The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
Top-quality Victorian pencils and combinations have steadily been moving up in price, yet still offer the collector great value. Most of these items come from a collection we purchased some years ago and which we are only now getting around to listing.
14217: Butler combination dip pen and pencil: sterling silver, barleycorn engine turning, reversible pen-pencil plug unit, "M" marked nozzle of characteristic Butler form uses 1.0-1.05 mm lead; 10.8 cm long closed, 13.1 cm with pencil nozzle mounted, excellent condition but for tool marks on nib holder unit.
DATE: c. 1850 • CONDITION: fine • SOLD
14223: Fairchild (?) novelty pencil: gold filled and silver magic pencil in the form of a champagne bottle, 4.7 cm long closed, 8.4 cm extended, uses 1.0 mm lead, mechanism works easily. Not marked, but identical to Fairchild-marked examples.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $225
14221: Mordan cedar pencil holder: sterling silver, long with fine barleycorn pattern, 10.1 cm long with pencil retracted, fully marked "S. MORDAN & CO MAKERS", complete London hallmarks with 1857/8 date letter, lovely purple faceted seal stone (amethyst?).
DATE: c. 1857 • CONDITION: exc • $225
14214: Mordan combination dip pen and cedar pencil holder: sterling silver, 9.5 cm retracted, pencil comes out one end, dip pen holder the other, using single slider on offset track; classic barleycorn pattern, heavy construction, full London hallmarks with 1895/6 date letter.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: exc • SOLD
14216: Mordan cedar pencil holder: 9K solid gold ringtop, 8.3 cm long with pencil retracted, full London hallmarks with date letter for 1911/12; weighs 12.4 g excluding pencil, priced at gold value.
DATE: c. 1911 • CONDITION: fine • $225
14222: Mordan cedar pencil holder: 9K solid gold ringtop, 8.25 cm long with pencil retracted, full London hallmarks with date letter for 1915/6; weighs 10.4 g excluding pencil, priced at gold value.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: exc • $190
14212: Mosley extending pencil: sterling silver, reeded shaft, excellent quality by an important early maker; 8.35 cm long retracted, 10.7 cm extended, faceted light yellow seal stone, uses 0.8 mm "H" lead, a few small marks but little wear to the beautifully worked fittings.
DATE: c. 1845 • CONDITION: fine • $125
14219: unmarked propelling pencil: sterling silver, long and slender, 12.1 cm long, flat metal seal end. Small French hallmarks on barleycorn shaft, but appears to be English manufacture; nozzle has steel liner (added to adapt size?), uses 0.9 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $115
14215: unmarked combination dip pen and pencil: sterling silver, hand engraved hexagonal shaft, hardstone seal end, attractive fancy slider ends, 9.7 cm long retracted, 12.1 cm with pencil extended. Probably English, could be American, excellent condition but for split to nozzle (see details; still functional, could be repaired by a silversmith or jeweler), uses 1.0 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1865 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • SOLD
14218: unmarked combination dip pen and pencil: sterling silver, slider extends and retracts reversible pen-pencil unit, nozzle uses thick 2.0 mm lead; 9.9 cm long retracted, excellent quality, crisp crown detailing, moonstone seal, unusual configuration, English manufacture.
DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: fine-exc • SOLD
14213: unmarked combination dip pen and pencil: sterling silver, hand engraved hexagonal shaft, faceted purple seal stone, 10.2 cm long retracted, 12.4 cm with pencil extended; uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead, fine quality, crisp condition, large size, English or American manufacture.
DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • SOLD
14211: W. M. extending pencil: sterling silver, hand engraved hexagonal shaft, sliding suspension ring, 6.9 cm long retracted, 8.8 cm extended, bloodstone seal end, uses 0.8 mm "H" head; excellent quality, marked "W.M LONDON" (William Moulson?).
DATE: c. 1850 • CONDITION: exc • $80
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14241: Conklin Endura Symetrik: black-veined green "Foliage Pearl" lever-filler, rare vest pocket size, 11.2 cm long, gold filled trim, outstanding color and depth of pearlescence. Early production with full "ENDURA/SYMETRIK" imprint, gold-colored crescent logo above clip, small but responsive Endura nib.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $225
14263: Conklin Three-Fifty: beautiful black-veined silver pearl marbled with red streaks, striking and most uncommon lever-filler with white gold filled trim; 13 cm long, lively nib does not open wide but is highly responsive, writes a nicely shaded line. Excellent color, no brassing, like new except for slight erosion to front of lever opening (see detail).
