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Faber Circular Erasers

Comments from the previous post got me wondering about circular erasers. Whether for typewriters or pencil, the shape was supposed to offer a consistently thin edge. Here is an advertisement from 1890 for E. Faber’s new circular erasers: I wonder, … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber No. 44 “DIADEM”

One of the hundreds of stationery sets offered by the Eberhard Faber Company, the No. 44 “DIADEM” set is from the early 1920s. There is a divided tray on top, a sliding tray on the bottom, and an ink blotter … Continue reading

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Further Cross-Ferrulizing

The Mongol 481 is an un-tipped pencil at birth but is here fitted with a clamp eraser, much like a Van Dyke. The Blackwing has a 1930s-era ferrule from an Eberhard Faber copying pencil. Those lengthy ferrules, once made of ivory, then bone, … Continue reading

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A Conversation With Eberhard Faber IV

In researching American pencil-making I have encountered one overriding consistency: trade-related print sources are mostly inconsistent, especially the early ones. And as with any long story, names, dates, places, and events are told and retold until at best they become nearly impossible … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber Mongol Refill Erasers

The Eberhard Faber Co. often stated that their clamp eraser would “outlast the pencil”, but they still saw fit to provide replacement erasers. These small Mongol refill boxes contain three flat, red erasers and one metal clip: The question is whether these … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber Assortments

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No. 1548

This Eberhard Faber flat pocket pencil has got me wondering something. It’s similar in design to countless other versions made by the company but this one has a clamp eraser, and the patent date for the clamp is embossed on … Continue reading

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Just When Was The Mongol Introduced?

The book I Heart Design says it was in the mid-nineteenth century. In Stamps of the Philippines, Lisa Mapua says 1999 was the Mongol’s 150th anniversary (i.e. 1849). William Ecenbarger, in his 1986 article “The Write Stuff”, says it was around 1893. … Continue reading

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WAR BETWEEN THE FABERS.

There are a lot of Fabers. And it seems like no matter where you turn there is another Lothar or Eberhard to be found, in both the German and American branches of the family. Combine that with less-than-rigorous reporting standards, and you’ll encounter … Continue reading

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A Window On The Past (2)

Two store window displays from 1919, showcasing Eberhard Faber Van Dyke pencils. The packaging and appearance of the pencils in these photos dates back to 1914 when the Eberhard Faber Company relaunched the line. I haven’t found the very first year in … Continue reading

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