I'm pleased to share a picture of a Sheaffer desk lamp. This seriously styled art deco lamp with pen holder was produced in the early 1940's.
Monday, March 28, 2016
Some time ago, maybe before 1940, these gizmo's were used to sharpen pencil points. The shroud is leather and the paddle may be bakelite. Yeap, the word bakelite is used as often as rare. Each side of the paddle features a different degree of abrasiveness to create a sharp pencil point. Approximately 4 1/2 inches long.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
The Post Office was loaded today.
Background - is a really clean store display easel card offering Scripto erasers for sale. I'm guessing pre-1950.
Top - is an American Pencil Company #48 Success model. It's a combination device with reversible eraser/dip pen on one end and mechanical pencil on the other. Cool piece!
Right - is a gold fill Eversharp repeater, made in USA. Call it 1940'ish.
Bottom - is a first generation Sheaffer's Sharp Point in sterling, c.1920.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
I took this picture for a friend. Thought it would be nice to share it here with you all. My Sheaffer golf pencils are flanked on the left by a Wahl-Eversharp and Parker. On the right are a Vacuum-Fil (Sheaffer), Eversharp and Mordan. The oversize, autograph band golf pencil 4th from the right is somewhat hard to find.
A.T. Cross Company started producing writing instruments around 1876 (maybe earlier), with the stylographic pen. These pens were eye dropper fill and spring/tip activated (far left piece). Mechanical pencil production started at about this time also. This picture shows the stylo pen and several pencils. The black hard rubber pencil is the earliest of the bunch. The others are dated between 1915 - 1935.
No name figural pencil probably produced somewhere in the very later half of the 19th century.The figural represents a chick in its egg. Head of the chick is attached to a very short removable sterling pencil. Total length when not in use about 1 1/4 inches. Not real practical but very Victorian.