Faber Stylus

This item was made by E. Faber though I’m not certain of its use, much less its name. It has a solid metal tip that comes to a point but is rounded off and smooth. Guesses so far include a tool for scoring, or a tool for tracing over plans that have something akin to carbon paper underneath in order to make copies.

If you are familiar with this item, please let us know in the comments section.

UPDATE: From the 1923 Eberhard Faber catalog, under the category “Pencils for Special Purposes.”


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7 Responses to Stylus?

  1. Steven Hall says:

    My immediate thought was that it could have been used with a wax palimpsest board–if they still used them in the 1920s that is.


    • Sean says:

      Thanks, Steven. I’m beginning to wonder if it wasn’t just a multi-purpose implement, i.e. whatever one might use a stylus for. But even if that’s the case, just how many purposes did a stylus have back then? I suppose enough that warranted their manufacture, but just how many styluses would even the most robust stylus user need? 🙂


  2. memm says:

    A steam punk PDA stylus? ;^)


  3. Sapphire says:

    It could be for hand writing on mimeograph stencils for Gestetner or Roneo duplicators. They were around before the First World War and Gestetner had a patent for an early version in 1891. Edison was advertising one in 1889 but I think it had a different system. Hand lettering or drawing on the flimsy wax skins was a hit and miss sort of process. They were really meant for typing and they tore very easily. There was a correction fluid that was like nail polish and could sometimes mend the rips.


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