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Miscellaneous Mechanical Pencils

MI1095 Pencil $30

Vintage Ring Top Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1930s, attractive red and black marbled celluloid faceted barrel, chrome trim, nice open work detailed band. Measures 4.25 inches long. Twist to extend and retract 1.1mm diameter lead. No makers mark. An obvious lower end lookalike pencil to the Eversharp Doric style. Very good condition.

MI1200 Pencil $25

Koh-i-Noor Lead Holder, Versatil 5241, Czechoslavakia, based on style, my best guess is this is from the 1960s, could be earlier. Black, faceted barrel, smooth gripping section, barrel imprint faded silver. Chrome push button and ferrule. Measures 5 5/8 inches long. Measures 5 5/8 inches long. Comes with one piece of 2.0mm drafting lead. Very good condition.

MI1204 Pencil $35

Bohemia Works Lead Holder, Versatile 5228, Czechoslavakia, ca. 1950s?, green faceted barrel, embossed imprint, smooth gripping section. Chrome push button and ferrule. Measures 4.5 inches long. Comes with one piece of 2.0mm drafting lead.Very good condition.

MI1247 Pencil $30

Ring Top Pencil - Rich deep red and black marbled celluloid with bright azure blue flecks Ring Top Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1929, faceted barrel. Measures 3 3/8 inches long. Twist to extend and retract 1.1mm diameter lead. Pencil is engraved: 100 Jahre Kreissparkasse Frankenberg. In celebration of 100 years of a German bank in 1929. Brassing to ferrule, otherwise very good condition.

MI1256 Pencil $10

STIK Magnetic Pencil, USA, ca. 1950s, black faceted barrel, bright brass ferrule, clear plastic dialer end. Measures 5 1/8 inches long. Nice throw back to the past, keep your pencil for lists handy on your fridge or other magnetic surface. Very good condition.

MI1268 Pencil $10

Unknown (probably Autopoint) Mechanical Pencil, not marked, but mechanism seems to be Autopoint. Faceted drk green barrel with black point end above chrome ferrule. Smooth bright chrome eraser holder at top. No clip. Engraved on barrel: F. Warren Bardley Royster Representative. Measures 5 5/8 inches long. Twist to extend 1.1mm diameter lead, manual repel. Very good condition.

MI1321 Autopoint Double Ender Mechanical Pencil $20

Black faceted bakelite barrel, one black end and one red end, bright chrome clip and ferrules. Measures 6 inches long. Twist each end to extend 1.1mm diameter lead, manual repel. Very good condition.

MI1546  $100

W.S. Hicks Pencil, ringtop, gold filled, barleycorn pattern, cartouche on side of pencil is marked:  W.S. Hicks. Twist top of pencil to extend and retract 0.9mm diameter lead. Measures 2 5/8 inches long closed and 3.25 inches with point end extended. High quality pencil, very well made and a beautiful finish. Just a hint of brassing at top edge, overall excellent condition. 

MI1578  $20

Autopoint Double Ender Mechanical Pencil, Black faceted barrel with one red end and one black end, barrel is marked Chicago Lock Co Lincoln 9-0831 2024 N Racine Ave Chicago 14 Ill.  Single rivet chrome plated clip marked Autopoint Pat Made in USA, Uses 0.9mm diameter lead.  One end has red lead, one with black lead.  Twist to extend lead, manual repel. Measures 6 inches long. Very good condition. 

MI1585  $15

Autopoint Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1960s, large diameter black faceted barrel, white at top of barrel below eraser, bright chrome trim.  Twist to extend 1.1mm diameter lead, manual repel. Barrel is imprinted in white:  PEMCO CORPORATION BALTIMORE 24, MD, the white at top is imprinted with blue and red PEMCO logo.  Measures 5.75 inches long.  Eraser is dry.  Very good condition. 

MI1618  $10

STIK Magnetic Telephone Dialer Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1950s, USA, ivory plastic faceted barrel, clear three sided telephone dialer at end, gold plated ferrule.  Barrel is marked:  STIK Made in USA Pat No. 260807.  Twist to extend and retract 1.1mm diameter lead. Measures 4 5/8 inches long.  Very good condition. 

MI1640 $10

Starlight Mechanical Pencil, USA, ca. 1960s, white barrel, bright chrome cap, clip and ferrule. Red and blue advertising on barrel: General Mills, Inc. 4643 Jefferson Plaza 3-2111 Kansas City, MO Red and blue logo for Larro General Mills. Twist to extend and retract 0.9mm diameter leads, eraser is erasing, but starting to dry out. Measures 5.25 inches long.

MI1649  $20

A pure white "NoNahme" ringtop mechanical pencil, perfect gift for a nurse!  Pure white writing instruments just don't turn up as often as other colors and I suspect that is because it was just tough to get all the impurities out of the celluloid to keep it pure white.  ca. 1940s, bright chrome trim.  Twist to extend and retract 1.1mm dia leads. Measures 4 1/8 inches long.  Excellent condition. 

MI1680  $15

Vintage Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1940s, solid dark burgundy barrel, bright chrome ferrule and top piece.  There is a small hole at the top to thread through a ribbon or chain and wear this pencil around your neck.  Twist to extend and retract 1.1mm diameter lead.  Measures 4.25 inches long.  Very good condition. 

MI1669 $15

Mechanical Pencil, Clip marked USA Everglide, ca. 1960s, bright polished steel cap and clip, bright yellow barrel is marked:  Find it Fast in the Yellow Pages Mountain States Telephone with an illustration of a phone book and telephone.  Twist to extend and retract 0.9mm diameter lead.  Eraser beneath cap is hard.  Measures 5 inches long.  Slim profile.  There is a very light red stain on the barrel next to the telephone, otherwise very good condition. 

   

 

MI1674  $10

Listo Crayon Marker Holder, ca. 1950s, Black with slide on Listo chrome clip markded:  Pencil No. 1620 Listo Lead No. 162.  Measures 4.5 inches.  Refillable with crayon style marking leads.  Think back to those days when you went to the grocery store and canned goods were hand marked with a price, this may have been the writing tool the grocer used.  Are you old enough to remember?!?   Excellent condition.  

 

 

MI1743  $50

Zaner Bloser Mechanical Pencil, Desk style, no clip, wood, bright red with white metal center section, Twist to extend 1.1mm dia lead, manual repel.  Measures 6.25 inches long.  There is a hole at the barrel end which may have once held an eraser, but at only 1/8 inch diameter it would have been a very small eraser!  Marked at top of barrel:  ZABCO COLS, O. PAT APPLD FOR. This is the only ZB pencil we have ever seen in this style, I suspect it was one of the earliest models, probably ca. late 1920s.   It was too early for pencils to have a grippy center section, I suspect they used the center metal piece to hold in the upper and lower sections of the red pencil.  A little of the red painted finish is missing at the top, otherwise very good condition. 

 

MI1744  $45

Zaner Bloser Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1930s, pocket style, wood, bright red with white metal ferrule and clip, clip is marked:  Zaner. Twist to extend and retract 2.95mm diameter lead.  Fresh eraser installed.  Measures 5.5 inches long.  Unusual large pencil lead.  Very good condition.

 

MI1745  $45

Zaner Bloser Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1930s, pocket style, wood, bright red with gold plated metal ferrule and clip, clip is marked:  Zaner. Twist to extend and retract 1.1mm diameter lead.  Fresh eraser installed.  Measures 5.5 inches long.  Very light wear to red finish at point end of pencil, otherwise, very good condition.

 

MI1746  $45

Zaner Bloser Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1930s, pocket style, natural wood finish, white metal ferrule and clip, clip is not marked.  Barrel is marked:  Zaner-Bloser, COLS O PAT.  Twist to extend and retact 1.1mm diameter lead.  Fresh eraser installed.  Measures 5.5 inches long.  Light pitting to the top whte metal piece and a small scratch to the metal ferrule, otherwise very good condition. 

 

MI1747  $45

Zaner Bloser Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1930s, pocket style, dark pink wood finish, white metal top piece and clip, clip is marked: Zaner. Gold plated ferrule. Twist to extend 1.1mm diameter lead, manual repel.  Fresh eraser installed.  Measures 5.5 inches long.  Light pitting to the top whte metal piece, dark pink painted finish has minor chips near the top piece. Otherwise very good condition.

 

MI1749  $20

Zaner Bloser Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1930s, pocket style, silvery grey wood finish,  white metal top piece and clip, clip is marked Zaner.  Chrome plated ferrule.  Twist to extend and retract 1.1mm diameter lead.  Fresh eraser installed.  Measures 5.5 inches long.  Lots of pitting to the clip near top, Painted silvery grey finish is well worn in the area right above the point end and there are some dark stains on the barrel.  Functioning well. 

 

MI1750  $30

Zaner Bloser Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1930s, pocket style, black wood finish,  white metal top piece and clip, clip is marked Zaner.  Chrome plated ferrule.  Twist to extend and retract 1.1mm diameter lead.  Fresh eraser installed.  Barrel is marked:  Zaner-Bloser Cols O Pat. Measures 5.5 inches long.  Painted black  finish is well worn in the area right above the point end otherwise very good condition.  

 

MI1756  $45

Zaner Bloser Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1940s, pocket style, sky blue ribbed plastic barrel, white metal clip and ferrule, clip is marked: Zaner.  Barrel is marked:  Zaner Bloser Col’s O Pat  Twist to extend and retract 3.0 mm diameter lead.  Fresh eraser installed.  Measures 5.5 inches long.  Excellent condition.  

 

MI1757  $45

Zaner Bloser Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1940s, pocket style, dark grey ribbed plastic barrel, white metal clip and ferrule, clip is marked: Zaner.  Barrel is marked:  Zaner Bloser Col’s O Pat  Twist to extend and retract 1.1mm diameter lead.  Fresh eraser installed.  Measures 5.5 inches long.  Excellent condition.   

 

MI1759  $45

Zaner Bloser Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1940s, pocket style, bright yellow ribbed plastic barrel, white metal clip and ferrule, clip is marked: Zaner.  Barrel is marked:  Zaner Bloser Col’s O Pat  Twist to extend and retract 1.1mm diameter lead.  Fresh eraser installed.  Measures 5.5 inches long.  Excellent condition.  

 

MI1761  $50

Zaner Bloser Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1940s, pocket style, bright red ribbed plastic barrel, gold plated metal clip and ferrule, clip is marked: Zaner.  Barrel is marked:  Zaner Bloser Col’s O Pat  Twist to extend and retract 1.1mm diameter lead.  Fresh eraser installed.  Measures 5.5 inches long.  Excellent condition.   

 

MI1763  $45

Zaner Bloser Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1940s, pocket style, beige ribbed plastic barrel, white metal clip and ferrule, clip is marked: Zaner.  Barrel is marked:  Zaner Bloser Col’s O Pat  Twist to extend and retract 1.1 mm diameter lead.  Fresh eraser installed.  Measures 5.5 inches long.  Excellent condition.  

 

MI1764  $50

Zaner Bloser Mechanical Pencil, ca. 1940s, pocket style, silvery grey ribbed plastic barrel, gold plated metal clip and ferrule, clip is marked: Zaner.  Barrel is marked:  Zaner Bloser Col’s O Pat  Twist to extend and retract 1.1 mm diameter lead.  Fresh eraser installed.  Measures 5.5 inches long.  Excellent condition. 

Vintage Pencil Sharpeners - A Must Have for Your Vintage Pencils!

MM526 Deitzgen Black Lead Pointer $30

Black. All steel construction. Measures 3.25 in diameter, height is 2.75 inches. Base is marked (cast in the steel)Pat App For 9. Steel knob at top is marked Deitzgen. Painted black finish shows some paint loss on the domed top otherwise very good condition.

