Saturday, September 2, 2017

For the Gentleman with an Envelope

Last year I had the opportunity to buy a collection of Victorian pencils from Alan Hirsch.  For what I paid, I had to sell a few in order to keep the ones I wanted for my collection, and this was one of the keepers:

The maker’s mark is stamped on the barrel, which indicates that the piece may be Victorian in style, but it was made after 1912 according to the W.S. Hicks trademark for the big H with a W and an S above and beneath the crossbar (see and, of course, American Writing Instrument Trademarks 1870-1953).

Best of all, this one was made by Hicks for one of its most loyal and prestigious customers:

Tiffany & Co.

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