Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The "Pencil in Chief"

The next group of Nichols Tri-points that came from the estate of Edgar B. Nichols is this set:


In the evolutionary timeline of these pencils, I place these right after the flattops from yesterday's article.  Here's one of these pencils compared with a later Tri-point more commonly encountered:

Note that the paddles are smaller and less well defined than on the later models:


On the clips, the earlier ones have a round ball on the end and the word "Tripoint" is one word:


The tip on the older ones is much longer, as well:


Two out of the three of these older Tripoints have a simple imprint:  "Nichols Products Co. Moorestown, N.J."


But the third has two imprints.  The first has the American and Canadian patent numbers on it, which dates it to after 1931, when the Canadian patent was issued:


But it's the imprint on the other side that I find far more interesting:


All I can say is that it is what it is.  Hail to the pencil!

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