Mechanical Pencils & Whistle Combination

Mechanical Pencils & Whistle Combination / By A.Strauss
mechanical pencil (U.S. English) or a propelling pencil (UK English)
The earliest mechanical pencils were made late 18th Century.

The first patent for a refillable pencil with lead-propelling mechanism was issued to Sampson Mordan and John Isaac Hawkins in Britain in 1822. After buying out Hawkins' patent rights, Mordan entered into a business partnership with Gabriel Riddle from 1823 to 1837. The earliest Mordan pencils are thus hallmarked SMGR.
After 1837, Sampson Mordan ended the partnership with Riddle and continued to manufacture pencils as "S.MORDAN & CO". His company continued to manufacture pencils and a wide range of silver objects and whistles, until
World War II, when the factory was bombed.
Mechanical pencils with whistle combination have various Mechanism and styles,
Some are plain Pencil holders which I include as mechanical being made in the same period and by the same makers .
Early ones have a slide mechanism which preceeded the propelling one.  


 V.G & Co.  Sterling enemeld pencil holder and whistle combination
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 James Howell &Co.Proppeling pencil and whistle, 14 Ct. gold.


Pencil stanhope peeper and whistle Brass and bone
The stanhope* ( See note wstanhope peepersw) shows 6 pictures from Ramsey.
The mchanism is a slide pencil.
App: Closed 80 mm open 110mm .

Sampson Mordan silver. ornate mechanical silver dog whistle 
S. MORDAN c 1900.

Gold platted pencil stamped Perry & Co.
( a well known British whistle maker )
the stamp is tiny and appears on the thin part of pencil.
Note the two arched windows, it has an exetrimly high pitch like a dog whistle.


A Combination of pencil Stanhope peeper and whistle the whistle is hidden and the upperpart with the stanhope can be pulled out of body to use.
The stanhope shows 6 photos of Hornsea in Ireland.
These Stanhope peepers were sold as souveniers in the 19th century and early 1900 to tourists.
A nice memoire and present
Made of brass measures app. 105 mm open.
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Perry & Co. Patent stamped on pencil end. the ring is made for a chain to be hung on the neck.
App. 120 mm closed
 
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Large pencil, made in Germany with a large round tubular whistle that can be pulled off .
The design of the whistle is reminiscent of J Hudson whistles .


A large massive pencil stamped S. Mordan & Co.
Simon Mordan started making mechanical pancils in 1837
The body is spiral ribbed , 130 mm and heavy.
It has an interesting mechanism;
turning the whistle makes both sides come out . Picture shows pencil Unretracted .  
 
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Sampaon Mordan Inscribed " We are seven" C-Mas 1883



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Charles Stanhope,(1873- ) The 3rd Earl of Stanhope,
was a politician and a scientist.  He invented a printing press, various calculating machines, and the lens which is named after him.
Based on a small cylindrical glass rod, convex at one end and flat at the other, the lens will greatly magnify any transparent object that is placed on the flat surface and viewed through the other end.
Used originally as a microscope lens, it found a new use after the invention of photomicrography in 1853, in the tiny trinkets and souvenirs which came to be known as "Stanhopes." The earliest Stanhopes were rings and brooches, but from the 1860s until into the 20th century, a great variety of objects containing these tiny photographs were made. Some included erotic themes.  
As far as I have researched
Whistles with stanhopes were made from 1860s to 1910s.
I shall devote a special chapter to these but taking photos of the views in a stanehope is beyond my photographic skills. whistles with stanhopes are great pleasure to discover, the lens being so small, many times it was a surprise to discover that a whistle has a stanhope,
Stanhope peepers were made in Switzerland, France,England and in the U.S.A..

To be cont.
All rigts reserved
A.Strauss

 

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