crisp and clear. "S. Mordan & Co Makers & Patentees" on the barrel. Reed pattern on the barrel, along with a citrine glass seal. 3.5" closed and 4.5" open. 

"S. Mordan Makers & Patentees"

Mordan Makers & Patentees

Mordan slider pencil in very good condition. No dents or dings and the makers imprint is crisp and clear. "S. Mordan & Co Makers & Patentees" on the barrel. Line & dot pattern on the barrel. No dents or dings. Citrine glass inset in top is chipped. Nozzle tip is a bit rough but lead extends & retracts ok. It is just over 3.5" closed and 4.5" open. 

"S. Mordan Makers & Patentees"

Mordan Makers & Patentees

Mordan slider pencil. "S. Mordan & Co Makers & Patentees" on the barrel. Excellent condition. Onion dome style finial that is four sided and very crown-like. Crown unscrews to reveal 6 inner tubes for spare lead. No dents or dings.

"S. Mordan Makers & Patentees"

Mordan Makers & Patentees

Gold Mordan slider pencil in excellent condition. No dents or dings and the makers imprint is crisp and clear. Slight wear to the pattern on the lower half of the pencil barrel in the area that the slider mechanism rubs against. White cornelian seal has been engraved with the image of a hunting dog. 3.25" closed and 4" open. 

"S. Mordan Makers & Patentees"

Mordan Makers & Patentees

Gold Mordan slider pencil in excellent condition. No dents or dings and the makers imprint is crisp and clear. "S. Mordan & Co Makers & Patentees" on the barrel. White cornelian seal has been engraved with the image of a scottish thistle and royal rose. 3.25" closed and 4" open. 

"S. Mordan Makers & Patentees"

Mordan Makers & Patentees

Mordan slider pencil in very good condition. A few dings on the barrel. "S. Mordan & Co Makers & Patentees" on the barrel. Purchased at auction from Bloomsbury. Reeded barrel that is closed at the end and does not have a finial/cap. In full working condition. 4" when extended.

"S. Mordan Makers & Patentees"

Mordan Makers & Patentees

Mordan slider pencil in near mint condition. "S. Mordan & Co Makers & Patentees" on the barrel. Barley corn pattern on the barrel that is closed at the end and does not have a finial/cap (rare design for these older ones). In full working condition. 4" when extended.

"S. Mordan Makers & Patentees"

Mordan Makers & Patentees

Mordan slider pencil. "S. Mordan & Co Makers & Patentees" on the barrel. Purchased at auction from Gorringes Auction House in England. Barley corn pattern on the barrel, with onion style finial. In excellent condition.

 

"S. Mordan Makers & Patentees"

Mordan Makers & Patentees

Mordan slider pencil. "S. Mordan & Co Makers & Patentees" on the barrel. Barleycorn pattern; no chips out of the unused orange seal stone; only one very minor push on the side of the barrel near the cap. Finial does not remove. Very good condition overall.

"S. Mordan Makers & Patentees"

Mordan Makers & Patentees

Mordan slider pencil in near mint condition. No dents or dings and the makers imprint is crisp and clear. "S. Mordan & Co Makers & Patentees" on the barrel. Line & dot pattern, with a waffle seal. 3.5" closed and 4.25" open.

"S. Mordan Makers & Patentees"

Mordan Makers & Patentees

Mordan slider pencil in very good condition. A few small dings on the barrel. The makers imprint is crisp and clear. "S. Mordan & Co Makers & Patentees" on the barrel. 3 inner tubes for spare lead.
Purchased at auction from Bloomsbury. Barleycorn pattern, with a waffle seal. 3.5" closed and 4.25" open. 

"S. Mordan Makers & Patentees"

Mordan Makers & Patentees

Mordan slider pencil. Imprint is very rubbed but enough of "..Makers & Patentees is visible to identify it as a Mordan. The capstone has two initials in it. A few tiny bruises along the barrel but no real dents or dings and generally in very good condition other than the name being worn.

"S. Mordan Makers & Patentees"

Mordan Patent

Mordan combo pen/pencil in very good condition. I included this combo with the pencils due to its uniqueness and the rarer Mordan imprint. The visible imprint is “Mordan & Co Patent”. This was the first imprint used by Mordan between 1823 & 1824, making this a very early combo. It is complete. The pencil appears to be in working order. The pen has the rare Bramah clip to hold the nib in place.

