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Pencils - Mechanical, circa 1880 Object Reg. No: ST 26063

Mechanical pencils. Three early types of continuous writing devices. Circa 1880.
The lead is held in a tube which retracts into the outer cylinder. The retraction is a sliding motion and not a rotary one as in later types.
Three metal mechanical pencils. Each pencil lead is held within a narrow inner tube which retracts into an outer tube through either sliding action. The pencils all differ slightly but are all cylindrical with simple decorative markings. The largest pencil has a small threaded cap on one end, and two pencil leads are held in hollow at the end of this pencil. The smallest pencil has a small ring attached at one end. The medium sized pencil also has a small ring attached at one end, as well as a central band of smooth metal with a slot along one side revealing the inner tube.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from W. Baragwanath, 1967
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 6 mm (Height), 6 mm (Width), 90 mm (Length)
Weight: 0.02 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: Measurement of largest pencil. Smallest pencil 50mm long.

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Tagged with: stationery, writing instruments, written communications, pencils
Themes this item is part of: Journeys of a Lifetime, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 1998-2015, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Writing
Tertiary Classification: implements
Date Made: circa 1880

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