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Monday, September 18, 2017

  Great style is certainly one reason I collect mechanical pencils. This one has got a whole lot of that me thinks. The material is likely hard rubber. The piece measures 4 5/16 inches in length. The only markings on it are 'DAY 1852', That information happens to relate to Charles Goodyear suing Horace H. Day for patent infringement in 1852 for it's rubber vulcanization process.This piece was quite probably produced sometime after that event.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Showing here are three A.T. Cross mechanical pencils. Two feature painted design over a gold filled metal finish. Both paint jobs are flawless. The third pencil is a chased sterling with somewhat unusual thick lead. All were produced in the vicinity of the 1930's. The painted pieces are approximately 4 1/4 inches long. The silver example comes in at around 3 3/4 inches.