A rare Antique Victorian fully Marked Sterling Silver, a real stunning piece is marked S. Mordan & co Sterling Silver it dates to C 1900. It has an unusual red stone in the handle end. This would make a stunning thoughtful Christmas present/ gift. Which makes this a real find and rare piece of history.
Made by SAMPSON MORDAN & CO (worked from 1823) A scarce item from a sought after maker. Condition: This delightful letter opener, page Turner is in good condition. There is one slight indent on the silver handle as pictured but it does not affect the item. Displays perfectly in a cabinet or on a desk or can be used as intended beautiful very rare antique. I feel this would make a stunning Christmas present present or indulgent treat.Please view all my photographs carefully as these are as much part of the description as the writing. If you wish me to send you any other picture or details feel free to ask. If you want spotless then the high street is for you, but if you want a great antique that will appreciate in price with age then this is for you. You don't get this by messing people about. Iam a trusted honest reliable EBAYer. If you have any questions feel free to ask. Please look at all my other great items I have for sale.
The last of the pictures shows a very small amount of my 750 strong collection of SAMPSON MORDAN. MARKS - HALLMARKS - HISTORY. The first patent for a "metal pencil with an internal mechanism for propelling the graphite'lead' shaft forward during use" was obtained in 1822 (his co-inventor was John Isaac Hawkins). In 1823 Mordan bought out the rights of Hawkins, entering his first mark as "smallworker" in London Assay Office on 9 June 1823 (SM oblong).In 1824 he entered in partnership with Gabriel Riddle, registering a new mark (SM. Gr) in London Assay Office. The partnership with Riddle was dissolved in 1836 and he continued the business as S.
Sampson Mordan died in 1843 and the business was taken over by his sons Sampson (Jr) and Augustus. They were later joined by Edmund George Johnson and Zachariah Watkins who retired in 1879. After the death of Sampson Mordan (Jr) his share of the business passed to his brother Augustus, joined as partner in 1890 by Harry Lambert Symonds. In 1898 the company was converted to a limited liability company under the name of S. In 1933 the distribution rights on the propelling pencil business were given to L.The firm went into voluntary liquidation in 1952. Between the 1820s and 1870s the firm obtained more of 160 patents for various mechanical pencils. The first spring-loaded mechanical pencil was patented in 1877 and a twist-feed mechanism was developed in 1895. In addition to pencils the firm had a large production line of small silver and gold items, most of them belonging to the type of "novelties" so popular at the end of the 19th/beginning of the 20th century.
They were supplied to many retailers, including Asprey & Sons and the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co. Sampson Mordan & Co was present at the 1851 London Great Exhibition and at the 1922 and 1929 British Industries. The item "Antique C 1900 S Mordan Sterling Silver Letter Opener Page Turner Perfect Gift" is in sale since Thursday, September 30, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Other Solid Silver". The seller is "maynardsfineantiques" and is located in tiverton, Devon.
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