Three A.T. Cross stationary implements. From left to right a letter-scale suspension mechanical pencil, a Peerless letter scale, and a simple stick mechanical pencil. All circa 1917 and thereabouts.
Saturday, October 9, 2021
A three-piece Victorian pencil haul from the recent Washington pen show. Top to bottom is an owl topped carpenters pencil, slider activated Mordan figural pipe, and twist activated figural acorn. All circa 1880 - 1895. For measurement perspective, the owl is 4 1/4 inches long in the extended position.
Friday, October 1, 2021
Monday, May 10, 2021
Pictured is a stockbroker pencil featuring an engine-turned sterling silver body with black and red bakelite ends. The piece is marked 935 or 93.5% silver. 925 or 92.5% silver is the accepted world standard for sterling. The English (England) established the standard many years ago. The pencil is 6 1/4 inches long and approximately 1/2 inch in diameter. Circa 1920's thru the 1930's. The high silver purity (935) suggests the country of origin to be Austria or Germany, but not England.
Saturday, April 3, 2021
Coronation mechanical pencils are not my bag man. 🙂 These two impressed me as being exceptionally stylish and well made. They found a happy home in my museum. Both are dated 1937 and honor the coronation of George VI and his wife Elizabeth. The pencils are made of sterling silver. The bottom pencil features a blue guilloche enameled body. The top piece is fully hallmarked Sampson Mordan. The lower piece has no maker markings. The enameled pencil is further marked 1937 - 1939 to represent the 2nd anniversary of the celebration.
Monday, March 8, 2021
In the 1930's Parker Pen Company produced convertible fountain pens and mechanical pencils. Here I'm showing a short jade vest pocket pencil that converts to a long-stemmed desk pencil. A second example pictured of this combination is a senior size Parker Streamline pencil in a black and pearl pattern. The last picture better shows the sizing of the various pieces (pencils 6th and 7th from the top). For sizing descreptivity (yes, my word) the box dimensions arrive at 6 by 8 inches. The converted desk pencils would be fitting into a base and holder - likely with the associated fountain pen.
Saturday, February 27, 2021
I'm showing today an Edward Todd Company figural mechanical pencil which speaks as a torpedo. Made in the United States. Circa 1885- 1900. Body material is silver - excepting the gold tip. The tip pulls away from the body revealing an attached one-stage telescopic section pencil. The compacted carry length is approximately 2 1/4 inches.