But when this odd bird caught my eye on Rick’s table at the Philadelphia Show, it was the first time Rick and I had met in person:
We haggled a bit over the price, and I ended up fishing around in his junk box for a few other odds and ends so I could put together enough that the deal made sense. I showed it to a few other folks while I was in Philadelphia, and the general consensus was that it looks like a Waterman, but that top . . .
Back in Ohio, this one was the first thing I wanted to tackle. I first compared it to a Waterman Patrician I have in that same green and bronze celluloid, which Waterman called "moss agate."
The pencils are almost exactly the same size and girth, and the celluloid is identical. But the moss agate Patricians, unlike the other known colors, are not supposed to exist in a bandless ("first year") form. That’s because moss agate was introduced in 1932 – the last Patrician color introducted -- while the bandless models were made earlier in the Patrician’s production span (see page 163 of The Catalogue).
The mystery pencil has a longer tip section identical to the earlier Patricians, unlike the later and shorter one seen on my moss agate Patrician. Here is the new addition, in the middle, surrounded by the moss agate Patrician at top and an earlier black and pearl Patrician at bottom:
Backing up a bit, what makes this an odd coincidence is that I generally don’t buy Eversharp metal pencils anymore unless they are really special. With hundreds of them in the stable at home, there’s just no point to buying another one just to find out it’s a duplicate. On very rare occasions I will take a chance, and at Charles (Chuck) Cohn’s table, I saw something interesting enough to do so: one of the rare oversized Eversharp metal pencils with the fatter (.075 inch) lead. I splurged on it because it was in terrific condition and I didn’t think I had one sporting the fatter lead. For once, I was right (I’ve bought tooooo many duplicate metal Eversharps lately):
So my last step was to see if the top section from a Waterman Patrician, which includes the eraser and spare lead magazine, would fit into the top of this pencil. There, the answer is no:
And now it’s all Waterman. Even the top.