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Sunday, April 28, 2019

  As yoots we used to find shells like this in the woods along tall creek embankments. Those fossils were calcified and crumbled in the hand. This one is a little less brittle. Made by Sampson Mordan of England. Material is sterling and it works as a mechanical pencil. Mechanism deploys telescopically. Circa 1880. Closed length without larger ring 2 1/2 inches. Extended 3 3/4 inches.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

  For your listening pleasure, a Conklin All-American Combination (fountain pen and mechanical pencil). This one also includes a feature to remove the pencil part and add a multiple selection colored cap. The system was called Entente. Circa 1930's. The large capped pen/pencil unit is just under six inches in length.