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Mechanical pen/pencil

Object Number: 
Gold, other metal, carnelian
Overall: 5/8 x 5/8 x 4 3/8 in. ( 1.6 x 1.6 x 11.1 cm )
incised: along side, between rings: "Pres. John B. Newman, M.D., L.L.D. / from patrons of Harrodsburg Female College"
Gold plated 6-sided mechanical pen/pencil with carnelian flat seal at the bottom; 2 sliding rings which extend a pen nib and a pencil; rinceau design cast along the sides, chased around the bottom.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this mechanical pen/pencil from Harrodsburg Female College in Kentucky was given to John B. Newman, president of the college, as he left on the eve of the Civil War. Harrodsburg is Kentucky's oldest settlement, founded in 1774 by James Harrod.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Laura Dayton Denby
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group