Rare collection of pencils up at auction

Some of the propelling pencils collected by Dave Wilson which are now up for auction.
Some of the propelling pencils collected by Dave Wilson which are now up for auction.

A rare collection of 1,400 propelling pencils built up by a Wallsend man are to go under the hammer at auction.

Dave Wilson started his collection when visiting antiques fairs in the region after ill health forced him to take early retirement.

Among his collection are some very early Georgian examples and pieces by Sampson Mordan & Co Ltd, the British silversmith and inventor of the first mechanical pencil – with some pencils expected to sell for up to £200 at the auction by Anderson and Garland on July 23.

Dave unfortunately passed away late last year, with his widow Sylvia and daughter Michelle Watson keen to let someone else get enjoyment from the collection.

Michelle said: “Collecting became a real passion for Dad and one which he got many hours of enjoyment from.

“Although it was emotional to put them up for sale it is not right that they should be stored away and therefore it is a fitting tribute to him that the collection should be passed onto others.”

Fred Wryley-Birch, of Anderson and Garland, said: “This is a particularly impressive collection and one which is certain to generate much interest.”

He added: “Many of the items featured – especially those by renowned company Sampson Mordan – are quite exquisite and it is clear to see that passion and enthusiasm which Mr Wilson had for his hobby.”

“His family are hopeful that someone who shares his zeal will continue to add to the collection and pre-sale interest suggests that will indeed be the case.”

The collection includes a 9ct gold pencil by Sampson Mordan, a set of three silver cased pencils, and a number of commeorative pencils celebrating significant events.

For more information visit www.andersonandgarland.com