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Propelling pencil in the shape of a cricket bat. Propelling pencil, chased gold in the shape of a cricket bat with a retractable lead-holder operated by turning the handle. The engraved label on the blade of the bat records the maker: S Mordan & Co, and the gold content '18ct'. Obejcts like this were a fashionable novelty, designed for suspension, probably from a watch chain. The firm of Samson Mordan was established in 1822 and continued until 1941. As the inventors of the propelling pencil, they enjoyed an unchallenged reputation for the manufacture of fine writing implements with ingenious mechanisms. They specialised in novelty shapes like this example in their repertoire of sporting items.
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