Monday, April 8, 2013

Sheaffers, Eh?

The Michigan show was a lot of fun, but in a different way than the DC show is fun. In DC, you’re constantly busy – buying, selling, trading, and when all else fails, socializing until just a couple hours before it’s time to get up and start buying, selling and trading all over again. At smaller shows like the one in Michigan, there’s much more time to talk with people. You’ll make more friends than money at these things.

Such was the case with Bob Everett, who was sitting with Mike Kirk right behind me. Bob had brought a case or two of Sheaffer pens and pencils, and Mike was helping him identify what was what from copies of old Sheaffer catalogs Mike had brought along. I hadn’t met Bob before, but as we got to know each other I found out that he certainly comes by his interest in Sheaffer honestly – his father, Clyde Everett, was President of Sheaffer Pen Canada from 1957 until 1970.

I was able to help a little bit with dating the pencils that Bob had brought with him, and there was one pencil among all the others that, as I looked it over, I just had to ask him whether it was just for lookin’ or for sellin’:

It was for sellin’ . . . reluctantly, though. It’s made in Sheaffer’s grey striated celluloid, same as what you’d see on a Balance, but the WASP-style clip and flat top aren’t very balancy at all:

The imprint on the back, however, refers to the patents for the Balance, and indicates that this one isn’t goofy , it’s Canadian:

Or actually, it’s both . . . a goofy Canadian. One along these lines was the subject of one of my first articles here at the blog, back on November 9, 2011. Here’s the two of them compared:

The new one lacks the trim band found on the one I’ve written about before, which also has chrome plated trim rather than gold filled:

The example I’ve had around for awhile is rear drive. But on the new one, the top and bottom halves of the barrel are glued together, and the new one is a simple nose drive pencil, with a tip that is significantly wider and longer.

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