Joe’s pencil is stamped "Century Pen Company Whitewater Wis." on the side:
As I’d mentioned earlier here ("Auction of The Century," November 21), the history of the Century Pen Company and its relationship to Parker is somewhat shadowy. The one thing I was relatively sure of was that Century must have closed sometime in the 1920s.
Or did they? Here’s a pencil that popped up in an online auction a few months ago:
The streamlined profile, the snakeskin plastic, the clip – all these elements scream late 1930s or early 1940s, and if it weren’t for the imprint, I’d swear this one was an Eagle or Epenco:
But here’s the imprint: