A late 19th century mechanical pencil is made of nickel plated brass and is in very nice original condition. It's about 2 inches long and the grooved grip is a mere 3/16 inch in diameter. The stanhope is mounted in the tube near the top of the pencil where the attachment ring is located. Pencils like these were popularly worn as a necklace, particularly by ladies, and the ring functions as the bale. The stanhope lens peep shows a nice image of St. Anne's, England. Located on the coast in Lancashire, not far from Blackpool, "St. Anne's by the Sea" was a popular resort town during Victorian times e and is quite near Blackpool. This pencil would have been originally purchased as a travel memento. The peep is titled "A MEMORY OF ST. ANNE'S ON THE SEA" and shows six separate views of places of local interest and importance. Each is individually titled as follows:
INTERIOR OF CHURCH - THE MONUMENT - SOUTH PROMENADE - ST. ANNE'S CHURCH - ST. ANNE'S HOTEL - THE CHAPEL
The stanhope is also marked along the bottom "MCKEE DUBLIN / MADE IN FRANCE"
The pencil is in fine original condition and the stanhope has some tiny bubbles that are easy to see in the photos. In this case the bubbles do not really detract from the stanhope view. These bubbles are not caused by degradation. They are rather inclusions of air that was sometimes present in the balsam when the microphoto was adhered to the lens. In other words, the tiny bubbles are a completely normal and common part of the process of making the stanhope and have always been there.
This pencil works and functions well. The lead is present and propels as it was intended when twisted or turned. This is a nice piece to add to your stanhope or pencil collection.
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