14346: Jessap penner: portable brass writing compendium, 13.5 cm tall, Sheffield manufacture, marked "JES/SAP" on the bottom of the inkwell base; screw-off top to carry quills. This design was made from the 18th century up into the beginning of the 19th, making individual specimens difficult to date. Typical dings, tapering top has a hole in the side and a seam split at the base (see details).

DATE: c. 1800 • CONDITION: fair-G • $450

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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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14327: Butler extending pencil: early slide-action, sterling silver, 9 cm long closed, 11.7 cm extended, bloodstone seal; nozzle marked "H", denoting 0.8 mm lead, characteristic form with steel tip insert.

DATE: c. 1840 • CONDITION: fine • $220

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14305: unmarked quill knife: folder, 10.9 cm long closed, 15.4 cm open, characteristically French, wooden handle with nickel silver fittings, name lightly scratched onto sides (not readily visible without raking light). Blade snaps open and closed, but only quite loosely, with sideways play as well.

DATE: c. 1840 • CONDITION: G • $120

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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

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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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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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14392: unmarked combination dip pen and pencil: American-made, 10.1 cm long closed, gold filled with a notably finely worked finial with a faceted yellow seal stone. Plated nib is much later, nozzle with steel tip insert indicative of an early date, shaft engraved "J. M. Wheeler", uses 1.05 mm lead. Condition excellent but for nicks to the thin edges of the rear slider, pin looseness on front slider.

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

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14306: unmarked quill knife: slide-action, 11.6 cm long retracted, 16.1 cm extended, French manufacture, some damage to the handle but mechanically sound with a sharp and well-shaped blade.

DATE: c. 1850 • CONDITION: G* • $120

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14303: Butler quill knife: made in England, 16.1 cm long, well-marked on wood handle including government Stationery Office stamp, tip of blade chipped.

DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: VG* • $65

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14391: E. S. Johnson combination dip pen and pencil: Mabie-style, gold filled trim with black chased hard rubber sleeves, 11 cm long closed, twist barrel to extend pencil nozzle; very faint Goodyear 1851 patent imprint is the only marking aside from the E. S. Johnson gold #5 nib, extremely flexible but with a stress crack from the end of the slit, also tight stress crack to hard rubber foresleeve (see details). Fully functional, pencil uses 1.0 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: fine superflex* • SOLD

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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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14310: Manual Tool Co. quill knife: Sheffield-made, 17.1 cm long, well-marked on blocky wooden handle with queen's crown and "S.O." (Stationery Office) above "45-12", with maker's name; half of original case present, blade sound with some minor edge nicks at the heel.

DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: VG • $75

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14393: Mordan combination dip pen and pencil: sterling silver, 9.25 cm long closed, fully marked with London hallmarks, line and dot pattern, nozzle uses "M" lead, corner flake from shield-shaped bloodstone seal, cracks to shaft (see details) but still functional.

DATE: 1860/61 • CONDITION: G* • SOLD

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14374: Mabie Todd retracting dip pen and pencil combination: black chased hard rubber, gold filled trim, 10.6 cm long closed, chasing covers imprint for Goodyear's 1851 patent (see detail); barrel is twisted to extend pencil nozzle, nib carrier operates by sliding ring, comes with a brass Esterbrook nib.

DATE: c. 1865 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $95

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14379: unmarked retracting dip pen and pencil combination: high quality English manufacture, 9.75 cm long retracted, hand engraved solid gold (probably 14/15K), moonstone seal, pencil nozzle uses "VS' lead, lower part of nib holder bent slightly away from the upper, holds nib somewhat loosely, shallow ding just above sliders; weight is 17.3 grams.

DATE: c. 1865 • CONDITION: fine • $485

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14380: unmarked retracting dip pen and pencil combination: fine quality English manufacture, 9 cm long retracted, hand engraved solid gold, shield-shaped bloodstone seal, pencil nozzle intact but does not propel lead; weight is 13.7 grams.

DATE: c. 1865 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • $275

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13977: unmarked retracting dip pen and pencil combination: high quality English manufacture, 8.8 cm long retracted, hand engraved solid gold (probably 14/15K), chalcedony seal, pencil nozzle uses "M' lead; partial seam opening on upper part of nib holder (see detail), still holds nib securely; weight is 11.3 grams.

DATE: c. 1865 • CONDITION: fine* • $350

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14309: unmarked quill knife: light flat wooden handle, 17 cm long, sharp thin flat-ground blade, small chip from tip, handle marked "P.L.M", also small chip at end.

DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: fine* • $

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14302: unmarked ink eraser: 13.4 cm long, wood handle with fishtail end, double-edged spearhead blade.

DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: G • $45

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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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14394: unmarked combination dip pen and pencil: sterling silver, 9.8 cm long closed, hexagonal body with hand engraved geometric decoration, shield-shaped hardstone seal, high quality English manufacture, nozzle uses "VS" lead, small nicks to area where name engraved.

DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $120

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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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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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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

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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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14376: Mordan retracting dip pen and pencil combination: reeded solid gold, 9.1 cm long retracted, pencil nozzle uses "VS' lead; weight is 12.5 grams.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $375

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14375: Mordan retracting dip pen and pencil combination: reeded solid gold, 9.2 cm long retracted, pencil nozzle uses "VS' lead; weight is 15.2 grams.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: exc • $485

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14400: unmarked combination dip pen and pencil: sterling silver, 9.65 cm long closed, hexagonal body with hand engraved scrolling decoration, shield-shaped transparent orange (citrine?) seal, English manufacture, nozzle uses "VS" lead; unusually crisp condition, "Louie" engraved on shaft.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: exc • $175

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14319: unmarked dip pen: long and slender faded black hard rubber holder, 16.2 cm long excluding plated steel nib.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $45

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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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14238: Leech Brothers cedar pencil holder: short sterling silver ringtop, coarse barleycorn pattern, 5.6 cm long, Birmingham hallmarks.