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • SOLD
14244: Conklin Nozac: rare vest pocket model, 11.35 cm long facetted piston-filler, gold filled trim, from the short-lived Penline series; excellent color and ink window transparency, no brassing, uncommon two-tone nib has a turnup tip.
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine • $350
14278: Eversharp injector pencil: unusual export model, full-length in black, 13.3 cm long, gold filled trim, wide barrel band with French hallmark.
DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: near mint • $60
14250: Parker Duofold Junior desk set in box: handsome stone base, 10.2 x 8.8 cm (4 x 3.45 inches), black-veined pearl button-filler with gold filled trim, made in Canada, barrel is evenly darkened, holder on base has a crack that does not affect function, can be left facing downwards. Desk sets retaining their original packaging are hard to find.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium firm • $150
14242: Parker Duofold Senior set: green and brown pearl Vac-filler with black stripes, 13.6 cm long, wartime gold filled over silver trim, Blue Diamond clip, geometric patterned cap band, largest size, much scarcer than contemporary Vacumatics, especially as a set; crisp imprint with 1st quarter date code, excellent barrel transparency, minor plating wear to two-tone "V" for victory nib. Matching twist-action pencil shows significantly more wear, has uncommon wartime plastic inner mechanism housing, strong imprint with 4th quarter 1942 date code, uses .9 mm lead.
DATE: 1943/1942 • CONDITION: exc-near mint/VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine • $365
14277: Parker Vacumatic Major: green pearl laminate, 12.9 cm long, gold filled trim, Blue Diamond clip, strong barrel imprint with 3rd quarter date code, matching 2nd quarter date code on two-tone Arrow nib; condition as new, perfect barrel transparency -- appears not to have been filled.
DATE: 1946 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-fine • $220
14249: Parker Lady Insignia: small gold filled Aerometric filler, 11.9 cm long, made in England, hooded nib is a smooth writer, near perfect sac transparency.
DATE: c. 1963 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium • $150
14265: Sheaffer Snorkel Signature: late version dark burgundy pneumatic-filler, 14.2 cm long, gold filled trim, colored section, 14K solid gold cap band, two-tone M5 conical Triumph nib is a very smooth and wet writer; matching pencil uses .9 mm lead. Both are like new with gold bands engraved with a facsimile signature, pencil eraser unused, box includes foil clip tags and display card, instructions. An uncommon set in an uncommon color no trace of ink inside cap, overall appearance like new; solid gold trim is much less common on Snorkels in colors other than black, and this example is doubly uncommon, inasmuch as it is the much less common later and deeper burgundy.
DATE: c. 1957 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium • $295
14266: Sheaffer Snorkel Triumph: pneumatic-filler, gold filled cap and barrel, 14.1 cm long, White Dot, two-tone conical Triumph M5 nib is smooth and wet with just a bit of flex; crisp and like new with nib grade sticker on section, one tiny and easily overlooked bump right above the White Dot.
DATE: c. 1958 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium • $295
14280: Wahl-Eversharp pencil: green gold filled ringtop in "Dart" pattern, 10.4 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead; crisp with no brassing, but scratches to the surface (see details).
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: fine* • $40
14248: Wahl-Eversharp Gold Seal pencil: rare Equipoise-like semistreamlined full-length model in pristine black and pearl, 12.6 cm long, gold filled trim, roller clip; not an advertised or catalogued model, uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: near mint • $165
14276: Wahl-Eversharp Coronet injector pencil: uncommon Art Deco classic in rhodium plate, 13.1 cm long, black inlaid celluloid trim, uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: exc • $120
14251: unmarked dip pen: unusually long mottled hard rubber holder, 19.2 cm long excluding plated nib, 10.3 mm thick at grip area, good solid feel.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $75
14262: unmarked crescent-filler in box: Japanese pen of the style commonly imported to the USA under the SPORS brand, this example unusual in being entirely made of transparent celluloid, with a metallic gold colored glass nib; 11.9 cm long, age roughness to the nickel-plated brass trim, a transparent silicone sac has been installed.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine • $165
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