A jewelled two-colour gold graphite lead holder

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Nichols and Plinke, St. Petersburg, before 1898cylindrical form on suspension loops, exterior with spiral reeding applied with looped ribbon and a pair of cabochon sapphire and diamond buds, twist-top advances a gold tube designed to hold graphite lead, in velvet and silk-lined leather case stamped with maker's insignia, 56 standard length: 8.9cm (3 1/2in).