13458: Foster penner: classic Sheffield brass writing compendium, 10.5 cm high, inset glass inkwell is unchipped, brass has some shallow bumps but none of the splits and deep dents often found on surviving examples. This design was made for decades, through the 18th century up into the beginning of the 19th, with examples in use in the Americas in the Revolutionary War era. Thomas Foster, "brass inkstand manufacturer", was listed at 51 Burgess St. in the 1820s, but apparently left the business to become a teacher of music. This penner could just as well have been made by his father, however.

DATE: c. 1825 • CONDITION: VG • $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 only partially visible, appears to be "TW" for Thomas Wise, Butler's partner and successor; 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* • $595

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13365: unmarked extending pencil: slender slide-action, gold filled, finely engine turned, 8 cm long closed, 10.4 cm extended, uses 1.05 mm "M" lead, probably American manufacture, with characteristic steel nozzle insert, unmarked nozzle. Clear faceted seal stone, cracks at ends of slider slot (see details).

DATE: c. 1845 • CONDITION: VG* • $80

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13063: unmarked extending pencil: early slide-action, gold filled, American-made with characteristic steel nozzle tip insert, sliding ring fitting, 9.7 cm long closed, 12. 7 cm extended, yellow faceted seal "stone", uses 1.0 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1850 • CONDITION: fine • $150

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13954: unmarked extending pencil: 8.5 cm long closed, 11.1 cm extended, uses 1.0 - 1.05 mm lead; construction appears to combine gold filled and solid gold components, typically American nozzle with inset steel tip. Some scratches to sides of nozzle body, crack and missing material at front of slider slot (see detail), faceted yellow end stone.

DATE: c. 1850 • CONDITION: VG* • $80

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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 • $75

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13583: John Holland dip pen in box: #6-size takedown holder, gold filled with ebonized wood taper, 14.4 cm long excluding matching #6 John Holland gold nib. Flake missing from taper end (see detail), small stress crack in prolongation of the nib slit, appears stable.

DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $265

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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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13664: unmarked extending pencil: distinctively French design, two-tone gilt over silver, though no metal content marks visible; 10.2 cm long closed, 13.3 cm extended, perpetual calendar at end, seal engraved "G.F", scroll engraving on barrel, nozzle accepts lead from .9 to 1.0 mm.

DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $225

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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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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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13615: Fairchild dip pen: gold filled holder with pearl taper, 14.8 cm long excluding ventless Fairchild #4 nib; holder fully marked, nice and clean noting slight seam opening towards front (see detail), does not affect function. Nib is springy, not soft.

DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine flex • $95

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14161: John Holland dip pen: #8 ventless gold nib, #8 holder is fully marked, with 1871 patent date, wooden taper removable for storage or transport. 17.6 cm long overall, nib is smooth and opens up wide with minimal pressure; some surface digs and straightening marks to the right tine, very small incipient stress crack at end of slit.

DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $165

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14133: unmarked inkstand: Gothic Revival design in gild and painted wood, 23 cm (9 inches) long, 10.7 cm (4.25 inches) wide, glass inkwell insert.

DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: VG • $145

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12164: Aikin Lambert retracting dip pen: gold filled with extending ebonized wood taper, 7.6 cm long closed, 12.5 cm extended excluding nib; holder unmarked, ventless gold Aikin Lambert #5 nib is very flexible but scratchy, not easy to control when wide open; flat spot on middle turned ridge of taper finial.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $200

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14162: Edward Todd dip pen: #5 ventless gold 313C nib, unmarked gold filled takedown holder with wooden taper, 17.2 cm long overall; corrosion to underside of holder from ink exposure (see detail), crack at end of nib slit. A good flex user.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine superflex • $150

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14165: Edward Todd dip pen and pencil combination: sterling silver twist-pattern ringtop, 6.6 cm long closed, 12.7 cm extended including #4 ventless gold nib; pencil nozzle extends by twisting end of taper clockwise, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead. Gold filled combinations of this form are relatively common, but silver examples are hard to find.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $225

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12588: Gorham dip pen: sterling silver, fully marked, 16 cm long excluding plated nib, bold twist pattern, engraved initials, incipient stress cracks at hinge points on underside of holder, but no dings.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG* • $265

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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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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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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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13672: Gorham dip pen: sterling silver, 15.2 cm long, fully marked, model number 140, beautiful floral repoussé work; bumps to nib holder, overall surface roughness from chemical dip cleaning; ex-Tefft collection.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG • $165

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13675: Gorham dip pen: sterling silver, 15.25 cm long, fully marked, model number 140, beautiful floral repoussé work; initials on nib holder, minor roughness to front, some waviness to taper; ex-Tefft collection.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $200

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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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13670: Mabie Todd dip pen: sterling silver, 16.2 cm long, fully marked, unusual six-lobed form with alternating panels of smooth and scroll-chased pattern; ex-Tefft collection.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: exc • $245

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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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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

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13955: unmarked magic pencil: gold filled ringtop with pearl slabs, 4.7 cm long closed, 8.5 cm extended, uses 1.0 - 1.05 mm lead; some marring to nozzle tip which does not affect function, one pearl panel is an old replacement, well matched as to color but with a flat surface rather than rounded.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG* • $50

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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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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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11622: unmarked dip pen: sterling silver, 15.9 cm long excluding brass nib, American manufacture, excellent quality, nicely proportioned twist and scroll pattern, a few shallow bumps to the ferrule (see detail).

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine • $175

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13676: unmarked dip pen: sterling silver, 16.1 cm long, marked only "STERLING", American made, high quality, seam opening at front of nib holder does not affect function. Ex-Tefft collection.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • $120

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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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12253: Gorham dip pen: bold sterling silver twist pattern, 16.2 cm long excluding nib, fully and strongly marked, initials and scattered pinhead dings in gripping area (see detail).

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG • $265

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13928: Hicks magic pencil: rare oversize ringtop, 8.7 cm long closed, 15.3 cm extended, uses 2.5 mm lead, advances and retracts; no maker's marks but of distinctive construction, scattered pinprick dings, one larger bump and test mark on end (see details), mechanism works solidly and smoothly.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG • $245

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13318: Hicks dip pen: sterling silver, 16.2 cm long excluding plated nib, acorn maker's mark, metal crisp with original manufacturing marks visible on the ferrule, excellent quality, nice girth; initials "C. L." engraved in cartouche.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $265

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13673: Mabie Todd dip pen: sterling silver, 16.1 cm long, fully marked, high quality scroll pattern, crisp with blank cartouche; ex-Tefft collection.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine • $160

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13449: Mabie Todd desk pencil: sterling silver, pearl taper, 14.6 cm long, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $120

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13678: unmarked dip pens: sterling silver, beaded decoration, marked only "STERLING"; sold as a pair, though it is noteworthy that even these seemingly identical holders differ slightly, an indication of the hand work still required to finish die-stamped components (one is 16.2 cm long, the other 16.1). These appear to be new old stock, evenly tarnished, with a few very shallow storage bumps.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: exc • $250

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13629: Edward Todd telescoping ruler pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 11.3 cm long, square body ruled to 3 5/8 inches, extends to 32.5 cm to measure a full 12 inches; hand-engraved numbers, 1897 patent date, uses standard 2 mm thick lead. Early production, unusual size, only example we have handled that is three-draw, rather than two. Ringtop attachment appears to have been resoldered in the past (see detail).

DATE: c. 1898 • CONDITION: fine* • $350

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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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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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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 • $425

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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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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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14016: Tiffany dip pen in box: 14K solid gold (13.15 grams), 16.2 cm long excluding ventless gold F. T. Pearce #2 nib. Fully marked, engraved "Bertha" on side, Tiffany box in excellent condition.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $895

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14103: unmarked magic pencil: gold filled ringtop with corrugated mother of pearl slabs, 6.9 cm long closed, 11.7 cm extended, uses standard 1.1 mm lead; smooth and positive action, pearl has a nice touch of subtle color, excellent weight and quality.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: exc • $175

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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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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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13014: unmarked dip pen: sterling silver, 15.1 cm long excluding steel nib, American manufacture, excellent quality, unusual coil-pattern body.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: exc • $165

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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 • $65

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12702: Edward Baker ejector dip pen: sterling silver, London hallmarks worn but legible, 15.4 cm long excluding nib. The end of the taper is spring-loaded; when pushed, the nib is ejected. Plunger spring has taken a set, so plunger does not spring all the way back, slight bend to plunger, small seam split at end of taper (see detail), but all fully functional.

DATE: c. 1902 • CONDITION: fine* • $250

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12105: Mordan Ejector dip pen set in box: patent dip pen in solid 9K rose gold, 15.3 cm long, ferrule body slides forward to eject a used nib without soiling the fingers; matching pencil uses 1.5mm "VS" lead, both engraved with monograms, but oddly the pencil bears "JRB" and the pen, "JEB". Box will not close fully, latch needs attention.

DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: exc • $575

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12327: Unger Brothers dip pen: sterling silver, Art Nouveau grotesque mask design in high relief, 16.2 cm long excluding nib; highly desirable model from a premier American maker, fully marked, ferrule heavily dinged with split on one side (see details), but still fully functional; listed as model #7744 in Unger Brothers' catalog of 1904.

