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Saturday, February 22, 2020

I'm showing today a tray of wood grained mechanical pencils. All were likely made in England The pencil materials are mostly hard rubber. A few are made of the plastic material of the day. All were produced during the mid 1920's through the late 1940's The lead mechanisms are twist activated excepting for fourth position from the right. That pencil is top button activated. For sizing comparisons the display box is eight inches across by six inches in height Position second from the right features two like material containers for extra leads.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Saturday, February 15, 2020

  I'm showing today two sterling mechanical pencils produced in the form of bugle musical instruments. Both circa 1880. Both deploy the writing tip by turning the mouthpiece clockwise and then after use counterclockwise. The pencil pictured on top was produced in Birmingham, England. The maker name is washed out. The lower piece was made in London, England by the firm of Swaine & Adeney. Each is approximately 3 3/4 inches long closed and 4 1/2 inches long extended.



Saturday, February 8, 2020

Today I'd like to show a sterling mechanical pencil in the shape of a clam. Nicely made. Circa 1880. Likely made in America or England. Dimensions are 1 1/8 inches long by 1 inch across by 1/2 inch deep. Extended the piece is 2 1/4 inches long. Bon appetit!



Saturday, February 1, 2020



Showing today are two Victorian mechanical pencils with built in whistles. The gold piece is marked Sampson Mordan. Silver piece is unmarked and likely Mordan. Both were produced in the last quarter of the 19th century. Length measurements without the stirrup and ring for the gold piece are 2 1/4 inches closed and 3 1/4 inches extended. The silver unit is 2 1/2 inches closed and 4 inches extended.



Sunday, January 26, 2020

  This metal Sheaffer's sign showed up at the recent Philly pen show. It quickly grabbed a serious mechanical pencil collector. Very likely, it was displayed for many years in a stationary shop. 'The 'Waspalumin Carrier (innards of the pencil)' phrase likely dates the piece to the 1920's. Approximate dimensions are 8 inches in length by 3 1/2 inches in width. It had a hard life.  😀











  Montblanc of Germany has created many mechanical pencils during the history of the company. Showing here is their smallest model produced to date. The pencil was designated and marked the 001 model. Dimensions are 2 3/8 inches in length and 1/8 inch in diameter.The barrel is rounded in shape and made of hard rubber. Circa late 1920's - early 1930's.