To quote from Kenneth Bull's fabulous Victorian pencil book 'The KB Collection Of Pencils', 'Hamilton and Co was one of the best known British silversmithing companies in India during the 19th century'. Shown here is a figural pencil by the company represented as a sterling storage barrel. Activation is by a 5 stage (including the nozzle), pull out telescopic mechanism. The piece is 1 3/8 inches long in the closed position and 3 7/8 inches in the fully extended position. Circa 1885'ish.