This is a magnificent antique stanhope writing implement in great condition. It is a combination multi-tool dip pen and mechanical lead pencil, both of which are retractable. A product of French mid-Victorian times, it is skillfully crafted of bone which has been carefully worked and turned. The bone is in excellent condition and displays beautiful pores and patina. The metal "shotgun" type ball slides are used to expose and retract both the pen nib mount and pencil mechanism. The pencil mechanism then turns to propel and advance the lead. The lead is present and the mechanism is in great working order. All of the metal parts including the slides and ferrules on each end are made of silver-plated brass. It is easy to see that this writing tool received a fair amount of careful and loving use. The user probably utilized the pencil more than the pen as is evident by the silver-plate wear pattern on this piece. The nib is not present, but it is an easy piece to find these days if one would desire to add it. The stanhope finds it's home in a brass tube near the middle of the device and it too is in immaculate condition and crystal clear. The stanhope peep image shows 4-views of Boston Lincolnshire in Suffolk England. The stanhope microphoto image is quite small in comparison to most which is a sign of a very early stanhope, circa 1870's. The very fine photographic quality is also noteworthy. It is certainly rare to find bone from this era with no cracks or other damage. This piece is an unusual and rare find. This would absolutely make a great addition to any pen, pencil, stanhope or other collection. It could also be once again used and cherished as it obviously had been long ago. The stanhope lens is titled "A Memory of Boston" and marked "McKee Dublin". the individual photos are titled as follows:
The Church Exterior
The Wesleyan Chapel
The Church Interior
This item is guaranteed to be made of ox or cattle bone and not ivory. Please see the photos which show the typical pores found in period bone.
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