In the first installment, I’d incorrectly concluded that John’s pencil was made by Mabie Todd & Co., due to a few examples conclusively traced to that manufacturer. In the second, I had learned about the Guild Products Corporation, which purchased products from many different manufacturers, including Mabie Todd but not necessarily exclusively. With the field open to any possibility, I concluded that John’s pencil was probably made by Conklin, based on the similarity of John’s pencil to some Conklins in my collection:
In this article, we can scratch the word "probably." Insert "definitely."
One of the reasons I had hedged my bet was that Iwasn’t aware that Conklin used vertical lettering on its clips. That reservation melted away when I found this example:
And here’s Joe’s (forgive the glare - I was still learning the ropes of shooting with a new camera at the Raleigh Show last June):
Thump. That’s the sound of the book slamming shut.