Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Two Out of Four Horsemen Ain't Bad

This one surprised me when it showed up in an online auction:


Looks kind of like an Eversharp with that two-piece nose, doesn’t it? But that top just doesn’t look like an Eversharp, and on closer examination, there’s two neat surprises here:


Edison Pen Company. Huh. The last time I visited Edison was in connection with its trademark for pencils under the name "Ever-Ready" – as of 1922 (http://leadheadpencils.blogspot.com/2013/02/from-whence-do-you-come-o-ever-ready.html):


This one might fit perfectly into the convoluted story of the name "Ever-Ready," which appears to have been passed around like a football, first used by Edison and then later appropriated by the American News Corporation (A.N.C.). I concluded that sometime after 1932 David Kahn, Inc. (makers of the "Wearever" and countless others) started manufacturing Ever-Ready pencils using the same logo previously used by Edison – either on its own account or for A.N.C.

This pencils is obviously post-1926, since there’s a patent date from that year stamped on the cap. It’s possible that Edison simultanously made pencils under the names Edison and Ever-Ready. I think, however, that Edison came out on the losing end of a trademark scuffle with the much more well-financed American News Corporation and were forced to quit using the name.

Speaking of those patent dates . . . the ones stamped on the cap of the Edison should look familiar:


Those are two of the "four horsemen" patents found on pencils made by the Rex Manufacturing Company. The August 4, 1925 patent was for a clip assembly, as was one of the January 6, 1926 patents (see http://leadheadpencils.blogspot.com/2013/03/prequel-lets-make-that-birth-death-and.html) for the full rundown on these). That’s right:


Rex made a ringtop. This is the only one I’ve ever seen.

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