Friday, August 2, 2013

Bigger and Better Things

Without missing a beat after the Salz-Rite (‘Salrite) - Shur-Rite trademark fiasco that ended in early 1923 (see yesterday’s post), Salz apparently dropped the ‘Salrite name.  But it wasn’t long before Salz did something else with its clips, and since this innovation appeared on both pens and pencils, it became the most recognizable and distinctive feature of Salz writing instruments of the 1920s.   I call it the “window pane” clip, and it appears on great oversized Salz pencils like these:

Viewed more closely, the clips are marked “Salz” on the center panel, with the patent date of April 14, 1925 just above it:

The date refers to patent number 1,533,466, which Ignatz Salz applied for on November 25, 1924:

Admittedly, Salz pens sporting these clips weren’t the best.  However, these pencils are really nice, with a substantial heft to them and high quality trim.  Check out the engraving on the bell caps:

Window pane clips were not reserved for the company’s flagship lines.  They also appear on more humble Salz pencils, such as this one:

In this application, the clip’s window pane is bare brass:

The white endcap topping the black barrel calls to mind another iconic Salz product line, the flattop “Black and White” pens with their distinctive white end caps at the barrel and cap ends.   That’s certainly what I was thinking when I threw in a bid on an online auction for this one, and when it arrived, the back of the barrel confirmed the connection:

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