Combination Pencil/Pens

No sooner were mechanical pencils invented in the 1820's than customers wanted more. You just cannot ever satisfy some people! One of the first "enhancements" to the standard mechanical was to add a dip pen to it, turning the instrument into both a pencil and a pen. Combination pencil/pens were generally made to be functional (unlike figural pencils) but that didn't stop the makers from designing items that were beautifully crafted in a variety of materials such as silver, solid gold, ivory, vulcanized rubber, and rolled gold/gold plate.

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AG Days - BHR

Rare AG Days combo in black hard rubber.  The imprint is quite faint. Excellent condition with virtually no damage. The pen extends by using the slider and the pencil is extended by turning the bottom half of the barrel. Likely gold plated. Purchased from the UK.

"AG Days Pat Aug 10 58".

Aikin Lambert

Combination pen/pencil from Aikin Lambert. May be gold filled but has the look of solid gold (no wear around engraved and normally rubbed areas).  The nib is marked "L. Jackson & Co. No. 5" and is in excellent condition. No dents or dings. It is 3.25" closed and a full 7" long when both pen & pencil are extended.

"Aikin Lambert & Co. 5"

Albert Bagley

Although not marked with Bagley's name, this is a Bagley Patent date. Green carnelian capstone is perfect with no chips. The nib is missing. There may also be a rim missing from the bottom end although some other Bagley's are known to not have the rim, so it may have been designed that way. This is a predecessor to the "Mabie's Patent" design (extending barrel). This was part of a trade done with another collector.

On the extension barrel "Patented Jan. 1, 1850"

Dawson's Patent

Rare mechanical propelling pencil, dip pen, stamp dispenser and seal combination marked 'Dawson's Patent', dating to the 1850s. Similar in construction and design to the John Sheldon pencils of the time that incorporated scales into the same top section of pencil. It is also made from the same 'German Silver' that Sheldon pencils were made from. The A search for this patent shows up in a number of places. It is described as Patent #1113 - May 17, 1855 - Cases for containing pen, ink, and stamps.
The top section holds the roll of stamps and there is a slot where they dispense from when this section is turned. Rolls of stamps only started to become available in the 1850’s and roadside post-boxes first appeared in 1853, making this invention a timely item. It is nickel silver with a carnelian stone seal matrix set in the terminal. The seal unscrews and once you have unscrewed the little screw, you can replace the stamp roll. Dawson was a Civil Engineer and had a number of patent items in the 1850’s. However, the London Gazette of January 2, 1857 includes Dawson in its list of those due in Court on January 16 for Relief of Insolvent Debtors. His bankruptcy might explain the scarcity of his writing implements. “Dawson’s Patent" are extremely rare pencils (this is the only one I have come across so far). It is all fully working as it should, with only very light wear and crisp engine turning and markings.

"Dawson's Patent" stamped on barrel.

Edward Todd - BHR

Everything works perfectly except that the nib is missing. There is slight shrinkage of the rubber at the base of the item. Seller indicated that she had the slider ring tested at 14K solid gold but it looks like gold plate to me. Pencil is extended by twisting the inner barrel. 4.5" when fully extended.

"Edward Todd & Co" on the bhr barrel.

Edward Todd - BHR

Original owner's name in ornate script along the barrel's gold rim.The nib is huge and engraved "Edward Todd & Co New York 11". The pencil extends using the "Lownds" approach (pull, turn 1/4 turn, push). Todd was known to use the Lownds patented approach on some of his pencils and it is fairly rare to actually find one. The pencil works perfectly. When extended the pencil is 4.75” and the pen is 6". Part of a trade with another collector.

"Edward Todd & Co Pat'd Dec. 19 '71".

Fairchild - BHR

Interesting Fairchild combo. The pencil works like a magic pencil whereas most of the old combos use a twist action to extend/repel. Excellent condition with a minor problem; the pen slide has disconnected internally and needs to be repaired. Nib stamped "Leroy W Fairchild New York 4". What makes this one rather odd is that the patent date and design was actually filed by John Rauch, not Fairchild (patent # 91665). According to Jonathan Veley, Rauch and Mabie Todd both had examples of this design but this is the only Fairchild I’ve seen where the pencil protrudes out the opposite end. 

"Fairchild" on one side and "Patented June 22, 1869" on the other.

Fairchild - Gold Plated

Likely gold plated but there is no wear and no markings to confirm.  The pencil is extended by twisting the upper barrel and the pen by pushing the pinned collar. The nib is a gold Mabie Todd #3 in excellent condition. Owner's initials "F.B." are engraved on the cartouche. The pencil is 2.5" closed and 4.5"extended.

