From the 1920s when the opening of King Tut's tomb inspired everything ancient Egyptian blended with Art Deco stylings. This clever little silver figure of a pharoah extends to become a pencil which could be worn on a chatelaine or watch fob. The male figure has great detail from his musculature to the enamel details of his clothes and headdress executed in turquoise, carnelian, white and cobalt colors. The Pharoah holds an anhk (the key of life) in each hand which is indicative of his royalty and power.
The pencil functions well. The base pulls out and the telescoping insides, when extended, propel a tip which holds the lead. Twisting the tip extends or retracts the lead. It has been tested to be at least 800 solid silver; the worn hallmark on the bail probably indicates the silver purity.
The pencil is 1 3/4" (44mm) in the closed position and 3" (76 mm) when extended for writing. Condition is fairly good- some flecks of enamel missing and a little wear on the face.