12164: Aikin Lambert retracting dip pen: gold filled with extending ebonized wood taper, 7.6 cm long closed, 12.5 cm extended excluding nib; holder unmarked, ventless gold Aikin Lambert #5 nib is very flexible but scratchy, not easy to control when wide open; flat spot on middle turned ridge of taper finial.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $200

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12225: Aikin Lambert sheath pencil: sterling silver, 8.2 cm long, engraved "APOLLO CLUB", fully marked, suspension ring.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine • $65

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12397: Aikin Lambert needle case: chased sterling silver, ringtop fitting, 11.5 cm long, fully marked, end unscrews to give access to interior compartment.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: exc • $90

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9092: American Pencil Co. No. 19 "Midget" dip pen: giant novelty/display piece, over 33 cm long including nib, fully marked copper-finish ferrule, point of plated nib has been bent and imperfectly restraightened, not suitable for actual use.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine* • $120

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12339: American Pencil Co. pencil case: wooden holder, 29 cm long, in the form of a giant pencil with a screw-on nickeled brass end cap; faux woodgrained finish, marked "PATENT/APPL'D FOR", circumferential scratch at front, only minor bumps to metal end.

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

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12338: American Pencil Co. pencil case: wooden holder, 29 cm long, in the form of a giant pencil with a screw-on nickeled brass end cap; faux woodgrained finish, marked "PATENT/APPL'D FOR"; dings to end cap, partial split to mating ferrule (see details).

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: VG • $85

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12337: American Pencil Co. giant "The Twins" dip pen and pencil set in box: wood with swirl-pattern lacquer finish, pen is 25.5 cm long excluding steel "Midget" falcon nib, octagonal "Whoopee" pencil is a real pencil, with thick lead all the way through. Usual age cracquelure to finish, box split at one end, as new with just age and storage wear.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc • $165

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12335: American Pencil Co. No. 19 "Midget" dip pen: giant novelty pen, 29.5 cm long including nib, plated brass ferrule, usual cracquelure to swirled lacquer finish, nib has a bit of superficial rust but is overall quite clean, fragments of decal next to ferrule identify pen as souvenir from Lookout Mountain.

DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $105

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12274: Arthur Downing cedar pencil holder: 9K solid gold ringtop, bold ribbed pattern, 6.7 cm long, full Birmingham hallmarks, weighs 12g, slider rivets slightly loose, crack to slider rim does not affect function.

DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • $180

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6725: Asprey combination paper knife and pen knife: 8.9 cm long, blade marked "ASPREY/166/BOND STREET"; blade has one nick in edge, action is good; scattered traces of what appears to be the remains of painted decoration.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG • $185

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11924: Butler dip pen and pencil combination: early and rare, 11 cm long closed, sterling silver with two sliders, the rearmost actuating a Bramah clamp-style nib holder under the removable crown; mechanically sound, noting dings and stress cracks at the end of the slider slot (see details), London hallmarks are too worn to discern the date letter, worn imprint has "MAKERS & PATENTEES" largely effaced. Nozzle base is marked "M" but nozzle takes 1.5 mm VS lead, likely an old retrofit; moonstone seal is engraved with three-letter monogram.

DATE: c. 1838 • CONDITION: fair • $650

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12247: Butler (?) dip pen and pencil combination: sterling silver, 9.8 cm long closed, full London hallmarks with strong date letter, maker's mark illegible, rare with Bramah clamp holder for quill slips, pencil nozzle has been shortened, uses 1.05 mm "M" lead; engraved name "B. Stephens".

DATE: c. 1837 • CONDITION: VG* • $600

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7829: Conklin paper knife: laminated celluloid, 22.2 cm long, imprinted "COMPLIMENTS OF THE CONKLIN PEN CO."; side panels are the same distinctive mottled green used for Conklin pens, tip of blade has been chipped and smoothed.

DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $400

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11640: Cross sheath clutch pencil: gold filled clamp-action lead holder uses thick 3 mm marking lead, 8.9 cm long including sheath and suspension ring. Fully marked on both pieces, small bruise to crown (see detail).

