In the case of the hapless Peerless pens and pencils, I think it’s largely the latter. Nevertheless, I do have a couple things to show you from the brand. The first is this time capsule:
Talk about a gold mine of information – too bad it isn’t about something collectors care about a little bit more! We have a date of October 6, 1948, and a clear indication that the Paulmay Company was the distributors for the Peerless Fountain Pen and Pencil Company. Inside, there’s some detailed paperwork and a pen and pencil set in a leather case:
I thought about omitting pictures of the pen and pencil out of the case, since they are bad. I mean, really bad . . .
Still, the caps themselves have a bit of style, even if they don’t fit so well on the writing instruments so well:
The paperwork that comes with it is pretty funny – note that the guarantee is that the set is “worth more than its special radio price of only $1.95.”
It also provides a physical address for Peerless: 14 West 17th Street, New York:
The instructions contain nothing pencil related, but here there are in the interests of completeness:
The Peerless brand was another one which appears to have either been handed off several times or appropriated by several people over the years. Here’s a set that I picked up at an antique show years ago:
Although the pen and pencil share the same plastic, the clips are a little different – still, I think this is probably a matched set:
The sloped “Peerless” on the pencil clip is a little different; then there’s the “A.N.C.” aove the name on the pen, which stands for American News Corporation (see https://leadheadpencils.blogspot.com/2013/02/so-what-does-anc-mean.html).
However, these don’t bear any indication that the American News Corporation was involved at all:
They both simply have the word “Peerless” on the back side of the barrel:
However, the plastics, those bolted-on clips and those flared caps all scream Eagle - contemporary with the Riteaway and Magnum Pointer series: