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I recently aquired an interesting pencil made by Sheaffer and I couldn't find any info of if.

Looks like it was made in 1920es. I found similar ones on the Ebay, but as always the sellers gave very poor description like "Vintage Sheaffer's mechanical pencil."

Also I'm curious that on that pencils there is no a clip but they have the ring on top of the barrel.

Hope someone knows something about this pencil...







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What a beautiful pencil! Based on the “Catalogue of American Mechanical Pencils” by Jonathan Veley, it appears to be a Sheaffer metal ‘bell top’ pencil, made from 1920-25.

The clip appears to be either custom or worn/damaged, since these pencils were normally equipped with a version of the ‘Sheaffer clip,’ which has a metal ball at the end. It may have a propel-repel-expel mechanism, which sets it apart from many other mechanical pencils of this era. (meaning that it can both both propel lead out, and retract it back into the pencil)


As to ringtop pencils, they were made so that they could be attached to a string, rather than clipping into a pocket. There are many ringtop fountain pens too. They’re often considered ‘ladies’ pens but I would imagine that the shorter ones could’ve been worn on watch chains, especially they earlier ones. Richard Binders says on his site that soldiers in WWII used ringtops because they could be worn on strings around the neck to prevent their being lost. 

(Note: this thread is fairly old so I don’t know if the OP is still around. It seemed worth responding to though, since I happened to have the relevant reference book close at hand.)

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Thanks for the answer...

It might spur me to looking more closely at my 4-5 Euro silver propelling pencils that fell into my hands over the last 15 or so years.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

RIP...200's once great nib, now a double ball.:crybaby::wallbash:


The cheapest lessons are from those who learned expensive lessons. Ignorance is best for learning expensive lessons.




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