Friday, February 1, 2013

Shovel Clip Swan Song

For the 1926 catalog, the dollar pencil with the shovel-shaped clip shown in yesterday’s article had been abandoned.

At least, in the all metal form:


Here’s a substantial pencil with a plastic body. While the shape of the clip is the same, in this case it is riveted to the outside of the barrel rather than fitted inside it through a slot:


But where you would expect to see the Conklin name imprinted, this one’s a little different:


"Crescent Reg. U.S. Pat. Off." The top on this one is necked down slightly. I don’t know whether that was to accommodate a standard-sized Conklin eraser or because there was some sort of cap that was originally fitted onto this one.

Other than the association of the word "Crescent" with Conklin’s "crescent filler," there’s nothing on this pencil to indicate that it was made by Conklin. Well, that and the pencil’s similarity to this:


The size and clips on these two pencils are identical, but the top s are a little different:


And on the example with the straight knurled top, there’s an imprint that leaves no doubt as to who made these:


These pencils were the 1926 incarnation of Conklin’s "Dollar Pencil," as shown in the company’s catalog that year:


The "Crescent" variant is pretty unusual, and it’s interesting that Conklin applied the Crescent name to a pencil at around the same time crescent filler pens were being phased out. Although it’s the only one in this series that I’ve found bearing the "crescent" name, it wouldn’t be the last time the company would produce pencils under that trade name . . .

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