Sampson Mordan (1790-1843) was the co-inventor of the first mechanical pencil. During his youth he was apprenticed to the inventor and locksmith Joseph Bramah. The company under its existence as S. MORDAN & CO began in 1836 and ran until 1898 before it was converted to a limited liability company.
Unmarked other than signature. Mechanism needs attention and currently cannot be closed. Otherwise good condition. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."