Of course, then Rick Fernandez struts by with a Wahl Eversharp set in his hands. He’d just picked it up from someone else that brought it in, and from the minute Rick bought it, he knew he’d sell it to me.
He knew. He didn’t think he might sell it to me, he knew he would. And when I saw it, I knew he would, too. Mike Little, who was sitting next to me, said he got a kick out of the grimace on my face – the look that said I knew was going to spend a lot of money and give back all the gains I’d made over the weekend. It was going to hurt – it was only a question of how much.
Rick wasn’t too easy on me, but he was easier than he could have been. It helped that Cliff Harrington already had one of these. Or three or four of them. So I peeled the agreed price off of my hard-earned wad of cash and knew I was done for the weekend, like the gambler in Vegas who knows the only way he’ll get home is the fifty he’s hidden from himself at the car parked at the airport.
So here it is:
Looks pretty plain from this picture, doesn’t it? Just your ordinary 1917-1924 metal Wahl set, and heck, most of the plating’s even worn off. So what’s the big deal? Maybe if I pose it next to one of the full-size Eversharps in my collection it will make some more sense:
Yeah – that little gold strip just above the pencil is a regular sized Eversharp. This is a store display set that would have been set out at a pen counter in the early 1920s. While the pencils do turn up on occasion, the pens are pretty hard to come by – so I couldn’t bring myself to break this pair up.
when you’ve got one of these tucked in your pocket! Anyone got a plus-sized pocket protector?