Thursday, August 23, 2012

And Another Thing . . .

Saturday at the DC show I was still basking in the glow of my Carey find. I’m sure I was driving everybody crazy showing it off to anyone that looked remotely interested – and to several people who didn’t look the least bit interested. I could have gone home happy right there, but then I would have missed what happened next.

My father, Roger Veley, and Jim Stauffer stopped by my table with the news that Roger had found another Heath clip pencil they wanted me to see, so off I went, this time remembering to take my loupe with me.

They led me to Jim Carpenito’s table and showed it to me. My father had already made him an offer on it, but I must have looked pretty excited about it, because he stepped aside and I brought it home. Here’s it is, posed next to the Carey:


This one is the size of a regular Eversharp pencil, but like the Carey it is a leadholder. Here’s a closeup of the clips:


But this one was made for Heath’s own account, marked only "GHW Co." and "Pat. App. For."


While I was at Jim’s table, I noticed he also had a container of spare leads. I thought that having extra leads to fit these was a good idea, so I would have bought it regardless . . .


but when I saw what was imprinted on the side, it went from "nice to have" to "must have" in a couple seconds flat!

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