MM654  $40

Automatic Pencil Sharpener Company – APSCO, Made in Rockford Ill.  Single hole with double rotary blades. Surface mount only. Bronze metal.  Celluloid receptacle fits into a track on each side and two tabs lock it together – The celluloid has shrunk very slightly and sometimes the two tabs will pop out.  Black  wooden knob on end of turning handle  There is some light wear on the painted finish, overall very good condition.

MM659 $25 

Berol APSCO Giant Pencil Sharpener, black steel mount, Faux Woodgrain receptacle, six holes on black plastic face. Two rotary blades. There is a fair amount of wear to the woodgrain surface, otherwise very good condition. 

MM706  $7.50

Miniature Stove Pencil Sharpener, all metal with antique copper finish, ca. 1970s, old fashioned single burner gas stove complete with a little knob to adjust the flame.  Stainless steel pencil sharpener on the under side of stove. Measures about 2 x 2 inches square and is 1 5/8 inches in height.  The sharpener came from old stock from an old (and still operating!) Route 66 Arizona Trading Post.  Sharpener is in mint condition.  Several available. 

Collectible Woodcase Pencils -

Wood pencils may very well be the most user friendly writing instrument in the world! Generally non-toxic, wood pencils are leak-proof, can delete your errors and are not subject to electronic snafus. Not to mention they are inexpensive and easy to acquire. A wood pencil can write on average a line abut 35 miles long - about 45,000 words. A sharpened pencil point can withstand writing pressure of about 3700 pounds of pressure per square inch before breaking off.

Early references to graphite date back to around 1564 when plumbago was discovered by shepherds and used to mark their flocks. In 1779 K.W. Scheele in Sweden discovered that plumbago was a form of carbon and named it graphite. In 1662, Friedrich Staedtler opened a pencil shop in Nurnberg, Germany. Kaspar Faber first commercially produced pencils in 1765 in Stein, Germany by binding graphite with Bavarian clay. Faber Castell continues to make pencils and other writing instruments today. Other early pencil inventors were Corte of France and Hardtmuth of Austria who worked on perfecting the graphite composition. Today, many of the early formulas for graphite are still in use by pencil makers.

MI1277 It's a Pencil! Kinda' - Sorta' $10

The imprint reads: It's Fun to be Fooled But Not on Service or Quality. For Advertising Specialties call Bob Burdette VA-2-1740 Quincy Ill Representing Douglas L Mains Co Wheaton Illinois. Looks EXACTLY like a yellow wood pencil, but it is made of a soft rubber material that can be sharpened, measures 5 7/8 inches long. Excellent condition.

MI1630 $25

Set of three Slate Pencils, each measures 5 inches long. Used, of course to write on slate tablets. Very good condition.

PCL-088 $10

Patriotic Slate Pencils, ca. late 1890s – early 1900s, pre-sharpened slate pencils with a patriotic themed paper wrap.  Measures 7 in prox in length, diameter is 3/16 in prox. For writing on slate tablets. The wrappers show a little shop wear, but overall in very good condition.

Vintage Pencil Clips -

Listed below are vintage accommodation clips which provided an easy solution to clipping your wood pencil in your pocket. Many of these clips will expand enough to also slide over some fountain pen caps.

MM555 Morton's Salt Vintage Advertising Clip $15

Celluloid medallion advertising Morton's Salt in dark blue and white. Clip measures 1.5 inches from top to bottom of medallion. Medallion measures 0.75 inches.

Pencil Leads - Refilling your Vintage Mechanical Pencils

Most mechanical pencils made before the late 1960s and some even after that are refilled by feeding lead in from the Point End. Those that feed from the barrel (below the eraser) are a fairly modern invention! Don't be fooled by leads in the barrel, in older pencils, that was simply a space to store a few extra leads, but that's it - just storage. As always with vintage writing instruments, exceptions will crop up!

Pencil Refill Instructions - The instruction below are from a Sheaffer package insert, but apply to most older mechanical pencils.

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