Victorian German Silver "Unique Pocket Companion"

JOHN SHELDON, BIRMINGHAM 1842
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A rare Victorian German 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 toothpick combined with a half sovereign gauge. At the opposite end the plain seal terminal is engraved with initials and unscrews to reveal a lead reservoir. The case also unscrews at the centre to reveal the letter and coin balance which is graduated 1D to 4D and 1/2 ounce to 2 ounce.

Stamped John Sheldon, 1086 Feb 8 1842

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


Sold - £600.00

Condition
In good condition with no damage or repair and in full working order.
Dimensions
L
101  mm (3.98 inches)
Weight
18.00 Grams (0.58 troy ounces)
Country
England
Stock Code
TRS170613.270
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.