Kent House Antiques: Bookmarks

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Commemorative Letter Opener - Waterman and Mordan - Chester 1908

Stock number: 9449

Commemorative Letter Opener - Waterman and Mordan - Chester 1908

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£550.00
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This rare silver letter opener/bookmark was made for Waterman by pencil manufacturers and silversmiths Sampson Mordan & Co. and carries a hallmark for Chester, England 1908. You will see that the inscription states “Waterman’s Fountain Pen February 12th 1884 – 1909 plus the “Ideal” logo. It was made to commemorate Waterman’s 25th anniversary of trading. Waterman pens were little known in England before 1900 when Messrs. L.&C. Hardtmuth of Golden Lane, London became the sole agents, advertising them to the trade as “The Most Satisfactory Fountain Pens to Stock…”. In 1910, for political and public relations reasons, Mr. L.G. Sloan became head of “Hardtmuth’s newly built emporium, known as Koh-i-noor House in Kingsway (London) from where Waterman pens were dispatched  to worldwide markets.” Sloan had a close friend (Harry Lambert Symonds) who worked for Sampson Mordan & Co. which explains the choice of silversmith. The “pig” design had been used by Mordan since at least 1898 as it appears in an illustrated catalogue of that date. Why Waterman chose the “pig” rather than the “owl” – another Mordan favourite – is unknown.

It appears that this delightful letter opener/bookmark was created to send as a commemorative gift to retailers and prestige customers. I have seen one further example in its original Hardtmuth presentation case. This example, without its case and in good condition with some minor age wear (as can be seen in the montage) is priced accordingly. It measures 120mm long by 14mm deep. The pig stands 20mm high. 

A rare piece of fountain pen history.

Source: “Waterman in England” Edward Eldred/The Stationery Trades Journal/S. Mordan & Co. Limited – Illustrated Catalogue for 1898.

Price: £550.00
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Red Celluloid Sterling Sunburst Bookmark

Stock number: 9425

Red Celluloid Sterling Sunburst Bookmark

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£120.00
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This rare red celluloid book or page marker with sterling silver sunburst dates from around 1923. The silver top carries a patent number 212101. It is in good condition and is 97mm in length. It is a lovely reflection of its period and a very useful item.

Price: £120.00
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Rest of World via Royal Mail International Signed For: £12.00
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Silver Trowel Shaped Bookmark with Pistol Grip Handle

Stock number: 9557

Silver Trowel Shaped Bookmark with Pistol Grip Handle

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£100.00
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This silver trowel shaped bookmark with a silver pistol grip handle is marked “silver” and dates from the 1920’s. It is longer than most at 105mm long and, as you will see from the image, condition is good with only minor age wear. It is a very attractive and useful item.

 

 

Price: £100.00
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U.K. via Royal Mail Special Delivery: £7.00
Europe via Royal Mail International Signed For: £10.00
Rest of World via Royal Mail International Signed For: £15.00
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Silver Owl Bookmark - Birmingham 1982

Stock number: 9441

Silver Owl Bookmark - Birmingham 1982

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£95.00
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This delightful silver book or page marker in the form of an owl is hallmarked for Birmingham 1982. It measures 50mm in height and 35mm at its widest point. It is just the thing to ensure you keep your place whilst bringing you cheer.

 

Price: £95.00
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Small Silver Bookmark with Purple Thistle Finial - Birmingham 1922

Stock number: 9478

Small Silver  Bookmark with Purple Thistle Finial - Birmingham 1922

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£80.00
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This small silver bookmark is only 55mm long from tip to finial. It is a delightful object with its purple “thistle” finial and clear hallmark for Birmingham 1922. Condition is good with only minor age wear

Price: £80.00
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U.K. via Royal Mail Special Delivery: £7.00
Europe via Royal Mail International Signed For: £10.00
Rest of World via Royal Mail International Signed For: £15.00
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