Shaw-Barton, Inc. was founded in 1940 by a group of investors led by Jay S. Shaw, who formed the company and purchased the calendar and specialty advertising division of The American Art Works in Coshocton, Ohio.
You would think, since Coshocton is only about 30 miles from where I live, that I would have illustrated an extensive group of them in The Catalogue. Unfortuantely, if you turn to page 134, there's a picture of one lonely example. I just didn't have any on hand at the time I wrote the book.
Shaw-Bartons don't get a lot of attention. They're often written off as "only" advertising pencils, and usually they turn up in dollar boxes at flea markets. But for what they are, they really are well made, and since the book was written I've made more of an effort to put together a better selection of the different varieties that are out there.
Here's what I've found so far:
The example on the left is the one illustrated in The Catalogue. It and the one next to it share the same riveted clip:
Next are some very sleek and streamlined examples, one of which is an advertising piece for Shaw Barton:
Along the same lines, this one, also a Shaw Barton advertiser, has the same clip on an all-metal cap:
The next one also has a bullet shaped top, but the clip is a bit boxy, reminiscent of the Rite-Rite Threadline:
It's also a Shaw Barton sample (you can see the "8061" just next to the clip) with a 1951 calendar on it, suggesting it was made in 1950:
And finally, the last two are really interesting. The erasers are set in a specially designed plastic holder. The white example has a 1960 calendar on it:
These are the latest Shaw Barton pencils I have been able to find. From the information I've been able to put together, the company stopped producing writing instruments in the 1960s but continued printing calendars and other advertising materials long after. The trademark lives on (last renewed in 2002), but it no longer has anything to do with advertising products.
I'm sure that I'll be revisiting this topic as more information comes to light!