Saturday morning, I noticed Andy had this one on his table. It was part of a set, but he was all right with peeling off the pencil for me:
The pencil’s got a unique feature at the top: a clear ambered dome mounted on top of a slightly oversized ring:
I hadn’t seen one with that amber dome before, but I have seen similar Moores with a cloudy, greenish pearl top. They appear on page 101 of The Catalogue, and here they are posed next to the new addition:
Next thing I know, it’s offered in the dealer’s catalogue in exactly those terms: as a Morrison Snot Top.
Great, I’m thinking to myself. My contribution to the hobby involves mucous.
Fortunately, the name didn’t – well – stick, partly because they don’t come around often enough for it to get imbedded into our internal glossary, but mostly (I hope) because it’s just plain gross. So now when I look at this new Moore, I’m thinking of something that describes it in a more favorable light. As I’m sitting here writing this with a glass of single malt Scotch by my side, I can’t help but notice how the color is almost exactly the same: