Here I'm showing a figural sterling pencil represented as a child's top by Walter Thornhill & Company of England. Circa 1873. 6 stages of length not counting the nozzle! The piece extends by pulling the nozzle (working end), away from the body. To me, the number of stages that fit into the body of the pencil is simply amazing. And, it all works smoothly and precisely. Without the ring the measurements are 1 3/8 inches long collapsed and 3 1/4 inches fully extended. Due to the top heavy nature of the piece it is unsuitable as a working top toy or is that toy top? Dizzy yet? :>)
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Fully hallmarked British, sterling combo pencil, knife and file. Probably by Asprey. Pencil extends as it is pulled out of the case and compresses when pushed back into place. Slick. Very high quality. Case is 2 5/16 inches long. Pencil extends to an almost practical 3 5/16 inches in length. Circa 1915.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Saturday, August 13, 2016
I think these tiny Victorian slider pencils were produced mainly in England. The collar on this one is used to slide the attached working end in and out along the grove in the device. These pencils were made in many different styles. Typically they all measure about 1 13/16 inches long compressed and 2 3/8 inches extended (to the writing position). Diameter measurement is also very similar in all styles of this length.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Here showing are three demonstrator mechanical pencils, circa 1940-1955. Top piece is a Parker utility pencil with cutouts top and bottom to view the operation of the mechanism. The middle and bottom pieces (Sheaffer Snorkel and Parker 51) demonstrate mechanical operation by a view through their clear barrels. Pencils of this design were never sold in their day. They were shown by sales staffs to educate retailers and or their customers as to the internal workings of the devices. Modern demonstrators (clear barrels), produced since the last part of the 20th century are designed and sold as a style enhancement gobbled up by customers.
Sunday, August 7, 2016
This one is a gold Sampson Mordan three stage telescopic pencil. Circa 1915 - 1920. Extended sections are pulled out from the pencil body with a continuous pull of the collar (opposite the ring). Procedure is reversed for storage. This pencil also features a perpetual calendar, customizable by a movable day of the week ring. Piece is 2 1/2 inches long when not in use and 5 1/2 inches long when used.