DATE: c. 1917 • CONDITION: fine • $150

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12321: E. S. Johnson retracting dip pen: gold filled scroll-engraved holder, fancy twisted pearl taper, 13.25 cm long retracted, 14.65 cm extended excluding nib; holder marked only "B.G." and "SEAMLESS", #4 nib fully imprinted, very flexible.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $265

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9091: Eagle Home Guard dip pen: giant novelty, over 27 cm long excluding Eagle-marked plated nib, black lacquered wood taper, some rust to nib.

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

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10064: Edward Baker quill knife: fine quality English manufacture, 14.7 cm long, handle doubles as paper knife; no cracks, metal clean.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: exc • $150

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12231: Edward Baker sheath pencil: sterling silver, barleycorn pattern, Birmingham hallmarks, 8.4 cm long, dents to pencil holder, shallow bumps to exterior are difficult to photograph.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: VG • $45

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12297: Edward Baker magic pencil: large 9K solid gold ringtop, 7.4 cm long closed, 13.5 cm extended, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead; solid with real heft, weight 30 g.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $450

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12259: Edward Baker cedar pencil holder: hand engraved sterling silver ringtop, 8.25 cm long, full Birmingham hallmarks.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $150

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11860: Edward Todd magic pencil: small gold filled ringtop, 4.15 cm long closed, 8 cm extended, engraved "Mollie"; good working order, uses standard 1.1 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $50

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10417: Edward Todd dip pen and pencil combination: sterling silver, 16.1 cm long excluding nongold nib, end of taper twists to extend 2.0 mm lead. Nice substantial proportions, sharp scroll relief decoration, fully marked on ferrule, with engraved name "EMILY".

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine • $485

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11974: Fairchild magic pencil: large and striking, 8.4 cm long closed, 14.1 cm extended, finely ribbed body alternating rose gold filled and black (celluloid?) rings. Fully marked, including "PATENTED JUNE 22.1869" (Rauch's US patent 91,665), nozzle marked "9", uses standard 2.0 mm lead. Stress hairline in front cap opening, dents at end of extending shaft, otherwise crisp with relatively little wear.

DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • $275

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12074: Fairchild retracting dip pen: gold filled body, marked "L.W. FAIRCHILD & Co.", ebonized wood taper turns to extend and retract the nib -- a rare design, and a Fairchild patent. 11.5 cm long closed, 12.9 cm extended, excluding #5 ventless gold Fairchild nib. Mechanism works well, clean overall condition noting stress hairlines around handle crosspin; nib provides dramatic line width variation.

DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $325

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12320: Fairchild retracting dip pen and pencil combination: gold filled body, pen holder slides out in conventional fashion, wooden taper turns to extend pencil; 12 cm long retracted, pencil uses 1.5mm VS lead; fully marked, 6-size holder and matching pristine #6 nib.

DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $295

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12219: Fairchild dip pen: oversize #8 gold filled holder, full marked, ebonized wood taper, 13.7 cm long excluding matching #8 Fairchild ventless gold nib; taper is removable, damage to end, nib has a challenging degree of flex, some dings to the holder and corrosion to the underside (see details).

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $350

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12224: Fairchild magic pencil: unusual ringtop, 6.75 cm long closed, 11.8 cm extended, alternating rose gold filled and black celluloid ribbed rings; slight gap between end rings due to age shrinkage of celluloid, mechanism works smoothly and positively, uses 1.0 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $150

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11957: Fairchild (?) magic pencil: unmarked gold filled ringtop of good size, 6.3 cm long closed, 12 cm extended, black lacquered bands and fluted center for a sculptural effect, attached badge for Delta Omega Sigma in low carat rose gold; uses standard 1.1 mm lead, mechanically perfect noting hairline crack in front cap (see detail).

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine* • $125

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12255: Fairchild/Johnson dip pen: handsome gold filled barleycorn holder with pearl taper, 13.9 cm long, marked "FAIRCHILD" and "3", nib is an E.S. Johnson #2, unusually marked on the underside "14K". Nib is extremely flexible, requires a very light hand; nib slit slightly prolonged into top of imprint by short stable hairline crack. Fairchild and Johnson merged in 1898, but this nib and holder could have been put together earlier as well.

