Brand: Joseph Dixon
Made in: USA
Cedar finish with a crucible logo and square lead are clear indications this is a late 1800's pencil. NOTE: The top pencil is complete while the bottom cross section of another pencil's insides. Great insight into an early American pencil. The lead is rectangular verses modern day round. The powered white substance appears to be the glue that once held it together.
Began as the "Joseph Dixon Crucible Company" (Joseph Dixon: 1799-1869) with its main manufacturing facility in Jersey City, New Jersey. Dixon was an inventor who received patents in 1850 for the use of graphite crucibles in pottery and steel manufacturing. He died in 1869. Dixon’s son-in-law, Orestes Cleveland, took over as president of the company in 1858. Cleveland served as both mayor of Jersey City as well as a short stint in the U.S. House of Representatives (1869-1871). In 1873 the company bought the American Graphite Company located in Ticonderoga, New York, and in 1913 began integrating the name into its brand as "Dixon Ticonderoga." In 2005, Dixon Ticonderoga was acquired by Italian-based FILA.
Learn more about the company’s long history at dixonusa.com. Also check out my blog post about the famed Dixon Ticonderoga.