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 of the ledger.
It was begun in 1857 and in it are some of the oldest surviving records of the Eberhard Faber Company, the majority of which detail the goods imported from the parent company A.W. Faber in Stein, Germany.
It also documents an auspicious time in the company’s history: the years leading up to and including the founding of their first factory, in 1861.
This ledger book reminds us of a time when handwriting was of paramount importance, as was the care and concern involved with “keeping the books.”