Novelty propelling (mechanical) pencils so fun to play with you’ll never get any work done. Mostly Edwardian. All amusing. Several by Sampson Mordan who co-invented the first patented mechanical pencil.

Tennis racket propelling pencil. ca. 1880.
Tennis racket propelling pencil. ca. 1880. British. Silver. Sampson Mordan & Company, maker. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/tableware/victorian-novelty-silver-tennis-racket-propelling-pencil-sampson-mordan/id-f_14980102/
Royal Coronation propelling pencil. 1953.
Royal Coronation propelling pencil in working condition. 1953. Image © Molloy’s Mega Antiques Centre, Takapuna, Auckland and © 1998-2019 Ruby Lane, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.rubylane.com/item/160319-SUN505/Vintage-1953-Royal-Coronation-Propelling-Pencil
Propelling pencil in the form of a cross.
Propelling pencil in the form of a cross. Engraved decoration fitted with a fob suspension loop. Victorian. Gold and turquoise. Maker not known. Image © Copyright Toovey’s 2017-2019. Fair use license. via https://www.tooveys.com/lots/406048/a-victorian-gold-and-turquoise-inset-propelling-pencil-in-the-form-of-a-cross
"Bullseye" police lantern propelling pencil.
“Bullseye” police lantern propelling pencil. Victorian. Silver. Sampson, Mordan & Company, probable maker. Image © McTears Auctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.mctears.co.uk/news/Bullseye/?i=299
Pig propelling pencil. ca. 1880.
Pig propelling pencil. ca. 1880. Victorian. Unmarked but tests as silver. Maker not known. Image © 2001 – 2019 Sellingantiques Ltd. Fair use license. via https://www.sellingantiques.co.uk/318189/antique-victorian-silver-novelty-pig-propelling-pencil-c1880/#
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