Tuesday, February 5, 2013

All I Knew About These Was Just the Tip of the . . . Spear

Back on March 29, 2012, I wrote an article here about the Eagle Spear (http://leadheadpencils.blogspot.com/2012/03/award-for-least-inspiring-patent-goes.html ), showing of a few examples of the Spear in different configurations.  I thought I had the topic covered.

By the time the Ohio Show rolled around, I’d found a couple of red examples, including the one featured in the "Russet" article here a week ago. A couple weeks after that, Don Lamkin sent me an email to see if I’d like to look at an Eagle "Trumpet" he’d found that was a little rough but still kind of neat. I’d seen a reference to the Trumpet somewhere in The American Stationer and was eager to see it, so Don sent it to me:

Yeah, it is a little dented up, but that’s ok with me – it was the first time I’d seen an all gold plated variation on the Spear, complete with the September 22, 1908 patent date:

And then this one turned up in an online auction:

This one isn’t marked as an Eagle, but it’s clearly a Spear. The waxy paper covering is still in good shape, with an inscription that’s still very legible:

"The Famous Screw Pencil." Yeah, the perpetual sixth-grader that lives on inside every guy can think of a dozen or so comments that would take this dialogue down a notch, so we’re just going to move on. "Best Novelty on the Market," it continues:

"Extra Lead With Every Pencil / No. 1077."

And with these neat finds, I thought I was all set to write an updated article on the Eagle Spear. But then I met Arthur Cox in Philadelphia, who showed me that all I knew was just the tip of the . . . well, of the Spear, I suppose . . .

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