Thursday, May 10, 2012

This Was Bound to Happen

Lately, I've been having a lot of fun exploring pencils made by the Nichols Products Corporation, and all of the neat patents that were issued to Edgar Nichols.  I've written articles about the Nichols Tri-Point, as well as what I've called (tongue firmly in cheek) the Nichols "Monopoint," fitted with Nichols' patented magnifier:


After a brisk day two of the Chicago Pen Show, Michael Little was basking in the afterglow of his purchasing.  He can say all day long that he just buys stuff to sell in his ebay store, but I know better -- mostly because I had a lot of difficulty persuading him to sell me this one:


Whoa . . . a Tri-point with the magnifier!


Like the "monopoints," this one has a clip that is unmarked; however, on the barrel, the imprint is a little better than you usually find:


Normally, what you see on these is just the first two lines:  the U.S. patent numbers sometimes shows up, but this one has both the U.S. and Canadian patent numbers!  Unfortunately, the additional data doesn't narrow down when this one was made any more than what we already know, since the Canadian patent, for the original Tri-point design, was issued on December 29, 1931 and this piece, with the magnifier, was probably made between 1944 and 1948.  Still, a neat find!

Michael's Tri-point was a mint in the box example, complete with paperwork.  The papers were identical in every respect to those I posted about earlier, but there was one extra surprise in the box:


See that gold looking thingy in the box?  It's a spare lead container:


And although it's not marked, there's no doubt in my mind that this is an original Nichols Tri-point lead box.  Why?


A three-chambered spare lead magazine, so you don't mix the three colors of leads together.  But of course!

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