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Silver Pen Wipe by S. Mordan & Co circa: 1898

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Posted 5 years ago


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I have recently aquired this very nice pen wipe made by Sampson Mordan & Co. in London (Leopards Head hallmark), England. Dated and fully hallmarked (C) for 1898, in good condition with articulating handles on the side and mounted on a wooden plinth. Used for cleaning the nibs of dip pens so that excess ink can be wiped off before it drips on the document or drawing. It is modelled after a "boot scraper" that would have been positioned outside of any self respecting Victorian Country Estate front door.

It measures approx. 55mm x 55mm square on the base and is 25mm high. It weighs 42 grams. I did lust after it's "bigger brother" at 60 grams but the Antiques Shop wanted £550 ($880) which I thought was a bit "steep" at the time! :(

If you wish; see my post below for more details and in-depth history of Sampson Mordan:


  1. Hems303 Hems303, 5 years ago
    To save anyone interested having to mess about cutting and pasting links in browsers, here is an active link to my "History of Sampson Mordan" post:
  2. Hems303 Hems303, 5 years ago
    BELLIN68 thanks for you kind comment and "love it", glad you enjoyed it! Plenty more to post from my collection but I'm now away for a whole week with no access to CW!!! :o
  3. Hems303 Hems303, 5 years ago
    My thanks to officialfuel, vetraio50 & AR8Jason!
  4. Hems303 Hems303, 5 years ago
    Thanks Inky, for your "love it" support.
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    Thanks for the "love it's" to toolate2, miKKoChristmas11 and PhilDavidAlexanderMorris!

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