9299: H. Thompson quill knife: tapered, flat-sided wood handle, imprinted with Victorian crown and cipher, as well as "H. THOMPSON/9 NASSAU ST."; 17.6 cm long overall, blade sound, tiny chip to tip.

DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: fine • $95

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12256: Hicks dip pen: long unmarked mottled hard rubber holder, 20.1 cm long excluding uncommon V-vent Hicks #5 gold dip nib. Holder has a gouge and a short stable crack at the end (see detail), does not affect function, nib is a notable writer, nice sharp smooth italic, some marks from restraightening (someone pressed a bit too hard, as it flexes with very little pressure).

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium italic flex • $175

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11538: Hicks magic pencil: gold filled trim, 6.9 cm long closed, 12.3 cm extended, uses "M" (1.05 mm) lead, unmarked but for March 21, 1871 patent date -- a Hick's patent. Barrel sleeve cracked, condition otherwise excellent, mechanism works smoothly and positively, a few pinprick marks to the nozzle.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG* • $145

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11802: Hicks dip pen: sterling silver, fully marked, 17.2 cm long excluding brass nib; monogram on barrel, even wear to barleycorn engine turning, no dings, top quality manufacture.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine • $150

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11917: Hicks magic pencil: 10K gold filled, with swivel and ring suspension sheath; 11.4 cm long extended, 6.4 cm retracted, uses 1.7 mm lead, propels and retracts; pencil has a couple of shallow bumps, hard to photograph.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine • $165

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10749: Hicks magic pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 6.9 cm long closed, 12.1 cm extended, uses standard 2.0 mm thick lead; fully marked, grouped parallel lines pattern, initials on barrel, crisp condition, no dings, very solid.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: exc • $150

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11979: Hicks telescoping eyedropper-filler: gold filled ringtop, 8.5 cm long, bulbous-ended pen pulls out of long suspension sheath, telescopes out to 10.2 cm long -- does not post. Hicks nib is marked "LONDON" and "14CT" (Hicks had a substantial British market) and has considerable soft flex. An unusual form, shallow bump to end bulb.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine stub flex • $450

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11102: Hicks The Quill: black hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler with gold filled overlay, 14.3 cm long; crisp engine turning of unusual complexity, barrel overlay marked "W. S. HICKS NEW YORK", nib is marked "LONDON". Hicks had a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic, concentrating on dip pens and pencils rather than fountain pens until the later 1920s. Early Hicks fountain pens are not at all common -- overlay examples even more so.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $895

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11544: Hicks combination: sterling silver lever-filler and pencil, 11.9 cm long, unusual hand hammered finish over finely engine turned ground, 18K Hicks nib; identical to a Twinpoint combo, but marked only "STERLING". Initials in barrel escutcheon, uses 1.1 mm lead, nib gives wide line variation, not hallmarked for export so appears to be intended for jewelry store retail sale.

DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $650

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11563: Hicks (?) magic pencil: large sterling silver ringtop, hexagonal body, 8 cm long closed, 13.6 cm extended, very solid construction, maker's mark small but appears to be Hicks, consistent with overall design and quality. Monogram on barrel, action smooth and positive, uses 1.5 mm VS lead.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine • $175

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12340: Hicks (?) combination dip pen and pencil: large and high quality sterling silver holder, 15.6 cm long excluding nongold nib, mechanical pencil in taper, uses 2mm lead. Monogram on barrel cartouche, excellent weight and elegant design, marked only "STERLING".

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine • $450

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12189: Hoge Manufacturing Co. Pal pencil: silver-plated, 1.1 mm lead, eraser under cap, new old stock from a New Jersey stationery store hoard. Three versions shown, but long pencils with clip are all sold; please specify if you prefer short with ringtop or short without ringtop. You'll have to polish off the tarnish yourself, if desired. Condition as new, noting the visible seam on the crown frieze band. Read more about Pal pencils here.

DATE: c. 1921 • CONDITION: near mint • $35

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12365: Houston eyedropper-filler: distinctive full-length mottled hard rubber ringtop, 14.9 cm long, gold filled trim, barrel imprint well worn and only barely legible, #2 nib is intact but center of imprint polished away ("MINN. U.S.A." on second line), tipping scant; original suspension chain and fitting attached.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: G • NIB: extra-fine • $275

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11207: Houston syringe-filler: uncommon mottled hard rubber long ringtop, 15.5 cm long, #2 Houston nib opens up with very light pressure, only traces of barrel imprint visible but pen is mechanically sound and piston seal has been replaced.

DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine flex • $325

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11762: Ingersoll twist-filler: oversize flat-top, 14.1 cm long, gold filled trim, an unusually fine pen for a company best known for economy models -- the same company behind the one-dollar pocket watch. Knob under blind cap is twisted to empty out sac, released to allow sac to fill. Nib is small but solid 14K gold, and a good writer.

DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine semiflex • $225

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11883: Inkograph stylographic pen: early black hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 11.8 cm long, nickel plated trim, bold crisp barrel imprint with "PAT. APL'D"; weighted needle is intact, pen is in near pristine condition, noting slight fading to the hard rubber. Pre-lever-filling Inkographs are hard to find.

DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine • $120

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12484: Inkograph stylographic pen: large gold pearl and black marbled flat-top lever-filler, 13.2 cm long, gold filled trim, intact weighted needle, crisp barrel imprint. While hard rubber Inkographs are relatively common, examples in celluloid are very hard to find.

DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine • $275

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12273: J. W. Benson cedar pencil holder: 9K solid rose gold twist pattern ringtop, 7.3 cm long, weighs 13.75g.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $245

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12146: John Holland dip pen: gold filled holder, fully marked, colorful celluloid taper, 14.2 cm long excluding #5 John Holland nib.

DATE: c. 1885 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $195

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12819: John Holland 71: black hard rubber hatchet-filler, hand-engraved gold filled overlay, 13.7 cm long, add-on Holland clip, #12 nib is a responsive semiflex capable of a nicely shaded line. 1915 patent date imprint on barrel overlay, monogram engraved in barrel cartouche, metal clean, no brassing.

DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $895

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12691: John Holland 75: uncommon oversized black chased hard rubber hatchet-filler, 15 cm long, nickel plated hatchet, wide gold filled cap band; originally clipless, came to us with a 1910-patent slip-on clip, included. Even fading and wear, imprints all legible, Holland #15 nib takes deliberate pressure to open up, more of a semiflex for ordinary use.

DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium fine flex • $475

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12449: John Holland 72V: black chased hard rubber ringtop hatchet-filler, 11.45 cm long, gold filled trim, 1915 patent date imprint.

DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $200

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12893: John Holland 72 in box: smooth black hard rubber clipless hatchet-filler, 14.3 cm long, gold plated trim, bold imprints, John Holland #12 nib. In original box with instructions and list of replacement parts.

DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $375

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12602: John Holland 72: black chased hard rubber ringtop hatchet-filler, 11.9 cm long; gold filled ringtop filling may be a post-factory addition. Strong imprints, Holland #12 nib.

DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $225

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12437: John Sheldon compendium: scarce and desirable Birmingham-made combination dip pen, pencil, coin gauge, toothpick, wax seal, and letter scale (British weights and rates), 10.1 cm long closed, sound condition noting weak imprint, slight bump in upper barrel; February 1842 patent date only very partially visible, struck at an angle, purple faceted stone in crown.

DATE: c. 1850 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $600

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10065: John Wilson quill knife: Sheffield-made, tapering flat-sided wooden handle, 16 cm long, blade sound but with some deep pitting; well marked on handle, ripples over imprints appear to be pressed rather than carved.

DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: G • $60

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12391: Joseph Willmore dip pen: rare and early sterling silver presentation pen in the form of a quill, 24 cm long, full Birmingham hallmarks with 1810/11 date letter, engraved 1812 award inscription, unitary untipped nib. Pens of this sort were used as awards of merit at British schools. Slight separation of the upper "feathering" from the central spine towards the center, minor marring to nib area.

DATE: c. 1810 • CONDITION: fine* • $865

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12116: Juco Independent stylographic pen in box: smooth black hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 12.9 cm long, good imprints, needle intact, rotating air flow control valve at back of barrel, box with point clearing tool, on bottom of box hand-written: "From shoe factory in Jersey City Pens to mark leather".

DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine • $120

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7269: Juco Independent stylographic pen: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with dark red hard rubber ends, 11.8 cm long, imprints worn but mostly legible, needle missing but tube passage clear, could be readily restored to writing condition.

DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine • $105

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11709: Juco Independent stylographic pen in box: late production black chased celluloid lever-filler, 13.1 cm long, gold plated trim, weighted needle system, new old stock, some age roughness to lever plating, irregularity to lever opening clearly from original manufacture.

DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium fine • $75

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8667: Kaweco safety: unusual black chased hard rubber clipless model, 12.7 cm long, with a ventless Hicks New York 18K gold nib with French hallmarks; condition is like new, but the original barrel imprint of this French-market pen appears to have been polished away -- most likely out of WW1-era anti-German sentiment. Early production Kawecos often carried New York-made nibs, but most were from A. Morton.

