Why is it I have a 4.25 inch white pen with red jewels?
I always assumed it was a nurses pen, but since I also have a green pastel with red jewels, now I'm beginning to wonder.
BTW I do have a NOS 4.34 white pen with black jewels, that I always thought was a purse pen.
Have I had those backwards this whole time?
Hmmmm. All the Purse pens I have are 4 3/8 (near as I can eyeball it against a tape). And all the Nurse Pens are 4 3/4.
The green one does sound (dare I say it?) like a rarity. There, I said it.
The 4.25 white w/red jewels sounds like an anomaly/rarity. Perhaps the .09 difference being a shorter inner cap causing deeper seating of the barrel, and a worker in the Nurse line getting a purse pen by mistake (a theory); or perhaps a Nurse pen jewel-setter getting in the Purse pen line after a 3-martini lunch?
There were white (and other colored) purse-sized pens passed out by the Company one way or the other, with "Educational Sample" engraved on them, but I never measured them. Your 4.34 measurement sounds close to approximately 4 3/8.
Looking back, I don't understand how anything I've just written answers your question in any way.