Tag Archives: Eberhard Faber Company

Regarding The First Attachable Eraser, Part 3

A scan of the original, handwritten decision of the court regarding J.B. Blair’s patent, 1875. The patents for the pencils and erasers I’ve mentioned so far are only a small sample of those filed and granted between 1858 and 1900. … Continue reading

Posted in Pencils | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Period Pencilry

(click to enlarge) Ever wonder what it might have looked like, when stores stocked such things?

Posted in Pencils | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Comments

2018

Happy New Year, everyone. Thanks to all who have stopped by, and to everyone who has added to this blog by way of comments and suggestions.

Posted in Pencils | Tagged , | 3 Comments

It’s That Time Of Year

Nothing quite says Christmastime like an Eberhard Faber XMAS Mongol 482. Its green and red lead allow you to spread holiday cheer without having to use two separate pencils.

Posted in Pencils | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Beware the Dry House: Fire and the Faber Factories

The first Eberhard Faber factory (erected in 1861, on First Avenue along the East River) famously burned to the ground in 1872. That same year, the company opened their new factory in Greenpoint. Recently, I was surprised to learn of … Continue reading

Posted in Pencils | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Eberhard Faber Columbia

The image above is from the 1907 Eberhard Faber Company catalog: pencil no. 485, called Columbia, finished in patriotic red, white, and blue. It was a hex pencil, complete with a nickel-plated ferrule and white eraser. I’m not certain in which year … Continue reading

Posted in Pencils | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Berolzheimer, Illfelder, Reckendorfer, Faber, and the Rubber-Tip Pencil Company

This small note is an interesting artifact: the sender, recipient, and the year in which it was written all bear significance in the history of pencil-making in America, and by extension, Bavaria. The senders, Berolzheimer and Illfelder, were the founders … Continue reading

Posted in Pencils | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Eberhard Faber Polita

Another surprising use for this long-discontinued eraser-like product: quickly and gently smoothing burrs that may occur on tuning posts.

Posted in Music | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Preserving the Past: Creekside Digital

© Creekside Digital, 2017 I’ve always had a fascination with old documents, especially music manuscripts. Most of the time the few I could get my hands on were facsimile editions, and many of those only through interlibrary loans. Over the … Continue reading

Posted in Pencils | Tagged , , | 13 Comments

Eberhard Faber: Black Chalk Artist’s Sketching Crayons

Not quite pencils, but close enough. Eberhard Faber’s Artist’s Sketching Crayons came in a smart-looking folding case that closed with a snap. They were available in two grades: soft and medium soft. I don’t know when they were first offered, but … Continue reading

Posted in Pencils | Tagged , , | 2 Comments