Tag Archives: Eberhard Faber Company

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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Eberhard Faber: Mongols, etc.

  Further escapades in pencil B-roll (no audio this time).

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A View Of Some Rooms

When you visit the Faber-Castell factory in Stein, Germany, you’ll see it has four floors and is in the shape of a giant “U”, complete with smokestack. This photo was taken from within the building, where I was standing approximately … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber Van Dyke Display Stand

1929

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“I, Lothar von Faber of Stein…”

So begins a little-known handwritten document from 1882. It is an assignment of rights for the trademark “A.W.F.” to Eberhard Faber (the son of Eberhard Faber I, who died in 1879). It is signed by Lothar von Faber, head of A.W. Faber … Continue reading

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