Queen Victoria Dish - Sampson Mordan - London - 1900. Stunning Piece of Collectable Silver by Sampson Mordan of City Road & Regent Street, London. Famous makers of Ash tray, bookmark, box, brush, card case, coaster, decanter label. Etui, fruit knife, funnel, menu holder, paper knife, pencil, pincushion, sovereign case, vesta etc. The first patent for a "metal pencil with an internal mechanism for propelling the graphite'lead' shaft forward during use" was obtained in 1822 (his co-inventor was John Isaac Hawkins).In 1823 Mordan bought out the rights of Hawkins, entering his first mark as "smallworker" in London Assay Office on 9 June 1823 (SM oblong). In 1824 he entered in partnership with Gabriel Riddle, registering a new mark (SM. Gr) in London Assay Office. The partnership with Riddle was dissolved in 1836 and he continued the business as S. Sampson Mordan died in 1843 and the business was taken over by his sons Sampson (Jr) and Augustus.
They were later joined by Edmund George Johnson and Zachariah Watkins who retired in 1879. After the death of Sampson Mordan (Jr) his share of the business passed to his brother Augustus, joined as partner in 1890 by Harry Lambert Symonds. In 1898 the company was converted to a limited liability company under the name of S. In 1933 the distribution rights on the propelling pencil business were given to L.
The firm went into voluntary liquidation in 1952. Between the 1820s and 1870s the firm obtained more of 160 patents for various mechanical pencils. The first spring-loaded mechanical pencil was patented in 1877 and a twist-feed mechanism was developed in 1895. In addition to pencils the firm had a large production line of small silver and gold items, most of them belonging to the type of "novelties" so popular at the end of the 19th/beginning of the 20th century. They were supplied to many retailers, including Asprey & Sons and the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co.
Sampson Mordan & Co was present at the 1851 London Great Exhibition and at the 1922 and 1929 British Industries Fair. Weight is 23.92 grams and 1cm high x almost 7cm accross. London Assay Marks and e date letter e for 1900. Engraved "In memorium" - "She wrought her people lasting good".
In a lovley velvet pouch to make a special gift. Vintage condition with lots of rubbing marks and scratches. The item "Queen Victoria Dish Sampson & Mordan London 1900" is in sale since Tuesday, June 23, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling". The seller is "chappellini" and is located in Penshurst, NSW.This item can be shipped worldwide.