Victorians loved to make their practical items as pretty as they are useful. This fine pencil is encased in an exquisite 18k gold tube. The end of the pencil holds a bloodstone shield carved with the initials "DA." Every detail is impeccable. An ideal graduation gift to the perfect addition to a lovingly curated desk set. Circa 1860.
This lovely pencil is signed "S. Mordan & Co. Makers." Sampson Mordan (b. 1790 - d. 1843) was a British silversmith and a co-inventor of the first patented mechanical pencil.
Details.....Measures 3.34" long closed and 4.19" open and 0.37" by 0.39" at the seal. In Very Good antique condition. You should always expect some wear on vintage and antique jewels, we consider it part of their charm.