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12862: Aikin Lambert magic pencil: sterling silver twist-pattern ringtop, 7.7 cm long closed, 13.25 cm extended, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead; fully marked, metal crisp and clean, mechanism smooth and positive.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $265

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12474: Aikin Lambert pencil: hand-engraved sterling silver overlay over wood barrel, 12.7 cm long, black casein nozzle and top end, fully marked, "L. C. HARDMUTH'S/KOHINOOR", propels and retracts 1.8 mm thick lead; initials engraved in cartouche, insect damage to casein ends.

DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: VG* • $95

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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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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 • $125

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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 • $85

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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 • $65

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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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12226: Augusto Geroso sheath pencil: large coin silver (.800 fine), 9.2 cm long, suspension ring at end, made in Italy, inlaid colored enamel decoration for the Tiro Federal Argentino; some losses to the enamel.

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: VG • $200

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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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12367: Cattaraugus knife pencil: black celluloid body, chrome plated trim, 13.6 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead; one cutting blade and one nail file, good snap to both; slight overall bend, marks around crosspins (see details).

DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: VG • $105

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12068: Cattaraugus knife pencil: black celluloid body, chrome plated trim, 13.6 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead; one cutting blade and one nail file, good snap to both; plating wear to clip, two age cracks next to clip (see details) where the celluloid has shrunk slightly while attached to the internal metal knife mechanism.

DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • $105

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12574: Cross magic pencil: gold filled ringtop, 6.3 cm closed, 11.6 cm extended, uses standard 2mm lead; crisp engine turning, fully marked; Cross magic pencils are uncommon.

DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: exc • $165

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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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12594: Cross (?) torpedo pencil: chrome plated brass, 11 cm long, brass propellors at end turn, scattered plating loss; excellent quality and workmanship, uses 1.1 mm lead, no maker's marks, which is typical of Cross's novelty pencils. An earlier Cross torpedo pencil of slightly different form is shown on p. 103 of Lambert's Writing History; it may be significant that Cross made torpedo propellors during WW2.

DATE: c. 1945 • CONDITION: fine • $105

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11872: D. J. Kennedy pencil: Morrison (?) pencil with rhodium-plated sterling silver overlay from the 1930s, elaborated upon in gold and cast silver, including two snakes, a scimitar, and a mermaid; in contrast to the metal pens Kennedy sold through Neiman Marcus, pens and pencils of this kind were typically given or traded to D.J.'s friends in the pen collecting community. Unsigned, missing a cabochon.

DATE: c. 1996 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • $275

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12745: Dur-O-Lite pencil and utility knife set in box: light greenish pearl celluloid Eversharp-style faceted pencil, 14.6 cm long, chrome plated trim, with matching slide-action two-bladed Dodson utility knife; both pieces imprinted with a phone number but apparently unused, some age spots to plating, pencil barrel bent, with some discoloration to the eraser cap and some small age shrinkage cracks at ends (see details).

DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: fine* • $120

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5157: Eagle Giant Automatic pencil: giant novelty mechanical pencil, 27 cm (10 5/8 inches long, uses standard 1.1 mm lead, fully functional, some flaking to red paint.

DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: VG* • $25

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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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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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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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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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12599: Edward Todd magic pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 6.7 cm long closed, 11.3 cm extended, fully marked, unusual pattern, a few scattered shallow pinprick dings, appears to be late production with screw-off end and lead reservoir, uses standard 1.1 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine • $115

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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 barrel, 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* • $350

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12125: Edward Todd pencil lighter: massive 14K solid gold, 13.7 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, lighter at top revealed by turning cap, pulling straight up, and folding to side; wheel and wick as new, needs only flint and fluid, pencil also as new but for shallow bumps to side of nose cone, initials engraved on barrel; net weight over 36 grams.

DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: exc • $500

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12191: Edward Todd telescoping ruler pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 8 cm long, square body ruled to 2 3/8", extends to 6"; hand-engraved numbers, 1897 patent date, uses standard 2 mm thick lead.

DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine • $250

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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

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12793: Edward Todd telescoping ruler pencil: sterling silver, 13.2 cm long, extends to 32.2 cm; square body ruled to 4½ inches, 12 inches extended; hand-engraved numbers, uses standard 2 mm lead, engraved initials, Otis (Elevator) badge; full imprints with maker's mark and 1897 patent date.

DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine • $225

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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

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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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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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12857: Fairchild/Johnson magic pencil: large sterling silver ringtop with bold Art Nouveau floral repoussé decoration, 7.4 cm long closed, 13.2 cm extended, uses standard thick 2mm lead, propels and retracts. Crisp metal, fully marked.

DATE: c. 1898 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $350

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12674: Hague extending pencil: sterling silver, 8.7 cm long closed, 11.3 cm extended, well worn but mechanically sound, imprint partially legible, monogram on crown; an extremely early American pencil, made under John Hague's US patent 1291 of August 10, 1839.

DATE: c. 1840 • CONDITION: fair-G • $265

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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

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12831: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: sterling silver with elaborate engine turning, 12.8 cm long, New York production, monogram engraved on barrel, otherwise as new, some tarnish, in box with original instructions, uses 1.1 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $120

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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

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12325: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: red with gold filled cap, 12.7 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, crisp imprint, unused eraser, but plating wear to clip and general shop wear.

DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: VG • $40

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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12512: Mabie Todd magic pencil: sterling silver extending pencil with ringtop suspension sheath, 9.35 cm long extended, 5.5 cm closed, sheath nicely hand engraved, pencil bears the MTC mark; metal crisp, name engraved on sheath indicia, uses 1.5 mm "VS"lead.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: exc • $165

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11657: Mabie Todd Starling pencil: uncommon late New York City production ringtop, 11.4 cm long, nickel plated trim, octagonal barrel, jade green with white-lined black trim section; uses 1.1 mm lead, two stained patches (see detail), usual gapping due to age shrinkage of celluloid over metal liner.

DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: VG • $60

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

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

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

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

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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 • SOLD

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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12788: Pelikan 350 injector pencil: classic black with green stripes, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $90

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12790: Pelikan 450 injector pencil: brown and striped "tortoiseshell" celluloid, 12.9 cm long, gold filled trim, first model without eraser, good imprint, uses 1.1 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $125

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12752: 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. "PHILIPS" imprinted on barrel, tool marks to nose cone.

DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: fine • $275

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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, appearance excellent.

DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: fine* • $295

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12854: Platinum Sharp commemorative Ever Sharp pencil in box: specially made for the Sharp Electronics Corporation, to commemorate one of founder Hayakawa Tokuji's first products; injector pencil uses .5 mm lead, chrome plated trim with applied spiral pattern; in gift-wrapped original packaging.

DATE: c. 1990 • CONDITION: mint • $80

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12462: Ronson Penciliter: all-metal combination pencil and lighter, chrome-plated with burgundy lacquer, 13.6 cm long, made in USA, uses .9 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: fine • $50

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12887: Ruxton Multi-Vider Executive slide rule pencil: black bakelite with gold-filled trim, 16.1 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead; unlike on most Multi-Viders, the crown pulls straight off with no bayonet-style twist lock, nozzle is two-part and lead is extended by turning the base part, and counterclockwise. As new with minimal storage wear, clip rivet holes drilled but no sign of clip ever having been installed -- purchased by us as part of a group of factory experimental pieces. Instructions and further info here. Three available.

DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: near mint* • $200

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12884: Ruxton Multi-Vider Executive slide rule pencil: black bakelite with gold-filled trim, 16.5 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, twist and pull crown to reveal eraser and lead compartment; operates smoothly, a high-quality instrument, as new with minimal storage wear. Unusually, not marked -- likely because purchased by us as part of a group of factory experimental pieces. Instructions and further info here.

DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: near mint • $200

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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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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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12232: Webb, Baker sheath pencils: two, both in sterling silver, 6.5 and 6.9 cm long, one by Francis Webb of Birmingham, the other by Edward Baker, dings and wear, ring fitting rather crudely added to the Baker.

DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: G-VG* • $60

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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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12185: unmarked bullet pencil: brass and cupronickel, 8.6 cm long with nozzle retracted, extends by twisting the "bullet"; uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead, similar to the well-known Omdurman pencils and of comparable quality, and also utilizing a used British .303 service rifle cartridge case (Mark II, Cordite).

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine • $200

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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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12771: unmarked double-ended pencil: slender hexagonal silver barrel with colored casein cones on either side, 13 cm long, hallmarked "835", probably German manufacture, uses 1.1 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: VG • $85

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12470: unmarked extending pencil: sterling silver, 9.75 cm long retracted, 12.7 cm extended, hexagonal shaft, yellow (glass?) seal stone, brocade patten on shaft very worn, sliding collar loose on slider pins (does not come off), name engraved, steel nozzle tip characteristically American, nice large early pencil; uses 1.0 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1855 • CONDITION: G • $95

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10656: unmarked extending pencil: slender, 8.1 cm long, 10.3 cm extended, yellow seal stone has chip on rim, metal crisp, noting short area of seam opening at front of slider slot; nozzle marked for "H" lead, appears to be English manufacture though not hallmarked, and of solid gold with no sign of wear-through.

DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: fine* • $65

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12863: unmarked extending pencil: medium-quality gold filled construction, English manufacture, 9 cm long retracted, 11.4 cm extended, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead; initials engraved on barrel cartouche, wear and shallow dings, green faceted "jewel" in crown is probably an addition along with the crown itself, which is yellower and of much higher quality, very probably solid 14K gold.

DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: VG* • $80

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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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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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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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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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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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12856: unmarked magic pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 6.1 cm long retracted, 11.6 extended, high quality American manufacture, uses standard 2mm thick lead, hefty silver relief work, dings visible on shaft when pulled out.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG • $145

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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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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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11907: unmarked mummy pencil: gold plated ringtop, 4.2 cm long retracted, 7.9 cm extended, inlaid colored enamel, mechanism works smoothly; uses standard 1.1 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: VG • $250

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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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12681: unmarked novelty pencil: nickel plated brass and celluloid, in the form of an antique pistol, 5.1 cm long, 6.1 cm with nozzle extended; barrel twists to extend nozzle, lead propels and retracts, uses standard 1.1 mm lead, celluloid "stock" has one small chip at the back, material very likely of German manufacture.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • $125

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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

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12295: unmarked novelty pencil: nickel plated brass, 6.7 cm long, in the form of a 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. One small stress crack near front of threads.

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine* • $45

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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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12920: unmarked pencil: solid .835 silver, German made, hexagonal shaft with engine turning and hand engraved scrollwork, 11 cm long, maker's mark "Ln", uses 1.1 mm lead. Dings and scratches to turning knob, otherwise clean, and of excellent quality.

DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: VG • SOLD

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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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12229: unmarked sheath pencil: white metal, 10 cm long, Egyptian-themed enameled badges applied on each side; dings overall, corrosion hole in holder (see details).

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: G* • $45

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