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Art Nouveau Mechanical Pencil Pendant



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In 1820, Henry David Thoreau (yes, of Walden fame) and his father created the #2 pencil. Not to be outdone, in 1822, Sampson Mordan and John Issac Hawkins patented the first metal mechanical pencil. Sometime later, a masterful craftsman during the Art Nouveau period went a few steps further to elevate the art of writing by designing this exquisite 18K gold mechanical instrument--embellished with a mistletoe motif no less. And while the original lead is long gone (we have inserted a shaved-down pencil point), its sleek form makes a most lovely, and intriguing, pendant. Hand fabricated in 18K, circa 1900. Chain measures 18 inches.


18 Karat Yellow Gold
2 1/2 Inches
1/4 Inch
Chain Length:
18 Inches
Gram Weight:
4.4 Grams
Art Nouveau

About Art Nouveau Jewelry

Looking to go organic? Bummed out (with good reason) by the Industrial Revolution, Art Nouveau makers embraced the natural world and a return to the hand-craftsmanship of an earlier time. Their overlap with both the Victorian and Edwardian eras resulted in a great deal of cross-pollination. Though relatively short in its purest form, Art Nouveau’s flowing lines continued to weave their way into fine jewelry.

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