This small and beautiful red morocco leather cased propelling pencil with silver inscription to lid is very special indeed.
The lid of the box features a sterling silver plaque inscribed 'Presented to the Rev'd J. H. Waugh by the Teachers and Scholars of the Sunday and Day Schools, Cerne Abbas, 1844.' Cerne Abbas is a historic village located in Dorset, England. The village is most well-known for the Cerne Abbas Giant chalk figure.
The Reverend James Hay Waugh (1797-1885) was the great grandfather of the esteemed English novelist, Evelyn Waugh (b 1903 – d 1966). Evelyn Waugh’s most well-known novel is Brideshead Revisited (1945).
James Hay Waugh (b 1797 – d 1885) was the son of the Reverend Alexander Waugh (b 1754 – d 1827) who was a minister in the Secession Church of Scotland who helped found the London Missionary Society; he was one of the leading Nonconformist preachers of his day. The family history is absolutely fascinating; we have provided only a snap shot of the family history in our description. The new owner will have a wonderful time researching the family.
James Hay Waugh was born in the parish of St Marylebone, Middlesex, England in 1797. James married Sarah Short Waugh, nee Symes in Devon in 1827. The couple had four children including Ann Symes Waugh, Mary Elizabeth Waugh, James Charles Waugh and Alexander Waugh. James was the Rector of Corsley from 1845 up until his death in 1885. He and his family lived at The Rectory in the village of Corsley, Warminster. After his wife passed away he would remain living at the Rectory with his four servants. James passed away in 1885 and died a wealthy man.
Below is a short list of the lineage of the family.
Reverend Alexander Waugh (b 1754 – d 1827)
Reverend James Hay Waugh (b 1797 – d 1885)
Dr Alexander Waugh (b 1840 – d 1906)
Arthur Waugh (b 1866 – d 1943). Author, literary critic, and publisher.
Evelyn Arthur St John Waugh (b 1903 – d 1966) and Alexander Raban Waugh (b 1898 – d 1981) novelist.
Further reading: Fathers and Sons by Alexander Waugh.
The box opens to reveal a fitted red velvet compartment in which we find the original silver propelling pencil. The silver pencil (not tested) features an engraved white intaglio hard-stone to the terminal with a Hearts-ease/Pansy motif symbolizing 'Remember Me'. There is a tiny ‘M’ impressed mark to the nib. The ‘M’ mark has been noted on some Sampson and Mordan propelling pencils
Measuring: Box width 3 3/4 inch (9.5 cm) by width 1 1/2 inch (4 cm). Height 5/8 inch (2 cm). Pencil width 3 1/8 inch (9.5 cm).
Condition: Light surface wear to box. A very slight bend to the top of pencil meaning extending the inner section needs a firm touch. A few light dings to the engine turned silver pencil casing. The locking mechanism to the box is no longer functional, the box opens and closes perfectly but will not lock shut as the top of the inner lock is sheared off.
This is a unique opportunity for a literature lover to own a family item connected to the famous English writer Evelyn Waugh.
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19th Century Miniature Red Leather Cased Silver Propelling Pencil 1844 Evelyn Waugh Interest Brideshead Revisited
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