Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Just a Wee Bit Different

At the Baltimore show, Paul Erano had this little gem on his table:


What made this pencil stand out to me was the location of the trim bands.  Here is the same pencil shown alongside its closest relatives:


Note that earlier examples such as the one at top have a straight barrel with an elongated metal nose cone - these match examples pictured in Wahl Eversharp's1925 catalog.  The lower example, with a barrel that tapers down to the tip and two trim bands closer to the nose, is typical for those introduced in 1926 and transitioning into the "new Eversharps" (what I call the "tempoint" line) in 1927. 

The imprint suggests a manufacture date of around 1926-1927, with the elevated word "Wahl" next to the spiky Eversharp. In fact, the imprint is identical to the other two examples (the new one is on the right):


The top on the new addition, shown here at right, is a bit different from what is normally found on these pencils:

 
So what of those quirky rings in the middle of the barrel?  Wahl's mottled hard rubber pencils (the company called them "rosewood") are unique among the Tempoint line, in that these were the only ones that are commonly found both with or without trim rings.  But this is the first time I've seen one with the trim rings up at the center of the barrel -- surprising, really, that the idea didn't catch on, since the center rings would have been a better match for the fountain pens. 

Since Cliff Harrington was in attendance at the show, I asked him what he thought of it.  "Eversharp made some weird stuff," he said.

I can't think of a better way to put it.

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