The top one in that first picture I had to keep just fort the size of it - large magic pencils are a commanding sight, and they don’t come around all that often. The imprint on the extender did my heart good to see, too:
That F in a shield signifieds Fairchild & Co., and I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for all things Fairchild due in part to the fact that my friend David Nishimura wrote a substantial piece of Fairchild which appeared in the last issue of the Pennant I edited (“Leroy W. Fairchild: The Little-Known History of a Well-Known Company,” Winter, 2016).
In the article, David indicates that after the shuttering of Leroy W. Fairchild’s operations in 1896 and subsequent takeover of the firm’s assets by a firm established by his son, Leroy C. Fairchild, another of Fairchild’s sons, Harry P. Fairchild, established a firm with Ephraim S. Johnson, Jr. (The son of another famous New York maker, Ephraim Johnson) in October, 1898. The firm, Fairchild & Johnson, used a hallmark of a F and a J inside a shield separated by a diagonal line.
The center pencil from that first picture has the Fairchild & Johnson mark:
After Ephraim apparently got bored with the enterprise and left to pursue other interests in 1905, the company name was changed to Fairchild & Co., and the J was deleted from the shield.
The lower pencil is unusual since it’s hexagonal - and like the first pencil, it has the Fairchild & Co. hallmark:
Then there was this other pencil in Fingerman’s stash, one that I just couldn’t bear to let slip away:
Such an interesting shape certainly calls to mind Fairchild & Johnson. Unfortunately, the hallmark isn’t very clear:
It looks like it might be the top of an F stamped on there, but without any shield around it. Or maybe it’s something else . . .