Pencil Holder

Description
This silver pencil holder was owned by the Copp Family in Stonington, Connecticut from around 1775 until 1893. Writing implements were precious objects in the early colonies, and a pencil holder allowed the user to protect his hands if writing with bare lead, or use every last inch of a wooden pencil.
The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
case, pencil
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 3/4 in; 9.525 cm
overall: 1/4 in x 3 1/4 in; .635 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
DL*006538
catalog number
006538
accession number
28810
subject
Domestic Furnishings
Copp Collection
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Copp Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of John Brenton Copp

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