DATE: c. 1904 • CONDITION: G-VG* • $1200

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12397: Aikin Lambert needle case: chased sterling silver, ringtop fitting, 11.5 cm long, fully marked, end unscrews to give access to interior compartment.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: exc • $90

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14102: Aikin Lambert magic pencil: rose gold filled ringtop, 6 cm long closed, 11.2 cm extended, nice size, uses standard 2 mm lead, a few nicks to the bold twist pattern, mechanism smooth and positive.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $150

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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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13460: Heath dip pen: sterling silver, 15.75 cm long excluding plated nib, fully marked, relief work is an interesting variant of the Waterman "Puritan" or "Patch", with larger patches of scrollwork and the areas separating those patches narrower and with a hand-hammered surface; crisp and details not softened by polishing, one nip towards end of taper (see details).

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $265

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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 • $120

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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 • $850

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12820: unmarked dip pen: sterling silver twist pattern, 16.8 cm long excluding plated nib, probably American manufacture, engraved only "G.G.E", apparently a monogram rather than a maker's mark. Excellent quality.

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

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13016: unmarked sheath pencil: gold filled ringtop, crisp engine turning of unusual design, 8.8 cm long closed, pencil uses standard 2 mm lead, advances and retracts, crisp and clean, one tiny test mark towards front of sheath.

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

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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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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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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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14068: C. M. magic pencil: silver ringtop, French manufacture, 6.3 cm long closed, 11.4 cm open, beautiful low-relief Art Nouveau plant motif decoration, marked "C.M. DEPOSE", uses 1.9 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: VG • $95

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13081: Hicks magic pencil: large smooth gold filled ringtop, 7.9 cm long closed, 14.4 cm extended, uses 2.5 mm lead, extends and retracts; interesting and elegant 1915-dated presentation inscription, maker's mark and "10K GOLD PLATE" imprint. Some small marks and dings to the end of the extending shaft, and to the ends of the barrel.

DATE: c. 1914 • CONDITION: fine • $195

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14049: Hicks magic pencil: 10K gold filled ringtop, 6.4 cm long closed, 11.6 cm extended, high quality hand engraved scrollwork decoration, fully marked, excellent working condition, initials "J. C. S." in cartouche, uses standard 2 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: VG • $85

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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. 1915 • CONDITION: fine • $120

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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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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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12907: Asprey writing set in box: sterling silver dip pen, desk pencil, and paper knife with seal end, pen 16.6 cm long excluding plated nib, pencil uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead; all three pieces engraved "LW", bear London hallmarks with maker mark "JH" (John Hill?), lightly scribed jeweler's inventory numbers. "ASPREY" appears only on the silver blade of the paper knife.

DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $385

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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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12337: American Pencil Co. "The Twins" dip pen and pencil set in box: giant novelty set, 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. 1920 • CONDITION: exc • $120

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13554: Brown & Bigelow dip pen: aluminum, 16 cm long excluding plated nib, an advertising item marked for the Hotel Sutter in San Francisco. Brown & Bigelow were later known as the makers of the Redipoint mechanical pencil, but they had previously had a long history of making aluminum promotional items of all sorts.

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $80

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12945: Hicks magic pencil: solid 14K gold with hand-hammered engine turned sheath with suspension ring; 9.9 cm long extended, 5.9 cm closed; very clean, fully marked, uses standard 2.0 mm lead, propels and retracts, elegant geometric monogram engraved in cartouche. Weighs 22.3g.

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: exc • $425

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13183: unmarked glass dip pen: clear glass nib, hand made, 14.3 cm long, rolled paper advertising sealed inside hollow glass handle, for Springfield, Missouri insurance company.

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • $30

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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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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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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 • $205

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12335: American Pencil Co. No. 19 "Midget" dip pen: giant novelty pen, 29.5 cm long including nib, plated brass ferrule, usual cracquelure to swirled lacquer finish, nib has a bit of superficial rust but is overall quite clean, fragments of decal next to ferrule identify pen as souvenir from Lookout Mountain.

DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $105

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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 • $695

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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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14175: Van Cort reproduction of Thomas Jefferson's fountain pen in box: heavy (38 g) solid sterling silver, 12.1 cm long, based upon the so-called Bion style reservoir pen made for Jefferson in 1824 by William Cowan, a watchmaker in Richmond, Virginia (references here); this copy made in limited numbers, authorized by Monticello. Plated nib, could be replaced with an older dip nib or quill slip for better historical effect. There is no real feed system, so don't expect modern fountain pen performance (the pen was described by the Jefferson Foundation as a dip pen). Original pens of this type are extremely rare and sell for thousands of dollars.

DATE: c. 1997 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine • $325

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