Jewel-tipped nibs are rare, so this Mordan pen and pencil combination is something special. It is fully hallmarked for 1832/33, with maker's mark of Sampson Mordan and Gabriel Riddle. Both pencil nozzle and jewel-tipped nib retract in the usual manner.
The nib is lightly marked "MORDAN" on top of its shank. The tipping is intact on both sides, though its surfaces are a bit rough. Jewels were certainly hard, but not as resistant to chipping as iridium or osmium.
Friday, November 15, 2013
begun in 1864, with a British patent for the turned up tip issued in 1865 and a US patent in 1867. Elements of this distinctive design were later copied by other makers of steel and bronze nibs, but the only gold fountain pen nibs made in this form were those used in Macniven and Cameron's own "Waverley" fountain pens -- albeit without the upward bend at the tip.
In fact, the original Waverley was neither the first nib with its point turned up, nor the only. Nor was its name ever used to denote anything but an actual Macniven and Cameron Waverley nib. And let us not forget that at least some original Waverley nibs -- Macniven and Cameron's own gold fountain pen nibs -- dispensed with the turn-up entirely!