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French 1904 Silver Gilt Pen in Leather Presentation Box-SUSSES FRERES
This truly elegant pen in a leather presentation box is in silver gilt and is by the French company Susse Frères of Paris. It is dated 1904.
The Susse family established a foundry in Paris in 1837. They are principally known for their high quality bronze statuettes but were originally involved in products for painting. This may be the connection with this pen which is an extremely rare object.
The pen is 8½" (21.5cms) long and weighs 10.6 grams.
It has a wonderfully delicate, corded decoration and the end is finished with a little ball. It is inscribed `7 Mars (March) 1904' in script. Near to the top is the boar's head French hallmark for 800 silver quality.
The nib is gold plated and inscribed `Lance BP&C'.
The pen sits snugly on a bed of ivory velvet . The upper section is in cream satin with `Susse Frères Paris' in black script. It opens and closes easily. The exterior in beautiful mottled brown leather is inscribed `B.E' on gold lettering. One can only speculate on the reason for this lovely gift to B.C. – a birthday or a commemoration of some other special event?
The condition of the pen is wonderful and I doubt whether it has ever been used. There are just a couple of patches of wear on the underside of the box and a tiny tear in the ivory lining.. Otherwise it is in fine antique condition.
This splendid piece would make an excellent addition to a collection of writing instruments or a thoughtful gift for a Francophile.It will arrive very carefully wrapped.
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