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Here is a wonderful and very unique item - an antique ivory and gold retractable pencil by S Mordan & co that dates from the 1870's. Samson Mordan and John Hawkins invented the first propelling pencil in 1822 and after Samson formed his company, S Mordan & Co, became known as the leading producer of propelling pencils the world over. Highly sought after by collectors, these wonderful and somewhat whimsical pencils are such a talking point. Able to be worn on a chain, or kept on a desk, the pencil is made from 9ct rose gold and ivory. Measuring 6.1cm in length or 7.4cm with the lead holder extended, it is of course made in the form of a rifle and hides its true purpose making this such a wonderful conversation starter. One side is hand engraved with the initials "DM" and regardless of how this is worn or displayed, there is no doubt that this is a fantastic folly that is sure to always get admired. Stock# ES7929 Maker: S Mordan & co Circa: 1870 $Sold.