Rare Large Victorian Silver Combination Pen / Pencil / Ruler / Quill Knife Sir John Henry Pelly 1st Baronet

Sampson Mordan, London 1848
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An extremely rare and unusual early Victorian fully hallmarked silver combination Propelling Pencil, Pen, Ruler and Quill Knife, of a large size, the plain cylindrical barrel stamped: S.MORDAN & Co MAKERS and also engraved as a 4 inch ruler. Three raised scrolled slider rings to extend the elements. The large turned terminal unscrewing to allow the long steel quill knife to extend and also revealing a lead reservoir with a screw cap. Set with a bloodstone seal stone carved with the crest of Pelly, probably for Sir John Henry Pelly 1st Baronet Pelly of Upton.

By Sampson Mordan, London 1848.

Open: 148mm
Closed: 123mm
Diameter: 16mm

Blazon of crest: Out of a naval coronet an elephant's head.

Sir John Henry Pelly, 1st Baronet, DL (31 March 1777 – 13 August 1852) was an English businessman. During most of his career, he was an employee of the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), serving as Governor of the HBC for three decades. He held other noteworthy offices, including Governor of the Bank of England. The title of Baronet Pelly was created for him.
Pelly was born on 31 March 1777. His father was Captain Henry Hinde Pelly (1744–1818), Esq., of Upton who worked for the East India Company, as did his father. Sally-Hitchen Blake (died 1824) was his mother. Pelly was a fourth generation sailor, and possibly served in the Royal Navy at a young age.
Pelly became an Elder Brother of Trinity House in 1823, and Deputy Master some years later. He was a Commissioner of the Lord Lieutenant of the City of London,and of the Loan Office of Public Works and Fisheries. He served as magistrate and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Essex on 16 October 1810. In 1835 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
From 1841-1842, he was Governor of the Bank of England. He was appointed a vice-president of the Marine Society in 1847. Pelly was also a businessman. He owned timber plantations in Norway. With Charles Boulton, and his father-in-law, Henry Boulton, Pelly was a partner in the company, Norway Merchants. With Jukes Coulson and Paul Malin, Pelly was a partner in the ironmonger and iron merchants company, Jukes Coulson & Co.
Pelly was a Director of the HBC before becoming its 17th Governor, serving in that capacity for three decades, from 1822 through 1852. Pelly was responsible for organizing several exploration parties, including some for Peter Warren Dease and Thomas Simpson which assisted in the discovery of the Northwest Passage. He was responsible for the 1849 colonization of Vancouver Island. Pelly developed a business relationship with Sir George Simpson, Governor-in-Chief of Rupert’s Land, and an HBC employee. They were partners in the London firm, Pelly, Simpson & Co., and the Norwegian firm, Pelly & Co.
He married Emma Boulton (1786–1856) of Leatherhead, Surrey in 1807. She was the daughter of Henry Boulton of Thorncroft, governor of the Corporation of Working Mines and Metals in Scotland. They had ten children. His eight sons were: Sir John Henry (who succeeded as baronet), Raymond, Charles, Albert, Richard-Wilson, Edmund, Octavius, and Percy-Leonard. His two daughters were Juliana-Sally and Emma-Eugenia. Sir Lewis Pelly, Conservative Member of Parliament and an East India Company officer, was his nephew.
Upon the recommendation of Lord Melbourne, he was created Baronet Pelly, of Upton in the county of Essex in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom on 6 July 1840.
He had residences at Warnham Court near Horsham, Sussex, and Upton House, West Ham, Essex.
Pelly died at his home, Upton House, in 1852.

Sold - £895.00

In good condition with no damage or repair and in full working order.
54.00 Grams (1.74 troy ounces)
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