Friday, July 27, 2012

A Victorious Find

The Victor appears at page 160 of The Catalogue:

I’d noted in the book that these have a "Waterman-style" joint that is well above the center band, but I stopped short of suggesting Waterman had anything to do with the brand. Good thing, because it didn’t. A little while ago I managed to scrounge this up in an online auction:

Inside is tucked a nice Victor set:

I’d also noted in the book that the plastics on these resembled Chicago-era Conklins, and that part remains absolutely correct. This is in the brown striped plastic:

The set is pristine, with some really nice art deco features to the clip and end caps:

The pen has a really sweet imprint, but of course the pencil is marked only on the clip:

As it turns out, the placement of that joint on the pencil has nothing to do with the stylistic aspects of the pencil, as with Waterman. In this case, the placement of the joint is very functional. This is a "convertible" set, like the Wahl bronze and green set Cliff Harrington had in Chicago. When the blind cap is removed from the pen and the cap is removed from the pencil . . .

the two are interchangeable, and you can make a combination pen and pencil and a . . . um . . . stubby non-functional thing with an eraser inside and a clip . . .

This set also came with some great paperwork, that identifies the manufacturer as the U.S. Victor Fountain Pen Co., Inc:

Here’s the reverse side:

The notation at the bottom of that last shot indicates that this set was made just after the end of World War Two. The reference that the system was patented – "System Edward Hugetz," they called it, sent me back to the patent databases for more information, which, thanks to an unusual last name, surfaced within just a few moments:

Edward Hugetz applied for the patent for the pen’s filling system on May 11,1932, and the patent was granted on July 18, 1933 as number 1,918,844.