The one thing about us rabid leadheads is that each of us knows and understands the feeling of seeing something in an online auction and actually having a feeling of panic that someone else might win the auction. Once in a great while, we will send a very short message out to our brethren who we know are probably also watching:
A while back, Joe Nemecek sent out such a plea for a particular piece that came up for sale. I did have it saved in my watch list, but hey . . . Joe called it, so I let it go and Joe did end up winning. There was, however, a small price for Joe to pay for me to sit on my hands: he had to bring it with him to DC so I could photograph it:
This is a "Monroe," not to be confused with the cheaply made Monroes that have trick features, such as a built-in level or a slider that gives you cocktail recipes. These Monroes were an uberbrand for Eclipse:
"Uberbrand?" Ok, I made that word up, but it’s a fitting way to describe it. Normally, when a manufacturer produces a subbrand that doesn’t bear its name, it’s because they are more cheaply made for a different market. The Monroe, however, far exceeded the quality of contemporary pencils bearing the Eclipse name.
I’ve only got one of these: the little ringtop that appears on page 52 of The Catalogue. This one is the real deal, a full sized and truly glorious example of art deco style during the Golden Age: