Auction of the Week: Woolley & Wallis KB Collection of Pencils sale, January 22, 2019

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2019-01-16 12:25:45

This week's auction is the Woolley & Wallis sale of The KB Collection of Pencils, featuring a remarkable array of Victorian novelty pencils. From Egyptian mummies to roller skates, deer hooves to deadly weapons, and a full menagerie of animals – it seems 19th century craftsmen could turn anything into a pencil! Here are some of our favourite items in the collection, which goes up for sale on January 22.

Silver swan head pencil

Estimate: £400 - £600

A Victorian novelty silver pencil in the form of a detailed swan's head, made by S. Mordan and Co.

Silver rifle pencil

Estimate: £150 - £200

A Victorian novelty silver pencil in the form of a rifle, engraved with the date '1844'.

Silver cat pencil

Estimate: £500 - £700

A Victorian novelty silver pencil in the form of a standing cat, by S. Mordan and Co, dated circa 1881.

Silver-gilt 'Faith, Hope and Charity' pencil

Estimate: £400 - £600

A Victorian silver-gilt novelty pencil S. Mordan and Co., in the combined form of an engraved anchor / cross / heart representing the three tenets of Faith, Hope and Charity.

Silver tortoise pencil

Estimate: £700 - £1,000

A Victorian novelty silver pencil in the form of a tortoise, manufactured by W. Thornhill.

Silver deer hoof pencil

Estimate: £500 - £700

A Victorian novelty silver pencil in the form of a deer's lower leg, complete with textured fur decoration and a carved topaz hoof.

Silver suitcase pencil

Estimate: £700 - £900

A Victorian novelty silver pencil, by S. Mordan and Co., circa 1880, in the shape of a suitcase with simulated leather straps.

Silver figural pencil

Estimate: £500 - £700

A Victorian novelty silver figural pencil, by Leuchars, depicting a cherubic child wearing a necklace.

Silver roller-skate pencil

Estimate: £500 - £700

A Victorian novelty silver pencil in the shape of a roller-skate, made  by S. Mordan and Co. in 1879.

Silver dog pencil

Estimate: £400 - £600

A Victorian novelty silver pencil modelled as a begging dog, by S. Mordan and Co, circa 1880.

Silver lighthouse pencil

Estimate: £700 - £900

A Victorian novelty silver pencil in the shape of a lighthouse, complete with an additional button hook and pen knife, made in Birmingham circa 1896.

Silver hand pencil

Estimate: £150 - £200

A Victorian novelty silver pencil in the shape of a delicate hand inside a tapered sleeve, made by S. Mordan and dated 1842.

Silver and red enamel heart pencil

Estimate: £300 - £400

A Victorian novelty silver and red enamel pencil in the shape of heart.

Silver combination three-colour pencil

Estimate: £600 - £800

An Edwardian silver combination three-colour pencil by William Hornby, made in London circa 1901. The design features retractable pencils in red, black and blue, along with a built-in compass, a whistle and an engraved sundial.

Silver Egyptian mummy pencil

Estimate: £600 - £800

A Victorian novelty silver figural pencil, by S. Mordan and Co. modelled in the form of an Ancient Egyptian mummy.

Silver Sphinx pencil

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

A rare Victorian novelty silver pencil, by Edward and Son, circa 1882, depicting an ancient Egyptian sphinx and bearing the inscription 'Tel-El-Kebir, 13 Sept.1882'

The date and location relate to the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir, fought between the Egyptian army and the British military during the Anglo-Egyptian War.

Gold Revolver pencil

Estimate: £500 - £700

A Victorian novelty gold revolver pencil by S. Mordan and Co., dated March 8, 1855, featuring a textured grip and revolving cartridge case.

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