Miscellaneous

The "Miscellaneous" part of the collection consists of a variety of items gathered along the way. Many were acquired as part of purchases that included inkwells or pencils that I was seeking and others were picked up simply out of interest, or while in the throws of a "why not" moment.

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19th Century Writing Slope

Beautiful wood and brass writing slope. Fully restored and in excellent overall condition. Interior include secret compartment with two hidden drawers. Purchased from a UK seller that also personally did all the restoration work.

 

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Addiator Adding Machine

Remember these? Clever little adding “machine” from the 1950’s/60’s.
"The world's smallest precision adding machine". This little addiator is in perfect operating condition and brings back memories of using these things as kids. It comes with its original metal stylo to work the "machine" and is in its original vinyl protective cover, complete with instructions. I don't know how Bill Gates ever managed to get his business off the ground with these on the market!

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Eversharp Pencil Lead Display Case

A store display case for Eversharp leads. I dated this to 1943 as it has a small ad on the front that says "Tune in Phil Baker in "Take it or Leave it" on CBS every Sunday night". That was a radio show that started in 1943 that Phil was the host of (show became the 64,000 dollar question in the 50's). No damage at all to artwork on the glass. There are over 100 full pencil lead containers still with it. A great display piece of advertising art and pencil history. Back plate has a chart listing all major brands of pencils of the day (including conklin, parker, etc.) and the appropriate lead size and type for it. 

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Eversharp Pencil Lead Display Card

A little smaller & cheaper cardboard diplay stand for Eversharp leads, of similar vintage to the glass case above (has the "Take It or Leave It" ad at the bottom of the display board). Contains two dozen full containers of pencil leads.

 

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Etui - Pen Shaped

19th century etui in the shape of a dip pen, carved from bone. Contains a dip pen, pencil, and short line ruler. These are also bone. The line ruler has a minor bend; otherwise all in excellent condition. No markings.

 

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Travel Candle Box and Vesta

Rare pocket candle box and vesta case combination; c1880. Box is designed like a book with a leather cover to both the back and front, both covers are nicely tooled just like you would find on a leather bound book. The box opens by pushing on a little slide button in the corner, this automatically opens the little clasp on the front and the inside guard is sprung to pop out and form a square candle guard with two glass panels at the front, the inside of the case is mirrored to reflect light back too. Candles were carried inside, and when lit the box would be placed over the candle to maximise the light and protect the flame from draughts. There is an integral vesta case in the back of the box for storing matches and the lid of this is a grooved plate for striking the matches. Used while travelling, in hotels and on carriage journey's...etc for writing letters and reading. Everything is in good order; one crack in one glass panel otherwise superb. It measures 83mm x 55mm x 15mm.

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Princess Mary WWI Christmas Tin

Princess Mary Christmas Gift Tin from 1914, including a pencil & card.  There are now replicas on the market but I purchased this genuine one several years ago. It is missing the tobacco (or alternate item(s)) which they often are, but it is otherwise complete. Princess Mary started a public campaign in 1914 to raise enough funds for every soldier and sailor serving in the First World War. There were a variety of contents arranged and sent, depending upon nationality, smoking, or not, etc. It was a massive undertaking and the tins often became prized possessions of the returning soldiers.

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Mordan Pencil Leads

Box of replacement leads for Mordan pencils. The labels are intact and it is full of replacement leads. It probably dates to around 1850-1860 as the instructions refer to "the late Mr. Sampson Mordan.." and he died in1843.

 

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Mordan "Popular Pencil" Leads

Full box of pencil leads for the Mordan “Popular” pencil. Label and box are in almost perfect condition. 2.54mm

 

 

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Mordan Cedar Slider Leads

Full box of pencil leads for the Mordan “cedar slider” type of pencils. All 6 are there and unused. They are like mini pencils with a threaded end to screw into the Mordan cedar slider and drop action pencils. Label and box are in almost perfect condition.


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Mordan Dip Pen

Unless they are in combination form with a pencil, I have mostly stayed away from dip pens. However, now and then I stumble across a deal on a nice dip pen that is too hard to resist. This is a nice rare dip pen made of porcupine quill with sterling silver fittings. Marked S. Mordan & Co

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Mordan Dip Pen

Sterling silver Mordan dip pen. Marked S. Mordan & Co. I have written with this one. It works fine and actually has a very nice feel to it.

 

 

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Mordan Cigar Piercer

SOLD - Sep/2017

Mordan Cigar piercer. Not exactly "writing equipment" but it is a Mordan and back in the day it was not that uncommon to enjoy a stogie and perhaps a dram or two of whiskey while writing at the end of the day. It's in perfect condition and works just fine. The removable outer casing is engraved "S. Mordan & Co. Sterling Silver". The piercer end is engraved "L & C Hardtmuth, Patent" and just below that "S. Mordan & Co. Sterling Silver". No dents or dings and the spring part of the piercer is perfect as well. It is in virtually unused condition. I believe that this was made by Mordan for Hardtmuth (also a pencil maker) but why collaborate on a cigar piercer?

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"L & C Hardtmuth, Patent"

"S. Mordan & Co. Sterling Silver"

Dip Pen

While visiting a friend in Cambridge in 2017 he gave me this dip pen and indicated that he had purchased it as a young man about 50 years ago at a jumble sale (rummage sale) as he liked the design. The one end unscrews and then can be screwed onto the other end to provide additional length while in use. A generous gift and one that I’m pleased to add to the collection. I need to find a nib that fits but it is otherwise in near perfect condition.

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Stephen Houghton & Son

Beautiful brass folding pocket sovereign scales in a mahogany box. Made by Stephen Houghton & Son. Likely early to mid-1800’s. In excellent condition. Box contains original instructions. It expands and retracts perfectly & automatically as the box is opened/closed. I purchased this one simply due to its cleverly simple design and overall beauty; nothing to do with writing!

 

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