A while back I posted an article titled “This One Rings a Bell Now,” (http://leadheadpencils.blogspot.com/2015/01/this-one-rings-bell-now.html)in which I attributed a pencil marked only with “Bell System” to Rite-Rite based on the unusual hexagonal plungers found on both:
John Coleman was quick to respond with this pair of Bell System pencils, one of which is unmarked with a phone dialer, and the other of which sports a Rite-Rite ferrule:
That, I thought, was a significant step towards nailing that down . . . if only it weren’t all too easy to stick any ferrule of the correct diameter on the end of a pencil. But the clincher has arrived, by way of an online auction:
There’s no doubt about it when the clip is bolted to the side of the barrel . . .
. . . the pencil has a Bell System imprint . . .
. . . and inside is exactly what you would expect to see!