Dip Pens & Victoriana


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 • $400

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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12255: Fairchild/Johnson dip pen: handsome gold filled barleycorn holder with pearl taper, 13.9 cm long, marked "FAIRCHILD" and "3", nib is an E.S. Johnson #2, unusually marked on the underside "14K". Nib is extremely flexible, requires a very light hand; nib slit slightly prolonged into top of imprint by short stable hairline crack. Fairchild and Johnson merged in 1898, but this nib and holder could have been put together earlier as well.

DATE: c. 1898 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine superflex • $175

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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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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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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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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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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 • $95

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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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12256: Hicks dip pen: long unmarked mottled hard rubber holder, 20.1 cm long excluding uncommon V-vent Hicks #5 gold dip nib. Holder has a gouge and a short stable crack at the end (see detail), does not affect function, nib is a notable writer, nice sharp smooth italic, some marks from restraightening (someone pressed a bit too hard, as it flexes with very little pressure).

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium italic flex • $175

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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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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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11802: Hicks dip pen: sterling silver, fully marked, 17.2 cm long excluding brass nib; monogram on barrel, even wear to barleycorn engine turning, no dings, top quality manufacture.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine • $150

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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 • $895

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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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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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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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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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13428: John Jago porte-crayon: sterling silver, 8.95 cm long, faceted perpetual calendar at top, seal with monogram with entwined A, C, and R; London hallmark with date letter for 1811/12, slight seam opening at front of slider slot, overall nice and clean example of a high quality early writing instrument by a well known maker.

DATE: c. 1811 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • $625

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13212: Lund pencil: helically-grooved wood shaft with fine bone nozzle and end cap, nickel silver turning sleeve, 10.7 cm long; unmarked, as is common among wooden examples, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead. Split in nozzle where mounted on wooden shaft.

DATE: c. 1850 • CONDITION: G-VG* • $120

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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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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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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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10472: Miller Brothers scraper: 14.4 cm long eraser knife, wood handle; American-made, in Meriden, Connecticut.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG • $45

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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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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 • $600

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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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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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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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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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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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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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8942: Unger Brothers dip pen: sterling silver Art Nouveau sea serpent design in high relief, 16.6 cm long, excluding nib; highly desirable model from a premier American maker, fully marked; shallow denting to the ferrule, some splitting at front edge (see details), does not affect function; listed as #7743 in Unger Brothers' catalog of 1904.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG* • $1500

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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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