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Lot 5 (Fine Interiors - Two Day Sale - Live Online, 22nd September 2020)

A Sampson Mordan gilt metal novelty propelling toothpick

A Sampson Mordan gilt metal novelty propelling toothpick,
in the form of a flintlock pistol, the barrel marked 'S. Mordan' and '6 July 1840',
43mm long,
together with a Sampson Mordan silver propelling pencil,
of the same design, and
an unmarked silver propelling pencil in the form of a pistol (3)

Sold for £680


Condition report

Gilt metal toothpick - overall good condition with no obvious major faults
Sampson Mordan silver - overall good condition with no obvious major faults
Silver propelling pencil - the barrel can be seperated from the body of the gun and the mechanism is very stiff
The pencil appears to operate correctly, the lead itself seems smaller than 1mm, although it is very hard to measure.  The pencil is without damage. and is silver, the maker's marks are rubbed as is the date and hallmark.
The toothpick is silver gilt, doesn't have cracks and functions as it should.
The small pistol/pencil is siezed up and will not open.

 

 

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The auction details are as follows:

Auction: Fine Interiors - Two Day Sale - Live Online, 22nd September 2020

Sworders’ September Fine Interiors Sale comprises over eight hundred lots of furniture, paintings, works of art and silver, to include the Principal Contents of an East-Anglian Country Estate, the Trevor Barton Collection of Pipes, and an assortment of fine French furniture, objets d’art and clocks. Be sure to follow Sworders Fine Interiors on Instagram for sneak previews, highlights and interior design inspiration!

Viewing

VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT

Due to current social distancing restrictions, we will be offering viewing by appointment only. 

One hour time slots will be available from:

Friday 18 September, 9am - 5pm

Saturday 19 September, 10am - 4pm

Sunday 20 September, 10am - 4pm

Monday 21 September, 9am - 5pm

 

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Removal of Lots

All lots should be removed by 5pm on Friday 2 October 2020.

Furniture and carpet lots remaining after this date will be removed to:  Perry Removals, Chapel End, Broxted, Essex CM6 2BW.  Removal will be at a cost of £20 +VAT per lot and storage will be charged at £2 +VAT per lot, per day.

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We have been pleased to store items free of charge which were purchased before lockdown or when our offices were closed prior to 15 June.  We will continue to provide free storage for the immediate future for these items.  However, for June’s Homes & Interiors sale please see instructions below and note that we will need to re-introduce storage charges for furniture.
 

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Furniture lots from our Homes and Interiors sale remaining after 5pm on the Friday following the sale will attract a storage charge of £10 for administration plus £2 plus VAT per lot per day. 

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