"S. Mordan& Co Patent"

Mordan Patentees

Mordan slider pencil in excellent condition. One minor ding and the makers imprint is crisp and clear. The "S. Mordan & Co Patentees" on the barrel is rare and likely dates this pencil to one of the earliest Mordan's, between 1830 and 1845 (the published imprint for the early ones was "S. Mordan & Co's. Patent"). Bloodstone inset in finial. Finial can be removed for lead storage.

"S. Mordan & Co. Patentees"

Mordan's

Mordan slider pencil with a very interesting stamp that I was unaware of until now. The pencil is stamped "S. Mordan's". I have not been able to find information on when that stamp was used. It is in excellent condition apart from a small hole that has been punched through the cap (approx. pinhead in sized). In working condition. The capstone is clear glass. Plain barrel.  

"S. Mordan's"

Mordan Makers

Mordan slider pencil. The "S. Mordan & Co. Makers" signature was used only during 1845-1852. Near mint condition and the mechanism is fully funtional. Reeded barrel. Owner's initials are on the slider ("MLD"). Very nice chalcedony seal; uncut and no damage.

"S. Mordan & Co. Makers"

Mordan Makers

 Mordan slider pencil. The "S. Mordan & Co. Makers" signature was used from 1845-1852. Purchased at auction from Bloomsbury. Mechanically it is fine . Some wear to the barleycorn design from the slider. Nice clear yellow (citrine) glass "stone" in finial. Finial unscrews to reveal 3 inner tubes for spare lead.

"S. Mordan & Co. Makers"

Mordan Makers

Gold Mordan slider pencil. Nice bloodstone in cap (no chips/cracks). Mechanically it is fine and excellent overall condition.

 

"S. Mordan & Co. Makers"

Mordan Makers

Gold Mordan with citrine capstone in perfect working order. Capstone can be removed to reveal 4 inner tubes for spare lead.

 

"S. Mordan & Co. Makers"

Mordan Makers

Gold/Silver Mordan pencil. It has been well loved & used. There is wear to the gold plating on all the high spots. Mechanically it is fine and only a couple of very small (smaller than a pinhead) dings on the backside of the pencil. Purple amethyst stone in cap.

"S. Mordan & Co. Makers"

Mordan Makers

Mordan slider. Excellent condition. Mechanism works fine. Barrel is engraved "S. Mordan & Co. Makers".

 

"S. Mordan & Co. Makers"

Mordan Makers

Mordan slider pencil. Mechanism works fine. Beautiful barrel design and finish work on the slider and cap. The cap removes to show 3 cylinders for storing spare leads (with some spare lead in it).  The cap is shield shaped and has a cut amethyst with a single initial carved in it. No dings or dents. Pencil extends to 4.5".

"S. Mordan & Co. Makers"

Mordan Makers

Mordan slider pencil. It has the appearance or never having been used; incredible condition for a 150 year old pencil. Nice engine turned line & dot and barleycorn alternating pattern on barrel. Mechanism is working. Pink transparent quartz "shield" shaped inset in cap.

"S. Mordan & Co. Makers"

Mordan Makers

Mordan slider pencil. Mechanism works fine. Only minimal wear. Opal stone in cap. The cap removes to show 3 cylinders for storing spare leads.  Pencil extends to 4.5".

 

"S. Mordan & Co. Makers"

Mordan Makers

Mordan slider pencil. Mechanism works fine. Light wear for pencil of this age. Yellow stone in cap. Hallmarked but can't be fully read. The cap removes to show 7 cylinders for storing spare leads (none present). Extends to 4.75". 

"S. Mordan & Co. Makers"

Mordan

Gold gravity pencil Mordan (9CT). Has gold markings on the barrel along with a hallmark but the hallmark is too rubbed to read properly. The letter appears to be an “s” which would make it 1913. Stamped "Mordan & Co." on the cap and "S M & Co" on the barrel. Mechanism is working to propel lead and the gravity mechanism is also in perfect condition. Purchased at auction from Bloomsbury at auction.

