To see these is to love them, surely. For their own sake, as pencil art. So naturally I was delighted to be able to acquire one of my own recently, this gold-fill over nickel example:
What a time to be alive, the jazz age, the age of women's sufferage, gas cookstoves, the birth of auto-travel, and other wonderful innovations, even the bread slicer machine! How often my grandmother or great aunt said something was "the best thing since sliced bread!" They would know, because bread in their youth was unsliced. Before this, all bread was what the grocery store is now pleased to call "artisan bread." Here is the inventor, Otto Rohwedder, of Davenport, Iowa, with the first machine, and its operator, busily slicing bread.
Thank goodness Victorian times were past. Fashion for women had undergone a massive and permanent renovation, from long, heavy, inconvenient skirts to light knee-length styles, from corseted wasp-waists to drop-waist dresses with, really, no waist at all. What a relief!
To me, the Artpoint looks drop-waisted, too, with its small flat-top cap, decorative band and then the long, ribbed barrel ending in decorative bands and smooth point. This one is 5 & 3/8 inches, with 1.1 mm lead, and a small, sturdy clip. Ring-tops were also available. See a ring-top here: Dollarpoint's Little Lady Around the final band before the point is imprinted ARTPOINT.
Inside the screw-off cap, the imprint reads, "Dollarpoint Pencil Corp., Los Angeles--U.S.A."