Wednesday, August 24, 2016
A week after my father's funeral, I was invited to attend the estate sale of a couple I had known at my university many years previously. It was a house full of nooks and crammed with books; it had deep layers of daily living accumulated over decades. It was a collage of a marriage, and portraiture of two individuals. I roamed through the house fascinated. Inexplicably, it was just what I needed to do at that moment.
I purchased a pencil box. It was created by Ian Nicholas in decoupage.
Inside, it looked like this:
Now, after a few weeks, it looks like this:
The Waterman metal cap repeater pencil from the 1950s seemed to belong there.
It is a cap-actuated repeater of dark grey plastic and two-tone metal, with silver tip and clip.
It uses a 0.9mm lead and has a red rubber eraser under the cap.
Among the last of the USA-made Watermans.