"Fairchild" engraved on the barrel extension piece.

Fairchild - Gold Plated

Gold plated. Good condition but a couple of mechanical issues. The nib is the original Fairchild nib, marked Leroy W. Fairchild, New York, No. 3. It is 3.5" closed and approx. 4.5" extended. 

 

"Fairchild" engraved on the upper barrel.

Fairchild - Gold Plated

Likely gold plated but there is no wear and no markings to confirm. Excellent condition; no nib.  The pencil is extended as with magic pencils by simply pulling out the upper barrel. The pencil is 3" closed and 5.5" fully extended.

"Fairchild" engraved on barrel extension piece. "Patented Sept. 15, 1874" engraved on other side.

Fairchild - Gold Plated

Likely gold plated. Excellent condition; no nib.  The pencil is extended by twisting the upper barrel and the pen by pushing the pinned collar. The pencil is 3.25" closed and a lengthy 5.75" when fully extended.

 

"Fairchild" engraved on the barrel extension piece.

H.M. Smith

HM Smith was an American company, and fairly rare to find pens from them. Mint condition; no dings, dents, or other damage. Likely gold filled or plated but there are no signs of wear. Pencil mechanism works fine. 3" long when closed; extends to 6". Nib says "The Moore Pen 6" on it.

"H.M. Smith & Co." engraved on side of main barrel. 

John Sheldon

Nice example of John Sheldon's rare 1842 combination pencil/pen/sovereign guage/postal scale. Stamped "John Sheldon" but the date 1842 is missing or rubbed off (others have had the date). Sovereign guage is used to ascertain if any gold/silver has been shaved off of coins). The cap has a white opaline coloured stone insert and unscrews for lead storage (no spare leads). All working. Purchased from the UK.

"John Sheldon" on barrel.

Kurtz & Monaghan

Combination pen/pencil made by Kurtz & Monaghan of NewYork in the mid 1800's. In addition to the K&M name stamped on the barrel, it is also stamped . The orange/red colour of the rubber is quite rare as is any K&M pen/pencil. The nib is a replacement. It appears that gold trim bits are solid gold except for possibly the pencil tip.

"Kurtz & Monaghan"

"Goodyears Pat May 6 51"

Mabie Smith 

(SOLD - Aug/2017)

Solid gold combo pen/pencil by Mabie Smith. Working condition. No dents or dings but the pen nib holder has been broken and would need to be replaced, and the pencil tip is slightly compressed. The lead advance mechanism works fine. Nice engraved scroll work on barrel. The pencil extends by twist mechanism and the pen by slider.

"M.S. & Co."

Rauch

Solid gold combo pen/pencil by Rauch. No damage, working condition. Nice engraved scroll work on barrel. Appears to be solid gold (no wear). Has a "Bard & Brothers" nib in perfect condition. Mechanically working ok. 

 

"Rauch & Co."

Rauch

Solid gold combo pen/pencil by Rauch. Working condition. Slider pins need to be re-connected; otherwise perfect. This has a barrel design similar to some other american makers of the time (e.g. Bagley, Mabie Todd) with the extension barrel and combo pen/pencil. Has a "Wahl" nib in perfect condition. It extends from 3.25" to 4.75" when inner barrel and pencil/pen are extended.

"Rauch"

Rauch

Solid gold combo pen/pencil by Rauch. Working condition. Reeded barrel. Missing pencil tip; but mechanism functions properly. Should be easy to find a replacement tip. Beautiful reddish colored semi-precious capstone; clean and not engraved. 

"Rauch"

Rauch

Silver combo pen/pencil by Rauch. Working condition. Nice engraved scroll work on barrel. Needs pen nib. Extends from 4” to 5” when the pencil is extended. Red glass capstone.

 

"Rauch & Co."

Sampson Mordan

Mordan combo; reeded barrel, fully hallmarked for 1891. The finial contains a bloodstone (not engraved). The nib looks like it is in good condition and engraved with "Bramdauer & Co. Oriental Pen". Excellent condition and in full working order. Purchased from Bloomsbury at auction. 

"S. Mordan & Co." on one side; hallmarks for London, 1891 on the other.

Sampson Mordan

Near mint condition, Mordan combo. Engraved with owner's name. It has a replacement nib in it. 

 

 

"S. Mordan & Co." along with hallmarks for London, 1893.

Sampson Mordan

Gold pen/pencil combo from Sampson Mordan. Near mint condition cosmetically but is missing the little slider pins (need to use a pin or paper clip to extend the pencil & pen (no nib). Barrel embossed with Mordan "arrow",signifying solid gold.  Pencil is 4.5" when extended. Blank cartouche.

