When I brought it home, I found that it was a dead ringer for the most important Presto in my collection: Samuel Kanner’s personal demonstrator:
I dug these old pictures out from The Catalogue, where they appear on pages 122 and 123, mostly because I wanted to know whether I had lost the cap on Kanner’s demonstrator or whether I never had it.
While my Kanner demonstrator is marked “Patented,” this new find is marked patent applied for:
But unlike Kanner’s demonstrator, this one has a different personalization:
“Jack Sprat.” Note how much more detailed the lettering is, on this example that matches a pencil owned by the company’s owner. Is this just a name, wrought with a little more care than one might normally see by a jeweler or salesperson?
Is it a flippant reference to the nursery rhyme?
Or is it a clue?