Eversharp, the company that later became one of the "Big Four" of pen and pencil manufacturing in the United States (along with Parker, Sheaffer and Waterman),was established in 1905 as the Wahl Adding Machine Company.  In 1913, Charles Keeran, an inventor and businessman, patented and began manufacturing a metal pencil he called the "Ever Sharp" pencil, which performed so well and caused such a sensation that he quickly found himself unable to keep up with the demand.  He met with representatives of The Wahl Adding Machine Company, which began manufacturing the pencils around 1915 or 1916.  

Quickly, the tail began to wag the dog, and by 1924 the company, known as Wahl Eversharp, was fully invested in the manufacture of quality writing instruments.  Metal pencils largely gave way to hard rubber and celluloid examples during the 1920s, then to plastic in the late 1930s. 

In 1945, Eversharp (having dropped the Wahl name completely) invested heavily in the manufacture of the latest technological innovation -- the ball point pen.  Unfortunately for Eversharp, the Reynolds Company came out with a competing ballpoint just before the Eversharp models were released, and Eversharp ended up losing millions.  The fiasco crippled the company more than it could withstand, spiralling the company into a decline that ended in 1957 with the sale of the company to its longtime rival, Parker, who used the name on what could only be called weird products before selling off the remaining assets of the company in 1961.

Eversharp is by far my favorite of all the manufacturers, because I can't resist a good story.  Here's a company that didn't even mean to go into the pen business, stumbled onto a product, experienced a meteoric rise to become one of America's top companies, then lost it all when it thought it was on top of the world.  "To sleep, perchance to dream . . .."

As an additional resource, check out the Wahl-Eversharp Forum on the Fountain Pen Network.

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1.  Pre-Wahl Metal pencils, 1913-1916

These are pre-Wahl Ever Sharp pencils, which are extremely rare and were made by Charles Keeran & Co. using Keeran's patent.  View patent here.  The example on the left is the earliest (from 1913 to 1916), and has the "Pat App. For" clip referred to as the "Heath" or pierced clip.  View Heath clip patent here.  Moving to the right, the next examples have the triangular "trowel" clip Keeran designed and patented (view here), which was used through 1916.  

The other examples use a flat clip for which John C. Wahl applied for a patent in early 1917.  View patent here.  The barrels are not imprinted with the Wahl name, so the logical conclusion is that Wahl licensed Keeran the clip but produced the pencils as a subcontractor for Keeran. 

Note that on all these, the barrel is stamped "Ever Sharp" (2 words).

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2.  Wahl Eversharp metal pencils, 1917-1924

In 1917, Wahl purchased the Boston Fountain Pen Co., became committed to the mass production of writing instruments, forced Keeran out and began producing Keeran-designed pencils marked with the Wahl name.  

These first generation Wahl pencils (so marked on the barrel) are differentiated from later Wahls by the flat clip, short tip and a mechanism that lacks a built in lead storage are.  Earlier models had the word Wahl spelled out in spikey "Winchester"-style lettering, which was later changed to a regular block type font.  The very, very earliest Wahl-made Eversharps, as the one on the left, continued to spell "Ever Sharp" with two words.

From left, this picture shows an early "Wahl Ever Sharp," an early gold filled floral design, four sterling floral designs (2 each with the smaller engravings and the full barrel engravings), faceted barrel examples in gold fill and sterling, "grecian border" examples, and some finely engined turned examples.

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2a.  Other Wahl Eversharp metal pencils, 1917-1924

This photo shows different examples in the same series.  From left, what I've heard called the "rhomboid" pattern, a fully lined barrel ("Colonial,), two examples with intermittent lines ("Ribbon"; one gold plated over sterling cut to reveal the sterling), a rare mini chevron pattern ("Unique"), three examples of the regular chevron pattern ("Checked"), and smooth barrel examples in silver plate, sterling, gold fill and green gold fill.

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3.  Wahl Eversharp metal pencils, 1924-1930

In late 1924, Wahl redesigned the metal pencils with a center rib down the clip for added strength, a longer tip (from about 3/16" to 5/16"), and a lead magazine that didn't require unscrewing the top.  Some of the patterns from the earlier line were continued, but Wahl added some of its most interesting ones to this series.  From left, these are the "Console" (collectors call it the "wedding bells" pattern), "Ringed Colonial," a weird acid etched pattern collectors have nicknamed the "brain pattern", "Collonade," the "Oxidized Grecian Border," a few engine turned designs, and a floral engraved sterling example. 

By 1929, metal pencils had become passe, and appeared at the back of Wahl's catalog after the colorful hard rubber and celluloid examples.  In 1930, only the grecian border design can be found in wholesale catalogs.

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3a.  Other Wahl Eversharp Metal Pencils, 1924-1928.

Here are a few other patterns: engine turned, small chevrons and regular chevrons, smooth barrel and regular grecian border designs.

The example on the right is an extremely rare oversize model.  Although the barrel is much larger around, the internal workings are the same size as the regular line, so the thicker barrel walls give it a much heftier feel.

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3b.  Wahl Eversharp ringtop and "military clip" metal pencils, 1917-1929

Since the clip is the surest way to date Eversharp pencils, ringtops and the military style clip pencils are tougher to date.  However, the different imprints, nose cone, and patterns still provide a rough guide as to when they were made.

The military style clip was patented by John C. Wahl, Hugo S. Hasselquist and Arthur M. Poole on March 23, 1920, assigned patent number 1,334,332.  View here.

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 3c.  Other ringtops, including "Midget" pencils

Note the unusual smaller sizes to the left.  The short stubby ones are found in gold fill with lines, gold fill smooth barrel, and sterling smooth barrel.  The thin models shown are, from left, a checkerboard pattern found only on midget sized and 14k models, and a grecian border example.  The larger ones shown have smooth or lined barrels.

In addition to the sizes shown, the 1928 catalog shows a "Match Thin" pencil with a wire bail.  There was also a ringtop sized example with a side clip that recently surfaced on ebay.

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4.  Here's a very good reason to take a closer look at an Eversharp metal pencil, even if it appears to be a common variety.  Eversharp offered a variety of fraternal emblems which could be installed on any of their pencils.  As can be seen from this picture, the quality of these little emblems was remarkable.

As a member of my local Elks lodge, I couldn't pass up this BPOE-badged example.

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4b.  On the later Eversharps, occasionally the internal mechanism will be engraved to match or complement the barrel.

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5.  Wahl Eversharp "Working Togs" and Checking Pencils

Beginning with the 1921 catalog, Wahl advertised a line of utility pencils "In Working Togs," with exposed erasers.  The earliest examples were enamel over brass, followed, as shown in this picture, with hard rubber, celluloid and plastic examples.

Wahl also began offering "checking" pencils beginning in 1921, such as the two examples on the right, made for use with very thick (1/8") lead.  The earliest (the black example) were clipless pencils marked "Wahl Eversharp 100," and were only produced in 1921.  From 1922 until 1929, as with the yellow example, the company adapted Wahl's familiar clip to the checking pencil line so that they looked more like the company's other pencils, redesignating them as the Model No. 101.  They were originally sold with lead matching the color of the barrel, so the yellow lead is correct!

If the photos in Wahl catalogs are correct, checking pencils were not fitted with the ribbed post-1924 clips until 1929.

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5a.  Checking pencil mechanisms

Checking lead presented a problem for the Keeran design, as the pushrod was too small for use with the larger lead (it would bore a hole into the soft checking lead rather than push it forward). 

To solve this problem, designers first welded a larger diameter plug on the end of a regular Eversharp mechanism, as shown in the Eversharp 100 at top.

The yellow example, which is marked "Wahl Eversharp Pat. Pend" on the cap, appears to be an adaptation of John C. Wahl's design for a "Single Magazine" pencil, for which he applied for a patent on October 24, 1917, which was finally issued on February 7, 1922 as patent number 1,406,077.  View here.  This design also shares elements of another John Wahl design, for which he applied for another patent that same day, which wasn't granted until September 2, 1924 as patent number 1,506,795.  View here.

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5b.  Here is another view showing the simple elegance of the later design shown above.  A screw with slots in either side of the head slides up and down inside a tube; threads inside the barrel pull the rod forward as the top is turned. 

This feature doesn't appear in either of the patents cited in the preceding frame, nor does it match any other Wahl patent I could find.  It could be that the patent was applied for but was never issued because of the simplicity of the design.  In order to receive a patent, the inventor must prove that an invention is "novel," or that it's never been done before.

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6.   Wahl Eversharp hard rubber and celluloid hybrids, 1924-1930

These were among the earliest of Wahl's forays into non-metal pencils.  Pencils were made in hard rubber and in celluloid, and most were made to match pens. 

The examples with the larger nose cone were referred to as the "Eversharp 75" line, the forerunner to the dollar pencils of the 1930s.  While originally the "75" designation referred to the thicker lead that was used in them (.075 inches instead of the standard .046), later ads refer to all of the oversized pencils as "75s" regardless of the size of lead in them. 

The stubby clipless jade example is extremely rare.

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6a.  Other transitional crown-top Eversharps

Shortly before the transition to the Tempoint Line, the company introduced some truly spectacular color combinations, including a "bumblebee" black and yellow, a turquoise and black, and a red and black.

Also during this time the lovely turquoise models pictured were introduced.  These may have been produced in England; the imprint reads simply "Eversharp," the same as on other English models.

 

7.  Wahl Eversharp Tempoint pencils, 1928-1930

After the acquisition of the Boston Pen Company, Wahl Eversharp came out with a new line of pens and pencils using their newly acquired equipment.  These pencils use the same internal workings as the first Ever Sharp of 1913.  Shown are ringtops, military clip models, and full sized "side clip" models.   Since the clips on the side clip models are the same as those used on the pens, the full sized examples are becoming scarcer as examples are scrapped.  Hey, pen guys!  Quit it!

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8.   Wahl Eversharp Greek Key and Deco Band Tempoint Pencils, 1928-1930

These were the top of the line in this series.  All the colors appeared to have the "greek key" design on the center bands with the exception of the green and bronze on the right, which has what is referred to as a "deco  band" with geometric shapes.  Although spectacularly beautiful, they still use the old and obsolete mechanism from 1913, which would push lead out but wouldn't retract it. 

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9.  Eversharp-Autopoint hybrids, 1928-1929

On the first three examples at left, the nose easily pulls out to reveal a patent number 1,693,578 (view here), a John Straka design patented November 27, 1928 that has nothing to do with this pencil (although the Straka patent 1,693,579 is closer - see here).  This Eversharp mechanism (left) is almost identical to the Autopoint mechanism (right).

The last example on the right, while it does not have the removable nose, shares many other Autopoint and Dur-O-Lite features: note the faceted bakelite barrel, the Dur-O-Lite style clip, an Autopoint shaped top cap, and a Keeran designed clip mounting. 

How can all of this this be, when Charles Keeran, the inventor of the original Eversharp, (1) had been ousted from Wahl Eversharp, (2) was one of the partners in Autopoint in 1928, and (3) was demanding a payoff from Wahl in 1928 for his ouster?

I think the best explanation was that Wahl produced these to send Keeran the message to back off.  Wahl had a patent that was similar enough to the Autopoint design that Wahl could produce very similar pencils and run the fledgling Autopoint into the ground if Keeran didn't settle down.  "You want a piece of me?  Come and get it and I'll take out your family....."

Keeran's feud with Eversharp lasted for the rest of his life.  He never got the satisfaction he sought.

 

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10.  Wahl Eversharp Equipoised, 1930-1934

When Sheaffer introduced its streamlined Balance line in 1929, the rest of the industry was mostly still muddling along making squared-off pens.  This was a wierd time anyway, with the Depression in full swing, and pen makers were all scrambling to come up with something new to grasp at the dwindling number of customers.

First, Wahl began experimenting with different mechanisms adapted to existing designs, as shown by the first three examples on the left.   

Then in 1930, Wahl came out with the "Equipoised" line, which looked more than a little like a Sheaffer Balance, but not done as well.  Most continued to use the old roller clip design, kind of like bolting a bumper off of last year's Rolls Royce onto a Porche Boxter. 

Sometimes these are found with a tiny hole in the gold "double checkmark" seal.  The seal signified Wahl's lifetime guarantee, and the hole is thought to have been Wahl's way of voiding the guarantee on these models.

For all of its design awkwardness, what made the Equipoised an important step for Eversharp was the adoption of a new mechanism which, like Sheaffer, would both extend and retract the lead, as well as push any leftover crumbs out at the end (propel-repel-expel, it was called). 

After the Doric line was introduced in 1931, the Equipoised line remained in Eversharp catalogues until around 1934.  I don't know.... maybe they had some extras left over....

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10a.  Equipoised Clasp Pencils (2 bands) and Purse Pencils (single thin deco band).

Produced at the same time as the Equipoised, these pencils were produced in 12 different colors, eight of which are represented here. From left, these are Jet Black, Kashmir Pearl, Brazilian Green, Jade Green, unknown, Borneo Pearl, India Pearl and Persia Pearl. 

According to the 1932 catalog, the clasp models were bigger than the ladies' "purse" pencils, but as this picture shows, the size must have been exaggerated.

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11.  Eversharp Bantam, 1931-1937

These little guys are great.  They only measure 3 3/4" long and come in a great variety of colors.  The later ones have marbling with flecks of a contrasting color, such as purple flecks on green. 

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11a.  Eversharp Bantams to watch for.

The good ones to watch for are the faceted ones (some call them "miniature dorics" or "doric bantams," even though they have nothing to do with the Doric line) and the 1933 World's Fair Souveniers, which have the words "Century of Progress" on the center band.

Although I'm a pencil guy, I didn't have the heart to break up the "Century of Progress" set I found with the original price sticker!

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11b.  The Eversharp "Giant Bantam" Pencil

This only makes sense when it comes to the pens.  In addition to the tiny bantam pens such as the one shown in the preceding frame, Eversharp made full-sized pens in the same plastics, also using the bulb-filling system.  Collectors have come to call these "giant bantams."

The matching pencils are no different from any other lower tier Eversharp pencil of the time, except for the colors.  For that reason alone I have identified this as a "giant bantam" pencil.

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12.  Eversharp "Dollar Pencils," 1927-1935

These were described in cataloges as the "Popular Priced" line.  The earlier ones (first six on the left) had bell tops, some of which also had a grecian border.  Later full size models such as the 7th and 8th were more streeamlined and were produced in the early 1930s.

The smaller pencils were ladies pencils.  The 1931 catalog shows three colors with the longer top section - Borney, Ceylon and India, but since my copy is black and white I'm not sure which is which.

There were six colors of the smaller version - shown are jet black, 2 examples of the green moire and a red moire.  Still missing are lapis, coral and lavender.

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 12a.  Here's one to keep an eye out for.   Eversharp, in addition to producing "Century of Progress" pens and pencils for the Bantam line, also sold other 1933 Worlds fair commemorative pencils.

This is a close up of one of the green moire ladies' pencils in the preceding frame, showing the FANTASTIC 1933 World's Fair imprint. 

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13.   The Eversharp Doric, 1931-1941

Collectors refer to all of these as "Dorics," although Wahl used various names for them during the time they were produced.  In the fountain pens, the different bands denoted real differences in quality; however, all the pencils were mechanically identical.  

From the left, I refer to these as type I (2 varieties), II, III and IV. 

Type I was the original Doric, produced from 1931 until 1935.  The earliest examples had a split band, with a single gold band on the top end and the remainder of the band on the lower half; this was soon changed to a one-piece center band, all on the lower portion.  By 1934, ads referred to this as the "Pencil to Match the Eversharp Adjustable Point Pen."

Type II was produced from 1932 until at least 1939.  It was originally referred to as the Junior Size Doric, but by 1939 it was referred to simply as "Doric."

Type III was produced from 1932 until 1941.  It was first introduced as the "'Popular Priced Doric," but in the 1937 catalog it was referred to as the pencil to match the "$5 Leakproof Model." 

Type IV was introduced in 1935 to replace the Type I as the flagship series, but Wahl never referred to it as a "Doric."  Originally it was called the "Airliner," but the name was later changed to "Deluxe."

  14.  Eversharp Doric I, 1931-1935

In 1931, Eversharp introduced its first totally original line of pens and pencils, called the Doric, in five colors:  Red (Morocco), Green (Kashmir), smoky grey (Burma), neon green (Cathay), and black (Jet).  In this grouping, notice that there are two black and pearl examples -- these are extremely rare and do not appear in any of Eversharp's catalogues.  It appears that Eversharp used up the rest of some Equipoised celluloid.  Only a handful of these are known to exist.

If you look closely at the pictures, you can see that a couple of the Type I examples have a split center band, where one ring of the cap band is on the bottom section and the rest is on the top portion.  From what I can tell, the "split band" Type Is are the first of the series and are tougher to find.

At some point, the mechanism was changed from a short reverse-threaded tip to a longer regular-threaded tip.  The answer as to why must had died with Eversharp.

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15a.  Eversharp Doric II, 1931-1939 (small size)

The 1932 Catalog refers to type II Dorics as the "Junior Doric" line, and by 1939 the type II was the only model still referred to by the company as the "Doric." 

Documentation concerning colors is sketchy.  The 1932 catalog identifies four colors: Carnelian (reddish brown), and Topaz (lighter brown), Kashmir (green marble) and Jet (black).  

In the 1939 catalog, the available colors listed were Jet (black), "Black with white oyster pearl" (nearly all black with white veins), "Black with red oyster pearl" and "Black with Green Oyster Pearl."

Obviously, the company also produced examples in Cathay and in a Topaz pearl with green streaks (sometimes called "green and bronze," not to be confused with the "brazilian green" in frame 15a above.

The black with white oyster pearl example, shown here on the right, is unusual in that it has a gold seal.

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15b.  Eversharp Doric II, full size examples

Note that these come in both shorter and longer tip examples.  Since all of the late-production full size "black and oyster" examples have longer tips, it appears that the short tip examples are earlier.  

Although the topaz with green streaks doesn't appear in either the 1932 or 1939 catalog, it doesn't appear to be particularly rare.

Note that, unlike the Type III and Type IV, which used a pressed-in clip after 1935, the Type II used an insert clip secured by an internal screw throughout its production.

 

16.  Eversharp Doric III, 1932?-1941

Earlier catalogs of the day refer to this as the "Poplular Priced" Doric line, which seem to be a bit of a duplication of the Junior (II) concept.  Even though early Doric catalogs show Doric IIIs being sold alongside Doric Is, examples of the earlier, marbled celluloids from before Eversharp overhauled its Doric line in 1935, are unusual. 

After 1935, Type IIIs are found in the lighter, feather-textured pastel colors.  The clips were also redesigned from the insert clips (that fit into the top and are secured by a screw) to a "Made in USA" clip pressed into the barrel and held in place by prongs.  In 1936 or 1937, Eversharp introduced the "repeater" mechanism on its Coronet line, and I believe it was after then that Eversharp retrofitted the Doric line, which had always used a twist mechanism, to use the repeater mechanism.  I have seen one piece of Eversharp literature in which the customer could order the pencils in either mechanism.  To my knowledge, the repeaters only came in the larger size.

 

17.  Eversharp Doric IV, 1935-1941

Many feel this was the high water mark for Eversharp.  The deco band on this series, redesigned to match the pens (which had been given the more substantial band to eliminate the cap cracks that plagued earlier models), seems to best match the long, faceted and elegant lines.  This grouping also came in twist and repeater mechanisms.  Again, the repeaters seem to have been made only in the larger size.

NOTE:  The company referred to these as the "Deluxe" and shows a large, regular and "ladies" size.  However, only two sizes of the twist pencil are known.

 

18.  Eversharp Doric oddballs.

The four types above seem to describe almost all of the Dorics.   Almost, that is.  Here's a couple of examples that have a Wahl Oxford style nose-twist mechanism, one that someone appeared to forget to add the Type IV cutouts (I understand this was a high-end presentation model), and what's that?  A Doric with a Skyline clip? 

The example with the diamond cutouts is marked "Gold Bond," indicating that Wahl made store brand writing instruments for Montgomery Ward.    

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19.  Eversharp "Round Doric" and Secretary Pencils.

The nickname "Round Doric" is a nickname by collectors rather than a designation from Eversharp, which called this the pencil to match its "$3 Round Vacuum Filler" pens.  Although the clip is the same shape as a second generation Doric, the word "Eversharp" is inscribed on it, and the mechanism is a much more cheaply made twist mechanism.  The translucent barrel models have deco bands; the opaque ones have the three narrow bands -- or so I thought, until the lighter colored example with only 2 bands turned up.

Eversharp also made a thinner verision of the Doric, called the "Secretary Pen" because it was well suited to taking shorthand.  The examples on the right are along those lines.

 

20.  Eversharp Coronet, 1937-1941

The Coronet line was the first pencil produced by Eversharp using the repeater mechanism that was later used on the Doric, Skyline, Fifth Avenue, and Symphony lines.  While the all gold filled examples and the gold filled/green fethered celluloid were part of a matching set, Other Coronets were produced for which there are no match.

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21.  Eversharp Pacemaker and Airliner, 1937-1941

The Pacemaker and Airliner series were supposedly "lower priced" versions of the Coronet, although the mechanisms were identical and the styling and quality was at least as good as any Coronet.   "Pacemakers," the first group on the left, have Coronet-style clips.  The first five are the normal ones encountered (red is the hardest to find); the next two are interesting in that the blue one has a different style clip, and the next one is made with a very different colored plastic. 

"Airliners," or "Air-Lite" pencils, the next two shown, have the more awkward, clunky and squared-off clips.

The five with the chrome caps on the right are hybrids.  At first, they look like Coronets, but the clips are Airliner clips and the top portions are smooth.  Hmmm...

 

22.  Eversharp Aluminum pencils, 1937-?

It appears that Coronet and Airliner clips must have been just laying around in bins and used at random.  All of these are painted aluminum and use the Coronet style mechanism, but they have a bushing in the nose that, if missing, renders them inoperable. 

One reader sent me copies of the original papers that accompanied his "white star" model, dated March, 1940 (note the three examples with white stars just under the clip).  The "white star" denoted an Eversharp guarantee of quality. 

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23.  Wahl Oxford, mid 1930s

Eversharp introduced a lower priced line in the 1930s called the Wahl Oxford.  These are some of the earliest offerings. 

Although once source suggested that the shorter ones were later than the longer ones, the 1935 catalogue shows both "regular model" and "short model" pencils being sold. 

Most were stamped with the imprint "From the Makers of Eversharp" on the barrel. 

Note that the third pencil from the left has a "Wahl Eversharp" clip.  Whether this was done by a repairman or at the factory is unknown.

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24.  Later Wahl Oxfords and Eversharp Juniors

The colors used in Eversharp's lower priced lines were different from the flagship lines, but just as interesting. 

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25.  Eversharp, Wahl Oxford and Monitor

The first three shown are marked Monitor; the next three are Eversharps (apparently with the name, you got a nickel plated band around the top). 

The rest are a mix of Wahl Oxfords and Monitors.

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26.  Later Wahl Oxfords, Eversharps and "Firestone" pencils

Towards the later 1940s, Eversharps and Wahl Oxfords were often differentiated only by the clip mounted on the side. 

The brightly colored examples on the right are clearly Eversharps, but are not so marked.  They are advertising pencils for tire companies.  Most commonly found are those stamped "Firestone," but this selection includes Goodyear and Goodrich. 

 

27.  Eversharp "Square 4" Pencils, 1937-?

These are included here because the clips were taken from Airliners, from Eversharp subbrands like Monitor and Oxford, as well as a ball clip not found elsewhere.  They were named for the leads, which were square when you look at them from the end and four inches long. 

 

28.  The Eversharp Skyline, 1941-1952

Eversharp brought in noted designer Henry Dreyfuss to overhaul its aging Doric line, and his creating was one of the most influential pen and pencil designs of the century.  From left to right, here's how I group my Skylines:  Standard I (thin band), Standard II (thick band), Presentation (ribs around gold filled cap), Presentation Vertical (vertical lines), Presentation Dart (engine turned), Solid I (no bands, includes Moires), Solid II (thin center band), Solid III (thick center band), Streamliner (note no upper "buttress" on clip) Press Clip I (no bands), Press Clip II, and Press Clip Clutch models.  Then, of course, there were a few oddballs.

 

29.  Eversharp Skyline Standard I

These came in three sizes: small, standard and executive.  Note the difference in the center band placement on the two small green examples.  It appears that the very first Skyline pencils had thie band located slightly above the break between the solid color and striped section, probably to mimic the placement of the band on the pen.  This would have been obviously more difficult to manufacture and must have been abandoned very quickly.  This is the only one I have seen.

 

30.  Eversharp Skyline Standard II

I heard a rumor at one point that these were supposedly military tributes, since they were given in red, white and blue presentation boxes and at least one of them appears to mimic the red, white and blue of the flag.  Do with this what you will, but I don't see much corrolation between these colors and any particular branches of the service.   Only the small and standard sizes have been found.

 

31.  Eversharp Skyline Presentation

All have gold filled upper sections with ribs around the circumference.  A very rare few have 14k upper sections, easily identifiable because they don't have any ribs around the top.  Even more rare are those that have stainless steel instead of gold fill.  I haven't seen any executive size examples.

 

32.  Eversharp Skyline Presentation Vertical

These are tougher to find than the regular presentation examples.  The only small size example I have ever found is the all gold-filled one.  Too bad about the dents.   Again, no executive sizes to my knowledge.

 

33.  Eversharp Skyline Presentation Dart

These have the same fine engine-turned design as was used on metal Wahl pencils (and pens) of the 1920s.  Until recently, I had referred to this as "barleycorn," a nickname I had heard used in reference to this pattern, but now that I know the proper name for the pattern as used by the company, it makes more sense to call it as it was.   

Again, the smaller sized examples are much more rare.  A blue one recently surfaced, but it wasn't for sale.

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34.  Eversharp Presentation 14k and Stainless (not pictured).

Some Eversharps were made with solid 14k gold upper sections, such as this example (note that there are no lines or patterns in the metal). 

There were also examples produced which had stainless steel upper sections, which are even more rare than the 14k version. 

 

35.  Eversharp Skyline Solid I

The Moire (pronounced mo-ray) examples aren't as rare as they are beautiful, although the hardest colors to find are the red and brown ones.  Small ones are harder to find than the regular sized ones.  Believe it or not, the plain ones are harder to find than the Moires.

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35a.  The Eversharp "Command Performance":  the 14k Skyline Solid I.

Eversharp produced an all 14k solid gold pen and pencil set, which the company called the "Command Performance" set.  The barrel is marked "14 Karat Gold" near the top.  This example also has a 14k nose cone, distinguished by the lack of the usual rib found on gold filled cones. 

Note that the barrel is completely smooth.

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36.  Eversharp Skyline Solid II

Same as the Solid I, but with a narrow middle band.  These are much more common in solid color materials than in Moire.  The only demi sized Moire I have ever seen is shown here.

 

37.  Eversharp Skyline Solid III

All of these appeared to have gold filled derbies at the top with matching gold filled top buttons.  Note the interesting additional trim ring at the top of the large black one.

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38.  Eversharp Skyline Streamliner

This is Eversharp's name for this product.  Easily identified by the different clip, which is not broken but just doesn't have the top "flying buttress" section of the clip.   This was Eversharp's lower priced line of Skylines which, like the lower priced Dorics, were mechanically and functionally identical to the regular line except in appearance. 

Buttons are interchangeable, so it is difficult to know which style was "correct."  The repair manual shows the Streamliner with a regular button, but since this was the lower priced line, the company may have later sold them fitted with the cheaper ribbed brass buttons to make the regular line look more prestigious. 

The grey one was a real find.

 

39.  Eversharp Skyline Press Clip I

Purists might argue with me about whether these are truly "Skylines," since these pencils were cheaply built, cheaply plated "throw away" models, but even though the plating was horrific and the buttons were replaced with a cheap metal that rarely matched the trim very well, the styling is unmistakably Skyline and I don't know what else you would call it.  I've run across a few matching pens, too.

 

40. Eversharp Skyline Press Clip II

Some of these were actually pretty nice.  A couple of the ones shown have higher quality nickel plate trim and are at least as good as the original line in function and quality.  The ones with "crushed velvet" upper sections are also pretty nice.  Many of these have advertising on them.

 

41.  Eversharp Skyline Press Clip Twist Models

I include these here because they clearly share the styline of the Press Clip II pencils, but instead of using the familiar repeater mechanism, these have a twist action.  Nearly all of these were advertisers.  Trim rings are often missing because the tops are easily removed (and probably were, since that's how you got to the erasers on Eversharp pencils for 20 years) and nothing secured the ring underneath from being lost. 

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42.  Eversharp Skyline Press Clip Clutch

These are a fascinating little diversion from the Skyline standbys that I didn't know about until very recently.  At the Ohio Pen Show in 2009, I acquired a box of mechanical pencils that included four Eversharp Press Clip models that were very different from anything described above. For lack of a better term, I have called these "clutch models," which is a bit of a misnomer since all of the repeaters have an internal clutch concealed within the tip. What makes these models different is that the clutch extends outside of the tip. The plastic used was of very poor quality but in brighter colors than the usual Skyline fare. The first three had with gold washed trim and a band near the top, with the typical ribbed brass buttons. The fourth, the maroon example the right, had nickel plated trim, no upper band, a smooth, nickel plate button (with an eraser under the button rather than integrated into the button), and a patent number 235809. A search of the US Patent Records indicates that the last digit was left off of the number.  The patent was actually number 2358091, issued to Charles K. Lovejoy of Massachusetts on January 22, 1944. View patent.  The assignee of the patent was The Moore Pen Co.  Eversharp scholars will remember that Moore and Eversharp got most of what was the Boston Pen Company in 1917 or so (which launched Wahl into the pen business).   I included my gold filled Moore in this picture to help "connect the dots."

The black example, which turned up more recently, is a slightly different design, with a brass ring at the top of the barrel rather than the band near the top.