DATE: c. 1913 • CONDITION: exc-near mint* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $325

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11093: Lamy Persona: black titanium oxide finish, gold plated trim, 14.4 cm long, Mario Bellini design, 18K nib; as new, but some drawer wear to the trim. Two available, nib grade stickers still on the end of the barrel, choice of medium or extra-fine (please specify).

DATE: c. 1990 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-fine or medium • $365

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11097: Lamy Persona rollerball: black titanium oxide finish, gold plated trim, 14.4 cm long, Mario Bellini design; as new, but some drawer wear, mostly to the trim.

DATE: c. 1990 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $200

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11125: Laughlin doctor's pen: black chased hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler, thermometer in compartment at end of barrel; 16.3 cm long, crisp and glossy, as new, never filled.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium stub superflex • $1600

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12140: MacKinnon stylographic pen: black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, fancy gold filled end cap, 12.5 cm long, barrel imprint mostly worn away, 1879 patent year just visible, "D. MACKINNON" imprint struck deeply but at an angle; internally spring-loaded needle is intact, as is the iridium-tipped cone. Worn but sound specimen of one of the earliest successful mass-produced fountain pens.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: G-VG • NIB: medium fine • $150

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10544: Manos Ajano: smooth black celluloid piston-filler, 13.7 cm long, made in Austria, steel dip pen nib, piston mechanism turns but not guaranteed ink-tight or functional; slight barrel warpage and swelling. These pens were widely exported in the early 20th century and are found under various brand names, but are nearly impossible to repair.

DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium • $50

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10545: Manos Standard: black chased celluloid piston-filler, 13.7 cm long, made in Austria, replaced brass dip pen nib, piston mechanism turns but not guaranteed ink-tight or functional; usual barrel warpage, tool marks on filler knob. These pens were widely exported in the early 20th century and are found under various brand names, but are nearly impossible to repair.

DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: medium oblique • $45

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10098: Maycock token: copper "Hard Times" advertising coin, 28mm diameter, issued by the New York firm of Samuel Maycock and John Hague, early makers of mechanical pencils ("EVERPOINTED/PENCIL CASE/MANUFACTURERS").

DATE: 1837 • CONDITION: VG • $50

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9409: Maywood lever-filler: large red hard rubber flat-top, 13.8 cm long, gold filled trim, solidly-made second-tier pen, minimal wear, fine stable cap lip hairline and rim flea bite (see detail); although the original nib was certainly warranted, the present warranted #4 nib -- smooth and of excellent quality -- is a replacement; cap can be posted without causing the lip hairline to open.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium • $250

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12313: Mecan drop-action cedar pencil holder: sterling silver with black and red enamel, 8.15 cm long, suspension ring on side, perpetual calendar with day letters for French (or Spanish), actuator button appears to be some smooth black hardstone (pencil slides in or out when button is pushed), high quality, very solid, marked "935" and "MECAN" with a small and unidentified hallmark (French or Swiss?).

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $350

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10472: Miller Brothers scraper: 14.4 cm long eraser knife, wood handle; American-made, in Meriden, Connecticut.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG • $45

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11964: Montblanc 00: black hard rubber miniature ringtop safety, 8.35 cm long, 18K gold filled Italian-market overlay with raised floral bands on barrel; original 14K Montblanc 00 nib with star imprint, pen has been recorked, condition is sound, noting gouge to side of turning knob (see detail).

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine • $1600

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12606: Montblanc 432: rare piston-filler stylographic pen, 12.8 cm long, gold filled trim, in scarce and desirable "platinum" celluloid; weighted needle is intact, ink window transparency is excellent, new cork seal has been installed.

DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $950

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12690: Montblanc 144: striated silver pearl piston-filler, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, two-tone nib, uncommon export model with "MASTERPIECE" on cap band, even ambering to cap and barrel; a lively and responsive writer.

DATE: c. 1954 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $1100

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12687: Montblanc 142: striated green pearl piston-filler, 12.6 cm long, gold filled trim, two-tone nib, uncommon export model with "MASTERPIECE" on cap band, excellent color though limited barrel transparency, barrel threads somewhat irregular, does not affect function; a fine writer, precise and elegant.

DATE: c. 1954 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $850

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12670: Montblanc Pix 36 injector pencil: black with gold plated trim, 13.2 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1965 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $120

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12622: Montblanc Hemingway ballpoint: desirable limited edition, perfect condition but lacking its original box and paperwork.

DATE: 1992 • CONDITION: mint • $595

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12652: Montblanc Agatha Christie ballpoint in box: black limited edition with sterling silver trim, slight wear to corners of box, no paperwork, pen itself pristine.

DATE: 1993 • CONDITION: mint • $850

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12653: Montblanc Agatha Christie in box: limited edition, scarce version with vermeil trim (only 4810 made, vs 30000 with sterling silver), slight wear to corners of box, no paperwork, pen pristine with nib grade sticker.

