One of the reasons I was really excited about the Hutcheon glass-plate negative from yesterday's article was a picture of a particularly rare pencil shown second from right:
This is the "Hutch Clutch" pencil, a leadholder that works much like an Aikin Lambert or other rear-drive leadholder: unscrewing the top counterclockwise just half a turn or so releases the lead, and screwing it back in place locks it. These are easy to spot due to their interesting shape -- but only if you can find one, and finding one is no small task!
I finally located one at the Chicago show:
This one's in sterling, with a beautiful floral engraved pattern, and the words I've been looking for imprinted near the top:
There is a cryptic logo embossed heavily on the side. I'm not even sure whether I've got it upside down in this picture:
"JMVA," maybe? Or upside down, "VAWB?" Write me if you know what it is!