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Usually, in order for a pencil to make it into my collection, it must bear some indication of who made it.  For this piece, found at the 2011 Chicago Pen Show, I made an exception.

The awkward clip is marked simply "Pat. 1,325,894," which was issued to Charles Frederick Larsen of Chicago for a cigar lighter on December 23, 1919.  View patent here. 


Here's a better look at the clip.  The top end of the clip has the abrasive surface underneath; the cap has a flint mounted on the side.  When the cap is removed, it rubs against the clip and generates a spark. 

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