This pencil by Eberhard Faber is another reminder that there must be hundreds (if not thousands) of great pencils that are lost to history.
The Public 2500 No. 2 is unfinished as far as I can tell, comes without a tip, and if its name is any indicator perhaps they were meant for general use.
Like some older No. 2 Mongol pencils, the lead seems closer to a modern No. 1 pencil. It writes very nicely and the barrel seems a bit thinner, similar to Faber-Castell’s Bonanza pencils.
I don’t have an exact date for these pencils, but based on the logo I would guess they are from the 1940s at the latest.
Pencils without an eraser tip could still be fitted with a removable eraser of course, such as the one featured in this 1921 stationery trade notice:
I don’t know if any of these erasers go back that far, but here is a selection of early Eberhard Faber eraser tips: