Posted 4 years ago
I have had this Coca-Cola floating bottle mechanical pencil for many years. It was made ca. 1948-55 by the Camel Pen Co. of Union, NJ and has a metal shaft. What I don't know is if it is a recognized CC collectible or something made by the manufacturer as a 'spec' item in hopes of getting an order from Coke management and thus be considered a fantasy item. I have watched ebay auctions for a dozen years and seen many newer versions of CC floater pencils with plastic barrels made by other manufacturers offered, but have never seen another one exactly like this one come up for bid. I know at least one other one exists, since the person I obtained it from had a second example. There is nothing on the lower metal barrel of the pencil other than the impressed name of the manufacturer.
I have (and have seen offered on ebay) several examples of identical pencils with a Pepsi bottle floating inside. Those have the Pepsi 'button' logo impressed on the barrel and have sold for upwards of $150.00. Those pencils were marked as made by Secretary Pen Co. ~ actually the same company as Camel, just a name change the company made later.
This manufacturer was the company that first patented the concept of this kind of advertising pencil (even before the Danish company Ekesen that makes the ones you see today) and was also a lower-rank manufacturer of fountain pens. They produced literally hundreds (if not thousands ~ no one knows for sure) of different pencils advertising everything from cruise ships to autos to the Howdy Doody Show with the products floating inside.
I'm hoping some of the knowledgable soda collectors here will venture their opinion as to whether this would be considered to be a fantasy piece or a 'legitimate' Coca-Cola advertising item.