Posted 8 months ago
Some more additions to my collection of English Victorian & Edwardian writing equipment (Except one, the "odd-one-out" ...can you spot it?). These are new additions so I have not had time to research them in any depth but will describe the obvious points. I have lettered the items for ease of identification and description:
(a) Lion Passant, 1890, Birmingham. Maker “V&J”. Solid Sterling Silver cedar pencil holder or "case" with "diamond" "hobnail" decoration to body and slider ring.
(b) Maker “A.D.”, Birmingham, Lion Passant, 1851. Solid Sterling Silver cedar pencil holder or "case" with "fluted" "column" decoration to body and plain slider ring.
(c) Maker “J.P.” or “J.F.”, Birmingham, Lion Passant, 1907. Solid Sterling Silver cedar pencil holder or "case" with "floral" "swag" decoration to body and plain ribbed slider ring.
(d) Maker unknown , Birmingham, Lion Passant, 1913. Solid Sterling Silver cedar pencil holder or "case" with "engine turned" decoration to body and plain slider ring.
All are fitted with an appropriate brass ferrule threaded cedar pencil refill that screws into the holders/cases. All have a finial ring for attaching to an "Albert" chain or a "Chatelaine".
All "Barn Fresh", as found and in need of deep cleaning and restoration!
(a) Maker “V&J”, Lion Passant, Chester, Edward VII 1911. Cedar pencil holder with "Floral Swag" engraving.
(b) Lion Passant, Victoria 1890, Birmingham, Maker “F.W.” For Francis Webb. Webb registered his mark in December 1887. This example of his work is a solid sterling silver propelling pencil with a flat deep red stone in the finial.
(c) Birmingham, Lion Passant, ? 1917, Maker “J.F.” DIP PEN!!!. Wrongly described by the house clearance seller...now found to be a tooth pick! (The odd-one-out!)
Photos .3 & .4
A VERY large, handsome solid silver propelling pencil (the biggest in size and weight so far in my collection!) I will be doing more research on this pencil and posting it as a four photo, individual post; once I have completed my studies.
This pencil has a truely wonderful "heft" and handles well. I have already completed a couple of drawings using it (I couldn't resist, but now must track down some antique leads, if my Studio Technician continues decline to make me some replacement leads for it!)
For anyone interested; a link to some of my art: