Category Archives: Pencils

Where There’s A Wilkes There’s A Way

Reading and writing materials for a short trip to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, last home of the Eberhard Faber Corporation: For writing, an A.W. Faber Castell waistcoat pencil (c. 1910), Graf von Faber-Castell A4 writing case, pad, and pernambuco fountain pen. For reading … Continue reading

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Clip and Tuck

Pencil protector/extenders used to be available in endless styles, shapes, and sizes. This one was made by the Eberhard Faber Company in the early 1920s. It was nickel-plated, came with an eraser, and had a clip for your pocket. It … Continue reading

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A Conversation With Eberhard Faber IV

In researching American pencil-making I have encountered one overriding consistency: trade-related print sources are mostly inconsistent, especially the early ones. And as with any long story, names, dates, places, and events are told and retold until at best they become nearly impossible … Continue reading

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No. 5, Eberhard Faber U.S.A.

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A.W. Faber, Dickerson Street, New Jersey

From 1912, a photo of the A.W. Faber rubber factory in Newark, New Jersey. Six years from the time this photo was taken the company’s building, assets, and patents would be sold under the Alien Property Act. Ultimately the winning … Continue reading

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Trophées en Graphite, Dans la Maison A.W. FABER

From 1872 until 1890 at the A.W. Faber offices on Place de l’Opéra in Paris, a pair of extraordinary sculptures were on display, celebrating the Siberian graphite mine discovered by Jean-Pierre Alibert in 1847. The top section appears to have been … Continue reading

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A Window On The Past (4)

… c. 1908

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Johann Faber Pocket Pen/Pencil

Each of the Faber houses distinguished their products in some way, and from what I’ve seen, the holders for Johann Faber’s waistcoat/pocket pencils were often ornamented with metal figures. In this case (or perhaps, on this case) it is the Eiffel … Continue reading

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National Pencil Day, 2015

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No. 1548

This Eberhard Faber flat pocket pencil has got me wondering something. It’s similar in design to countless other versions made by the company but this one has a clamp eraser, and the patent date for the clamp is embossed on … Continue reading

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