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Sterling Silver Floral Chased Ornate Chatelaine Fob Pencil Antique Birmingham Circa 1911

Martin Langdon


Antique Early King George V period, pre Great War Sterling Silver Chatelaine Fob Pencil in good condition and still functional, there still being a nub of the original pencil fitting present.

A traditional styled piece, handsomely chased to the body on both sides with heavily scrolled foliate work including a vacant cartouche for engraving, the pencil feature to the chatelaine fob is accessed simply by removing the silver end cap, the cap itself being the mount for the wooden pencil stored within, the tail end of the chatelaine fob features a static lug and rung bale so as to serve for when wearing the item as a chatelaine piece or as a fob item with an Albert chain or similar, for example it could also be worn on a long guard about the neck.

Marked clearly for Birmingham assay office circa 1911 with the makers mark for Francis Webb of Great Hampton Street, Birmingham The Chatelaine Pencil weighs 9.2 grams or 0.29 ounces Troy and measures 8 cm in length or 3.2 inches and has a body width and depth of 1 cm and 3 mm.

A Nice Example making for a fabulous period collectible and still useable even in its current state, a new pencil shaft installed would ensure a whole new life for this writer by the new owner, on a side note these Chatelaine pencils were sometimes used as Needle Cases during the period by Nannies simply by removing the pencil shaft so it could serve for a variety of uses other than a chatelaine pencil if desired.