The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
Victorian pencils and combinations come in a wide range of forms. Some of these are quite unusual and interesting.
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
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
14324: Mordan combination dip pen and pencil: sterling silver, 11.2 cm long closed, reversible plug configuration, faceted citrine seal, early "MORDAN & CO. MAKERS" mark (used 1845-52); pencil uses 1.05 mm "M" lead, pen holder for quill slips, will not hold metal nibs securely without modification. Clean condition, a few very shallow dings.
DATE: c. 1845 • CONDITION: fine • SOLD
14329: Mordan combination dip pen and pencil: sterling silver, 9.1 cm long closed, bloodstone seal, pencil uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead, full London hallmarks.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: VG-fine • SOLD
14328: unmarked combination dip pen and pencil: sterling silver, early and unusual, reversible double-ended insert fits into outer shaft with fine quality engraving, finial with bloodstone seal; 9.7 cm long closed with pencil end out, pencil end of insert barrel slightly shortened and possibly repaired (note lack of incised trim lines at end); nozzle marked "M", uses 1.05 mm lead, English manufacture.
DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: VG* • SOLD
14325: unmarked dip pen and pencil combination: nickel-plated brass or nickel silver, English manufacture, brocaded engine turning with "FORGET ME NOT" motto; 9.5 cm long closed, 11.7 cm with pencil nozzle extended, blue glass (?) seal is cracked, nicely carved with what appears to be a thistle. Uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead, original nozzle has been replaced/upgraded with one of similar age in sterling silver.
DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: fine* • SOLD
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14313: Eagle Capitol: mottled hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.8 cm long, original gold-filled imprint for W. H. Sample & Sons, a prominent Albany, New York cutlery and sporting goods firm. Very clean with excellent color, a small rough spot on the cap lip (see detail).
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine stub flex • $195
14321: Montblanc 234½G: black celluloid piston-filler, 12.2 cm long, 14K gold nib, flat-bottomed feed, ivory-colored casein star. A pseudo-demonstrator, as the original black celluloid lacquer barrel coating has worn away, leaving the barrel transparent.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $425
14322: Montblanc 342G: early production black celluloid piston-filler, 12 cm long, gold filled trim, 14K gold nib with flat-bottomed feed; piston seal originally cork, replaced with synthetic ring seals. A pseudo-demonstrator, as the original black celluloid lacquer barrel coating has worn away, leaving the barrel transparent. Nib is fine, though the filling knob is imprinted "M".
DATE: c. 1951 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $350
14314: Parker 16 Jack-Knife Safety: gold filled filigree over black hard rubber ringtop button-filler, 11.9 cm long, later production example, barrel is black celluloid and is likely an old replacement (the imprint shows under the barrel overlay); Lucky Curve feed is intact, #2 Lucky Curve nib is long-tined and a smooth writer with moderate flexibility.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: medium flex • $325
14312: Parker button-filler: black celluloid "Black Line" flat-top, uncommon thick stubby model, 11.65 cm long, gold filled trim, hard rubber ends, Lucky Curve imprint and P5X nib, spearhead feed with intact Lucky Curve.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium flex • $265
14299: Parker Vacumatic: slender silver pearl laminate Deluxe, 11.75 cm long, chrome plated trim, lockdown filler unit, imprint without date code, early Vacuum-Filler style construction with one-piece opaque barrel, no separate section, skewed laminations; two-tone Arrow nib is a slightly later replacement, two-way tip writes a smooth extra-fine inverted. Shallow tool marks to section, short sealed hairline in cap lip.
DATE: c. 1933 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine/extra-fine • $265
14297: Parker Vacumatic Junior pencil: grey pearl and black marbled, 11.9 cm long, chrome plated trim; good imprint with 2nd quarter date code, one area of brownish staining on barrel, uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: 1936 • CONDITION: fine • $80
14286: Parker 51 Demi: burgundy Aerometric filler, 13 cm long, 1/10 12K gold filled cap in converging lines pattern; a few shallow marks to the cap.
DATE: c. 1952 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine • $120
14330: Parker Sonnet China Laque Ambre rollerball: early production with Chinese characters in red, 1st quarter date code on cap band, original hang tag, but no box.
DATE: 1994 • CONDITION: mint • $175
14323: Ruxton Multi-Vider Executive slide rule pencil: black bakelite with gold-filled trim, 16.5 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, eraser cover with bayonet-style twist lock. Instructions and further info here. Three available.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: near mint • $195
14294: Sheaffer Triumph Signature pencil: black with wartime gold filled over silver trim, wide 14K solid gold barrel band, 12.5 cm long, uses .9 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1944 • CONDITION: fine • $105
14295: Sheaffer Triumph Signature pencil: black with wartime gold filled over silver trim, wide 14K solid gold barrel band, 12.65 cm long, uses .9 mm lead; barrel band has been engraved with monogram "A. E. M.", has a couple of pinprick dings.
DATE: c. 1944 • CONDITION: fine • $95
14292: Waterman 12: mottled hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.6 cm long, two-line barrel imprint with 1884 patent dates, pre-1903 Spoon Feed patent imprint, 1898 patent imprint on cap. All imprints strong, slight even dulling to hard rubber surfaces.
DATE: c. 1902 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $285
14298: Waterman 12: mottled hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.5 cm long, nickel silver clip with 1905 and 1910 patent dates, three-line barrel imprint, imprints on feed. Long-tined New York #2 nib opens up with light pressure but is rather draggy on paper, tines slightly wavy from restraightening. Unusual and striking hard rubber coloration with considerable red, black ends, and a very dark section.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $275
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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