It features delightful finely engraved floral and scrollwork, bearing the SM maker's mark for Sampson Mordan. When you pull the central lever, out slides the pencil.
It's an absolutely sublime piece of miniature workmanship. It's in good original condition throughout. A beautiful example of a novelty silver pencil by one of the very best Victorian silversmiths. Considering this exquisite silver novelty pencil is 165 years old, it's in excellent condition, with no denting or damage.
It does have some beautiful age-related silver patina, commensurate with 165 years of age, but nothing unusual. A British silversmith and co-inventor of the first patented mechanical pencil. He was an apprentice to the inventor and locksmith Joseph Bramah.
After the partnership with Riddle dissolved, Mordan continued to sell his silver pencils as S. , adding many other types of silver and gold items to his product line.Mordan often made whimsical "figural" shapes that resembled animals, Egyptian mummies, or other objects; like his other silverware and goldware, these items are now highly collectable. Upon Mordan's death in 1843, his sons Sampson (junior) and Augustus inherited the firm. Continued to make silverware until 1941, when bombs destroyed their factory during the London Blitz. Length: 1.75 inches or 4.4 cm (including ring).
Height: 0.2 inch or 6 mm. Weight: 0.2 oz or 5 grams.
Samson Mordan novelty silver items, are highly collectable and would add value to any silver collection. These delightful miniature silver novelty pencils have become so very collectable and are only going to appreciate in value, in years to come. A real must for any serious silver collector. This stunning Victorian novelty pencil would make an ideal gift.
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