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 

SOLD - Feb/2019

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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William Lund Leads

An original box of mechanical propelling pencil leads from WM Lund of London, number 601 SC. The box has the original label and 12 black size 0.97MM leads of varying lengths for Everpointed pencils inside as shown. The box is 58mm x 34mm.

 

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Mordan Dip Pen

Mordan porcupine quill dip pen with sterling silver fittings. Marked S. Mordan & Co. 23 cm

 

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Mordan Dip Pen

Sterling silver dip pen by S. Mordan and Co. Original owner's name "Mabel" engraved in cartouche. 16cm

 

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W.S. Hicks Leads

Box of mechanical propelling pencil leads advertising W.S. Hicks & Co.The box has the original labels and still has 8 of the 12 size VS leads inside as shown. The leads are 1.5mm in diameter and the box is 57mm x 35mm. The back of the box indicates they are the “Finest prepared Cumberland Leads” and also has instructions for use in both English and French, I’m not sure when Hicks established a UK branch in London but I suspect that these date to mid 1800’s.

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Wise Dip Pen

A friend gave me this dip pen a few years ago 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 proper nib that fits but it is otherwise in near perfect condition. Based upon other info I've been able to find, I believe this to be an example of a “Wise” pen dating to approx. 1810-1830. The 4th image shows a near-identical Wise pen that another collector provided.

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S. Houghton & Sons

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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Francis Mordan "The Royal" Eyedropper

A nice Francis Mordan eyedropper (see image 4). Unfortunately, it is missing the nib but is otherwise complete and in very good condition. It is fairly rare as it is the first Francis Mordan fountain pen I’ve come across. 

 

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Derwent WWII Secret Map Pencil

The story behind these fascinating pencils is that they were made in secret, in the evenings after the factory closed, and were given to RAF pilots in case they were shot down or taken prisoner. Each pencil contains a hidden escape map and compass. No record exists of how many were made during the war and only a handful originals have ever been found. They made these reproductions in 2018 and I was thrilled to be able to acquire one.

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John Sheldon Letter Balance

Rare example of John Sheldon’s pocket telescopic letter balance. Made of German silver and dating to c1845. This is an English version (there were 4 other variations for overseas use) and it has both monetary and weighing systems. It is graduated in 1/2 oz increments up to 3 oz and has corresponding rates of 2D (up to 1 oz), 4D (up to 2 oz), and 6D (up to 3 oz). Brian George’s book on Sheldon includes a nice description of the letter balance and indicates that the design was registered on May 13, 1845 (RD27500).

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Early 20th Century Postage Cancelling Stamp

This postage canceller came from my wife’s grandfather, who owned the General Store & Post Office in Monticello, Ontario from 1931 to the mid-60’s. Along with the stamper there are 40 extra pieces to set the date with.

 

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Canada Post Postal Scales

Manufactured by Pritchard & Andrews, Ottawa in the early 1900’s. Originally these scales would have been finished with black glossy paint with gold painted highlighting (small amounts of the original still remain and it matches how restored ones have been done). Comes with set of weights in ounces - 8,4,2,1, 1/2

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Spencerian Steel Pen Display Case

Nice solid oak display case for Spencerian Steel Pens. Has 12 divisions for pen boxes, plus a drawer in the rear that can hold several more. Glass top opens to access pen boxes. 

 

 

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Curved Glass Display Cabinet

Jeweller’s counter display cabinet with curved glass. Curved glass is perfect but glass side panel on one side is cracked. Mirrored backing was replaced and felt base added.

 

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Sampson Mordan Copying Press

Sampson Mordan Inkstand and copying press from the 1850’s. "S. Mordan & Co.", "Reg’d. March 4th, 1856",  "No. 3183", and "London", are all imprinted in the screw handle, and the original copying instructions are mounted on the internal press board. Note that the actual design # should be 3813 as that is the # recorded in the design patent files. It appears that Mordan’s company made a transcription error when setting the imprint in the brass handle.

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Edward Baker - Dip Pen

Rare “ejector” dip pen made by Birmingham maker, Edward Baker. In perfect condition. Fully hallmarked for Birmingham, 1912.

 

 

 

Hallmarked Birmingham, 1912

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