Posted 5 years ago
This Victorian solid silver pencil set is from my collection of pre-20th century English writing & drawing equipment. As a professional artist & illustrator; I fairly frequently use items from my collection in the execution of my artworks. So I am a user as well as being an avid collector. The above set is housed in a leather effect box with solid sterling silver (24g approx.) decoration to the box top. The inside is lined with a midnight blue velvet, and has a lift-out section that cushions the main item which is a beautiful Sampson Mordan (one of the greatest English silversmiths of the 19th C.) Sterling Silver pencil holder or "case" as they are sometimes termed. It incorporates a handworked and engraved letter opener and has a fitted, removable pencil sharpener to the rear of the cedar pencil. Overall length is 17.9cm. Length of the main body including the pencil sharpener bezel is 9cm. The length of the extracted pencil sharpener is 3.3cm. Total weight is 29.1g. It is hallmarked for London and 1896. The level of care in making even the box is amazing: the base of the lift-out section is cupped in a shallow solid silver "tray" (you can just about see this detail in the third and fourth picture).
Here is the link to the 2nd post covering this item: