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Friday, September 22, 2023

A couple weekend mechanical pencils for show and tell. Circa 1920s - 1950s. Left to right they are Pelikan, Oxford, Eversharp, Eversharp, Waterman's, Waterman's, Waterman's, Waterman's, Fyne Poynt, Sheaffer's, Parker, and Eversharp. From a sizing perspective, the case is 8 inches across by 6 inches down.

Friday, September 15, 2023

  Today from me is a small silver figural vase disquising a mechanical pencil. The pencil section deploys by pulling it out of the body. The square end is a functional seal stamp. The second pencil is a much tinier twist-activated silver mechanical pencil. Both pieces are circa of the 1890s vicinity. The vase is unmarked. The stick is fully hallmarked and includes the E.W. makers mark.

Friday, September 1, 2023

  Today I'd like to show a small assortment of mechanical pencils from the 1920s to the 1950s. The far left piece is a Parker liquid lead pencil - not an actual mechanical pencil. All shown are Parkers with the exception of second from the left Esterbrook and top Conklin.

Friday, August 25, 2023

A.G. Day Company of Seymour, Connecticut was an early player in the development of hard rubber. The company found time during this period to produce hard rubber mechanical pencils. This one is clearly marked A. G. Day. The material is mottled hard rubber (a mix of red and black hard rubber). Circa 1868. The piece is 3 1/2 inches long.

Friday, August 18, 2023

2015 Washington D.C. Pen Show finds. Yes, the rifle is a slider-activated pencil.

Sunday, August 13, 2023

Twelve 1920's and 1930's mechanical pencils. Made in America. From left to right: Redipoint Ingersoll, Eversharp, Waterman's, Carter's, Carter's, Conklin, Parker, Sheaffer'S, Sheaffer'S, Conklin, Conklin and Waterman's. For sizing perspective, the dimensions of the box are 6 X 8 inches.

Friday, August 4, 2023

  For today's listening entertainment are two Sampson Mordan figural mechanical pencils. They are distinguished and disguised as sterling silver owls. Neither can fly yet, but both were made in England. Circa 1885. The writing tip deploys by pulling out the ring and magically with great simultaneality - pushing the tip to the right position. Each piece is 1 1/4 inches long closed and 2 1/2 inches extended. 

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Friday, July 21, 2023

  From the stash, I'm showing an enameled (painted), magic mechanical pencil. Pull the ring away and the writing tip appears at the other end (it's magic - and fancy internal gearing). The pencil was likely made in England or the United States. Circa 1880 -1900. The piece is 2 7/8 inches long closed and 5 3/8 inches extended.

Friday, July 14, 2023

  Circa 1920s - 1930s. Mechanical pencils, from left to right:  noname, Waterman's, Wahl Eversharp, Waterman's, Waterman's, Onoto, Aikin Lambert, Wahl Eversharp, Conway Stewart, Eversharp, Wahl Eversharp and Waterman's.  

Friday, July 7, 2023

  The Claret Jug trophy is given every year to the winner of the British Open golf tournament I'm showing today a silver figural mechanical pencil representing that jug. The pencil is unmarked, likely made in England, and possibly produced by Sampson Mordan. Circa 1880. The mechanism deploys by pulling the top - simultaneously pushing the tip out to write.   The piece is 1 5/8 inches closed and 2 3/4 inches extended. Fore! 

Friday, June 23, 2023

  When I got into the wonderful world of collectible writing instruments (mostly mechanical pencils), I learned phrases such as 'This is one of only three known examples' or 'This is the only known example', etc. 😃 Remember 'known' is an important part of these sentence structures. Today I'm showing the only known example of a Tibaldi mechanical pencil. Tibaldi made quality fountain pens in Italy from approximately 1916 into the 1960s. The pencil shown here is made of celluloid trimmed with gold-filled metal. It was made in the 1920s, possibly early 30's.  The piece is 4 7/8 inches long.  


Saturday, June 17, 2023

For the golfer who has everything but a mechanical pencil with clubs on the top. No, it's not for sale. 😀 This pencil is likely made in England, circa late 19th-early 20th century. The material is sterling. The clip is inscribed but not so readable. Fore! 

Friday, June 2, 2023

  Today I'd like to show three highly decorated Italian mechanical pencils. Many of these seemingly endless exterior design patterns were sold with matching fountain pens. Circa 1920. All shown here are approximately 4 1/2 inches in length. 

Saturday, May 27, 2023

  Sampson Mordan produced this sterling figural mechanical pencil representing Nelson's Column statue on Trafalgar Square in London, England. Like the statue, the pencil features a standing Lord Nelson placed directly below the writing tip. The tip deploys by the slider button/channel method. Circa, second half of the 19th century. The piece is 3 5/8 inches long closed and 5 1/4 inches extended.

Saturday, May 13, 2023

   Today is a small group of Moore mechanical pencils, with a fountain pen, from my stash. Circa late 1930s - early 1950s. Lengths range from 4 1 1/4 inches to 5 1/16 inches capped, for the bottom model Fingertip fountain pen.

Friday, May 5, 2023

  Today is a figural mechanical pencil disguised as an ear of corn. It is unmarked, likely made in England or the U.S. Material is silver. Circa 1880 - 1890. The writing tip is deployed by pulling the ring out and simultaneously, by magic, pushing the tip to the writing position. The pencil without the ring assembly is 1 inch long closed and 3 1/16 inches extended.

Sunday, April 23, 2023

  A few mechanical pencils and a pencil holder for Sunday. Circa 1920s - 1930s. Fin-Sharp, VUCU, Parker, Waterman's, Parker, Chilton, noname, Sheaffer's, Conway Stewart, Gold Bond, Wahl-Eversharp, and Sheaffer's. The display box is 6 inches by 8 inches. 

Sunday, April 16, 2023

  Show and Tell today is a made-in-France silver and gold mechanical pencil. Circa 1900. It is vertically embossed with alternating Fleur-de-lis and grapevine patterns. The length is 5 3/4 inches. It makes for a nice desk pencil.

Friday, April 7, 2023

  I'm showing today a small group of mechanical pencils, Circa 1920s thru the early 1950s. From the far left are three Waterman's pencils. To their right are all Sheaffer's.

Saturday, April 1, 2023

  A nice 3 stage telescopic mechanical pencil made in England. It is fully hallmarked TA & Co. (company), sterling silver (material), Birmingham (city of origin), and 1893 (date of production). The piece is further inscribed with info about the retail jeweler/seller Alexander Brothers. The pencil is 2 3/8 inches long closed and 5 9/16 inches extended (ready to write).

Friday, January 13, 2023

 Mabie Todd made these mechanical pencils in America and England. Circa 1915 - 1945. Enjoy,

Saturday, January 7, 2023

  Three silver buccaneer pistol figurals. Circa 1840s. The two larger pieces are mechanical pencils. The smallest of the three is a toothpick. The working ends are deployed by pushing the pistol triggers along underside channels. The toothpick and right-side pencil were produced by Sampson Mordan of England. The left pencil is an unmarked noname.