Fred Rednor wrote:
> > Actually, I'm not certain mine are Identical
> > to Hillary's set, the lettering may be a bit
> > larger. Was there an itermediate version...
> For whatever it's worth, I have a set from the late '60s
> that is different than the ones Hilary is selling. This
> set says Christophe in very small letters (maybe 3mm high,
> max) and it's orientation is perpendicular to the manner
> in which the lettering is oriented on Hilary's clips.
> They also have a single letter size indication (e.g. "D"
> for demi/small) beneath the Christophe lettering.
> Also, I have a couple of sets (size medium) with
> lettering similar to Hilary's set but the word "Special"
> is omitted. Perhaps that's because there simply isn't
> enough room for the entire logo on the medium and small
> I can't give any exact dates, though.
Steven Maasland's answer was the correct one... The word "Special" denotes size large. The Medium does not have the word "Special" because that is the norm.
The Christophe toe clip goes back at least to the 1920s in the same form as today's; one of those items like the diamond frame that they got right, early on.
Chuck Schmidt SoPas, SoCal