DATE: c. 1898 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine superflex • $175

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9672: Foley retracting dip pen in case: oversize gold filled holder with wooden taper, 14 cm long retracted, 19 cm extended including big #12 Foley nib dated 1872; nib has been retipped, fine turned rosewood (?) case has split on one side.

DATE: c. 1872 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: medium flex • $350

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12318: Francis Webb cedar pencil holder: sterling silver ringtop, 7.5 cm long, end plug reverses to expose pencil, full Birmingham hallmarks.

DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $35

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12089: Gorham dip pen: smooth sterling silver holder, 15.3 cm long excluding bronze nib; fully marked, no dents but one rough patch on surface (see detail).

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine • $150

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12253: Gorham dip pen: bold sterling silver twist pattern, 16.2 cm long excluding nib, fully and strongly marked, initials and scattered pinhead dings in gripping area (see detail).

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG • $265

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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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12284: Henry Williamson Ltd cedar pencil holder: long smooth sterling silver ringtop, 9.6 cm long, full Birmingham hallmarks.

DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $110

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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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11423: Hicks magic pencil: oversize gold filled ringtop, 9.2 cm closed, 15.9 cm extended, uses 2.5 mm lead, marked "W.S. HICKS NEW YORK"; mechanism smooth and positive, two small test marks, engine turning crisp. Magic pencils this large are very uncommon.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $295

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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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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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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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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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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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12088: Ladd & Miller dip pen in box: unmarked gold filled holder with fancy twist-pattern pearl taper, gold filled ball finial and wire trim, 15.6 cm long excluding ventless gold Ladd & Miller #3 nib. Nib has some tooth on rougher paper, is in excellent condition but for test marks right below the imprint (see detail).

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

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11466: Mabie Todd dip pen and pencil set in box: sterling silver twist pattern with pearl taper, 12.1 cm long, with matching desk pencil, uses standard 2.0 mm lead. Both fully marked, some tool marks to foreparts (see details), pen accepts #3-4 size nibs (not included).

DATE: c. 1885 • CONDITION: fine • $295

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12214: Mabie Todd dip pen: beautiful and elegant sterling silver holder, 16.1 cm long, fully marked, New York manufacture, with matching #4 Mabie Todd gold ventless nib; condition would be excellent, but for a partial seam opening from the mouth of the holder (does not affect function), and a chip missing from the tipping on one side of the nib. Handsome as is, worth restoration if desired, especially given the extreme flexibility of the nib -- one of the softest and most yielding imaginable.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: VG* • $200

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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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12286: Mordan cedar pencil holder: sterling silver, 9.35 cm long, fine barleycorn pattern, moonstone seal in crown, early imprint "S. MORDAN & CO MAKERS", full London hallmark, date letter rubbed but appears to be "K".

DATE: c. 1845 • CONDITION: fine • $300

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12258: Mordan cedar pencil holder: sterling silver, thick and stubby, 6.6 cm long, bold ribbed pattern.

DATE: c. 1885 • CONDITION: fine • $105

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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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12260: Mordan cedar pencil holder: sterling silver, long with fine barleycorn pattern, 9.1 cm long, fully marked with complete London hallmarks, slider on the loose side.

DATE: c. 1896 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $115

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12235: Mordan sheath pencil: sterling silver, 9.4 cm long, multiple shallow dings, well-polished.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: G • $50

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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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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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12263: Mordan cedar pencil holder: 9K solid gold barleycorn pattern ringtop, 7 cm long, full London hallmarks, weight 10g.

DATE: c. 1907 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $175

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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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10373: Rodgers scraper: ink eraser, 13.2 cm long, flat wooden handle, end probably intended to serve as a paper knife; marked "CUTLER TO/HER MAJESTY", blade well worn and pitted, but still sharp and sound.

DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: G • $40

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11567: Rodgers combination paper knife and pen knife: 16.75 cm long, blade marked with Queen's crown and "CUTLERS/TO HER/MAJESTY". Action worn, blade does not snap all the way closed, small hairline at hinge end on one side (see detail).

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: G-VG • $165

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10473: Rodgers scraper: ink eraser, 13.5 cm long, bone handle, blade well marked but also well pitted, we have not reground it but easily done if desired.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: G • $40

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10661: Rodgers scraper: ink eraser, 15.6 cm long, imitation wood synthetic composition handle, blade in sound condition, fully marked with cipher of King George.

DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: fine • $45

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10944: Tiffany magic pencil: large hexagonal sterling silver ringtop, 13.8 cm long extended, 7.9 cm retracted, interesting 1911 presentation inscription with engravings of a thistle and roses; uses 1.5 mm (VS) lead.

DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $325

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12327: Unger Brothers dip pen: sterling silver, Art Nouveau grotesque mask design in high relief, 16.2 cm long excluding nib; highly desirable model from a premier American maker, fully marked, ferrule heavily dinged with split on one side (see details), but still fully functional; listed as model #7744 in Unger Brothers' catalog of 1904.

DATE: c. 1904 • CONDITION: G-VG* • $1200

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8942: Unger Brothers dip pen: sterling silver Art Nouveau sea serpent design in high relief, 16.6 cm long, excluding nib; highly desirable model from a premier American maker, fully marked; shallow denting to the ferrule, some splitting at front edge (see details), does not affect function; listed as #7743 in Unger Brothers' catalog of 1904.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG* • $1500

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12272: Villiers & Jackson cedar pencil holder: 9K solid gold fine barleycorn pattern ringtop, 6.85 cm long, weighs 7g.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $125

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12264: Villiers & Jackson cedar pencil holder: smooth 9K solid gold ringtop, 5.6 cm long, full Chester hallmarks, weighs 6.6g, one small shallow ding.

DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $120

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10479: Weidlich & Simpson dip pen: unusual reservoir design, tubular solid gold #7 nib with a finned feed mounted below; 17.5 cm long, wood taper with baluster finial, feed fingers almost all broken away, nib is missing tipping and has stress cracks from the vent hole and along the base seam.

DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: fair* • $65

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12234: William Vale & Sons sheath pencil: sterling silver ringtop, hand engraved, Birmingham hallmarks, 8.1 cm long.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine • $60

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12299: William Vale & Sons extending pencil: sterling silver, hexagonal shaft, 8.8 cm long closed, 11.2 cm extended, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead, yellow seal stone in crown, full Birmingham hallmarks, name scratched lightly onto shaft cartouche; a mid-19th-century design produced at the very end of the century.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine • $80

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11933: Winsor & Mason dip pen in box: slender gold filled holder, taper with elegant baluster finial, 13.25 cm long excluding ventless gold Winsor & Mason #2 nib; box is well worn, latch end broken off short.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium semiflex • $165

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11934: Winsor & Mason dip pen: slender gold filled holder with pearl taper, 14.1 cm long excluding ventless gold #1 nib; a wet writer, opens with normal writing pressure.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium flex • $85

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11930: unmarked extending pencil: miniature in coin silver, 5 cm long closed, 7 cm extended, uses 1.05 mm lead, unusual size for early American production, with characteristic steel nozzle tip, sliding suspension fitting, and all-metal crown.

DATE: c. 1850 • CONDITION: exc • $95

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11639: unmarked extending pencil: gold filled, 7.35 cm long retracted, 9.55 cm with nozzle extended, well worn but mechanically sound, uses 1.5 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: G • $50

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12300: unmarked extending pencil: sterling silver, 8.9 cm long closed, 10.9 cm extended, lobed six-sided shaft, excellent workmanship on the ornamentation of crown and bands, light purple seal stone, uses 1.05 mm "M" lead, English manufacture.

DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: fine • $105

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11931: unmarked extending pencil: sterling silver with brocade pattern, "FORGET ME NOT" motto almost completely effaced; 7.8 cm long closed, 9.9 cm extended, amethyst-colored faceted seal stone, characteristically American steel nozzle insert; mechanically sound, only significant wear to the barrel brocading, uses 1.1 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: VG • $95

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11662: unmarked extending pencil: twist-action, probably Mabie's patent, gold filled trim, black lacquered brass body, 7.75 cm long closed, 10.3 cm extended, uses 1.5 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1865 • CONDITION: VG • $75

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11952: unmarked extending pencil: sterling silver, English manufacture, hexagonal shaft, 7.6 cm long closed, 11.3 cm extended, shield-shaped moonstone seal stone, unusual with extra section of telescoping hexagonal shaft. Uses 1.05 mm "M" lead, fully functional noting nick to nozzle tip, small stress crack at front of slider slot, and absence of one of the two pins securing the sliding collar.

DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: G-VG* • $80

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9785: unmarked scraper: erasing knife, blade marked on base "AVE/MARIA"; handle slightly bent to side, doubles as a paper knife; 15.7 cm long.

DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $120

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11899: unmarked dip pen and pencil combination: unusual gold filled holder with reversing pencil unit in front, extending metal taper in back with screw-off lead compartment; 8.2 cm long closed, metal crisp with a few very shallow pinhead bumps, nib is earlier, ventless rose gold with a very worn imprint reading "[B]OWEN/&/BROTHER/N.Y".

DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine superflex • $300

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11864: unmarked magic pencil: good size, excellent quality, gold filled trim with nicely engine-turned hard rubber sleeve, 6.8 cm long closed, 12.1 cm extended, nozzle marked "1", uses 1.5 mm "VS" size lead. Slight fading to hard rubber, mechanically excellent.

DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $95

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11537: unmarked magic pencil: small ringtop, gold filled trim, 4.8 cm long closed, 8.5 cm extended, uses "M" (1.05 mm) lead, some age speckling to the plating, mechanism works smoothly, could be Fairchild manufacture.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $160

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11023: unmarked combination pencil, quill knife, and ruler: English manufacture, blade marked "IXL" and "GEORGE WOSTENHOLM", 9.6 cm long closed, 11.7 cm with pencil extended. Nickel plated trim, nozzle marked "W", accepts standard 2 mm drafting lead. Crack to body, mechanically sound, good snap to blade, rust spots light and superficial.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: G* • SOLD

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11927: unmarked pencil: heavily chased sterling silver twist-action ringtop, 8.5 cm long closed, 11.4 cm with nozzle extended, uses 1.8 mm lead; American-made, very high quality with extensive hand work.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $220

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12296: unmarked magic pencil: small gold filled ringtop, 4.6 cm long closed, 8 cm open, uses standard 1.1 mm lead; black chased barrel sleeve is celluloid, has cracks from age shrinkage (see details), mechanism works smoothly and securely.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG* • $45

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11815: unmarked figural pencil: a rare and desirable American-made ringtop magic pencil in the form of an owl, 3.3 cm long retracted, 6.1 cm extended, gold filled trim, lapis blue celluloid body, red (ruby?) eyes; excellent detail and workmanship, probably Fairchild or Aikin Lambert, uses standard 1.1 mm lead. Action is a bit sticky but mechanism fully functional, usual age shrinkage to body has led to the side seam opening on one side and partially opening on the other (see details).

DATE: c. 1885 • CONDITION: VG* • $600

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11622: unmarked dip pen: sterling silver, 15.9 cm long excluding brass nib, American manufacture, excellent quality, nicely proportioned twist and scroll pattern, a few shallow bumps to the ferrule (see detail).

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

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11202: unmarked dip pen: sterling silver, American manufacture, marked only "STERLING"; bold twist decoration of fine quality, 15.5 cm long excluding plated steel nib.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $160

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12217: unmarked dip pen: mottled hard rubber holder, 13.9 cm long excluding plated nib.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: exc • $50

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12230: unmarked magic pencil: gold filled ringtop, hexagonal red and white marbled celluloid barrel, 4.75 cm long closed, 9.2 cm extended, uses 1.05 mm lead; usual seam openings to celluloid from age shrinkage, otherwise good clean condition.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG • $80

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11943: unmarked pencil: slender, barleycorn pattern with what appear to be traces of gilding (material appears to be solid silver and not plate), 9.3 cm long, uses 1.4 mm lead, probably American.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: exc • $70

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11991: unmarked desk pencil: long and elegant, gold filled trim with twist pattern black hard rubber barrel sleeve, 15.1 cm long, propels and retracts, uses 2.65 mm lead (lead clutch could be squeezed slightly to allow use of more readily available 2.5 mm lead).

