I don’t have much of a story about or behind this one, but it’s one of the most outstanding Victorian pencils I’ve ever seen:
The barrel is mother of pearl. It’s cut in a spiral pattern, which is plenty intricate, but this one has an additional twist (pun intended). The high points have a trough cut into them in which the gold wire fits:
The wire is actually all one piece, threaded near the nose through a small hole, and from there winding up either side of the barrel . . .
. . . where a hollow ball fits over the end, secured in all probability by soldering to the two ends of the wire:
What an elegant way to craft such an elegant pencil! And the culprit who made this?
"W.S. Hicks / New York."