Learn about Mordan, Sampson & Co.

Sampson Mordan (1770 - 1843) was apprenticed to John Bramah who invented an "unpickable" lock, and at the age of 45, established his own business with a partner, John Hawkins in London in 1815.

In 1822, they patented a "metal pencil with an internal mechanism for propelling the graphite 'lead' shaft forward during use", now known as the propelling pencil.

The following year, Mordan then bought out Hawkins, and entered into a business partnership with Gabriel Riddle, a wealthy stationer.

The partnership between Mordan and Riddle was dissolved in 1836 and the company continued to be run by Sampson Mordan alone.

Sampson Mordan died in 1843 and the business passed to his sons Sampson Junior, and Augustus and there were further changes in ownership, until the business was converted to a limited liability company in 1898 operating under the name S. Mordan & Co Ltd. more...

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Rare Sampson Mordan sterling silver card case, with ivory aide de memoire and pencil to interior, hallmarks London 1909 in original fitted leather case weighs 138grams

A Sampson Mordan I sterling silver combination vinaigrette scent and pill box 57g

An Aesthetic movement circular form gilt sterling silver perfume bottle by Sampson Mordan II, London 1881 decorated with birds and blossom

Sampson Mordan sterling silver writing set comprising of a lead projecting pencil and pen, both marked S. MORDAN STERLING, 14 cm long approx

9ct yellow gold Sampson Mordan pencil. Metal mechanism. Seal to top.

A late-Victorian silver letter opener/with propelling pencil; Sampson Mordan & Co., London 1898. Length 18 cm. (fitted case)

S. Mordan silver propelling pencil & another by E. Raker & Sons

A Victorian gold and diamond novelty scent bottle, attributed Samson & Mordan, yellow gold, 9 cm high. Original fitted case for Percy Edwards, Piccadilly

HMSS pencil, S. Mordan & Co London 1919-20, engraved with a family crest

A 9ct gold pencil, Sampson Mordan & Co., London 1920 (2). A 9ct gold pencil, Sampson Mordan & Co., London 1920 the plain pencil with removable lid, loop to opposite end, inscribed to the exterior Dame Nellie Melba 1925, 7 grams, 75mm long (2). Property fro

A 9ct gold pill box, Sampson Mordan & Co., London 1907 the lid embossed with the trademark symbol of 'His Master's Voice' inscribed to the interior With the Compliments of the Gramophone Co Ltd, 31 grams, 11m high, 46mm wide, 35mm deep. Property from the C

English hallmarked sterling silver George V crystal double scent bottle with a facet cut shape, both sides having screw top caps, one being a faux hinge cap. London, 1927, maker Sampson Mordan & Co condition good to fair, minor dents to the lids, some clou

S. Mordan & Co, Ceramic and Silver Scent Bottles, with hand painted enamel bird decoration, in the shape of binoculars,C1880s, hheight 7 cm approx. (as inspected)

S .Mordan & Co, Ceramic and Silver Scent Bottles with hand painted enamel bird decoration, in the shape of binoculars,C1880s, H7 cm approx. (as inspected)

A Victorian Thomas Webb cameo glass perfume bottle, the teardrop form bottle of pale golden hue overlaid with fruiting and leafy branches of cherries; with silver screw top hallmarked London 1885 by Sampson Mordan. Height 8 cm.

Victorian Bristol blue double ended silver gilt scent bottle by Samson Mordan and Co

S. Mordan & Co, silver mechanical pencil,

A silver drop-action pencil; Sampson Mordan, Chester 1913. (pencil non-extant)

A Victorian sterling silver perfume bottle, 1881 London, with maker's mark for Sampson Mordan, the cylindrical hinged bottle bright cut and prick worked in the Aesthetic movement manner with a crane amidst patterned palm trees and rushes and an owl against

Sampson Mordan mechanical pen & pencil, sterling silver with ruler on side, stamped S. Mordan

English hallmarked sterling Edwardian silver baby feeder in the form of a chick hatching from an egg. Some denting. Chester, 1906, maker Sampson Mordan & Co Ltd

English hallmarked sterling silver perfume bottles consisting of one green glass bottle with lid set in a silver hinged casing. Chester, 1901, maker Henry Matthews. Length 8 cm. Weight 39g a green glass faceted double sided perfume bottle with unmarked sil

An S. Mordan & Co. sterling silver rotating pencil, together with a sterling silver cigarette case, Birmingham, maker JR [3] and one other, silver weight 129 grms

A Victorian milk glass perfume bottle, the spherical form bottle internally etched in a scale ground, the exterior decorated with a flowering leafy vine, silver screw top. London 1887 by Sampson Mordan. Height 11 cm

A very fine Victorian ruby and silver gilt scent bottle, by Sampson Mordan, London, 1873, of simple shouldered rectangular form with a glass lined hinged lid, finely engraved and with vacant cartouches to lid and base, with all original components, includi

A gold-cased mechanical pencil; Sampson Mordan & Co. retailed by Webster, Piccadilly

A Victorian red glass and silver-gilt scent bottle and vinaigrette, rectangular section with canted corners; sprung hinged silver-gilt cap and base vinaigrette; Sampson Mordan, London 1874. Height 9.3 cm

S. Mordan sterling silver retractable pencil hallmarked Chester,stamped S. Mordan & Co, H. Brs, 9.4 cm long approx

Rare sterling silver candle snuffer by Sampson Mordan, hallmarked Chester 1908, in fitted box. 30.5 cm long approx.

A fine English sterling silver perfume bottle by Sampson Mordan, London 1883

A late-Victorian silver novelty cigar cutter with twin-cut sprung mechanism, match cup and striker, engraved crest and motto 'Premium Virtutis Honos' ('the Reward of Virtue is Esteem'); on marble plinth; Sampson Mordan, London 1897.

Rare Mordan ivory and silver mechanical pencil in the form of a cricket bat- together with a gilt metal pencil

Antique Sampson Mordan & Co.silver gilt ruby glass double ended scent bottle, 12.5cm longongm

Hallmarked sterling silver card case with heavily engraved stylised floral motif, monogrammed 'Srh' and leather fitted interior, with presentation case. London, 1898, stamped 'C', maker Sampson Mordan & Co dimensions: 11 x 7.3 cm

Silver pencil container by Sampson Mordan & Co., Chester 1914

Late 19th century propelling pencil with ivory gavel by Sampson Mordan

A Victorian gilt-capped double-ended scent bottle.Mordan Sampson & Company, London, latter half 19th century, the plain bottle with a hinged cap at one end, a screw cap to the other, and a gilt and beaded waist, maker's mark inside the hinged cap. Length 1

An early 20th century silver pin cushion in the form of a hatching chick. Chester 1911, by Sampson and Mordan. Three 4 cm

A boxed sterling silver writing set maker's mark Sampson Mordan & Co.Ltd, Chester, circa 1905, the set includes a fountain pen, a lead projecting pencil and a small seal opener each with a decorative spring styled handle housed within the original leather

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