"S. Mordan & Co." plus Mordan "arrow"

Sampson Mordan

Silver Mordan combination pen/pencil. No damage of any kind. Cast ornamental slider. The finial is very ornate and contains a bloodstone (not chipped or engraved). Hand engraved barrel is finely done and quite detailed; alternating floral and geometric "zig-zag" patterns. 4" closed and 5" extended. No nib.

"S. Mordan" on one side; hallmarks for London, 1879 on other side.

Sampson Mordan

Two-ended silver Mordan combo; reeded barrel. Nib holder needs to be replaced. Pencil in good working order. No dents or dings. 

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

Sampson Mordan

Two-ended silver Mordan combo; reeded barrel. Marked S. Mordan & Co. and Sterling Silver. Pencil in good working order. A couple of minor dings.

 

"S. Mordan & Co." 

"Sterling Silver"

Sampson Mordan

Silver Mordan multi-combo pencil/pen/quill knife; reeded barrel. Working order but no lead. Knife is stamped with a "Bell" image on the blade. No nib. Excellent condition overall. Hallmarked but too rubbed to determine actual date.

"S. Mordan & Co."

Sampson Mordan

Solid gold double extension telescoping pen/pencil combo from Sampson Mordan. Barrel extends, revealing two sliders to extend the pen or the pencil. Bloodstone in the top, in perfect condition. No dents, or damage anywhere. Stirrup and ring are both perfect as well. Working order. The nib appears to be a mass produced replacement from Hinks, Wells, & Co., "The Latem" is stamped on nib. 

"S. Mordan & Co." plus Mordan "arrow" on lower barrel.

Sampson Mordan

Silver combo pen/pencil. No dents or dings and the mechanism is in working condition. Double extension combo which is somewhat rarer than the single. It also has the pen extension (no nib).

 

"S. Mordan & Co." 

"Sterling Silver"

Sampson Mordan

Silver Mordan combo. Minor ding on outside casing. In working condition. The pencil extends from the inner most barrel and it is another double extension. Spiral barrel; unengraved bloodstone cap above stirrup.

 

"S. Mordan & Co."

Sampson Mordan

Mordan combo (approx. 1875). . There is a crack in the barrel next to the S. Mordan stamp which extends a little over halfway up the barrel. Pencil extends by twisting the opposite end to the nib. "hand" shaped nib not the appropriate one for the pen but an interesting shape.

"S. Mordan & Co."

Sampson Mordan

Gold telescoping pen/pencil combo from Sampson Mordan. Barrel pulls out revealing two sliders to extend the pen or the pencil. It is solid gold as it does have the Mordan "arrow" on it. Pencil is 4.5" when fully extended. Nib is stamped "F Mordan's Gold Pen 5".

"S. Mordan & Co."

Sampson Mordan

Gold telescoping pen/pencil combo from Sampson Mordan. Bottom part of barrel pulls out and there are then two sliders to extend the pen & pencil. Most likely solid gold although not marked. Barrel embossed with "S. Mordan & Co.". Pencil is 4.5" when extended. Hand engraved barrel. Inner barrel engraved with owner's name. No dents or dings.

"S. Mordan & Co."

Sampson Mordan

Gold telescoping pen/pencil combo from Sampson Mordan. Bottom part of barrel pulls out to reveal two sliders to extend the pen & pencil. Barrel embossed with "S. Mordan & Co.". Pencil is 4.5" when  extended. Hand engraved barrel. No dents or dings. Nib is missing. Slightly smaller version of other gold telescoping combo above.

"S. Mordan & Co."

Sampson Mordan

Gold Mordan combo. Very rare and interesting design. The barrel extends and the lead tip is extended by twisting the knob at the end (unlike most which are "magic" style of pencils). It has the barley, line and dot patterned barrel with the design lozenge for October 8, 1856.

"S. Mordan & Co." plus design lozenge for 1856

Sampson Mordan?

Gold combo; likely Mordan. Second cartouche has "arrow"; used by Mordan to signify gold. No makers mark. The cartouche shows the date 1869. The hand engraving is flowers and vines and the slider buttons are also flowers. The finial is shield shaped and the seal is a white stone of some sort and is unmarked in any way. Nib stamped "M. Meyers & Sons". The business was founded by  Meyer Myers in around 1837. The company, made corkscrews, drawing instruments and office supplies, including the famous bulldog clips, as well as pens. 3.5" closed and 4.5" extended.

Gold "arrow"

Shepheard & Co.

