We love jewellery that's practical as well as beautiful and this antique, Victorian turquoise, gold and gunmetal retractable pencil pendant is exactly that! It would make a fantastic piece for a writer or editor to symbolise their passion, or a great statement piece of jewellery that is sure to be a conversation started when worn.
The casing is made of gunmetal with gold accents including the jump ring at the top, the rim at the bottom where the pencil appears and also to the slider that retracts the pencil in and out of the case. The slider is also decorated with a bright blue turquoise cabochon and the gun metal is studded with a futher 6 tiny turquoise cabochons that range in shades of blue and green. There is also a real pencil inside so the pendant can be used as well as worn!
The pendant measures approx 59.5mm long (not including the jump ring or pencil when out) by approx 10.9mm wide and weighs approx 9g (including the pencil inside).
Condition - The pendant is in good, wearable antique condition to say it is over 100 years old but it does show significant signs of age and wear.
The gunmetal, gold and turquoise all have surface wear to them throughout. The darker surface of the gunmetal has worn away in places, including at the top near the jump ring and in places throughout the cylinder too.
There is one small turquoise cabochon missing this is on the opposite side to the slider near the top of the case. The turquoise stones vary in colours of blues and greens and some are a little chipped and worn.
The slider mechanism still works well and is quite firm so the pencil doesn't move when worn without being pushed. The pencil still works and there is a lot of it still left inside too so it will last for quite some time if you did want to use it as intended.
The jump ring is currently soldered closed. Please see photos.
*Please note the antique box and chain pictured are not included in the sale but the pendant will be shipped in a new presentation box and pouch*
Antique Victorian turquoise, 9ct gold and gunmetal retractable pencil pendant
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