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11516: Cattaraugus knife pencil: red-speckled silver pearl Waterman-style celluloid body, chrome plated trim, 12.85 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead; one cutting blade and one nail file, good snap to both, barrel imprinted "PAT. PENDING", with a bend at that point. Though very rare, Waterman did make a few knife pencils of this sort, using Cattaraugus components along with their own clips and pencil mechanisms.

DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • $165 ORDER

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10711: Cattaraugus knife pencil: white-veined orange-brown marbled celluloid body, chrome plated trim, 12.9 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead; one cutting blade and one nail file, good snap to both, barrel imprinted "COOPER BOX, BUFFALO, N. Y.". Though very rare, Waterman did make a few knife pencils of this sort, using Cattaraugus components along with their own clips and pencil mechanisms.

DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: fine • $165 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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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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5157: Eagle Giant Automatic pencil: oversize novelty, 27 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, some flaking to red paint.

DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: G* • $35 ORDER


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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10504: Edward Todd pencil: handsomely engine-turned solid 14K green gold, 12.85 cm long, no maker's mark, but imprinted "PAT. 58001" (an Edward Todd design patent awarded May 24, 1921); uses 1.1 mm lead, initials engraved on indicia, multiple test marks (see details) shallow mars to the back of the nose cone; stress cracks at tip opening do not affect function, appear to be the result of over-aggressive removal of jammed lead. Overall weight is 19.5g, including internal mechanism.

DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: VG* • $500 ORDER

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10258: Edward Todd telescoping ruler pencil: sterling silver, 13.1 cm long, extends to 31.8 cm; square body ruled to 4 1/2 inches, 12 inches extended. Early production version has hand-engraved numbers, full imprints with maker's mark and 1897 patent date, uses standard 2 mm lead. Initials engraved on side, one small shallow bump to side, hard to photograph.

DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $265 ORDER

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10884: Edward Todd telescoping ruler pencil: sterling silver, 13.9 cm long, extends to 33 cm; square body ruled to 4 1/2 inches, 12 inches extended. Earlier production version with hand-engraved numbers, full imprints with maker's mark and 1897 patent date, uses standard 1.1 mm lead. Name on side, some bumps to the nozzle as well as some minor splits (does not affect function). Added gold filled clip is of excellent quality, would appear to be a copy and likely an infringement of Wahl's design.

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

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10505: Edward Todd (?) broker's pencil: 14K solid gold, 14 cm long, uses thick 2.5mm marking lead, no maker's marks, a few shallow bumps to the barrel opposite the clip, weighs 20.2g including internal mechanism.

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • $500 ORDER

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11402: Esterbrook PJ injector pencil: copper pearl, 12.4 cm long, stainless steel trim, uses .9 mm lead, name on barrel.

DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: fine • $40 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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10943: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: unusual oversize clipless model, 15 cm long, mottled hard rubber with multiple patterned gold filled bands, uses 1.1 mm lead; unmarked, but unquestionably made by Mabie Todd, and found in England. Multi-banded Mabie Todd pens and pencils of this sort are scarce and desirable, and normally always found in plain black hard rubber. This is the first mottled example we have ever seen. Condition excellent but for a circumferential scratch and divot mid-barrel (see detail).

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine* • $150 ORDER

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10620: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: black with gold filled and inlaid jade green celluloid barrel bands, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim, very distinctive design, uses 1.1 mm lead. Like new, with unused eraser under cap, noting slight age shrinkage visible at front of barrel and in gaps next to the green trim bands.

DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: near mint • $120 ORDER

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9443: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: blue with black cap top, gold filled trim, 11.6 cm long, matches Blackbird pen; made in England, uses 1.1 mm lead, new old stock, minimal shop wear, several available.

DATE: c. 1945 • CONDITION: near mint • $65 ORDER

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9495: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: deep burgundy, gold filled trim, 12.6 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, made in England, new old stock, typical very slight shrinkage at top of cap.

DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $60 ORDER

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9441: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: royal blue with gold filled cap, 12.8 cm long, new old stock, uses 1.1 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: near mint • $85 ORDER

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9442: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: black with gold filled cap, 12.8 cm long, new old stock, uses 1.1 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: near mint • $75 ORDER

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9447: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: burgundy, 12.5 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead, made in England, new old stock, slight shop wear, shrinkage of cap end.

DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: exc • $50 ORDER

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9451: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: black, gold filled trim, 12.5 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, made in England, new old stock, but some shop wear and slight shrinkage at top of cap.

DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $50 ORDER

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9453: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: burgundy, 12.6 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead, made in England, new old stock, minimal shop wear.

DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $60 ORDER

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9456: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: dark green, gold filled trim, 12.5 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, made in England, new old stock, but some shop wear and slight shrinkage at top of cap, mechanism fully functional but sticky.

DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • $45 ORDER

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9437: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: dark green, gold filled trim, 12.5 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, made in England, new old stock, but some shop wear and slight shrinkage at top of cap; a few available.

DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $50 ORDER

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9514: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: dark burgundy, chrome plated trim, 12.3 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, made in England, new old stock.

DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: near mint • $65 ORDER

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9435: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: dark blue, gold filled trim, 12.6 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, made in England, new old stock, but some shop wear and slight shrinkage at top of cap; a few available.

DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • $50 ORDER

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9449: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: dark blue, 12.3 cm long, chrome plated trim, uses 1.1 mm lead, made in England, new old stock, minimal shop wear, some dullness to plating; a few available.

DATE: c. 1953 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $55 ORDER

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9448: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: dark blue, gold filled trim, 12.7 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, made in England, new old stock, slight step between cap end piece and barrel.

DATE: c. 1953 • CONDITION: exc* • $50 ORDER

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9438: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: grey, 12.3 cm long, chrome plated trim, uses 1.1 mm lead, made in England, new old stock, minimal shop wear, will polish up like new; a few available.

DATE: c. 1953 • CONDITION: near mint • $50 ORDER

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9439: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: black, 12.3 cm long, chrome plated trim, uses 1.1 mm lead, made in England, new old stock, minimal shop wear.

DATE: c. 1953 • CONDITION: exc • $50 ORDER

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9511: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: dark green, 12.4 cm long, chrome plated trim, uses 1.1 mm lead, made in England, new old stock.

DATE: c. 1953 • CONDITION: near mint • $60 ORDER

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10037: Mordan combination dip pen and pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 6.25 cm long closed, telescoping body opens to reveal sliders to extend dip pen holder and 1.5 mm (VS) pencil nozzle; mechanically sound, but one slider plate is missing (can still easily be operated by pushing upon the protruding pins) and the other is missing an end. 1908 dated inscription on the barrel.

DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • $85 ORDER

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11483: Mordan dip pen and pencil set in box: sterling silver, cable twist pattern with smooth baluster finial tapers, pen is 18.3 cm long, takes standard nibs; pencil is 19.2 cm long, uses 1.5 mm VS lead.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: exc • SOLD ORDER

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11242: Pelikan 60 pencil: dark green, 11.8 cm long, gold filled trim; singular "Knickebein" mechanism advances lead when pencil is "bent" between the fingers (see video here); a real conversation piece, quite scarce and desirable, uses 1.1 mm lead. As new, with original price sticker, toning to trim can easily be polished bright if desired.

DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: near mint • $450 ORDER

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10270: Pelikan 60 pencil: dark green, 11.8 cm long, gold filled trim; singular "Knickebein" mechanism advances lead when pencil is "bent" between the fingers (see video here); a real conversation piece, quite scarce and desirable, uses 1.1 mm lead. Two hairlines in the front of the barrel next to the nose cone (see detail), do not affect function as the front part of the barrel has a brass liner.

DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • $300 ORDER

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10835: Platinum (?) Ever-Ready Sharp pencil in box: chrome plated trim with applied spiral pattern; 13.6 cm long, etched spiral pattern, not sold to the public, commissioned by the Sharp Corporation as a gift item reproducing the appearance of company founder Tokuji Hayakawa's 1915 invention (read more here). Pencil uses .5 mm lead, reportedly made for Sharp by Platinum.

DATE: c. 1995 • CONDITION: mint • $100 ORDER

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11441: Ruxton Multi-Vider slide rule pencil: black bakelite with silver-filled trim, 16.5 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, lead reservoir revealed by sliding open the body; operates smoothly, a high-quality instrument in pristine condition. A 1929 advertisement can be viewed here. Unusually, this example is unmarked, perhaps because it came to us along with a group of factory experimental pieces. Plating losses to the very edges of the top ferrule (see detail) appear to be from manufacture, not usage.

DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: near mint* • $175 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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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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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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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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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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10602: unmarked novelty pencil: nickel plated brass, 9.6 cm long, in the form of a large screw; the head turns to extend and retract the lead. Uses standard 2.0 mm drafting lead, Cross made similar pencils, but could also be English.

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $85 ORDER

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11435: unmarked novelty pencil in box: chrome plated brass, in the form of a screw, 10.7 cm long, marked "MADE IN ENGLAND" and "USE NETTLEFOLDS SCREWS"; head turns to propel 1.1 mm lead, in gift box from Guest, Keen & Nettlefolds of Birmingham, like new.

DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: near mint • $150 ORDER

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11464: unmarked pencil: gold filled with agate hardstone shaft, 10.5 cm long, American manufacture, uses 1.0 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $90 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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11227: unmarked retracting pencil: gold filled ringtop, 9.8 cm long extended, 7.3 cm closed, blue cabochon in slider button; probably European manufacture, uses standard 2.0 mm lead, nozzle marked "3", mechanism propels and retracts lead. Condition excellent but for a test mark on the side of the barrel and a dent to the front ferrule (see details).

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine* • $80 ORDER

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