found this pencil while digging on an allotment in Sheffield. Still contains lead end turns to extend lead.
personal message on one side says SAPPER FLEMING FROM GENL BAITHWAITE. AUG. 1917
otherside says E.BAKER&SONS PAT.798510 RoNo566825 STERLING SILVER
the end that you turn has another number RoNo565713
there is one lead in the chamber and one spare lead inside
on doing basic tinternet research google keeps recommending spelling fleming with 2 ‘ms’ and suggests that Baithwaite should be BRaithwaite- could the name spellings on the pencil be wrong?
why would a general give a silver pencil as a gift? was this common?
can anyone recommend how to sell this item value etc
dont want to sell it to pub land lord who offered £50 but skint x x x
cheers miss rascal