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...As well as propelling pencils, they manufactured patent locks, cedar pencils, pens, pencil holders, pin cushions, perfume bottles, vestas, inkstands, letter balances, copying and seal presses and fire proof cash and deed boxes, and the firm supplied novelty silver articles to many retailers including Asprey & Sons & the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co. Ltd.
Various whimsical patterns were introduced for their propelling pencils including pig and boar-shaped pencils, and horse heads, dogs, cats, fish, frogs and owls, and between 1820 and 1873, more than 160 patents were filed for various mechanical pencil designs.
The company ceased trading in 1941 following destruction of their factory by enemy bombing.
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Two late 19th century opaline glass perfume bottles, the Siros Collection, South Australia, including a Sampson and Mordan silver gilt mounted green opaline glass perfume bottle mounted with a vinaigrette, together with a French gilt metal mounted opaline
A rare sterling silver mounted porcelain novelty perfume bottle in the form of a walnut, Sampson Mordan, London, 1885, the Siros Collection, South Australia, the ovoid body naturalistically modelled as a walnut with part of the shell removed at one end exp
A rare antique gold propelling pencil by S. Mordan & Co., modelled as a rifle, pencil slide concealed under and signed on the top of the barrel, with decorative articulated trigger, styled in 15ct gold, boxed.
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
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.
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
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
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