M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
VICTORIAN FIGURAL HARDSTONE & SILVER DESK SEAL
Sampson Mordan & Co, London, 1898
The handle elegantly carved as the long over-curving neck and head of a crane
with realistic appearing brown glass inset eyes,
the base silver-mounted in the Art Nouveau fashion with scrolling foliage and flora on a matted ground,
above a gadooned waist, the foot a round silver seal with initials uD3
Sampson Mordan (eventually S. Mordan & Co.), are known worldwide as makers of
the first propelling pencil (ever-pointed pencil) in 1822.
In addition they specialized in a great diversity of original,
and in all cases, very stylish small items......
"Probably the most sought after examples of Mordans' works are the novelty pencils which
came in many different forms, some were made in the shape of weapons like swords, pistols or rifles,
others in the shape of animals such as pigs, owls or a ducks head,
yet others where in the form of a figure of a person.
Some of these designs can be seen in other Mordan items such as seals and menu holders.
No matter their form or function all of the products produced by
S. Mordan and Co were noted for their quality,
design and ingenuity, which is why they are the objects of many."
The company was liquidated in 1952, but leaving a fine legacy behind.
For the Sampson Mordan Collectors Club : http://www.sampsonmordan.com/
Condition : Crack to hardstone toward the base; chip to back feather;
crisp marks; collectible maker
Note : Although this seal has several flaws, I purchased it regardlessly.
It is one of the most beguiling desk seals that I have encountered,
and made by one of the 19th century's most outstanding makers of such.
4-5/16" High / 2.5 oz.
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