Description and Notes:
This is a very rare example of early dotting pen for drawing dotted lines. It may also be used as a tracing wheel for punching equal spaced sparse holes on papers or parchments. This item was found in the lower tier of the case of the English drawing set of this collection, but apparently it is not originally belonging to the set and its age is much older. I have yet to find a similar item in any of the reference books that I owned, but based on the style of the turned handle, it appears to be of English origin and may be dated to the late 18th or early 19th century.
The handle and the wheel body are made of brass, but the needle points on the wheel are steel made. Similar to the dotting pens of later dates, the front end of the pen can be opened for cleaning or to change pattern wheels. The handle also concealed a pricker as contemporary brass ruling pens do.