Friday, July 4, 2008
ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLE JEWELRY: MECHANICAL PENCIL PENDANTS!
Until I began buying, collecting and selling gold jewelry, I had no idea that way back when, ladies wore pendants that were actually pens or pencils. Furthermore, some of them were made of real gold. These charming pendants dangled from a long chain around their necks but were far more than an interesting piece of jewelry. And if they were made by the famous TIFFANY & Co., as was the one shown above right (and available in our SHOP at RUBY LANE) then today, they have become a very valuable collector's item.
This incredible mechanical telescopic pencil pendant is fashioned of 14k rose gold. It's a beautiful pinkish rose shade. Closed up, as shown in the first photo, it's a neat 2 1/2 inches long but when it's extended to become a writing instrument, it is a full 4 3/4 inches. And here's the great part when you consider the current high price of gold: this fabulous collector's item weighs a hefty 19.3 grams! Below is a view of the pencil when it's ready to use:
Incidentally, an item like this wasn't just for the ladies. In fact, it's entirely possible that this was a gentleman's piece and was worn attached to a fob chain. There are other names too for pieces like this: they are sometimes called a "Chatelaine Pendant" or "Magic Pencil".
The other Pencil/Pendant shown here is also available from our RUBY LANE SHOP. It's also 14k gold, but this time it's yellow gold and weighs 8.5 grams. It's less expensive than the first item but then it's not a "Tiffany".
But both are indeed collector's items and wonderful conversation pieces. After all, how many people do you know that own a 14k gold pendant that hides a mechanical writing pencil inside?!