My pencil collection consists of a variety of mechanical/propelling pencil designs, manufacturers, and materials used. The primary focus is on Sampson Mordan, but I've tried to acquire a wide selection of unique pieces from many other makers, both British and American.
Part of the attraction for me has been those pieces that were clearly valued possessions by their early owner(s). In that context, some pieces show signs of wear, demonstrating that the owner enjoyed the use of the pencil on a regular basis, and for a significant period. The majority of the collection dates to the 19th century.
Considering that many of these pencils are almost 200 years old, every one of them would have an amazing story to share if they could.
A much smaller, but equally enjoyable, part of the collection includes a variety of 20th century pencils in a couple of categories that I've labelled "vintage", and "novelty". The few Parker pencils in the collection are only a small fraction of the offerings that Parker sold during the 20th century. Their "Duofold" range has a timeless appeal to me as most are just as beautiful and functional today as they were the day they were made, some over 100 years ago. Many others obviously share this view as the classic Parker Duofold design of fountain pens and pencils is still being manufactured today. The novelty pencils of the 1940's-1960's have had a similar appeal. Most were advertising give-aways or souvenir-type pencils. Not particularly high quality, and not particularly expensive at the time, but each creative in their own way.
What you see on these pages is an evolving collection. I am always open to offers for trades, or buy/sell opportunities with other collectors, dealers, or anyone out there that might have old pencils or writing related items gathering dust, in a closet, or hidden away at the back of your sock drawer.
The collection of inkwells, ink bottles, pens (nibs), and other writing related items, is a more recent expansion to my existing pencil collection.
One particular category that I'm fascinated by is travel inkwells, likely for the same reason as victorian pencils. Unlike some of the gorgeous antique desktop inkwells and inkstands so commonly found, the travel inkwells were designed to be more than just a pretty face. Travel inkwells had to be able to carry an adequate ink supply securely during the owner's travels, whether that was by horse, carriage, ship, etc. without leaking. Ink bottles started to show up in the collection as a somewhat natural progression... I couldn't resist the variety of ink suppliers, the creative bottle designs and bottle manufacturing processes, and the fact that these fragile clay and glass items have survived the test of time. And gradually a variety of other writing related items have crept in as well.
I hope that those interested in Victorian and antique writing equipment will enjoy wandering through the collection. I welcome comments, corrections, and suggestions, anything that will improve the content of the website for all. Drop me a note via the "Contact" page.
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