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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 • $225
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
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
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
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
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
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
14769: unmarked dip pen, pencil, and stamp compendium: nickel-plated brass, 11.7 cm long closed, clamp-style pencil nozzle takes standard 2 mm lead; reversing rubber stamp in end is self-inking..
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG • $125
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
12771: unmarked double-ended pencil: slender hexagonal silver barrel with colored casein cones on either side, 13 cm long, hallmarked "835", probably German manufacture, uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: VG • $85
14476: unmarked drop-action porte-crayon: unusually large and hefty ringtop, 8.7 cm long closed, hand-engraved sterling silver body, although the mechanism (including the top button and ring) appears to be nickel-plated rather than silver. Name very lightly stipple-engraved in the cartouche.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: exc • $225
7189: unmarked dummy display pen: heavy solid rubber, 13.9 cm long, looks like slip-cap eyedropper-filler but does not open.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: exc • $75
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
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
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
9877: unmarked eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber straight-cap, 11.65 cm long, overlay marked "18K" on both cap and barrel, but appears to be gold filled. Excellent quality, like new condition, warrnted nib somewhat toothy.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine flex • $225
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
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
14784: unmarked glass dip pen: 18.4 cm long, hollow handle with an inserted paper calendar for 1936; twisted glass nib writes nicely.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • $45
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
14302: unmarked ink eraser: 13.4 cm long, wood handle with fishtail end, double-edged spearhead blade.
DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: G • $45
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
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
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
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
14469: unmarked magic pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 6.1 cm long closed, 10.8 cm extended, uses 1.5 mm lead, propels and retracts; beautiful relief work with ribbons and inverted torches around an oval cartouche, appears to be French manufacture, excellent quality, one small bump at front end.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $165
10895: unmarked miniature safety set in box: beautiful ensemble, German manufacture, purple transparent enamel over silver. Black hard rubber safety pen is 7.2 cm long, fully functional, and appears never to have been used (we have replaced its cork seal and repaired a small crack in the internal spiral). The magic pencil is 5.25 cm long and bears an 835 silver content stamp on its ring; shaft and nozzle are gold-plated, and it uses standard 1.1 mm lead. The enamel is intact on pen and pencil, but is damaged on one side of the matching wax seal (see detail). Box is marked "Joyeria Zerbino", a retailer in Montevideo.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: fine • $795
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
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
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
12681: unmarked novelty pencil: nickel plated brass and celluloid, in the form of an antique pistol, 5.1 cm long, 6.1 cm with nozzle extended; barrel twists to extend nozzle, lead propels and retracts, uses standard 1.1 mm lead, celluloid "stock" has one small chip at the back, material very likely of German manufacture.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • $125
12295: unmarked novelty pencil: nickel plated brass, 6.7 cm long, in the form of a screw; the head turns to extend and retract the lead. Uses standard 2.0 mm drafting lead, Cross made similar pencils, but could also be English. One small stress crack near front of threads.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine* • $45
10602: unmarked novelty pencil: nickel plated brass, 9.6 cm long, in the form of a large screw; the head turns to extend and retract the lead. Uses standard 2.0 mm drafting lead, Cross made similar pencils, but could also be English.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $85
14220: unmarked novelty pencil: German-made figural in the form of a champagne bottle, label reads "Souvenir/From/Canada", 5.9 cm long, nickel-plated brass, suspension fitting in base, top twists to extend and retract standard 2.0 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $85
12721: unmarked Parker 51 counterfeit: black with metal cap marked "14KR GOLD FILLED" but with only a very thin gold wash; fully marked in imitation of a real 51, sac hardened, will need to be replaced; plated nib, cap jewel is opaque silver in color. Probably made in Japan, quality is low but much historical interest. Unused with shop wear, eight available.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium fine • $45
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
14465: unmarked pencil: black with ivory-colored trim band, 13.2 cm long, uses 1.9 to 2.0mm lead; probably English or German, material appears to be casein-based, a few light scratches on the barrel, probably from a slip-on clip.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine • $45
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
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
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
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* • $
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
9970: unmarked safety: miniature black hard rubber retracting-nib German safety, 8.35 cm long, engine-turned silver overlay marked only "900" at the center of the cap crown; despite size, a fully functional pen, cork has been replaced, 14K gold warranted nib has considerably flex, but due to dimensions line width variation is limited.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine flex • $365
10568: unmarked safety: black hard rubber, small and slender with silver overlay; 9.45 cm long, French made, 18K warranted nib is serviceable but toothy, tipping scant.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $225
12229: unmarked sheath pencil: white metal, 10 cm long, Egyptian-themed enameled badges applied on each side; dings overall, corrosion hole in holder (see details).
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: G* • $45
14457: unmarked writing set in box: German-made, comprising a dip pen, letter opener, pencil, and seal, all in what appears to be casein-based plastic, salmon and black. Box is 21.7 cm wide, dip pen is 13.8 cm long excluding nib. Some loss to the leatherette on the upper front part of the box, otherwise showing no signs of use.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $95