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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.
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.