If not otherwise specified, measurements of dip pens are inclusive of their nibs, and measurements of pens and pencils with extending parts are given at full extension.  We can provide nibs upon request for dip pens listed without nibs.  For ordinary steel nibs, this will normally be without charge.

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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11236: E. S. Johnson magic pencil: large gold filled ringtop with branch-style pearl slabs, 6.75 cm long closed, 11.5 cm extended; excellent quality, some high point brassing and a nick to the front ferrule rim, no maker's mark, but imprinted "PAT. DEC. 5. 71", a Johnson patent; uses 1.0 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $150 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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11419: Hicks desk pencil: large hexagonal sterling silver, 15.8 cm long, marked with Hicks' acorn logo; uses 2.5 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: exc • $250 ORDER

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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 indicia, crisp condition, no dings, very solid.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: exc • $150 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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, indicia 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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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11445: John Holland dip pen: very large #10 gold nib, marked "16KT", in matching numbered gold filled holder, 18 cm long; holder shows considerable usage, nib is still as good as new.

DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: G • NIB: fine flex • $350 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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11458: Mabie Todd dip pen in box: fully marked gold filled ferrule, taper with baluster finial, 13.4 cm long excluding #3 ventless gold Mabie Todd nib. Takedown design with socketed taper, extra-fine flex nib is very clean but is missing the tipping on the left tine -- would have to be retipped for writing use.

DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • $165 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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10557: Mabie Todd dip pen: sterling silver, high relief repousse design of flowers and leaves, 16.2 cm long excluding ventless gold #4 John Holland nib; much higher quality than usual die-stamped work, requiring considerable hand labor. Even polishing wear, a few nicks at the end of the taper.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine superflex • $485 ORDER

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11332: Mabie Todd dip pen and pencil combination in box: solid 14K gold, fine parallel lines pattern, 10.45 cm long collapsed, 15.1 cm with barrel extended and pencil nozzle twisted out; nib is a responsive Mabie Todd #5 marked "BROAD POINT", in excellent condition but for the tipping chipped off on one side. Dent in end cap, indicia is engraved "Dr. L. M.", pencil nozzle can be pulled forward but is fully functional, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead. A hefty piece with a total weight of 33.35 g -- a lot of gold, even after deducting the weight of the brass and steel of the interior mechanism.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine* • $600 ORDER

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11452: Madson & Buck dip pen in box: unmarked gold filled ferrule, pearl taper, 13.5 cm long excluding ventless gold #1 nib; semistub tip, nib metal is soft, use with restraint as it can easily be sprung if overflexed. Plush box is well worn on exterior.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $90 ORDER

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11455: Madson & Buck dip pen in box: unmarked gold filled ferrule, branchiform pearl taper, 14.1 cm long excluding ventless gold #1 nib. Semistub tip provides a nicely shaded line with no pressure, just enough flex to add a bit more line width variation; a smooth writer.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine stub semiflex • SOLD ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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. 1895 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine flex • $65 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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9670: unmarked quill knife: Sheffield-made, 16.2 cm long, well-marked on handle with queen's crown and "S.O." (Stationery Office) above "45-12".

DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: fine • $85 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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11245: unmarked magic pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 7.35 cm long closed, 13 cm extended; American-made, excellent quality, longer than most, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $115 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 indicia, probably made by Hicks.

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

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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