Silver Shepheard & Co combo - rare. It may have been made by Mordan but is marked Shepheard & Co. Regent St. London and is fully hallmarked for London, 1892. Mordan often made writing implements for finer shops (e.g. Thornhill, Asprey). Barrel extends to reveal two sliders for the pen & pencil. The inner barrel is also hallmarked and stamped with the maker's name. No nib. No dents or dings. 3" closed; 5.5"  extended.

"Shepheard & Co Regent St. W." Hallmarked London, 1892

Unknown Maker

BHR pencil/pen combo from the late1800's. Rubber on extension is excellent but main body is worn from usage. Everything extends/retracts properly. The pen nib is engraved "John Hoagland, N.Y. #4". Gold plated trim shows wear.

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Unknown Maker

BHR pen/pencil combo. No damage; rubber is somewhat faded (not uncommon). Pen and pencil extensions functioning. The pen has a “Levi Brown” nib, which according to online sources, was a very important early pen maker in the US, with his nibs selling for a whopping $5USD in the mid-1800’s. 

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Unknown Maker

BHR pencil/pen combo. Nib stamped "Leroy Fairchild New York". Excellent condition with virtually no damage. The pen extends by using the slider and the pencil is extended by turning the bottom half of the barrel.

 

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Unknown Maker

Gold (plated?) combo pencil/pen. Pencil and pen extend and retract easily and completely. No damage to surface; clear white stone in the top is free of any chips or cracks. Not sure of gold content; not tested. No nib.

 

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Unknown Maker

Gold (solid?) combo pencil/pen. Both extend and retract easily and completely. No damage to surface; onyx stone in the top is free of any chips or cracks. Casing appears to be solid gold; not tested. The nib is also solid gold, and stamped GW Simons, Phila. 

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Unknown Maker

Gold (plated?) combo pencil/pen. One small push in the barrel near the pencil end; otherwise excellent. Nib stamped "E.S. Johnson, New York, No. 4". Extends to 5.25". The mechanism is interesting on this one as the pen is a slider but to use the pencil you first extend the barrel simply by pulling on it (which can also be used as an upper extension when using the pen) and then twisting the small knob at the end extrudes the pencil nozzle. This design was actually filed by John Rauch (patent # 91665). According to Jonathan Veley, Rauch and Mabie Todd both had examples of this design but this one is unmarked. Fairchild BHR combo above has same mechanism design and has the Rauch patent date on it.

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Unknown Maker

Both pencil and pen extend and retract easily and completely. No damage to surface; bloodstone stone in the top is free of any chips or cracks. Not sure of gold content; not tested. No nib.

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Unknown Maker

Gold combo. The barrel extends in the middle; the pen nib is attached to the slider and the pencil is advanced by twisting the upper and lower barrels. Not marked but is identical to a fluted barleycorn Mabies Patent combo in Deb Crosbies book (pages 61 and 189). Esterbrook nib.  There is a small cartouche on the upper barrel engraved "T.L.C. 1886". Length is 4" closed and 5.75" when extended. 

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Unknown Maker

Gold combo. The barrel extends in the middle; the pen nib is attached to the slider and the pencil is advanced by twisting the upper and lower barrels. It is not marked but it is identical to a fluted barleycorn Mabies Patent combo in Deb Crosbies book (pages 61 and 189). There is no damage to the item; no dents or dings; all sliding pieces move smoothly. Nib is stamped "Perry & Co. Glideaway New Metal Pen". Two blank cartouches. Combo is 3.75" closed and 6" when extended.

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Unknown Maker

(SOLD - Sep/2017)

Silver combo pen/pencil; no nib. Marked "sterling" faintly near the cap. It appears to be hand engraved with vines. The cast slider buttons are flowers. The half of the barrel housing the pen is much fatter than the half with the pencil. 3.5" closed and 4.25" when extended. Purchased from a seller in New Zealand.

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Unknown Maker

(SOLD - Sep/2017)

Silver single extension combo pen/pencil. Unmarked. No dents or dings.



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Unknown Maker

Silver combo. No hallmarks or maker's name. Nib is engraved "V & J Bullion Pen, Birmingham". Item is in mint condition; no dents or damage of any sort; pen appears unused; mechanically sound.

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Unknown Maker

Silver travellers style combo. Hand engraving design on barrel. Pen & pencil remove from barrel and reinsert to switch use. Pencil is fully working.  No makers markings.

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Uknown Maker

Silver two-ended combo. One end has a mechanical pencil and the other a dip pen. Marked "sterling" but no makers mark or hallmarks. No damage at all. Beautiful engraving. Purchased from Bloomsbury at auction.