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Gold gravity pencil Mordan (9CT). The cap release button is stamped ".375" on top and is engraved "Mordan Everpoint 1843" on the side. The barrel casing itself is stamped S.M. & Co, the Mordan "arrow", and 2 hallmark stamps that are too worn to be readable. Engraved "Mira Fanshawe, Sidmount, Moffat". The extension piece is also marked "<9>" and ".375". Some very tiny dings along the barrel but nothing serious. 

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Silver Mordan gravity pencil. Mechanism works fine. Hallmarks on casing are worn and difficult to read but "S M & Co." is legible on the barrel as well as "S. Mordan & Co." and the word “Patent” below the hallmarks. The barrel hallmarks cannot be deciphered. Very good overall condition.

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Silver Mordan gravity pencil. Mechanism works fine. Hallmarks are worn and difficult to read but "S M & Co." is clearly legible on the barrel and "S. Mordan & Co." along with two hallmarks is on the cap. The barrel hallmarks look like it could be London, c.1910. Very good overall condition.

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Silver Mordan gravity pencil. Good working order. S Mordan & Co on cap & SM & Co on barrel. Hallmarks are too worn to be decipherable.

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Mordan double slider pencil. Two pencil barrels & one side has a 3" ruler imprinted on the barrel. No damage on this pencil. Mechanisms work fine. Barrel is stamped "S. Mordan & Co..

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Mordan slider pencil. No damage. Mechanism works fine. Barrel is engraved "S. Mordan & Co.: plus an "arrow".

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Mordan slider pencil. Small crack to barrel on backside. Stamped S. Mordan & Co. Mechanics are working fine. Honeycomb pattern.

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Mordan slider pencil. Barrel tiny inset silver stars (3 are missing). Just 2.25" when extended; 1.75" when retracted. Pencil tip is slightly damaged but mechanism is working fine.

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Mordan slider pencil. Barrel is square. No damage. Mechanism works fine. Barrel is stamped "S. Mordan & Co.: plus an "anchor". Stamp is very crisp.

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Mordan tablet pencil in excellent condition.

 

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Mordan twist pencil. Good condition. Barrel crack extending along one side. 3" long when closed and 4" extended.

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Gold Mordan magic pencil. Very good condition. Hallmarked 9CT gold, London, 1904. Minor dings on the outer barrel. Mechanism is in working condition. Double extension which is somewhat rarer than the single. Marked S. Mordan & Co on the inner most barrel, along with the 9CT markings. 1.75" closed and 4.25" when opened. Outside barrel hallmarked  "S.M. & Co." plus 9Ct and.375 markings and a small "I" indicating 1904.

"S. Mordan & Co."

9CT

Hallmarked London, 1904

Mordan

Mordan magic pencil. No dents or dings and the mechanism is still in working condition. Double extension which is somewhat rarer than the single. Marked S. Mordan & Co on the inner most barrel, along with the words "Sterling Silver". 2.25" closed and 5.25" when opened. Outside barrel engraved “E.L.G. 26-11-1915". 

"S. Mordan & Co."

"Sterling Silver"

Mordan

Mordan magic pencil. No dents or dings and the mechanism is still in working condition. Double extension. Marked S. Mordan & Co on the inner most barrel.

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Mordan magic pencil. No dents or dings and the mechanism is still in working condition. Double extension. Reeded barrel. Marked S. Mordan & Co on the inner most barrel.

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Mordan magic pencil. In excellent condition. Spiral barrel. Double extension. Marked S. Mordan & Co on the inner most barrel.

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Mordan magic pencil. Excellent condition; single extension. Engraved with "To Sgt. Winslow From Lt. C.S. Bailey 1st January, 1919". Gift re: WWI? No dents, dings, etc. Lower barrel is imprinted "S. Mordan & Co. Sterling Silver".

"S. Mordan & Co."

"Sterling Silver"

Mordan

Gold Mordan magic pencil. Mechanism extends properly. It is marked S. Mordan & Co., along with the Mordan "arrow". Extends to 3.75".  Reeded barrel.

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan gold "arrow"

Mordan

Gold Mordan magic pencil. Mechanism extends properly. Marked S. Mordan & Co., along with the Mordan "arrow". Extends to 3". No damage.

