Sampson Mordan novelty pencils
Novelty pencils are the most sought after of all Mordan's work, many of which can command large price tags. Each pencil was designed and beautifully crafted to look anything but like a pencil. Victorians were entranced by such whimsical design and they proved very popular indeed, even then. The designs of the pencils encompass a variety of topics, like tools, weapons, animals, sporting and household objects, people and more.
The list below shows some of the different designs of Mordan novelty pencils, these are designs that I am aware of and is no doubt far from complete.
The majority of Mordan novelty pencils I have seen are made of silver, but some are of gold. I have also seen them made from bone or ivory and even the shell of a nut.
Work in progress, images/examples of individual pencils to follow very soon.