This ivory *Stanhope souvenir pen with a letter opener end signed 'La Eurbic' is from France from the turn of the century or earlier. Its appealing picture of peaches from the South of France on the letter opener end complete the French fantasy trip. Unfortunately, the glass ball that contains the souvenir picture is missing, but the pen and letter opener combination is still unique and beautiful and worth collecting.
*So, what is a Stanhope? Novelty souvenirs that became popular during the 19th century, these objects (ranging from pens to sewing accessories to jewelry) are unique because of the tiny hidden image placed somewhere inside the object. The image can be found by holding the object up to the light and looking into a tiny hole where the magnified image becomes visible. These images range from landscapes to portraits and are about 1/10th an inch in diameter and 1/4 an inch long. The term 'Stanhope' comes from the inventor of the Stanhope Lens, Lord Charles Stanhope (1753-1816) (Note: Lord Charles died before photography had been invented).
This interesting and unusual pen, which is in good antique condition, is made from old ivory which means that it has been recycled and is prior to the ivory ban.
This special piece has been part of our personal 125 piece antique pen and pencil collection that appeared at the Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design's Reading and Writing Exhibit in 1980 in New York City. It is now time to share all of these valuable and memorable pieces with antique lovers all over the world. There are many more, so please enjoy!
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