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Sunday, May 19, 2019

  A.W. Faber Company likely produced this mechanical pencil in Germany circa 1890. The piece is oversize and features an extra thick lead. Six inches in length. The accessory clip was probably supplied by a third party maker.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Two sterling mechanical pencils produced in Birmingham, England. The cylindrical piece is twist activated and made by Francis Webb. Hallmarked 1894. The squarish piece is slider button activated and maker marks are wear obliterated. Hallmarked 1906-1907. The new stock, standard size wooden toothpick is shown for size comparison. The smooth piece is 1 inch long in the closed position and 1 1/2 inches long ready to write. The chased piece is 1 9/16 Inches long closed and 2 1/8 inches long opened. Exceptionally tiny and very well made.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

  Today I'm showing a well made mechanical pencil probably produced in the Far East. I would date the piece to the first half of the 20th Century. It is a heavy, almost solid metal silver finished device. The pencil is 5 5/16 inches long. The high relief engraving is exceptional.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

  As yoots we used to find shells like this in the woods along tall creek embankments. Those fossils were calcified and crumbled in the hand. This one is a little less brittle. Made by Sampson Mordan of England. Material is sterling and it works as a mechanical pencil. Mechanism deploys telescopically. Circa 1880. Closed length without larger ring 2 1/2 inches. Extended 3 3/4 inches.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

  For your listening pleasure, a Conklin All-American Combination (fountain pen and mechanical pencil). This one also includes a feature to remove the pencil part and add a multiple selection colored cap. The system was called Entente. Circa 1930's. The large capped pen/pencil unit is just under six inches in length.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

A nicely turned early pencil. Circa 1880 - 1900. Origin a guess. Materials are likely bone and brass. 2 7/8 inches in length.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

  No commas Ma! A no dent and blemished metal gravity based button activated dropper mechanical pencil. Germany. Circa 1900. Dimensions ringless are 4 inches closed and 5 1/4 inches extended.