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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10064: 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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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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11561: Cross magic pencil: gold filled, with suspension sheath, 6.15 cm closed, 11.25 cm extended, uses standard 2mm lead; Cross magic pencils are uncommon.

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • $250

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11772: Crown dip pen: unmarked gold filled holder, fancy carved twist pattern pearl taper, 14.2 cm long excluding nib, Crown #2 ventless gold nib has a small chip to its tipping on one side, still writes well when used without pressure, only slightly scratchy when pressed to open.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine semiflex • $105

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8250: De La Rue "Casket Ink" traveling inkwell: unusual oversized version, nickel plated, fully marked on both inside and on outer case, Paris-made, glass well inside; 5.5 cm high, 2.6 cm thick, original inner seal mostly present but not ink-tight; plating dull with wear and some spotting, mechanically sound, will clean up.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: G • $200

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11653: E. S. Johnson magic pencil: gold filled ringtop with pearl slabs, 6.7 cm long closed, 11.5 cm extended; fine quality, sound condition, smooth action, one dig to one pearl slab (see detail), marked only "PEARL PAT. DEC. 5. 71", a Johnson patent; uses 1.0 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $125

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11456: E. S. Johnson dip pen in box: clean gold filled ferrule, marked only "3", pearl taper, 14.1 cm long excluding #3 ventless gold Johnson nib -- a very flexible writer. Box is in rough condition, missing much of its leatherette covering.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine superflex • $200

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11767: Eagle Arrow dip pen: unusual drop-action holder, 11.1 cm long retracted, black lacquered brass with nickel plated trim; imprint on nib holder notes Feb. 1, 1887 patent date, end button is pressed with nib down to extend, pressed again with nib upwards to retract; good working order, typical scattered losses to the finish (see details).

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG • $85

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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". Lead has to be pushed back, does not retract automatically.

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

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11447: Fairchild retracting dip pen: gold filled body with bone taper, 11.8 cm long with nib retracted; holder is fully marked, #2 ventless gold Fairchild nib is like new, very flexible but scratchy.

DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine flex • $165

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9842: Fairchild magic pencil: large sterling silver ringtop, 12.2 cm long extended, 6.4 cm retracted; beautiful high-relief design of raised flowers against a textured ground, no maker's mark, but shaft imprinted "STERLING" and "PAT. APD FOR"; uses 2.0 mm lead, mechanism sticky, some scratching to nozzle.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine* • $250

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11178: Gorham dip pen: sterling silver, fully marked, bold deep reversing twist pattern, 16 cm long excluding plated nib; scattered pinprick marks to forepart of holder (see details).

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine • $225

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9834: Gorham dip pen: large with bold "pineapple" pattern, 15.8 cm long excluding plated nib; fully marked, nicely patinated, unusual form; nice condition, a few light nicks.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine • $275

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11053: H. & D. dip pen: sterling silver with repoussé design of flowers and scrolls, crisp and of excellent weight and outstanding workmanship; 16.2 cm long excluding #5 Aikin Lambert ventless gold nib. Initials "M. W." on top of nib holder, nib is cosmetically perfect but the tipping on one side, while present, is chipped and will dig into paper. The "H. & D." mark is probably a retailer's, possibly Hamilton & Diesinger of Philadelphia.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: exc-near mint* • $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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11451: Hicks dip pen: unmarked gold filled ferrule, pearl taper, 13.6 cm long excluding #2 Hick ventless gold nib. Semistub tip writes more of a medium line at a steep angle, more shaded at a shallow angle, opens up easily for wide flex line variation.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine superflex • $165

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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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11470: Hicks magic pencil: oversize sterling silver ringtop, 9 cm closed, 16.1 cm extended, uses 2.5 mm lead, marked with Hicks' acorn logo; mechanism works easily, monogram lightly and elegantly engraved on barrel, a few tiny pinpricks to the metal, even polishing wear. Magic pencils this large are very uncommon.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $325

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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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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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11065: Hicks magic pencil: 10K gold filled, 5 cm long closed, 9 cm extended, small and elegant with hand engraved suspension sheath, barrel engraved "Babe"; fully marked, excellent working condition, noting tool marks to nozzle. Uses standard 1.1 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $120

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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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11801: Hoagland dip pen: large unmarked gold filled holder, fancy branchiform pearl taper, 15 cm long excluding #5 John Hoagland New York ventless gold nib. Nib has a small nick on the top surface but is an excellent writer, smooth, wet and very flexible. Hoagland appears to have moved back to New York City shortly after his Providence partnership with Frank T. Pearce was dissolved in 1888.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine superflex • $250

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11771: Hoagland retracting dip pen in box: large gold filled holder marked only "SEAMLESS", with pearl taper; 13.15 cm long retracted, 14.5 cm extended excluding #5 John Hoagland New York ventless gold nib. Hoagland appears to have moved back to New York City shortly after his Providence partnership with Frank T. Pearce was dissolved in 1888.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $250

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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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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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11448: Mabie Todd retracting dip pen: gold filled body, branchiform mother of pearl taper, 12.2 cm long retracted, fully marked, unusual nib holder of form more usually found on nonretracting holders, tubular with split plug; ventless gold #2 Mabie Todd nib is a notable writer, overall condition is like new but for corrosion to end of holder (see detail).

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $250

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9671: Manual Tool Co. quill knife: Sheffield-made, 16.8 cm long, well-marked on handle with queen's crown and "S.O." (Stationery Office) above "45-12", with maker's name.

DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $95

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11450: Pearce & Hoagland dip pen: unmarked gold filled ferrule, slender pearl taper, 13 cm long excluding #1 ventless gold nib. Small split at end of holder (see detail) does not affect function, nib is toothy, may dig in with too much pressure. Pearce & Hoagland was a Rhode Island company.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine flex • $65

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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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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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10781: Unger Brothers dip pen: sterling silver "Love's Dream" design in high relief, 16.6 cm long excluding nib; highly desirable model from a premier American maker. Initials on holder, short seam opening at forward ferrule (see details), gold plating is not original but we have left it alone, as it has worn interestingly to enhance the relief work.

DATE: c. 1904 • CONDITION: G-VG* • $1500

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11641: unmarked retracting pencil: unusually large early sterling silver slide-action pencil, hexagonal shaft, faceted clear seal stone (probably glass), characteristically American construction with steel-tipped nozzle; 9.8 cm long closed, 12.8 cm extended, name "LEWIS BARNES" engraved on side, uses 1.05 mm "M" lead. Surface flaw on concave area below crown band, appears to be from manufacture.

DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • $225

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11639: unmarked retracting 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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11662: unmarked retracting 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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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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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* • $150

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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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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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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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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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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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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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11109: unmarked writing set in box: dip pen, letter opener, mechanical pencil, and seal; brass trim, black celluloid ends, center parts of imitation ivory with scrimshaw-style images of 18th-century figures. Splits in the pencil barrel and the letter opener; the end of the latter is stamped "MADE IN AUSTRIA". Pencil uses 1.1 mm lead, penholder accepts a wide variety of standard dip pen nibs. Box measures 21.5 x 8.5 cm.

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • $265

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11334: unmarked dip pen: hand carved souvenir of the Pacific Northwest in the form of a totem pole, 15.6 cm long excluding steel nib, black hard rubber grip.

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $125

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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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11726: 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, 14.9 cm long excluding nib, nicely detailed, excellent quality; engraved monogram "AS" on top, typical scattered nicks and shallow dings.

DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: VG • $565

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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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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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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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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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