Women received suffrage in 1920, and began to take a more active role in affairs outside the home. They became even more active consumers and purchasers of goods, so the pencil market naturally catered to them. Here are four examples I am pleased to own and use:
Another big name maker, Sheaffer, sold this petite green and black "marble" Balance at about the same time, and it is also 4 & 1/4 inches. This twist-mechanism Balance has a top which pulls off for access to the eraser. The Balance and the Lady Patricia use 1.1 mm lead. Which is more elegant? I can't decide.
Here is a modest little unmarked pencil in cream "marble" with a black dot for a top jewel, a tiny Art Deco clip, and a simple center band. It has three rounds of "grip" to help you advance the lead with the nose-drive mechanism. It's as light as a feather to hold, and measures 4 inches.
Finally, the smallest ladies' pencil is below. At 3 & 1/4 inches it is almost too small to write with comfortably, but so convenient to put in your pocket. The Salz "Peter Pan" in emerald "marble" also has a nose-drive mechanism, and a pierced-design center band which features on other Salz pencils. I sure hope they made this in red!
I'll be cherishing these four favorites, and any other petite pencils that come my way.