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

Moran gold "arrow"

Mordan

Gold Mordan magic pencil; ball finial, reeded barrel. Mechanism extends properly. Marked S. Mordan & Co., along with the Mordan "arrow". Extends to 3.75". Excellent condition; no dents or dings .

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan gold "arrow"

Mordan

Gold Mordan telescoping magic pencil. No dents or dings. Marked S Mordan & Co. It is "telescopic" and unlike other magic pencils the inner barrel of this one is already partially exposed and as you pull both ends apart the pencil component also extends to a fully open length of 5". 

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Gold Mordan magic pencil in excellent condition. No dents or dings and the mechanism is still in working condition. Plain barrel. The pencil extends from the inner most barrel by first extending it. It is marked S. Mordan & Co on the inner barrel, with the # 2 below it. 1.5" closed and 3" long opened. 

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Mordan sterling magic pencil. Mechanism extends properly. Marked S. Mordan & Co. Extends to 3.75". Nice design on barrel of a bird & flowers.

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Mordan magic pencil in excellent condition. No dents or dings and the mechanism is still in working condition. Plain barrel. The pencil extends from the inner most barrel by first extending it. Marked S. Mordan & Co on the outer barrel. 1.5" closed and 3" long when opened.  

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Mordan magic pencil. Mechanism extends properly. Marked S. Mordan & Co. It extends to 3.75". Excellent condition; no dents or dings; engine-turned design.

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Mordan "Populist" pencil. Slightly different than the other two I have as this one is marked S. Mordan & Co Sterling Silver Patent” which may make it an earlier version?

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Mordan "Populist" pencil. Excellent condition; in working order.

 

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

 

Mordan

Mordan "Populist" pencil. Excellent condition; in working order. This one has a bit of red lead still in the barrel.

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

 

Mordan

Mordan Sheath pencil. Both pieces are hallmarked. Pencil length is 3" not inc. the ring. No dents, dings or any other damage to the pencil. The wooden pencil needs to be replaced. Lined design on case.  Numbers and a date (225 8/17) have been scratched by hand into the casing above the hallmarks. Very faint and barely discernible.

"S. Mordan & Co."

London, 1920 hallmarks

Mordan

Mordan twist pencil in excellent condition. No dents or dings and the mechanism is in working condition. Pencil extends from the inner most barrel by twisting it gently. Single extension. Rare Mordan pencils. Normally extension is automatic as inner barrel extended ("magic" pencil style). Marked S. Mordan & Co on the inner barrel, along with the # 2. It is 1.25" closed and 3" long opened.

"S. Mordan & Co."

# "2"

Mordan

Gold Mordan slider. Rare design. The barrel extends and the lead tip is extended by twisting the knob at the end (unlike most which are "magic" style of pencils). Barley, line and dot patterned barrel with the design lozenge for October 8, 1856. 

"S. Mordan & Co."

Design lozenge for Oct. 8, 1856

Mordan

Gold Mordan telescoping pencil. "S. Mordan & Co." engraved on the barrel. Cap has a white opal or moonstone that is uncut and no damage to the pencil anywhere. Excellent condition.

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Mordan slider pencil in excellent condition. Missing small capstone. The makers imprint is crisp and clear. Engraved barrel. Mechanism is fully working.

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Mordan slider. Ornate scrolled barrel and finial. Citrine coloured capstone engraved with initials. No damage of any kind.

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Mordan slider pencil in mint condition. The makers imprint is crisp and clear. It has a plain barrel and cap. Fully hallmarked for London, 1882, along with S. Mordan & Co. Blank bloodstone inset in the end.  Mechanism is fully working.

"S. Mordan & Co."

London, 1882 hallmarks

Mordan

Porcupine quill bodied Mordan pencil. Quills are all in excellent condition with only the tiniest of cracks extending about 1cm up from the bottom and only showing up under magnification. Slider works fine; mechanism working perfectly. Stamped "S. Mordan & Co." and "VS" on the nozzle.

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Mordan slider pencil in excellent condition. The makers imprint is crisp and clear. It has a reeded barrel. Mechanism is fully working. 

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Mordan slider pencil in excellent condition. The makers imprint is crisp and clear. It has a reeded barrel; basic end cap. Mechanism is fully working. 

