Although Mordan created the first mechanical pencil in 1822 humans have been ‘writing’ for over 40,000 years. Early cave art used charcoal and chalk mixed with saliva or animal fats. The Romans used lead to create styluses for scratching letters into tablets covered in a thin later of wax. Medieval times used the metal stylus and in the early 1500’s graphite was discovered near Keswick in the Lake District. Variations of the mechanical pencil have existed since then but it was Mordan’s design that revolutionised the world of pencils. He transformed a simple pen or pencil into a much-coveted luxurious item that has paved the way for some of the most beautiful writing tools in the world.
There are of course diehard lovers and collectors of the humble pen, whether Parker or Month Blanc, but antique Sampson Mordan pens are highly collectable, and the best examples can fetch thousands of pounds.
Unfortunately, the London Blitz of 1941 destroyed the factory so all pieces in existence are pre-1941. Condition is always key but sometimes a name can be good enough that even damaged pieces can still fetch money. Mordan is definitely one of those names. The name will always be in demand so if you have any Mordan pieces at home its not a case of IF they will sell but a case of how much they will sell for.?Obviously pre-1843 is most collectable, before Mordan’s death, as well as any silver and gold examples.