One lot of particular note in the upcoming Silver Auction (7 June) is a curious pencil in the form of a police ‘Bullseye’ lantern (lot 807), most likely made by the prolific silversmiths Sampson, Mordan & Co.
The propelling pencil, which first presents itself as an unassuming miniature lantern, is typical of the numerous and humorous novelties made by the company during the Victorian period. From vesta cases modelled as playing cards to vinaigrettes in the form of a trumpet (and indeed the owl menu holders we have in our upcoming sale – lot 878), Sampson, Mordan & Co.’s products stand as testament to an age of witty and playful design; a period which may truly be called the age of the novelty!
The pencil itself is an ingenious contraption, with a hinged lid revealing a compartment for spare lead, as well as two carrying handles so that it may hang candidly aside any aspiring Lady or Gentleman’s sovereign or vesta case.
So get your paddles at the ready, and join us on 7 June for what promises to be another terrific Silver Auction.
The specialist Silver Sales boast the finest examples of silver work; from the modest vesta to the weightiest casket, each item is given room to shine.
Dedicated auctions of silver are held every six weeks
Written by James Bruce