In honor of pencil maven Jon Veley's appointment as editor of the Pen Collectors of America's journal, The Pennant, here is a selection of fine mechanical pencils
11139: Butler (?) pencil: unmarked, English-made, gold filled, 8.35 cm long closed, 10.55 cm extended, classic "line and dot" pattern; yellow seal stone on end, excellent workmanship and detailing. Steel nozzle insert characteristic of Butler pencils, uses "H" lead. Suspension ring soldered to barrel is an old addition, hairline cracks at end and middle of slider slot (see details).
DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: VG* • SOLD
11236: E. S. Johnson magic pencil: large gold filled ringtop with branch-style pearl slabs, 6.75 cm long closed, 11.5 cm extended; excellent quality, some high point brassing and a nick to the front ferrule rim, no maker's mark, but imprinted "PAT. DEC. 5. 71", a Johnson patent; uses 1.0 mm lead.
11246: Edward Todd magic pencil: gold filled ringtop, 5 cm long retracted, 8.7 cm extended, octagonal barrel of translucent green celluloid simulating some semiprecious stone; no maker's mark, but shaft imprinted "PAT. DEC. 2. 1873.", referring to Edward Todd's US design patent 7006. Uses 1.0 mm lead.
11417: Eversharp pencil: early production, gold filled, lined engine turning with hand engraved vine scroll, 13.3 cm long; "EVER SHARP" imprint, "20 YEAR GOLD FILLED" and "PATENTED"; pencil was made immediately after Wahl's takeover of Eversharp; initials engraved on barrel, uses 1.1 mm lead.
11416: Eversharp pencil: early production, smooth gold filled, 13.2 cm long; "EVER SHARP" imprint, "GOLD FILLED" and "PATENTED"; pencil was made immediately after Wahl's takeover of Eversharp; name engraved on barrel, slight flat spot at shoulder of nose cone area, shallow bump to crown; uses 1.1 mm lead.
11423: Hicks magic pencil: oversize gold filled ringtop, 9.2 cm closed, 15.9 cm extended, uses 2.5 mm lead, marked "W.S. HICKS NEW YORK"; mechanism smooth and positive, two small test marks, engine turning crisp. Magic pencils this large are very uncommon.
11419: Hicks desk pencil: large hexagonal sterling silver, 15.8 cm long, marked with Hicks' acorn logo; uses 2.5 mm lead.
11156: Sheaffer Balance pencil: green pearl and black marbled, 13.25 cm long, gold filled trim, uncommon with twin wide patterned barrel bands; two-tone tip cone appears to be a later factory replacement, perhaps to convert this pencil to use thinner .9 mm lead.
11155: Sheaffer pencil: black Canadian model of unusual form, 12 cm long, chrome plated trim, "Clipper"-style clip and metal clip button. Good imprints, uses 1.1 mm lead.
11427: unmarked retracting pencil: excellent quality, English manufacture, appears to be solid 9K gold; 9.2 cm long retracted, 11.8 cm extended, lovely detail in brocaded shaft, leaf-form slider button, trim rings, and crown with bloodstone seal end. Central half of barrel seam has opened up, does not affect function, ditto for tiny split at tip of "M"-marked nozzle, which uses 1.0 mm lead.
11245: unmarked magic pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 7.35 cm long closed, 13 cm extended; American-made, excellent quality, longer than most, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead.
11435: unmarked novelty pencil in box: chrome plated brass, in the form of a screw, 10.7 cm long, marked "MADE IN ENGLAND" and "USE NETTLEFOLDS SCREWS"; head turns to propel 1.1 mm lead, in gift box from Guest, Keen & Nettlefolds of Birmingham, like new.
11424: Wahl-Eversharp pencil: sterling silver, hand engraved floral vine pattern, 13.3 cm long; uses 1.1 mm lead, monogram "M G C" engraved on indicia, slight flattening to one side of crown top, shallow pinhead ding to barrel near shoulder (see details).
11426: Wahl-Eversharp Signature pencil: "Rosewood" woodgrain hard rubber, 13.6 cm long, gold filled trim, roller clip, matches full-sized pen; clean with excellent color, good imprints, no brassing, unused eraser; uses 1.1 mm lead.
