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Posted 3 years ago


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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:

Photo .1
(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".

Photo .2
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 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:


  1. Hems303 Hems303, 3 years ago
    Thanks Sean, you are too kind! and thanks also to chevy59 :)
  2. Hems303 Hems303, 3 years ago
    Thanks to mustangtony and officialfuel!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Nice! How about 2b, not for a 2B?
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    OK, got it now! Doh!
  5. Hems303 Hems303, 3 years ago
    Hi AR8Jason, have done a little more research into Photo .2 (b) Maker “F.W.” For Francis Webb. (Not FV as I first put in the description...the finial cap has bisected the makers mark and this presented on first inspection as "F.V"). This pencil has a deep red stone in the finial. (Looks like a Burmese Ruby but could just be glass....but I really don't think so with such a good maker as Francis Webb!)

    The pencil in Photo's .3 & .4 has a creamy white Agate in the finial (end cap over the spare lead storage chamber).
  6. Hems303 Hems303, 3 years ago
    Many THANKS to fellow CW Members: toolate2, miKKoChristmas11, scandinavian_pieces, walksoftly, AR8Jason, inky, vetraio50 and chevy59!
  7. Hems303 Hems303, 3 years ago
    Hi All. I have posted one of my all-time favourites from my antique pencil & pen collection..... hope you enjoy it as much as my wife and I do!
  8. Hems303 Hems303, 3 years ago
    Nice one AR8Jason :) Thanks for the info on synthetics.
    My wife collects silver and her aquisitions are far "heavier" than mine...I'm always afraid she will come to realise my "lightweight" purchases of silver & gold pens, pencils and other writing equipment always cost MASSIVELY more than her' won't be parity she's's gone on far too long for that....She'll be demanding bodily parts, if you know what I mean!!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. Hems303 Hems303, 3 years ago
    With regard to comment .13 above: It is with regret that I point out that AR8Jason has deleted ALL his Collectors Weekly posts showcasing his beautiful and extensive collection of antique gold, silver pens and pencils.
  10. vickianne, 7 months ago
    Can you tell me more about FW (Francis Webb)? I have a lovely pair of bag scissors in a sterling silver case made by him but can't find out much about them or him. I love the stories about the people who made these types of items.

    Thank you.
  11. Hems303 Hems303, 6 months ago
    Hi vickianne
    Francis Webb is a very well known and respected silversmith in England. He worked out of the English midlands city of Birmingham (which is why most of his work bears the "anchor" assay mark for the Birmingham Assay Office. His workshop was active in the 1890's through into the 20th century. Outside of this, a web search should turn up more information but you will have to piece it all together from different sources, there were so many English Silversmiths active that reference books usually only give a small passage to each smith. I have several such books but they give no more detailed info than a cursory search on the web will provide. Sorry I could not be more helpful.

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