These are the Hardtmuths that I bought in Paris - a closer look at the six of them together.
They make a nice set -- Hardtmuth always make a very well presented pencils, the lacquer is good, the lettering accurate.
I sense a Japanese influence in the newest pencil here- the Toisin D'Or. It looks like a Tombow. It's a very solid pencil, but I have to say that the typeface is much less attractive and less distinctive than in the older models.
While in Paris I didn't confine myself to the flea markets, I also visited a chic little shop off Rue St Hororé, attracted by this display in the window
A set of Hardmuth Toisin D'Or, in a leather case -- for the pretty good price of €40.
Inside the shop they had a display of vintage pencils - Ticonderoga's Mikados and others. I didn't get a photo though.
They had a good selection of pencils - this is what I bought.
AG Spalding make pens, I haven't seen any pencils before - I think they probably belong in the 'advertising' category rather than counting as a brand name pencil.
So these pencils that I found in Paris are unusual in one respect..
They are ambidextrous - ie both left-handed and right-handed.
This is the say the text on one face of the pencil runs from tip to head (right-handed), but rotate the pencil and the text on the opposite face runs from head to tip (left-handed). I don't recall seeing any pencils like that before - anyone got any other examples?
In Paris for a weekend I headed to the flea markets of St Ouen. I have been there before, many years ago at which time I found several stalls with old pencils, and bought around fifty pencils.
This year I wasn't so lucky - in general there were more antiques and less junk, and I found only one stall selling pencils. Here's what I bought
The BERGER pencils (of which more later), and Conté ALASKA were the 6 for €5 pot, all the others were 3 for €1. In other words pretty cheap, and great to find some pencils entirely new to me.