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Sunday, December 27, 2020

 The Tonnel Jewelry Company of Paris, France created this fleur-de-lis design mechanical pencil. Material is sterling silver. Circa 1880 - 1895. The piece extends and retracts for use and storage. Dimensions are 2 3/4 inches closed, 4 1/4 inches extended and 3/4 inches across.   

Monday, December 21, 2020

 I'm showing today a nicely made black hard rubber mechanical pencil. Possibly made by the Day Company. Circa 1850 - 1860. What I found irresistible is that the pencil was dug out of the ground by a bottle collector. It was found in an 1875-1885 trash pit - while searching for his particular treasure. If this piece were free of cracks, dents, significant scratches, personalization and was in working condition it'd fit right in to my collection. As it is - with a bit of a roughed surface, scratches and frozen mechanism - it's a great personal find. Call it an artifact. 😀

Sunday, December 20, 2020

 Today for your listening pleasure, I'd like to show a pin driven slider mechanical pencil posing as a rifle with agate stock. The barrel is engine turned silver. The piece features no maker markings. It was likely made in England or France. Circa 1880 - 1895.