When “the lights came one” recently and a couple friends provided me the valuable suggestions I needed to take better pictures, I could hardly wait to get behind the camera and take some good pictures. There was one, in particular, that I wanted to take:
I’ve had this pencil for a couple of years now, marked “Doran Deliance / Prov. R.I. Pat Pend / Sterling Silver,” and I’ve tried to photograph it a dozen times or so. I had no trouble with the full length shots, including this one showing the sterling example missing its clip as well as a gold filled version:
But something about the faintness of that imprint and the curvature of the barrel had detailed shots of the imprint out of my grasp.
The fact that I finally got a decent picture of the imprint on a Doran Deliance may be the biggest news I have for you about these right now, since I haven’t been able to learn anything about these yet . . . which is why this story is running on a lazy Sunday. The only tangible lead was for a hit in my patent book for James A. Doran and Joseph D. Doran of Providence, Rhode Island, who applied for a patent for a screw drive pencil on October 19, 1921. The patent was issued as number 1,521,802 on January 6, 1925:
However, I find no record of the Doran boys, a Doran company that had anything to do with writing instruments or anything called the “Deliance.”