This circa 1880's miniature cane or walking stick mechanical propelling pencil with stanhope lens is in excellent original condition. It shows only slight signs of use and some patina. The mechanism works very well but the lead is absent. Proper leads are still readily available in the event that someone would wish to use it once again. It is made of brass that has been silver-plated. Most of the silver-plate is still in tact. The barrel or shaft of this pencil is painted black and the paint does have some chips missing as can be seen in the photos. The walking stick handle is a round sphere shape that was typical and common among cane handles and grips during the 19th century. The stanhope is located in the spherical handle and shows a multi-image micro-photo depicting Stratford-upon-Avon in England. There are six images in all and they are all titled and clear and easy to see and read. The main title is "A MEMORY OF STRATFORD-ON-AVON / MCKEE DUBLIN". The 6 individually titled photos include SHAKESPEARE'S HOUSE - HOLY TRINITY CHURCH - SHAKESPEARE'S MONUMENT - THE FOUNTAIN - SHAKESPEARE'S MEMORIAL THEATER - ANN HATHAWAY'S COTTAGE. It is also captioned "MADE IN FRANCE". What make it particularly interesting are the handwritten titles rather than typeset. This is a very fine example of a utilitarian stanhope that's well survived since mid-Victorian times. I could see this one housed nicely in the corner of a doll house or as a fine conversation piece in a stanhope or pencil collection.
Note: This stanhope pencil measures about 3 inches long. The shaft is about 1/8 inch in diameter and the ball handle is about 1/4 inch in diameter. It is an extremely small and unusual pencil.
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