Stunningly large Victorian propelling pencil with presentation details - ‘Presented to Mrs J As Eccles by the Temperance Blackburn Electoral Union - 5th Feb 1874’.
Measuring a substantial 12.5cm fully extended and 10cm when retracted and a heavy 18 grams in weight, this beautiful antique pencil feels just lovely in the hand, and… she miraculously still retains a small piece of original lead!
Extending to reveal of course a pencil but this one is a duo and also slides to reveal another implement whose functionality frankly we do not know! Original sliding ring present which can be worn on a chain too if desired.
Mounted in a low carat gold ( XRF tested as around 6-8ct ) and rosy gold in hue, she is mounted at the top with a fine piece of Sardonyx with carved intaglio initials - ‘M E’. These initials are quite wonderful and are appropriate for each and all of us!
Intricate floral scrolling engraving to the length of the pencil, and the Sardonyx set column with deep embossed patterning also.
We haven’t delved too deep into the ‘Temperance’ movement, but it is an interesting read, highly recommend a google search!
XRF Tested a low carat gold, 6 to 8ct
Very good to excellent antique condition. No chips to Sardonyx. Sliders both work fluidly. Original piece of pencil present. Gold is lovely and a mellow rose gold hue. Lovely condition.
Please note boxes and chains are for display only unless otherwise stated.