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SAMPSON MORDAN & Co - Antique Propelling Slide Pencil Holder - SOLID STERLING SILVER - Hallmarked London, England, 1895

Antique Sampson Mordan Solid Silver 1895 Sliding Pencil Holder

Solid Sterling Silver with nice Sampson Mordan & Co London hallmarks for 1895

Beautiful used condition with visible wear

Would have fitted on a watch or chatelaine chain

With ornate decoration

Total length 76mm or 3 inches

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S.M &Co 1895 London England


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0.09 kg
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Sampson Mordan (1770 - 1843) was apprenticed to John Bramah who invented an "unpickable" lock, and at the age of 45, established his own business with a partner, John Hawkins in London in 1815.

In 1822, they patented a "metal pencil with an internal mechanism for propelling the graphite 'lead' shaft forward during use", now known as the propelling pencil.

The following year, Mordan then bought out Hawkins, and entered into a business partnership with Gabriel Riddle, a wealthy stationer.

The partnership between Mordan and Riddle was dissolved in 1836 and the company continued to be run by Sampson Mordan alone.

Sampson Mordan died in 1843 and the business passed to his sons Sampson Junior, and Augustus and there were further changes in ownership, until the business was converted to a limited liability company in 1898 operating under the name S. Mordan & Co Ltd. As well as propelling pencils, they manufactured patent locks, cedar pencils, pens, pencil holders, pin cushions, perfume bottles, vestas, inkstands, letter balances, copying and seal presses and fire proof cash and deed boxes, and the firm supplied novelty silver articles to many retailers including Asprey & Sons & the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co. Ltd.

Various whimsical patterns were introduced for their propelling pencils including pig and boar-shaped pencils, and horse heads, dogs, cats, fish, frogs and owls, and between 1820 and 1873, more than 160 patents were filed for various mechanical pencil designs.

The company ceased trading in 1941 following destruction of their factory by enemy bombing.

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Data sheet
Measures:76 mm / 3 inches
Filling System -Wooden Pencil Holder
Barrel Material -Sterling Silver
Ink Window -N/A
Nib Type -N/A
Country of Origin -England
Dated -1895
Main Color -Silver
Brand -S. M & Co
SignedYes - Hallmarked
ManufacturerSampson Mordan & Co
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