Not quite a fit in this forum, but...
Charles Keene was a high-end jeweler with a shop established in 1881 on
what is now lower Broadway. Early in the 20th Century he had pens made
for him by Eclipse with the Keene name on the clip, lever and/or nib.
Much more can learned about Keene from Phil Munson's excellent research here:
This came in about a week ago and my snooping has drawn a blank.
A three-inch long pencil that pre-dates Keene's Eclipse association. Hammered
in what appears to be a snail pattern, the barrel band nearest the cone is imprinted:
KEENE New York 12K 1/40
The snap clip that attaches the chain to the pencil also has a KEENE imprint.
The crown of the pencil rotates, with effort, but has no apparent purpose
other than providing a place to attach a chain. The lead holder does not
extend, retract or rotate.
The solid section at the business end of the barrel has no scratches or wear
to suggest that a nose cone ever fitted over or rotated on it.
This is what I've been trying to figure out.
1. Was this ever a mechanical pencil?
2. Is this merely a fancy lead holder?
3. Considering the quality of the overall workmanship, the notched tube
that holds the lead is remarkably crude, unfinished. Is something missing?
Can anyone shed some light on this? Would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.