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Title Miniature propelling pencil in pistol form, unmarked silver
Nationality British
Period 1840

This little gem (just over 5.5cm when fully extended) is in the form of a mid-18th century cannon barrel, boxlock, flintlock pistol of the mid-18th century. It is stamped 'MORDAN' on one side and 'JULY 6 1840' on the other, with a serial number 353 on the top of the barrel by the muzzle.

The mechanism operates by a sliding catch under the barrel; within the barrel (operated by the sliding catch) is a small brass tube linked to a silver nozzle, which unscrews and within which the lead would be placed. Altogether, rather a fine piece of work.

The small carrying ring (for using on a chain or as a charm?) has sadly worn through, but otherwise the piece is in excellent shape for its age. The silver is unhallmarked, but identifiable as such by virtue of the remaining blue patina. I cleaned it carefully with a little ammonia and soap, but left some tarnish in place to show the nature of the metal.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Firearms : Flintlock Pistols : British : 19th Century]


I have received the dirk and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for delivering this in a professional and timely manner.

S M, Australia, 19.07.2010

The bayonet arrived safe and sound this morning. It is absolutely magnificent. I am thrilled to bits with it. Thanks for all the interest you have shown.

My very best wishes, and thank you, very sincerely, once again.

L L, UK, 08.06.2005