In honor of pencil maven Jon Veley's appointment as editor of the Pen Collectors of America's journal, The Pennant, here is a selection of fine mechanical pencils
11139: Butler (?) pencil: unmarked, English-made, gold filled, 8.35 cm long closed, 10.55 cm extended, classic "line and dot" pattern; yellow seal stone on end, excellent workmanship and detailing. Steel nozzle insert characteristic of Butler pencils, uses "H" lead. Suspension ring soldered to barrel is an old addition, hairline cracks at end and middle of slider slot (see details).
11236: E. S. Johnson magic pencil: large gold filled ringtop with branch-style pearl slabs, 6.75 cm long closed, 11.5 cm extended; excellent quality, some high point brassing and a nick to the front ferrule rim, no maker's mark, but imprinted "PAT. DEC. 5. 71", a Johnson patent; uses 1.0 mm lead.
11246: Edward Todd magic pencil: gold filled ringtop, 5 cm long retracted, 8.7 cm extended, octagonal barrel of translucent green celluloid simulating some semiprecious stone; no maker's mark, but shaft imprinted "PAT. DEC. 2. 1873.", referring to Edward Todd's US design patent 7006. Uses 1.0 mm lead.
11416: Eversharp pencil: early production, smooth gold filled, 13.2 cm long; "EVER SHARP" imprint, "GOLD FILLED" and "PATENTED"; pencil was made immediately after Wahl's takeover of Eversharp; name engraved on barrel, slight flat spot at shoulder of nose cone area, shallow bump to crown; uses 1.1 mm lead.
11417: Eversharp pencil: early production, gold filled, lined engine turning with hand engraved vine scroll, 13.3 cm long; "EVER SHARP" imprint, "20 YEAR GOLD FILLED" and "PATENTED"; pencil was made immediately after Wahl's takeover of Eversharp; initials engraved on barrel, uses 1.1 mm lead.
11423: Hicks magic pencil: oversize gold filled ringtop, 9.2 cm closed, 15.9 cm extended, uses 2.5 mm lead, marked "W.S. HICKS NEW YORK"; mechanism smooth and positive, two small test marks, engine turning crisp. Magic pencils this large are very uncommon.
11419: Hicks desk pencil: large hexagonal sterling silver, 15.8 cm long, marked with Hicks' acorn logo; uses 2.5 mm lead.
11156: Sheaffer Balance pencil: green pearl and black marbled, 13.25 cm long, gold filled trim, uncommon with twin wide patterned barrel bands; two-tone tip cone appears to be a later factory replacement, perhaps to convert this pencil to use thinner .9 mm lead.
11155: Sheaffer pencil: black Canadian model of unusual form, 12 cm long, chrome plated trim, "Clipper"-style clip and metal clip button. Good imprints, uses 1.1 mm lead.
11427: unmarked retracting pencil: excellent quality, English manufacture, appears to be solid 9K gold; 9.2 cm long retracted, 11.8 cm extended, lovely detail in brocaded shaft, leaf-form slider button, trim rings, and crown with bloodstone seal end. Central half of barrel seam has opened up, does not affect function, ditto for tiny split at tip of "M"-marked nozzle, which uses 1.0 mm lead.
11245: unmarked magic pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 7.35 cm long closed, 13 cm extended; American-made, excellent quality, longer than most, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead.
11435: unmarked novelty pencil in box: chrome plated brass, in the form of a screw, 10.7 cm long, marked "MADE IN ENGLAND" and "USE NETTLEFOLDS SCREWS"; head turns to propel 1.1 mm lead, in gift box from Guest, Keen & Nettlefolds of Birmingham, like new.
11424: Wahl-Eversharp pencil: sterling silver, hand engraved floral vine pattern, 13.3 cm long; uses 1.1 mm lead, monogram "M G C" engraved on indicia, slight flattening to one side of crown top, shallow pinhead ding to barrel near shoulder (see details).
11426: Wahl-Eversharp Signature pencil: "Rosewood" woodgrain hard rubber, 13.6 cm long, gold filled trim, roller clip, matches full-sized pen; clean with excellent color, good imprints, no brassing, unused eraser; uses 1.1 mm lead.
11403: Esterbrook J: copper pearl full-size lever-filler, 12.75 cm long, stainless steel trim, desirable Falcon-style #2442 nib, barrel end jewel chipped.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine oblique • SOLD
11404: Esterbrook J: copper pearl full-size lever-filler, 12.7 cm long, stainless steel trim, unusually dark "Root Beer" color is very attractive, #2668 nib, chip to cap jewel.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine • SOLD
11400: Esterbrook PJ injector pencil: silver pearl, 12.4 cm long, stainless steel trim, uses .9 mm lead, like new, eraser unused.
11402: Esterbrook PJ injector pencil: copper pearl, 12.4 cm long, stainless steel trim, uses .9 mm lead, name on barrel.
11391: Esterbrook SJ: black lever-filler, 12.1 cm long, stainless steel trim; #9550 nib is a precise writer.
11394: Esterbrook SJ: black lever-filler, 12.1 cm long, stainless steel trim; #1551 nib unit.
11399: Esterbrook SJ: copper pearl lever-filler, 12.1 cm long, stainless steel trim; #2556 nib.
11405: Esterbrook LJ: lavender pearl lever-filler, 12.9 cm long, stainless steel trim; actually a faded red, unusual effect. #2668 nib unit, one slight indentation near end of barrel (see detail), #9556 nib is a smooth writer.
11425: Eversharp Skyline ballpoint: maroon, striped cap, 13.3 cm long, gold filled trim, not in working condition, includes original dried-out refill, modern refills will require an adaptor (not included).
11388: Morrison Patriot: black wartime syringe-filler, 13.2 cm long, gold plated trim, US Navy emblem on cap top, crisp imprint, plating of steel nib shows only slight wear, original filler seal has not been replaced, still seals but not 100% ink-tight.
11390: Parker Webster in box: small red marbled button-filler, 11.9 cm long, gold filled trim, made by Parker for retail by Sears Roebuck & Co. under their house brand name; "44" date code on nib, instruction sheet identical to Parker's but Sears-marked throughout, dated November 1936. Pen is clean, some scratching to and around the clip (see detail).
11413: Parker 75: vermeil grid pattern, gold filled trim, early model with solid ends, short-feathered arrow clip, US-made, marked "STERLING/&14K G.F."; section with angle indicator with central "0", 14K USA nib marked "66" on feed, nice clean example, one scratch on angle indicator, tiny edge nick to edge of barrel end button.
11418: Parker Insignia Fileté ballpoint: gold plated, 13.5 cm long, twist action mechanism, "IIU" date code (first year of production), factory custom emblem on clip for J & H. As new, but no packaging.
11389: Sheaffer Self-Filling: black hard rubber lever-filler ringtop, 9.75 cm long, chevron pattern green gold filled overlay; no dings, very clean, #2 nib writes an elegant line.
11414: Waterman 0503: uncommon late production streamline overlay, gold filled "Gothic" pattern over black hard rubber, 13 cm long, distinctive feed with red hard rubber inlaid central stripe, notable italic nib. No number of end of barrel, as is typical with this model; name engraved on barrel. Engine turning of overlay is sharp, brassing to clip ball and very top edge of cap crown. Most of these late Waterman overlays are in silver -- gold filled examples are several times scarcer.