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

Mordan

Small Mordan tablet pencil is in excellent condition. S Mordan & Co. on barrel. This pencil was likely used with an aide memoire, or high end dance card.

"S. Mordan & Co."

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & co. magic pencil in sterling silver. There are a couple of very tiny dings to the body. Cartouche is engraved with the initials MLT. No markings on it to suggest when manufactured. 2" closed; 3.75" open.

"Tiffany & Co."

WM London

Silver slider pencil - "WM London" on barrel. There were several 19th century silversmiths using the initials WM in London in the mid-1800's so not sure of exact maker name. No damage. No other hallmarks. Uncut white opal capstone.

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Gold Hicks magic pencil. 2" long in the case and automatically expands to 3 3/8" when removed from the casing. Minor plate loss; "W.S. Hicks New York" is imprinted on the ball at the top of the casing. Working order. 

"W.S. Hicks New York"

W.S. Hicks

Gold Hicks magic pencil. 2" long in the case and automatically expands to 3 3/8" when removed from the casing. Ornate casing. Minor plate loss; "W.S. Hicks New York" is engraved on the ball at the top of the casing. Working order. 

"W.S. Hicks New York"

Wilmot & Co.

Slider pencil - Wilmot & Co. Engraved with “Forget Me Not” and includes maker name Wilmot & Co. Likely late 1880’s-1890’s (Birmingham).

 

"Wilmot & Co."

Woodwards & Hale

Woodwards & Hale silver calendar pencil. Pins on the slider sleeve need to be replaced which is easy to have done. Glass seal is missing. The rest is in near perfect condition and the perpetual calendar and imprint are both excellent.

"Woodwards & Hale"

Woodwards & Hale

Woodwards & Hale silver slider pencil. Maker's mark is just below the intricate onion shape cap, "Woodwards & Hale". The little bit of info that i found on W& H is that "Woodwards & Hale" was listed as a Brooklyn pencil case manufacturer in an 1834 New York business directory.

"Woodwards & Hale"

Unknown Maker

BHR Magic pencil. Chevron pattern on the black hard rubber (BHR) surface.  Faint "63" engraved in the BHR near the top (1863?).


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Gold plated magic pencil. Minor plate loss. No makers mark. Mechanically sound; extends, retracts, fine. Nice chevron pattern on barrel. Blank cartouche.

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Green malachite with inset mother of pearl and silver. Shows minor signs of plate wear. No makers mark but the inner barrel says Pat. App’d. For. Tip is missing but otherwise seems functional and in excellent condition.

"Pat. App'd. For"

Unknown Maker

Green guilloche enamel on nice engine-turned design magic pencil. The ring has Sterling and Germany imprinted on it. Perfect condition. This is a much newer pencil than most of the collection (maybe 1920's/1930's) but it was too beautifully done to not want to add it to the collection.

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Gold plate magic pencil. 2.25" closed and 4" when opened. Opens and closes ok (sometimes needs a gentle pull at both ends) and advances lead fine. Relief image is a harvest scene; sheaf of wheat overlayed with a rake, scythe, shovel, jug, and hat.

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W.S. Hicks

Abalone & MOP magic pencil. It has the W.S. Hicks patent date stamped on the bottom rim "Pat. March 21, 71". Excellent condition. While the patent date belongs to Hicks, I have also seen both Fairchild and A.G.Days pencils that also had this imprint. This one does not include the actual maker's name. 2.75" closed and 4.75" open. 

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Unknown Maker

Gold & MOP magic pencil in excellent condition. Pencil opens from 1.75" to a full 3.25" when opened.

 

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Silver magic pencil. Marked "sterling" but no maker's name. Repousee scroll design. Expands to 4.5". In excellent condition except for the fact that the base weld has let go so you have to hold the tip of the pencil to extend/retract the pencil. Mechanically sound otherwise.

"Sterling"

Unknown Maker

Silver magic pencil. No dents, dings, or any other damage. "Sterling" stamped on inner barrel but no maker's mark anywhere. Repousee scroll work on the body.1.75" closed and 3.25" open. 

 

"Sterling"

Unknown Maker

Magic pencil. Purchased from an antique dealer in Montivideo, Uruguay. Nicely engraved pencil with images of two birds, trees, and a rising sun.  Minor plate loss but otherwise in excellent condition; opens and closes smoothly. Some very faint tiny letters on barrel near base that are likely the maker’s mark, which looks like “_ _ o u a n t”?

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Silver magic pencil. No dents, dings, or any other damage.  "Sterling" is on the lower casing but no maker's mark anywhere. Opens easily but a little stiff closing. Hand engraved barrel design. 2.5" closed and 4.5" open. 

"Sterling"

Unknown Maker

Triple slider porcupine quill pencil. The quills are all in excellent condition. The sliders work fine, although one of the three is a little stiff. It is not marked but is of similar quality to the Mordan single quill pencil I have. A very rare piece. 

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Silver slider pencil. No maker's mark. Nice fluted barrel and decorative slider and barrel ends. Bloodstone capstone. Extension style of slider is somewhat unique.

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Silver slider calendar pencil. Barrel is engraved "Forget Me Not" and it has a perpetual calendar; unfortunately the day ring is missing. Mechanism appears to be working but there is lead jammed in the barrel. Capstone (clear multi-facetted glass).  No makers markings.

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Silver slider pencil in very good shape with no dents, dings, but slight ding to very tip. It has a yellow glass (citrine) capstone in the cap. Alternating barleycorn and dot pattern. 

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Parker & Acott

Gold slider pencil. When the pencil is fully extended the words "Registered April 17, 1851" appear on the barrel. Parker & Acott of Birmingham registered their "Magnum Bonum" pencil design on that date. I have seen one other Magnum Bonum (with finial attached) and it looked identical so I am assuming  that this is one of their pencils. 4.25" extended and 2.75" retracted. Finial is missing. The end of the inner barrel is removeable and reveals several inner tubes in which spare lead was stored. 

"Registered April 17, 1851"

Unknown Maker

Gold slider pencil. Excellent working condition. Bloodstone in cap is undamaged. 3 inner barrels for lead storage. Quality and design plus inner barrel feature suggests perhaps an unmarked Mordan. 

 

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Unknown Maker

Gold plated slider pencil. Nice pencil but would have been a mass market item. Has a yellow citrine stone in the cap that is not chipped or cracked. No dents or dings; great condition overall.3.5" closed and 4.25" open.

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Gold slider pencil. A couple of tiny dings along slot in shaft; otherwise in great shape with no damage to the stone, etc. Stone is beautifully cut yellow (Citrine). Length is 4.5" fully extended. Engraved with owner’s name.

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Gold pencil. No dents or damage. Extends to 4".  Transparent yellow  capstone (Citrine); no chips. Purchased at auction from Bloomsbury.

 

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Gold slider pencil. Clever design. The end of the pen has a figural hand that is "holding" the pencil barrel. Excellent condition; no dents or other damage. Purchased at auction from Gorringes Auctions in England.

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Gold slider pencil. No dents or damage at all. Extends to 4". Transparent orange capstone; no chips.

 

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Unknown Maker

Gold slider pencil; shield shaped cap with bloodstone that is in perfect condition. Cartouche is blank. Four inner barrels - another unmarked. Quality suggest it is an unmarked Mordan? Beautiful designs on 6-sided barrel. Perfect working condition. 

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Unknown Maker

Gold slider pencil. No markings. The inner barrel actually extends a little to provide additional length and this part is finished the same as the outer barrel. Only a couple of tiny pin pricks and no significant damage. 

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Gold slider pencil. No dents or damage at all. Just 2.5" when fully extended. Ornate slider; finial has pinkish tone quartz "stone" inset. Mechanism is working. Purchased at auction from Bloomsbury.

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Silver slider pencil with ornate slider mechanism. The cap stone is amethyst. Engraved on one side “F. Edmonds”. Of Mordan quality but no maker's mark.

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Silver slider pencil in great shape with no dents, dings, or any other damage. White uncut moonstone in the cap and is beautifully engraved. There are no makers markings but of Mordan quality.

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Silver slider pencil. No maker's mark; in working condition. Nickel silver of some sort. Very nice embossed or stamped appearance on the barrel. Onion shaped finial.

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Silver slider pencil. No maker's mark. Ornate slider mechanism. The cap stone is amethyst.

