For being a fairly young dude (ish.) I have a sincere love for older pens and pencils. Don't bother asking why, it might be that they simply just aren't disposable. There's a REASON why they didn't end up in a trash heap. Someone at some point held onto the pen or pencil and decided it was worth keeping.
The mechanical pencil says...
Tenth Annual Banquet of the Jewelers' 24 karat Club of Pittsburgh
William Penn Hotel- April 5th, 1921
Yeah... so Googling didn't really help. I found a current 24 Karat club of Southern California, but the only reference for Pittsburgh was in an Obituary. So this club decided to give out mechanical pencils for something during their 10th Annual Banquet. Oh yeah... Sterling silver mechanical pencils.
Next Tuesday night when you are having dinner or watching Housewives or whatever you do...think about it...in 1921 a bunch of Jewelry loving fools were gathering in a small room staring at their pinky rings and tossing a sweet pencil into their pockets. 1921. Before the end of the FIRST World War.
Good Pens. (and non-pens)