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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Three birds of a feather. All are inexpensive, silver finished mechanical pencils made in the United States and England. Circa 1890 - 1915. The top piece was likely sold as production by it's maker, the American Pencil Company. The Cuba and T.J & J. S Ltd. London pieces were likely freebies given away for the tourist trade and advertising.


Sunday, March 22, 2020

   Chilton Pen Company (made in America), produced quality pens and pencils during the 1920's thru the '30's. Showing here are examples of some of their models. All are mechanical pencils. The far left pencil was sold as a Seth Crocker. Next to it is a Sears. Both were sub-brands of Chilton. Both brands were family names within the company. The company was founded in 1923 by Seth Chilton Crocker. Everybody have a grape day.  😀









Saturday, March 14, 2020

Two metal figural mechanical pencils showing today that were made in the shape of screws. Both made in England. The top piece was produced by Sampson Mordan. It features a one stage telescopic section. The lead is tip activated. The lower piece is a promotional pencil marked Newman & Field Ltd. of Birmingham. The N & F pencil was likely made for them as a giveaway to their better customers. Both items were produced in the 1880 - 1890 period. The Mordan length is 2 1/8 inches closed and 3 3/16 inches extended. The B & F length is a static 4 1/8 inches.



Saturday, March 7, 2020

Showing today are a pair of hexagonal sided German mechanical pencils. The top piece is Montblanc, produced in the mid-1920's and made of hard rubber. It features a correct Montblanc accommodation shirt clip. The lower pencil was made by Kaweco during the 1936 - 1945 period. The material on this one is plastic. Both pieces propel by twist action and are repelled manually. The Montblanc measures 5 1/2 inches capped and 5 3/16 inches minus cap. The Kaweco capped measures 4 inches and is 3 5/8 inches capless.



Monday, March 2, 2020

Today I'm showing five double ended mechanical pencils. From the top they are a Sheaffer's, Listo, Kaweco, L&C Hartdmuth and no name German pencil. The no name pencil features enameled ends and a perpetual calendar. The Listo is the shortest in length at 5 3/16 inches. The Kaweco is the longest of the bunch at 6 3/8 inches. Commonly featured lead colors were red, blue and black.



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.



Saturday, January 4, 2020

  Johann Faber was an involved family member of the A.W. Faber writing instrument empire during the second half of the 19th century. He left the family business in 1876 to form his own Johann Faber Company of Nuremberg, Germany.  Today I'd like to show an example of one of the new companies' products. This set of useful items was likely carried during the course of the day. It includes a pencil, dip pen, knife and toothpick. Johann Faber merged with A.W. Faber in 1929. Later, the company name was changed to the familiar Faber-Castell of today. This grouping was likely produced in the 1890's.



I'm showing today a simple sterling axe as mechanical pencil. Exceptionally well made. Produced by Sampson Mordan of London, England. The piece was made in the vicinity of the 1880's. Writing tip is deployed by a button activated slider channel. The pencil is 3 5/8 inches long closed and 4 3/8 inches extended. It's time to go chop some wood.