Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Fabers That Slipped Under The Radar

In general, between Joe, Mike and I, we were pretty successful in obtaining the key pencils we wanted from Tanya Hile’s listings. But when it came to anything made by Eberhard Faber, all three of us were generally skunked; someone out there in cyberland likes their Fabers, even more than the three of us did. And it wasn’t just one person – several different bidders were really liking the Fabers! So while I’ve got a lot of weird and wonderful things to show you, I don’t have much in the Faber department.

Not much, that is, that’s actually marked Faber . . . Take this one, for example:

It has a finely detailed tip and interesting machine work on the barrel:

But the only markings are around the nose:

"Pat. Jne 7 1910." The reference is to patent number 960,588, applied for by Egon L. Schmitz on December 21, 1909 and assigned – you guessed it – to Faber Pencil Company of Brooklyn, New York:

Note that, just like the Faber Pony Clip (see articles posted January 10 and April 6), this one has a metal nose that clamps down around a wooden inner body. Sort of like . . .

This one is actually a wood pencil wrapped in a waxy paper. You can still barely read "Colonia" followed by a couple other characters:

One end of the pencil is finished with a simple metal cap; at the other end is a metal nose that screws down over wooden jaws to secure the lead:

And in case you harbor any doubt, compare the noses on the Colonia with that on the 1910 patent Faber:

That settles it for me!


eddbagenal said...

Just found this post- thanks for sharing. Wanted to help out with some extra info- I have the pencil in the first image also! My one has a metal cap, embossed with EBERHARD FABER MAGAZINE. Takes a 2.4 mm lead, just like the Pony Clip. Let me know if you would like some images.

eddbagenal said...

Images here: https://flic.kr/p/XYkcsR