 

43.  Eversharp Skyline Press Clip Oddballs

Every once in a while I run across a Press Clip Skyline that has a ribbed barrel, or has or doesn't have a trim ring where I was expecting it.  These just don't seem to fit in with what I[ve described above.

The one on the right is the most interesting one; the clip is integrated into the repeater mechanism and moves up and down in a notch cut into the top of the barrel.  At least, it did move... until the plastic shrank so severely around it that it's frozen in place.  Must have been one they chalked up to experience.

 

44.   Eversharp Fifth Avenue, 1944-1953

From a pencil standpoint, these were every bit as good as what Eversharp produced before it, although they are the same pencil as the Skyline, and the Pacemakers and Coronets and Dorics before them.  The only difference was in the styline.  There were three different lines: the standard gold filled examples, which had the ribs around the upper section; the ones with solid 14k upper sections (note there are no ribs on these - easy to spot), and the ones with 14k tops and the characters "6?4" below the clip, a reference to the $64 dollar question on "Take it or Leave It," the game show that Eversharp sponsored.  Fifth Avenues were significant because they were the first Eversharp line extensively offering a ballpoint as part of the line (there were a handful of Skylines that were also made into ballpoints).  

 

45.  Eversharp Fifth Avenue Stainless

These are just a little less common than the regular Fifth Avenue line.  Pretty much the same pencil, except for the stainless steel top section and the different clip (flat with the word Eversharp printed on it).  Colors seem to have been limited to black, blue and maroon.

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46.   Eversharp Symphony, 1950-1953

By this point, Eversharp was reeling from the ballpoint debacle and was looking to rejuvenate its line to increase its sales.  The company did the same thing it did ten years earlier and hired a noted designer (this time Raymond Loewy), to restyle the same old products to make them look new.  Although the quality was fine, nothing really new was introduced with the Symphony -- in fact, you can take a 1937 Doric mechanism and drop it into one of these and it works!

The narrow gold band was the regular Symphony.  The wide bands denote the Symphony Deluxe, and the all gold-filled caps denoted the "Golden Symphony."  Set prices were a hefty $8.75, $12.75 and $18.75, respectively  -- too much for a rehash of the same old products, which is probably why they were only produced for a few years.

Note the ribbed cap on the maroon Deluxe.  At first it looks like the wrong cap stuck in there, but this one is rounded and appears to be unique to this model. 

On the right are two all plastic pencils styled after the Symphony line. 

 

47.  Eversharp Ventura, 1953-1957

Now here was a quality piece, completely new in design and well built, but far little, far too late for Eversharp.  This was the last quality line produced by the company before being taken over by Parker in 1957.  Interesting to note that most of the time, when I find these, they are in a boxed set complete with tags, instruction booklets and often the original cellophane wrappers.  Great that they are well preserved, but collectors should bear in mind that almost all of them are.  They just didn't sell as many as they needed to in order to stay alive.   This might have had something to do with the fact that the marketing geniuses that pitched this line referred to the pens as "burp pens."   Was the reference to indigestion a coincidence, or was it something Eversharp Executives were all too familiar with?

 

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47a:  The Eversharp Model 117 Alligator and Snake pencils (Ventura-Skyline hybrids), 1953-1957

I group these unusual pieces with the Venturas because the same clip is used on both these and the examples in the previous frame.  The model number and names for these are as printed in a 1953 Eversharp Service manual.  The brown one was the 117-A (Alligator), and the red and tan ones are the 117-S (Snake). 

While the Alligator pencils only came in brown, Snake pencils, in addition to the colors shown, also came in green.  The search, therefore, is on.....

 

48.  Eversharp: the smell of fear, 1953-1957

The quality of products produced by Eversharp in the short time before Parker's takeover was awful.  This picture shows the depths to which Eversharp sank before Parker put the company out of its misery. 

 

49.  Parker-Eversharp pencils, 1957-1961

It seemed like Parker was interested in Eversharp more for the ability to test market goofy stuff under a name that wasn't Parker. 

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49a.  Parker-Eversharp Envoy

Not everything that Parker did with the Eversharp name was a bad thing.  Here are two nice ballpoint/pencil sets, one with the "Big E" clips and the other marked around the center with the Eversharp name and a Parker arrow.

The name "Envoy" was borrowed from an older Eversharp Symphony-type set in all gold fill that was introduced in 1948.

 

50.  Other Eversharps, 1928-1950

Here is a grouping of Eversharps, including dollar pens, student pens, and everything else that doesn't fit in with any of the above. 

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