The Hoge Manufacturing Company (that's pronounced "hoagie") made a variety of metal products, including various household goods and toys.  The company also got into the pencil business in the 1920s.

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This pencil is marked only "Modern Pat. Jan 20, 1920". 

The patent is number 1,328,300, issued to William M. Saunders of Waterbury, Connecticut and assigned to The Hoge Manufacturing Company of New York.  View patent here.

Saunders was issued several other patents for pencils, which were also assigned to Hoge:  1,380.743, 1,477,905, 1,477,906, 1,503,964 and 1,528,306.

Until recently, I had thought this was a product of the A.A. Waterman Co., which also used the name "Modern Pen Co." Now that I've tracked down the patent, I don't believe so anymore.

Hoge is probably best known for the "Pal" line of pencils, which were produced in great quantity and are still relatively common.  Pals are unique in that the name is embossed on the metal, rather than being imprinted into it. 

The earlier models, first three on the left, are as good as anything produced by pencil companies during the late teens and early 20s and resemble the "Modern" pencil above.  Later examples had a much cheaper feel, but were very reliable.  The rarest Pals are the ones that dont work!

Compare the second from right with patent number 1,528,306.


Here's another Hoge product, a leadholder with a unique screw mechanism built into the outer barrel.  The patent for this, number 1,361,554, was issued to F.J. Terrell on December 7, 1920 and was assigned to Hoge.  View here.

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