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG • $95

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11906: unmarked novelty dip pen and pencil: wooden souvenir in the form of an umbrella, 28.2 cm long, shaft pulls out to reveal dip pen, tip of umbrella covers clutch pencil nozzle, uses 2 mm lead; fabric cover to body, shaft hand-carved "WASHINGTON D. C.", painted papier-mache cherries attached.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine • $120

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11024: unmarked pencil and pencil topper: small sterling silver ringtop, uses standard 2 mm lead, 6.6 cm long, with similarly marked silver topper for a wooden pencil -- chased sleeve slides up to hide eraser, has some roughness and a small split at the top edge (see details). Both pieces probably New York manufacture.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $80

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10747: unmarked magic pencil: large gold filled ringtop, 5.7 cm long closed, 11.2 cm extended, elaborate twist pattern barrel is thick and substantial; uses standard 2.0 mm thick lead, smooth mechanism, possibly made by Hicks.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: exc • $265

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10726: unmarked glass dip pen: hollow clear golden brown handle, clear twisted nib, about 17 cm long, hand-made; part of a hoard found in central Europe, several available.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $25

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10651: unmarked magic pencil: gold filled, with suspension sheath with hand engraved floral decoration, 7.2 cm closed, 12.3 cm extended, uses standard 2mm lead; very substantial, smooth action, initials on barrel, probably made by Hicks.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • $200

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12291: unmarked dip pen and accessories in box: French writing set, including pen, seal, eraser knife, and paper knife with celluloid imitation ivory blade, all in hallmarked sterling silver; pen is 17 cm long, paper knife 21.5 cm, no damage or excessive wear, seal has not been engraved. Box measures 24.5 x 9 cm.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: exc • $500

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10420: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 17.2 cm long, letter-opener end; Stanhope peep viewer at center, with two images of WW1 battlefields, titled "GUERRE EUROPEENNE 1914-1915-1916", "PANORAMA DU MORT-HOMME/ET DE LA MEUSE", "PANORAMA DU PLATEAU/DU DOUAUMONT". Images are clean, though tilted, crack through the bone just above the viewer has been well repaired and is hardly noticeable; some rust to the ferrule, some old defects to the bone (see details).

DATE: c. 1917 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • $60

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12236: unmarked dip pen: large painted porcelain holder, 15 cm long excluding nib, probably European manufacture, applied gilding worn at ends, floral decoration vivid and fully intact.

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • $120

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10439: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 17.3 cm long, letter-opener end, made in France; stanhope peep viewer at center, with image of "SAN MIGUEL CHURCH IN 1872, SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO." Image is nice and clean, some rust on ferrule.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine • $80

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10438: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 17.1 cm long, letter-opener end, made in France; stanhope peep viewer at center, with image of "THE OLD MISSION - SANTA BARBARA/CALIFORNIA." Image is nice and clean, unusual California subject.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc • $90

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10437: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 17.4 cm long, letter-opener end, made in France; stanhope peep viewer at center, with image of "THE OLD MISSION - SAN LUIS REY/CALIFORNIA." Image is nice and clean, a little rust inside ferrule, unusual California subject.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc • $90

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10951: unmarked Graf Zeppelin dip pen: rare figural holder, made to commemorate the Graf Zeppelin's visit to Estonia in 1930; .875 fine silver, Estonian hallmarks, 14.8 cm long excluding nib, nicely detailed, excellent quality; discreet engraving on top, fine example lacking the usual deep nicks and dings.

DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $800

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10442: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 16.9 cm long, letter-opener end, made in France; stanhope peep viewer at center, with image of "SHRINE CHURCH, OUR LADY OF CONSOLATION/CAREY, OHIO." Good clean image.

DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: exc • $60

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10443: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 17.4 cm long, letter-opener end, made in France; stanhope peep viewer at center, with image of "HOLY ROSARY CHURCH/INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA ." Good clean image.

DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: exc • $60

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10441: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 17.2 cm long, letter-opener end, made in France; stanhope peep viewer at center, with image of "ST ANN'S CHURCH, VIDA, MONTANA/BUILT IN 1933 WITH THE AID OF/EXTENSION SOCIETY, CHICAGO ILL ." Good clean image, some rust to ferrule.

DATE: c. 1933 • CONDITION: fine • $60

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