"Sterling"

Unknown Maker

Gold two-ended combo, with pen sliding from one end and pencil from the other. Appears to be solid gold. Nice enghine turned design and ornate sliders. No nib. No markings.

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Unknown Maker

Bone? & gold multi-combo; pencil, pen, two quill knives. Extremely nice quality and could easily be a Mordan. Gold sliders are in the shape of acorns. Two quill knives; both in excellent condition. No nib. No cracks or damage to the body.

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W.S. Hicks - BHR

BHR travellers style combination pencil/pen; rare. The barrel has the patent date of Dec. 24, 1867 embossed on it. This is Richard Ryne's patent of December 24, 1867, patent #72,684. Ryne had subsequently assigned his patent to W. S. Hicks and so the item was likely made by Hicks. It has a Mabie Todd gold nib.

"Pat. Dec. 24, 1867"

W.S. Hicks - Gold

Gold W.S. Hicks combo pencil/pen. No dents or dings but barrels need to be reconnected (internal solder has let go). Working order.

 

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Wilmot & Co.

Gold combo pen/pencil. No damage, working condition. Nice engraved scroll work on barrel. E.D. Wilmot on barrel (Edward Dunwoody Wilmot, Birmingham). Capstone is a green carnelian stone, no chips. Nib stamped with letter "J". Purchased at auction from Gorringes Auctions, UK.

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Mabie's Patent

Mabie’s Patent pencil/pen combo. Trim is gold-filled. In excellent condition and shows very little wear. All mechanisms are working. It has a Palmers & Bachelders 14Kt gold nib that is perfect. Imprinted “Mabie’s Patent”, along with “Goodyears Pat May 6 ’51”.

"Mabie's Patent"

"Goodyears Pat May 6 '51"

John Sheldon

Victorian Gentleman's pocket companion multitool measures 95mm (3.75") closed x 115mm (4.5') open. Marked John Sheldon who was a Birmingham Maker and has the patent number 1184 with the date April 8th 1842 and is fabricated from German silver/nickel silver. It has a slide action pen & pencil with a seal end that is removable and conceals a spring balance and clip which is calibrated 1d-4d and 1/2oz - 2oz. Good condition. Slide actions and the lead propelling mechanism work as they should and the spring balance and clip are in good working order.

"John Sheldon"

"APR 8 1842"

W.S. Hicks - BHR

The barrel has the patent date of Dec. 24, 1867 embossed on it, which is the Richard Ryne patent date for a combo pencil/pen even though this was listed for sale as a pencil (patent #72,684). Once I received it I was able to extract the inner barrel and dip pen, to reveal the dip pen and a perfect Mabie Todd #4 nib. It appears that the hidden dip pen aspect of this combo was unknown to its various owners for most of its life. Ryne assigned his patent to W. S. Hicks and so the item was likely made by Hicks. Excellent condition and virtually no plate loss. Purchased as part of a lot of 4 BHR pencils from a US eBayer.

"Pat. Dec. 24, 1867"

Sampson Mordan

This combo is in excellent condition, The barrel is embossed with "S. Mordan & Co." as well as being fully hallmarked for London, 1900. It is also engraved with “A.Y.J.D” a previous owner's initials. It has a replacement nib in it. Bought as part of a 7 pencil lot from England.

"S. Mordan & Co"

Hallmarked London, 1900

Sampson Mordan

Excellent example of a “Z” mechanism combination Mordan pencil/pen. The clever design has a single slider that can go both directions by a slight "z" movement at the middle. Fully hallmarked. The pencil end has the cedar holder threads and the pen has a nib. In excellent overall condition.

 

"S. Mordan & Co"

Hallmarked London, 1897

Unknown

Nice example of a late 19th century travel style pen/pencil made out of heavy brass. Nice solid quality and feel to it. Chevron design on barrel. Pen & pencil remove from barrel and reinsert to switch use. Pencil is fully working.  The inner barrel extends to provide a longer pen for writing. There are no makers markings.

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Rauch

This is a rare example of John H. Rauch’s patent # 40,855 (December 8, 1863).  It appears to simply be a mechanical pencil but by gently pulling on the end opposite the pencil nib and internal pen nib holder can be removed and then inverted and inserted so that it can be used as a dip pen. In mint condition. “Rauch Patent”; “Decbr. 8, 1863” are imprinted in the BHR around the pen end. “Goodyears Pat. May 6, ’51” is imprinted along the barrel at the other end. Working condition; no nib. Nice checkerboard pattern on barrel.

“Rauch Patent”

“Decbr. 8, 1863”

“Goodyears Pat. May 6, ’51”

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