 

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Silver slider pencil. No maker's mark. In working mechanical condition; slight wear to silver along slider. Beautifully hand engraved. Owner's name W.G. Morton engraved in cartouche. Perfect condition bloodstone carnelian in a shield shape.

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Silver slider pencil. No maker's mark. In excellent cosmetic & working mechanical condition. Hand engraved. Perfect condition translucent white carnelian in a shield shape which has been engraved with owner's initials. Top unscrews and inner barrel consists of 8 tubes to hold spare leads.

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Slider pencil. Although the casing is cracked, it is difficult to see and displays well. The mechanism is fully functional. No makers mark but a high quality piece. Orange capstone in ornate silver finial.

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BHR twist pencil. There is no makers mark on this pencil. It is in near mint condition. No wear to gold surfaces so it is unknown if it is plate or solid. It is 3" long closed and 3.75" long open.

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Gold plated twist pencil. No markings. Minimal wear and it is also fine mechanically. The pencil is a tiny 1.5" closed and extends to almost 3" when opened.

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Silver twist pencil. Very tiny chatelaine style. It is interesting as the way it works is that you must first extend the inner barrel and then twist the  base in order for the pencil nozzle to extend. It is in excellent condition. It extends to 2.75" from 1.25" when closed. Marked "Sterling" but no makers mark. The mechanism is identical to a Mabie Todd gold pencil that I have that is the same size as well.

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Wise & Nash

Beautiful gold Wise & Nash pencil. Thomas Wise was a partner of Joshua Butler starting in 1835. In 1836 Butler retired and Wise went into partnership with Eliezer Nash. They continued to manufacture “Butler & Co” everpointed pencils but at some point must have produced them under their own brand as well. Their partnership ended in 1849. It is in excellent condition, no damage; imprint is crisp and clear; onyx seal.

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Mordan

This pencil is in condition but is missing nozzle/tip. No dents or dings and the mechanism is in working condition. Pencil extends automatically as the extension is opened. It is marked S. Mordan & Co on the inner most barrel, along with “Sterling Silver”. It is 1.25" closed and just over 3" long when opened. Nice, hand engraved barrel.

"S. Mordan & Co"

"Sterling Silver"

Extra Strong

Interesting and rare silver pencil from around 1830-1840. It is stamped “Extra Strong London” but no other markings and I’ve been unable to find the original maker or any other info. The John Loring pages have one listed as well but that is the only other “Extra Strong” I have ever come across. It is in excellent working order. Reeded barrel, with a couple of tiny dings. Nice yellow citrine capstone; uncut. 3 5/8" closed, and 4 1/2" extended.

"Extra Strong London"

Barritt & Co.

Silver pencil from around 1847. Barritt & Co. were located at 173 Fleet Street in London and advertised themselves as a Bible and Prayer Book Wholesale Company. Why a bible sales company would be producing pencils is anyone’s guess at this point but the same address appears in their pencil ad (see pic 4). The registration # on the barrel is 1086 , given to Barritt & Co in 1847 for their design improvements to the existing mechanical lead pencil. It is in excellent working order. Reeded barrel, with a couple of tiny dings and the amethyst captone is broken, with about 1/3 of it missing. The slider is actually at the very top of the barrel which allows for a much longer length of lead to be inserted into the pencil mechanism. This is quite unique and is the reason for the design #1086 being created. Normally the slider is in the middle of the barrel when closed and bottom of the barrel when extended. This is more limiting in terms of the length of lead that can be used, however it does allow for spare lead to be stored in the upper barrel whereas the upper barrel cannot be used for lead storage in this one. In fact, the finial is fixed in place and cannot be removed.

"Barritt & Co. London Reg'd. June 2, 1847 1086"

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Kurtz & Monaghan

BHR pencil made by Kurtz & Monaghan of New York ca. 1870. In addition to the K&M name stamped on the barrel, it is also stamped "Goodyears Pat May 6 51". Mechanism to extend pencil tip is stiff but all in working condition. Purchased from US seller as part of a lot of 4 BHR pencils. 2 7/8" closed, and 3 3/4" extended.

