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Early Biltwell flattops from the 1920s.  All were cheaply made, but the mechanism used is a relatively durable.

Most of these came from a single ebay purchase I made a few years ago.  It was advertised as being a box of pencils from a closed drug store.  

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Later Biltwells.  The three on the left have a Welsh mechanism.

Identical flattops were marked Starite.

Although Biltwell was a lower tier manufacturer, the later offerings were better quality pieces.  The pearl and white example is particularly nice.

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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