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#1 Wahlnut

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 17:59

Desk Sets are often overlooked, or maybe looked upon as a reasonable cost source for pen parts. But some are truly beauties and very period indicative from that Art Deco, Art nouveau time frame when they were made. Here a few neat ones to kick off a show and tell of what all you may want to post for us all to see:



And here is the first Desk Set Wahl offered for the Christmas season of 1926\\


And another in Greek Key All Metal:


And here are a few with commercial usage like the the Major Zipper company mascot.



Care to share s ome of yours with the group? Post a photo.
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Posted 09 September 2009 - 02:06

QUOTE (Wahlnut @ Sep 5 2009, 06:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Care to share s ome of yours with the group? Post a photo.
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Sure! But I only have one desk set (due to lack of space) I'm afraid!











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Posted 09 September 2009 - 02:57

QUOTE (Wahlnut @ Sep 5 2009, 05:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Desk Sets are often overlooked, or maybe looked upon as a reasonable cost source for pen parts. But some are truly beauties and very period indicative from that Art Deco, Art nouveau time frame when they were made. Here a few neat ones to kick off a show and tell of what all you may want to post for us all to see:

Ahh, my favorite desk set Syd.

It's been a while since I posted this but it still sits at the head of my desk. My time-telling green marble Wahl Oxford desk set.


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Posted 09 September 2009 - 11:57

I have a number of desk sets but today is the day I pick up my first Wahl one.
I will post some pictures later.

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 19:37

The attention to details in these early Wahls cannot be praised enough. Thank you for sharing. thumbup.gif
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Posted 13 September 2009 - 22:39

I am going to try to add a few desk sets from my collection. I will start with the Carlton Ware bases. I haven't uploaded any photos yet, so we may just end up with links rather than actual photos.

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Posted 13 September 2009 - 23:27

Let me try this again. Here are some small bases with interesting silk screening. I will add some more with another posting.

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Posted 13 September 2009 - 23:54

More silk screened Wahl-Eversharp bases.

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Here is another harlequin, but this time it is a figure.
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Posted 14 September 2009 - 00:00

Here is the final batch of bases. I have lots more, but I don't have them photographed yet. Hope you enjoy these.

Here is the D'Avsin pelican in blue.

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Here is the same figure in a gray-brown "smoke" color:

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And here are five different "Doll House" desk sets using Bantam barrels - both round and faceted "Doric" style.

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 01:25

I am going to try to add a few desk sets from my collection. I will start with the Carlton Ware bases. I haven't uploaded any photos yet, so we may just end up with links rather than actual photos.

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Hey Cliff,

Great sets. Truly amazing. And from somewhere deep in my soul I know that it's for the best that you won this set instead of myself. It's for the best right? I'll convince myself later....smiling

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 01:35

Here is the final batch of bases. I have lots more, but I don't have them photographed yet. Hope you enjoy these.

Here is the D'Avsin pelican in blue.

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Here is the same figure in a gray-brown "smoke" color:

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And here are five different "Doll House" desk sets using Bantam barrels - both round and faceted "Doric" style.

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thanks for sharing these! love the carletonware pieces.. are the silkscreened pieces from the 20's? (going on subject matter/fashion
Dates on others if you have the time to so so?
very interesting!

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 03:08

Like many of the rarer Wahl-Eversharp pieces, I have never seen these catalogued or in an ad. My guess is late 20s through early 30s, but stand to be corrected. Syd?

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 15:42

I am trying to find a Wahl base without a pen for a No. 7205 Bronze Green Desk pen as described in the 1929 catalog.

Any ideas as to sources. I will be at the NY Pen show.

Thanks

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 00:27

So the double Wahl desk set that I won on the bay has not arrived as of yet but at the last pen meeting I was offered this lovely sooooo what to do?
Well I guess I did it. The base I figure is a Sheaffer but it does fit and will do for now.


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I can't seem to get the pictures to upload so here is a Flickr link

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 23:19

I cannot look at all of these without responding. Each and every one of the desk sets is so impressive alone, but all of them together leaves me nearly speechless. Thank you for showing these treasures! What a pleasure to see so many!

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 19:45

Here's mine:

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The nib says 'Eversharp Gold Seal Flexible'. It's the same black veined marble as ihimlen's above!

A nice thing about desk sets is that the pen is ready to go at once. No unscrewing of caps! If you're sitting and thinking about what to write you can insert the pen back in its holder and it won't dry out. So if you're like me and like to think and think and then write, a desk pen is very nice.

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 23:05

Here are a couple of more ~ lower tier ~

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 23:09

nice to see the green in its bright original color.. so often see it aged..
what material is the fish?

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 00:48

nice to see the green in its bright original color.. so often see it aged..
what material is the fish?


It is some type of metal.

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 09:30

Philm,

Is the second picture of an all original Sheaffer desk set? The holder doesn't seem to be a correct match for the desk pen.
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Posted 03 October 2009 - 15:24

Phil,

Yes it's a Sheaffer base with Wahl pen. A matching Wahl base could be purchased relatively inexpensively.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 03:11

Penpalace;

The second shot does not look like any Sheaffer I know.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 04:51

Penpalace;

The second shot does not look like any Sheaffer I know.

Roger W.



Roger,

The pictures with the coral wahl on the 1st page of this thread, not the two desk sets on this page. That and I've handled the particular desk set when the former owner had purchased it at a pen gathering in Toronto, its a Sheaffer base.

On a side note hope you get the chance to make it to Ohio this year.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 09:20

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I was referring to the pic ^. Looks like Sheaffer pen with a non Sheaffer base
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Posted 05 October 2009 - 14:35

Pearce;

You mean the one with the panther? If not Whal maybe a Conklin - not likely a Sheaffer however, I'm told that Sheaffer did have a Panther/Cougar base but I've no documentation to back that up at all - might just be a matter of finding the documentation...

As to the question Pepin was clearly refering to the fish base page 2 and I agree that the pen looks to be Sheaffer.

As to Ohio, I'm afraid finances won't allow.

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 00:26

Is anyone aware of a source for the large ball and socket hinges that connect the pen holders to the base? The only new ones I've been able to locate are very small compared to those shown here. Thanks.

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 18:38

Unfortunately, I don't think you are going to find any new production ball and socket units to match. I buy up old bases with chipped and broken marble and pull the ball and socket units from them. In some cases, the threaded protrusion from the ball is broken; these I drill out and replace with brass threaded rod.

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 13:30

I just found these posts and viewed with admiration Cliff's sets. As I have a number of them I will try to post pics soon of some sets I own that are not already pictured. I have been concentrating on desk sets in general for years and use them extensively in my office and home. My double Wahl Doric sets with pen and pencil are always in use and I have been fortunate to have found a number of nice examples. So stay tuned. I will try to get some pics soon. Don

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 11:36

I don't normally venture into the Wahl forum, but just ventured over because I'm waiting for my first Skyline to arrive in the post. I'm glad I did just so that I could look at all the stunning desk sets in this topic. Wow!

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 22:42

The Bantam desk set is not as pretty or as dear as some in this thread, but I like this one.
I have another, but this is the only one I have a picture of, shown with a standard size Skyline.

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