"Kurtz & Monaghan N.Y. " "Goodyears Pat May 6 51"

Unknown Maker

BHR slider pencil with a decorative finial rather than the more common “cap”; fairly rare. It is very faintly stamped "Goodyears Patent, along with the May 6, 1851 date in a ring around the barrel near the top but it is almost impossible to see any of it without a loupe. Very minor plate loss; excellent overall condition; nice original bloodstone capstone. Purchased as part of a lot of 4 BHR pencils from a US eBayer.

"Goodyears Pat May 6 51"

John Holland

Very interesting John Holland pencil representing his May 23, 1882 patent #258,298. Chased chevron barrel pattern. Minor plate loss, and a couple of little dings to the metal parts. Overall excellent condition. To extend the pencil you simply hold the barrel and pull on the cap; the inner sleeve then pulls upwards and the pencil tip is revealed. The pencil tip itself is a very simple mechanism that locks onto the lead and if you twist the tip it releases the lead to allow fresh lead to be revealed (it does not have the automatic feed type mechanism). Purchased from US seller as part of a lot of 4 BHR pencils. 3.75" closed; 4.5" when extended.

“John Holland”

“May 23, 1882”

L.W. Fairchild

Nice, near mint condition little magic pencil. The outer barrel is imprinted “L.W.F. & Co.”. Fully extended this pencil measures 3.5". Part of a lot of 7 pencils purchased from a UK dealer.

 

"LWF & Co"

 

John Knapp

Very interesting John Knapp pencil representing his February 6, 1872 patent #123,485. Chased checkerboard and chevron barrel pattern. Overall excellent condition. Bone or ivory barrel; gold plating on trim and inner barrel.

"Pat Feb. 6 '72"

Drew & Sons

A tablet style pencil; a full 6" in length. After a bit of digging I was able to determine that John Drew founded the company in 1844, with his sons Samuel and Ernest eventually taking over. The company was known as a supplier of high-end gentleman's accessories, including items such as cigar cases, picnic baskets, flasks, luggage, and ... pen sets. The company remained in business until the mid-1930's and was located at Piccadilly Circus from 1887 to 1914. These types of high-end retailers often had specialist firms (such as S. Mordan) manufacture the items which were then branded with their own company name (as many retailers still do today).

"Drew & Sons Piccadilly Circus W"

WM

This one is a tad confusing. It is marked “WM” on the outer barrel (stamped, not engraved) and it is generally a high quality silver pencil, but… the tip is stamped Perry & Co. Patent. So it may be a Perry, or it may be a “WM”. The tip extends by twisting the end after extending the inner barrel.

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A.H. Woodward

Gravity pencil by Alfred Havilah Woodward (Birmingham) from approx. 1884. In perfect condition; no dents or dings; fully working. Woodward filed patents for this pencil in both the U.K. and the U.S. - patent #’s 5224 & 296,302, respectively. I have an ad from the Illustrated London News (1888) showing this exact design.

"Woodward's Patent"

AHW & IXL on tip

A.H. Woodward

Small tablet or dance card type pencil by Alfred Havilah Woodward (Birmingham) from approx. 1890. In perfect condition; no dents or dings; fully working.

 

A.H.W.

I.X.L.

Mordan

Early Mordan tablet in very good condition. The clear part of the imprint is “Mordan & Co Patent” and there seems to be a very faint “S” next to Mordan. If so, “S. Mordan & Co Patent” is not listed anywhere, although “Mordan & Co Patent” was from 1823/1824., and was the first imprints used by Mordan which would make this a very early Mordan. The barrel is beautifully engraved and the capstone is a nice red ruby colour.

"Mordan & Co Patent"

Unknown

Cheaply made but it has an intact stanhope image containing 6 piccs of Saltburn By The Sea. Pencil tip reverses when not in use.

 

 

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London Improv'd

A rare pencil from approximately 1830. I have only seen one other one and that was listed on the late John Loring’s collection website. The barrel is marked “London Improv’d” ; no maker's mark or hallmarks. The approx. date is due to it having a waffle seal (most common in the earliest pencils) and the quality certainly rivals that of Mordan. The nozzle of the pencil is a near perfect match to the nozzles on the two J. Butler pencils I have;. Butler started  in business in the 1820’s and perhaps this is an early Butler in response to the Mordan Riddle? His early ones were known to have the hobnail/waffle seal. 3.5" closed; 4.5" extended

"London Improv'd"

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