I have never seen a memorial or mourning item that is a retractable pencil.
This pencil is tested 14 or 15 K gold, and is fully enamelled in black and white elaborate scrolls.
There is even enamelling on the push piece to lift out the pencil.
The bottom is a black and white agate seal with the initial D in it.
Along one side of the pencil in black and white enamelling it says In Memory Of, and one a side left gold it gives the person's name Jane Darnell.
Perhaps this woman was a writer or had a particular affiliation for a memorial item of this nature.
Very rare and interesting 19th century mourning item.
Condition: Very good.
Size: 3 3/8 inches closed.
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