I've been collecting Victorian dip pens and propelling pencils for twenty years or so.
Here are a few I found recently--the Mabie Todd is at the top.
The large combination in the middle is a particularly interesting find. I liked the combo and admired the engraving when I first picked it up, and I could tell that it was solid gold. What I didn't notice until later was the inscription.
It reads: "Presented to Miss Cooper, by the Officers, Col. Bakers Regt. July 2, 1861"
Edward Dickinson Baker was a US Senator and Civil War Colonel who died in battle shortly after the date on this combo, on October 21, 1861. He was a close friend of Lincoln; Lincoln even named one of his sons after Baker.
The nib is marked "G.W. Simmons and Brother, PHILA." The company made presentation swords and other items for the military.
I'm working on identifying Miss Cooper and her connection to the regiment.