11444: Chadwick squeeze-filler: Japanese-made Parker knockoff, black with chrome plated trim, 12.9 cm long, plated steel calligraphy nib.
11429: Duryea De-Co Self Filler: uncommon black chased hard rubber slip-cap matchstick-filler, 14.25 cm long, nickel plated steel clip is used to depress pressure bar, gold filled band can be turned to hide or reveal opening in barrel. Fully marked, hard rubber moderately faded with scratching from clip and some finish roughness to the barrel; not a top-quality pen, but of special interest in that few Duryea-branded pens were sold, though Duryea was one of the largest suppliers of nibs, pressure bars, clips, and other components to the New York pen trade. No patent references on the pen, but made under Duryea's US patent 1049465 of Jan 7, 1913.
11400: Esterbrook PJ injector pencil: silver pearl, 12.4 cm long, stainless steel trim, uses .9 mm lead, like new, eraser unused.
11402: Esterbrook PJ injector pencil: copper pearl, 12.4 cm long, stainless steel trim, uses .9 mm lead, name on barrel.
11399: Esterbrook SJ: copper pearl lever-filler, 12.1 cm long, stainless steel trim; #2556 nib.
11425: Eversharp Skyline ballpoint: maroon, striped cap, 13.3 cm long, gold filled trim, not in working condition, includes original dried-out refill, modern refills will require an adaptor (not included).
11430: Parker button-filler: unusual long slender black Duofold-style pen, 13.2 cm long, gold filled trim, Lucky Curve barrel imprint, comb feed and nib are later (1946 date code on nib), nib is a smooth and responsive writer. Gouge in barrel under imprint (see detail), condition otherwise fine.
11428: Parker Webster: silver pearl and black marbled button-filler, 12.5 cm long, chrome plated trim, Sears Roebuck house brand pen made by Parker. Barrel has ink window, screw in section, nib with 4th quarter Parker date code, imprint with diamond logo. Name on barrel, plating wear to cap bands.
11443: Parker 51 Demi: grey Aerometric filler, Lustraloy cap, chrome plated trim, early production with "PRESS . . . 6 TIMES" imprint on screw-on filler housing, 4th quarter date code on barrel, Lucite connector. Name imprinted lightly on barrel, one small patch of plating loss to clip above arrow tip (see details), new sac installed with perfect transparency.
11413: Parker 75: vermeil grid pattern, gold filled trim, early model with solid ends, short-feathered arrow clip, US-made, marked "STERLING/&14K G.F."; section with angle indicator with central "0", 14K USA nib marked "66" on feed, nice clean example, one scratch on angle indicator, tiny edge nick to edge of barrel end button.
11437: Parker 61 Cumulus in box: gold filled English-made cartridge/converter filler (converter included); crisp, bold patterning, notable nib has a more rounded tip, but could easily be reground to a sharp italic. Slight shrinkage to hood from cap clutch pressure (see detail), overall appearance like new.
11418: Parker Insignia Fileté ballpoint: gold plated, 13.5 cm long, twist action mechanism, "IIU" date code (first year of production), factory custom emblem on clip for J & H. As new, but no packaging.
11440: Ruxton Multi-Vider slide rule pencil: black bakelite with gold-filled trim, 16.5 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, lead reservoir revealed by sliding open the body; operates smoothly, a high-quality instrument in pristine condition. A 1929 advertisement can be viewed here. Unusually, this example is unmarked, perhaps because it came to us along with a group of factory experimental pieces.
11441: Ruxton Multi-Vider slide rule pencil: black bakelite with silver-filled trim, 16.5 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, lead reservoir revealed by sliding open the body; operates smoothly, a high-quality instrument in pristine condition. A 1929 advertisement can be viewed here. Unusually, this example is unmarked, perhaps because it came to us along with a group of factory experimental pieces. Plating losses to the very edges of the top ferrule (see detail) appear to be from manufacture, not usage.
11438: Sheaffer Prosperity: uncommon Canadian sub-brand, red pearl marbled lever-filler, 12.5 cm long, nickel silver clip, brass cap band and lever originally nickel-plated to match; steel Prosperity nib. Fully marked, strong imprints, unusually there is no explicity mention of Canadian origin.