One of these sold several years ago with "Gandy" in the window, and it still had the original sticker on it with the model. It was an HC-145 according to the sticker.
So...it seems there were some variations on that model over the years. As you know, the HC-45 we see in the known catalog does not have points.
It is also possible it had the wrong sticker on it, which I think may be the case. I have found other cues that had the wrong model number on them. It happens...just the wrong sticker. I have a 1970 Adam with original stickers on it and it has the wrong model on it 100% for sure.
This is a rare cue. And the version I have with the aluminum inserts is even more rare. I cannot say for sure it was originally sold as a Gandy...I have a feeling it was actually a National. But that is just my gut.
I collect Gandy and am looking for them.
I missed one on Ebay recently because it went over retail. It was advertised as a Palmer and the seller would not update their listing when I told them it was a Gandy.
In addition, the wrap was torn and one of the shafts was non-original.
I have a feeling the buyer actually thinks he has a Palmer.
I already have that same model with WICO veneers, but this one had very nice wood veneers. I just could not pay over retail. I feel the sale was fraudulent as it was listed as a Palmer and that boosted the auction price.
Anyway, I am after any information, catalogs, or cues regarding National or Gandy.
I think this pair is a treasure and I enjoy having them together. I think they show the evolution of a model. There is an even later version and I can tell by the font in the window. I don't have one of those.