SUPERB ANTIQUE NOVELTY JESTER TOPPED PROPELLING PENCIL SILVER RETRACTING NIB. This is very rare as some pencil companies like S. Mordan decided to convert 18th Century Dutch needle cases into pencils. This example has been exhibited in museums around the world and is from the Kenneth Bull collection of pencils private publication 2012 and appears on page 111. Looking at the nib configuration and lead size and VS marking I believe this is a S. Mordan example and they did not wish to put their mark on this items main body. IN STUNNING CONDITION CONSIDERING IT IS OVER 269 years old. It is very hard to find these early pencils in such good condition. A great addition to any collection which is the panicle of its type. 11.5cm or 4.5″ inches long closed14cm 6″ inches fully extended. Condition Report: STUNNING overall condition for its age and type, there are light surface marks, very little signs of use. I can see no evidence of alteration or repair. I have left the item uncleaned, It does have the original vs lead and I have also included 12 spare leads in the S. Mordan VS lead holder. The pencil lead pusher is in great condition as is the twist mechanism. This is as good as it get folks, one for the serious collector. This is the pinnacle of pencil collecting. Please view all my photographs carefully as these are as much part of the description as the writing. If you wish me to send you any other pictures or details feel free to ask. The last picture illustrates part of my collection of Sampson Mordan and is not included in the price but will be for sale soon. I also have a similar examples on my listings, so if you love Sampson Mordan you need to look at my other items for sale. If you want spotless then the high street is for you, but if you want a great antique that will appreciate in price with age then this is for you. You don’t get this by messing people about. Iam a trusted honest reliable EBAYer. If you have any questions feel free to ask. Please look at all my other great Sampson MORDAN items I have for sale. I consider myself one of the leading sellers of Sampson MORDAN in the world. MARKS – HALLMARKS – HISTORY. The first patent for a “metal pencil with an internal mechanism for propelling the graphite’lead’ shaft forward during use” was obtained in 1822 (his co-inventor was John Isaac Hawkins). In 1823 Mordan bought out the rights of Hawkins, entering his first mark as “smallworker” in London Assay Office on 9 June 1823 (SM oblong). In 1824 he entered in partnership with Gabriel Riddle, registering a new mark (SM. Gr) in London Assay Office. The partnership with Riddle was dissolved in 1836 and he continued the business as S. Sampson Mordan died in 1843 and the business was taken over by his sons Sampson (Jr) and Augustus. They were later joined by Edmund George Johnson and Zachariah Watkins who retired in 1879. After the death of Sampson Mordan (Jr) his share of the business passed to his brother Augustus, joined as partner in 1890 by Harry Lambert Symonds. In 1898 the company was converted to a limited liability company under the name of S. Mordan & Co Ltd. In 1933 the distribution rights on the propelling pencil business were given to L. The firm went into voluntary liquidation in 1952. Between the 1820s and 1870s the firm obtained more of 160 patents for various mechanical pencils. The first spring-loaded mechanical pencil was patented in 1877 and a twist-feed mechanism was developed in 1895. In addition to pencils the firm had a large production line of small silver and gold items, most of them belonging to the type of “novelties” so popular at the end of the 19th/beginning of the 20th century. They were supplied to many retailers, including Asprey & Sons and the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co. The item “No. 1116 Very RARE Novelty Propelling PENCIL C1750 Converted Dutch Needle Case” is in sale since Monday, June 22, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectables\Pens & Writing Equipment\Pencils”. The seller is “maynardsfineantiques” and is located in tiverton, Devon. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.
- Brand: Sampson Mordan & Co
- Sub-Type: Mechanical Pencils
- Type: Pencils
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom
- Vintage: Collectable/ Vintage