I’ve got a couple of really neat things to show you that I found at the DC Show, but before I do, I need to back up for a second and set the stage if this is going to make any sense.
Charles Keeran applied for the patent for the original Eversharp pencil on October 10, 1913, and the patent was issued as number 1,130,741 on March 9, 1915. Here’s the patent drawing:
The patterns on the original Eversharps are unlike anything that Wahl produced:
My most recent find, which came to me through Greg Weddig, was the one in the checkerboard pattern, and it bears a commemorative date of December 25, 1916 on top of the crown:
This one was looking a little worn, so at the Chicago Show last May, I had Bruce Mindrup work some plating magic on the clip. Now it looks fresh as the day it was made:
Getting back to the story, the unique clips on these, marked "Pat. App. For," were invented by George W. Heath and Alfred C. Heath, who applied for their patent for it on June 12, 1912 and received patent number 1,145,583 on July 6, 1915:
So now that you have this background, tomorrow I’ll show you what I found in DC . . .