DATE: 1993 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $2985

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12654: Montblanc Agatha Christie set: complete three-piece limited edition with matching serial numbers, fountain pen, ballpoint and mechanical pencil; only 7,000 pencils made so a scarce ensemble; no boxes or papers, but perfect unused condition.

DATE: 1993 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $2850

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12748: Montblanc Oscar Wilde set: complete three-piece limited edition ensemble (only 5000 made) comprising fountain pen, ballpoint, and mechanical pencil. Matching serial numbers are extremely low (#38), perfect unused condition, but no boxes or papers.

DATE: 1994 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $1995

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12749: Montblanc Voltaire set: complete three-piece limited edition ensemble (only 5000 made) comprising fountain pen, ballpoint, and mechanical pencil. Matching serial numbers, perfect unused condition, but no boxes or papers.

DATE: 1995 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $1600

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12747: Montblanc Alexandre Dumas set: complete three-piece limited edition ensemble with matching serial numbers, fountain pen, ballpoint, and mechanical pencil; only 5000 sets made, plus this is the first version with the wrong signature (the son's rather than the father's) which was recalled, making it doubly scarce. Perfect unused condition, but no boxes or papers.

DATE: 1996 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $2000

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12693: Montblanc 75th Anniversary 161 ballpoint in box: hard to find limited edition, very low number 83 of only 1924 pieces, rose gold trim, inlaid diamond above clip, mother of pearl star; condition perfect, but in a regular Montblanc box, not original limited edition packaging.

DATE: 1999 • CONDITION: near mint • $950

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12049: Mordan dip pen: marked "STERLING SILVER" but not hallmarked (typical for export), 17.7 cm long excluding steel nib, barleycorn body with long smooth taper with ball finial, only very light marks, good clean example.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $275

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12287: Mordan cedar pencil holder: long sterling silver ringtop, 8.3 cm long, bold ribbed pattern.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine • $105

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12283: Mordan cedar pencil holder: small sterling silver ringtop, 5.7 cm long, bold ribbed pattern.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine • $65

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12261: Mordan cedar pencil holder: sterling silver, long and slender, 8.3 cm long, bold ribbed pattern.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine • $105

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12105: Mordan Ejector dip pen set in box: patent dip pen in solid 9K rose gold, 15.3 cm long, ferrule body slides forward to eject a used nib without soiling the fingers; matching pencil uses 1.5mm "VS" lead, both engraved with monograms, but oddly the pencil bears "JRB" and the pen, "JEB". Box will not close fully, latch needs attention.

DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: exc • $600

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12215: Mordan chatelaine pen holder: sterling silver, full London hallmarks, 14 cm long, to carry a full-length eyedropper-filler fountain pen suspended from a woman's belt; a few shallow dings, and some partial seam separation (see details).

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG* • $350

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12298: Mordan magic pencil: 9K solid gold ringtop, 6.3 cm long retracted, 11.7 cm extended, full London hallmarks, boldly reeded pattern, uses 1.5 cm "VS" lead, weight 22 g.

DATE: c. 1906 • CONDITION: fine • $325

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12262: Mordan cedar pencil holder: large solid gold twist pattern ringtop, 8.4 cm long, full maker's marks plus engraved monogram with date, no hallmarks but probably 9K, weight 14.6g.

DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine* • $250

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12266: Mordan cedar pencil holder: 9K solid gold ribbed pattern ringtop, 7.15 cm long, full London hallmarks, neatly engraved name with 1916 date, weighs 12.6g.

DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine • $220

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12271: Mordan cedar pencil holder: smooth 18K solid gold ringtop, 8.3 cm long, full London hallmarks, weighs 14.6g.

DATE: c. 1919 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $465

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12275: Mordan cedar pencil holder: 9K solid gold barleycorn pattern ringtop, 7.1 cm long, full London hallmarks, weight 11.1g.

DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: near mint • $175

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12265: Mordan cedar pencil holder: smooth 9K solid gold ringtop, 7 cm long, full London hallmarks, weight 11.3g.

DATE: c. 1924 • CONDITION: exc • $200

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12420: Mycock penner: classic Sheffield brass writing compendium, 11 cm high, ceramic inkwell insert is unchipped, brass has some shallow bumps but none of the splits and deep dents often found on surviving examples. This design was made for decades, through the 18th century up into the beginning of the 19th, with examples in use in the Americas in the Revolutionary War era.

DATE: c. 1800 • CONDITION: VG • $675

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12770: OMAS Extra: modern burgundy piston-filler, 13 cm long, gold plated trim, 14K "M" marked nib; pen appears not to have been filled, no packaging included.

DATE: c. 1990 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium • $195

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