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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Three birds of a feather. All are inexpensive, silver finished mechanical pencils made in the United States and England. Circa 1890 - 1915. The top piece was likely sold as production by it's maker, the American Pencil Company. The Cuba and T.J & J. S Ltd. London pieces were likely freebies given away for the tourist trade and advertising.


Sunday, March 22, 2020

   Chilton Pen Company (made in America), produced quality pens and pencils during the 1920's thru the '30's. Showing here are examples of some of their models. All are mechanical pencils. The far left pencil was sold as a Seth Crocker. Next to it is a Sears. Both were sub-brands of Chilton. Both brands were family names within the company. The company was founded in 1923 by Seth Chilton Crocker. Everybody have a grape day.  😀









Saturday, March 14, 2020

Two metal figural mechanical pencils showing today that were made in the shape of screws. Both made in England. The top piece was produced by Sampson Mordan. It features a one stage telescopic section. The lead is tip activated. The lower piece is a promotional pencil marked Newman & Field Ltd. of Birmingham. The N & F pencil was likely made for them as a giveaway to their better customers. Both items were produced in the 1880 - 1890 period. The Mordan length is 2 1/8 inches closed and 3 3/16 inches extended. The B & F length is a static 4 1/8 inches.



Saturday, March 7, 2020

Showing today are a pair of hexagonal sided German mechanical pencils. The top piece is Montblanc, produced in the mid-1920's and made of hard rubber. It features a correct Montblanc accommodation shirt clip. The lower pencil was made by Kaweco during the 1936 - 1945 period. The material on this one is plastic. Both pieces propel by twist action and are repelled manually. The Montblanc measures 5 1/2 inches capped and 5 3/16 inches minus cap. The Kaweco capped measures 4 inches and is 3 5/8 inches capless.



Monday, March 2, 2020

Today I'm showing five double ended mechanical pencils. From the top they are a Sheaffer's, Listo, Kaweco, L&C Hartdmuth and no name German pencil. The no name pencil features enameled ends and a perpetual calendar. The Listo is the shortest in length at 5 3/16 inches. The Kaweco is the longest of the bunch at 6 3/8 inches. Commonly featured lead colors were red, blue and black.