Pencil Gnomenclature

A 1929 U.S. patent for a pencil display, assigned to A.W. Faber “Castell” Bleistift-Fabrik. I don’t know the significance of the quotation marks used for Castell here (i.e. rather than a hyphen). I believe the company name had changed by 1905 so perhaps it’s just an artifact of 1920s punctuation, or maybe an aspect of usage I’m unaware of.

A question though for our German readers: Is this meant to represent a particular character, or is it just your garden variety pencil gnome (or perhaps it’s a pencil variety garden gnome)?



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3 Responses to Pencil Gnomenclature

  1. Sean says:

    I can’t be certain if he is protecting the pencil, or stealing it. 🙂


  2. Gunther says:

    Since there are strong connections between the pencil and the mining industry (just think of hammer and chisel, Johann Faber’s logo) I won’t rule out the possibility that the figure was meant to resemble a miner.


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