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Eberhard Faber: Sole Agent for A.W. Faber in New York

Having completed his law studies in Germany, Johann Eberhard Faber moved to America in 1848. He had spent the previous six months working for the family concern, A.W. Faber, and it was decided he would run the office being established … Continue reading

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“The dusty smell of graphite…”

What follows may be the only description of its kind, and is a revelation. You only get to read this for the first time once, but if you are in a still and quiet place and read it just slowly enough, … Continue reading

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The Last Eberhard Faber Factory

In 1956-57, the Eberhard Faber Company moved operations from their Greenpoint, New York location (established in 1872) to a state-of-the-art facility in Crestwood Industrial Park, located in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. Some 37 acres of woods were cleared for the facility, which was designed … Continue reading

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Eberhard L. Faber III: Witness to History

Eberhard L. Faber III was the son of Lothar Washington Faber (1861-1943), and the grandson of Johann Eberhard Faber (1822-1879). During the 1920s and 1930s he coordinated between the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company based in Greenpoint, New York, and its newly-built … Continue reading

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E. Faber Mongol No. 38

Four flavors of the Eberhard Faber Mongol mechanical pencil No. 38, complete with pocket clips and clamp erasers. Before the company began selling mechanical pencils, extenders with clamp erasers were paired with Van Dyke and Mongol pencils. 1923 Eberhard Faber Co. Catalog The wood-cased versions of … Continue reading

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1871: “My Great-Grandfather’s Name Was Caspar Faber…”

In 1871 Johann Eberhard Faber (1822-1879) appealed a decision, made by the United States Custom House (of New York), that he undervalued the merchandise he received from A.W. Faber in Stein, Germany. Though Faber had been manufacturing his own pencils since 1861 … Continue reading

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There’s Gold In Them Thar Nibs: Eberhard Faber No. 506

As the label says, this is a box of Eberhard Faber gold-plated nibs. It’s still sealed too, but not for long. I don’t know their exact age but working backward from the year the Eberhard Faber Company moved from Brooklyn, … Continue reading

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Seven Years

WordPress informs me that Contrapuntalism has turned seven. And as it is with most anniversaries, I’m left wondering where the time has gone. I started blogging slowly with a site called Pencils and Music, which like a lot of blogs ended up being more … Continue reading

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Keeping the Books

The Eberhard Faber Company suffered a devastating fire in 1872, destroying their first factory which was situated along the East River. At the time it was reported to have been a total loss, but remarkably this ledger book survived. Cover … Continue reading

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Passing The Barre Exam

The trees are turning in Wilkes-Barre and neighboring Bear Creek, Pennsylvania, where I recently visited for a few days. This is my third trip but I’m no closer to knowing the definitive pronunciation of “Barre.” It was a little easier … Continue reading

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