Rare Victorian Silver "Unique Pocket Companion" East Indies Varient

JOHN SHELDON, BIRMINGHAM c1842 - c1850
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An extremely rare Victorian silver Patent "Unique Pocket Companion" with engine turned decoration to the body. The pocket companion comprises at one end, a slide out steel pen holder, a pencil and a pen knife. At the opposite end the terminal is inset with a citrine coloured seal stone and unscrews to reveal a lead reservoir. The case also unscrews at the centre to reveal the letter and coin balance which is graduated 1/4T to 11/2T and 1/4 ounce to 1 ounce. The "T" stands for Tola to measure Rupees and along with the Knife Blade rather than the more usual coin gauge, indicates that this version of the Unique Pocket Companion was made by Sheldon for use in the East Indies (other versions were also produced for use in America, France & Belgium with different scales)

By John Sheldon, Birmingham, c1842-50. (Date letter undecipherable)

The Registered design for the Improved Unique Pocket Companion was enterered on the 8th February 1842, No: 1086


Sold - £700.00

Condition
In good condition with no damage or repair, the knife blade slider just slightly loose.
Dimensions
L
105  mm (4.13 inches)
Weight
19.00 Grams (0.61 troy ounces)
Country
England
Stock Code
TRS170613.268
Medium
Silver
Provenance
The improved pocket companion is an example of John Sheldon's remarkable ingenuity and skill in incorporating so much in so little space. In a contemporary advert from the period he describes it as "Multum-in-Parvo" (much in a small space). He also describes it as having 12 distinct and important advantages, as follows:- an accurately adjusted letter balance, for the 1d, 2d and 4d rates of postage; an unerring sovereign weight; a crown and half crown weight; a convenient pen holder; and improved Patent Ever - Point pencil; a neat and useful toothpick; and a half sovereign gauge; a plain or chequered desk seal; a reserve of leads at top of the case; the conveniences of which are self evident, - the whole forming a complete Multum-in-Parvo, compact for the waistcoat pocket, pocket book, etc etc.