Sampson Mordan & Co

Sampson Mordan (1770-1843), apprenticed to the mechanic John Bramah, established his own business in 1815. The first patent for a propelling pencil was obtained in 1822 (his co-inventor was John Isaac Hawkins). In 1823 Mordan bought out the rights of Hawkins, and entered into partnership with Gabriel Riddle manufacturing silver mechanical pencils with the marking "SMGR” until 1836 when the partnership was dissolved and the business became S.
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