Victorian Novelty Silver 'John Bull' Telescopic Propelling Pencil

Sampson Mordan & Co c1880
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An extremely rare Victorian figural novelty silver telescopic Propelling Pencil made in the form of the comical literary character John Bull (the personification of an Englishman), depicting the stout man wearing a tailcoat, breeches and boots. Pulling on his top hat extends the pencil.

Unmarked, but probably made by Sampson Mordan & Co. The base of the figure has an applied diamond registration mark dated 16th March 1880.

Open 81 mm
Closed 50 mm

This Pencil has also been attributed to the Dickens character Mr Pickwick, but I believe it depicts John Bull.

£1,650.00

Condition
In good condition with no damage or repair and in full working order.
Weight
16.00 Grams (0.51 troy ounces)
Country
England
Stock Code
TRS231118A
Medium
Silver
Literature
John Bull is a national personification of the United Kingdom in general and England in particular, especially in political cartoons and similar graphic works. He is usually depicted as a stout, middle-aged, country dwelling, jolly, matter-of-fact man.