DATE: 1888/89 • CONDITION: fine • $65

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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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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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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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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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14237: Mordan cedar pencil holder: long sterling silver ringtop, coarse barleycorn pattern, 9.6 cm long.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $150

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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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14398: unmarked combination dip pen and pencil: large, sterling silver, 10.7 cm long closed, hand engraved floral and scroll decoration, shield-shaped bloodstone seal, high quality English manufacture, nozzle uses "VS" lead.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine • $165

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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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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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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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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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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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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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14397: unmarked combination dip pen and pencil: sterling silver, 9.5 cm long closed, hexagonal body with hand engraved scrolling decoration, shield-shaped bloodstone seal, high quality English manufacture, nozzle uses "VS" lead.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $150

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14396: Allen combination dip pen and pencil: sterling silver, 10.35 cm long closed, hexagonal body with hand engraved scrolling decoration, round bloodstone seal, high quality English manufacture, nozzle uses "VS" lead, Birmingham hallmarks with maker's mark for James Allen.

DATE: 1893/94 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $185

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14402: Berkeley combination dip pen and pencil: sterling silver, 10.1 cm long closed, thick hexagonal body with hand engraved scrolling decoration, shield-shaped bloodstone seal, high quality English manufacture, nozzle uses "VS" lead; clear Chester hallmarks with maker's mark for Frederick Charles Berkeley of Birmingham.

DATE: 1894/95 • CONDITION: exc • $175

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14401: Berkeley combination dip pen and pencil: sterling silver, 10.1 cm long closed, thick hexagonal body with hand engraved scrolling decoration, round deep transparent purple seal, high quality English manufacture, nozzle uses "VS" lead; crisp Chester hallmarks with maker's mark for Frederick Charles Berkeley of Birmingham.

DATE: 1895/96 • CONDITION: exc • $175

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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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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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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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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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14132: Mabie Todd magic pencil: small sterling silver ringtop, 5.75 cm long closed, 10.7 cm extended, scroll pattern, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead; New York production, "M" mark on shaft.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine • $95

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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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14326: Hicks (?) magic pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 6.1 cm long retracted, 11.7 cm extended, bold crisp pattern, uses 2 mm lead, propels and retracts.

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

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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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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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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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14404: unmarked dip pen: slender solid 14K gold holder, 16.3 cm long excluding plated nib, marked only "14KT." Holder weighs 9.2 grams, excellent quality American manufacture, multiple shallow dents to forepart, engraved name.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: VG • $250

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14233: Mordan cedar pencil holder: sterling silver ringtop, bold cable twist pattern, 8.3 cm long, fully marked, London hallmarks.

DATE: 1901/2 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $120

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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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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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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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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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14304: Rodgers quill knife: 16.3 cm long, blade marked "CUTLERS/TO HIS/MAJESTY" and "SHEFFIELD/ENGLAND" at the heel, "SIMPLEX" on flat; with home-made wooden blade cover.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: exc • $95

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14365: Rodgers scraper: ink eraser, 16.4 cm long, flat wooden handle, hole drilled in end, marked "CUTLERSTO/HIS MAJESTY", blade well worn but still sharp and sound.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: G • $45

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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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14234: Mordan cedar pencil holder: smooth 9K solid gold ringtop, 5.8 cm long, full London hallmarks, weighs 9.1 grams.

DATE: 1908/9 • CONDITION: fine • $165

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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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14131: Hicks magic pencil: large sterling silver ringtop, hexagonal body, 7.8 cm long closed, 13.7 cm extended, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead; acorn mark on front ferrule, scattered dings to periphery of end knob.

DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine • $205

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14405: Tiffany magic pencil: large sterling silver ringtop, hexagonal body, 7.8 cm long closed, 13.7 cm extended, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead, made by Hicks for Tiffany, and nearly identical to our item 14131. Presentation inscription from Commonwealth Insurance Company with dates of 1886 and 1911. Test mark on shaft, dings to nozzle.

DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: VG* • $265

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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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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

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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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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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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

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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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14235: Mordan cedar pencil holder: 9K solid gold fluted ringtop, 8.4 cm long, full London hallmarks, weighs 12 grams.

DATE: 1918/19 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $225

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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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14236: Mordan cedar pencil holder: smooth 9K solid gold ringtop, 8.3 cm long, full London hallmarks, weighs 11 grams.

DATE: 1920/1 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $195

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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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14438: Glico writing set in box: German-made, comprising a dip pen, letter opener, pencil, utility knife, seal, and lead holder, all in what appears to be casein-based plastic with painted decoration of flowers and butterflies. Box is 21.5 cm wide, dip pen is 14.2 cm long excluding nib. Some wear to the decoration on the pen holder, otherwise showing few signs of use.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • $95

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14189: unmarked mummy pencil: unusually small figural magic pencil, gold plated with multicolored enamel, 3 cm long retracted, top ring, fine working order, uses standard 1.1 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine • $195

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14188: unmarked mummy and obelisk magic pencils: silver (?) with multicolored enamel, mummy is 6.1 cm long closed, obelisk 6 cm; mechanisms work smoothly, traces of gold wash visible on mummy. These are larger than typical examples, especially the obelisk. Mummy uses 1.5 to 1.7 mm lead, obelisk 1.1 mm.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine • $495

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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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14407: 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: mint • $325

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