Thursday, June 28, 2018

In the Red

My obsession with Waterman Lady Thorobred pencils continues with the acquisition of this red striated example, which has thin green veins.  What Watermans called this color I have yet to discover, but I call it wonderful.

 This nose-drive pencil has chrome trim and a black tip, and measures 4 & 3/8 inches.  It is just slightly shorter than all my other smaller-size Thorobreds, or, if you prefer, 92 Vs.  It uses 1.1 mm lead, and  dates from the 1930s.  Besides being shorter, it has another anomaly, the incised mark, which reads:  Waterman's, United States of America.  All the others I have featured on the blog have the mark:  Waterman's, Reg. US Pat. Off.  Hmmm.  Made before the patent had been granted?

See my most recent blog on His and Hers Throrbreds.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Full of Lead and Ready to Go

After meeting a few interesting Eclipse pencils, I have kept my eye out for the name.  It was impossible to resist this bell-top Eclipse with the 1923 patented clip.  It is a slightly later clip with capital letters instead of the script lettering of my fat blue Eclipse.

This red-veined gold marble pencil is 4 & 3/4 inches, with gold-tone trim, and a black cap.  The band at the top has a nice design and is decorative only, since the mechanism is nose-driven.  Inside the cap is the stub of an eraser worn totally flat.  Inside the barrel--my goodness, out poured a handful of leads!

They are the 1.1 mm leads of the time.  On the clip is the patent date 9-18-23.  But for me the attraction is this pretty marble.

It looks amazingly like the real thing.  Well done, Eclipse!