1822, the first ever propelling pencil was invented and
patented by Sampson Mordan. From that point onwards the
family-run business continued to develop its unique design
carrying twelve three inch leads inside the barrel of the
pencil, hence the name Yard-O-Led. In 1934, the Yard-O-Led
Company was founded and today continues its traditions of
craftsmanship and excellence established nearly 200 years ago.
Influenced by original designs of the 19th and 20th centuries,
the Yard-O-Led range of writing instruments includes fountain
pens, ballpens and rollerball pens in addition to the unique
propelling pencil. Each pen or pencil (except the Retro range)
is hand crafted from hallmarked sterling silver, individually
numbered and comes complete with a lifetime
At our workshops in
the jewellery quarter of the City of Birmingham, we understand
the importance of time-honoured methods of craftsmanship.
Uncompromising skill and painstaking detail have been put into
each writing instrument we make.
Every Yard-O-Led is
handcrafted using traditional turn-of-the-century techniques.
All pencils contain one yard of lead (12 x 3 inches leads) from
which the name Yard-O-Led derives.
Prices are quoted
separately for each of the series and finishes below.