Well here's something you don't see every day. It's a brass 19th century box for pen nibs in the form of a book. The box is 2 1/2" by 2 1/8" across. On the top side it's marked "D.Leonardt & Co. Brevete S.C.D.C.- Patent - Birmingham". Below the company name is the British Royal Coat of Arms. Then on the bottom it reads "D. Leonardt & Co. Universal Pen and no. 1345 EF". The binding side has an actual Universal Pen Company nib mounted on the box. The nib says on it the patent date of 16 September 1867. Above the nib it says "Vol l" for Volume l. It opens with a latch in the front just like great old books had. The work is very detailed in beautiful embossing. A number of the pen nibs are still inside. This is from around 1870 and is very special and has a lot of cross collectible interest. Whether you like writing implements or book boxes or just interesting boxes, etc - this is a great piece to acquire.
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