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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A sterling silver letter opener by Sampson Mordan & Co. In the form of cavalry sword. London 1898., finely detailed and fully hallmarked to the scabbard and blade., 14.5 cm

Two gold filled pencils and a pen, Mordan Everpoint, Wahl Eversharp and Parker

Samson Mordan and Co silver pencil holder, hallmarked London 1911

A Victorian commemorative diamond jubilee sterling silver scent bottle by Sampson Mordan & Co., London, 1887, the sides decorated with two 1887 half crowns, 4 cm long

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

Two Victorian sterling silver propelling pencils and pen, foliate and Corinthian column design and stone set. One fully marked with Sampson & Mordan marks Victorian, 40g (2)

Vintage S.Mordan gold mechanical pencil engine turned decoration. 9ct yellow gold, London hall mark.

A sterling silver pencil, Sampson Mordan, London 1900, and one other.

An antique gold propelling pencil, S. Mordan & Co. Birmingham. 15ct yellow gold. Weight 25.51 grams. Compressed length 7 cm.

Pair of sterling silver ashtrays hallmarked Chester 1913,(maker Sampson Mordan & Co), 215 grams approx (pair)

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

Hallmarked sterling silver 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.