Brand: A.W. Faber
Made in: USA
A very old Faber pencil, approx. 140 years old. Made in three different polishes. Apparently Eberhard Faber had its first US operations at 133 William St. NY until 1877. The address 718 & 720 Broadway etched on the reverse indicates it was made after 1877. The lead is square. In this case early 1880's sounds just about right!
The company was originally established in 1761 when a carpenter by the name of Kaspar Faber (1730-1784) opened a small pencil factory in Stein, Germany. The business was called “A.W. Faber” after his son, Anton Wilhelm Faber (1758-1819), who grew the company into a flourishing pencil manufacturer. In 1900, an heiress to the Faber fortune (granddaughter of Lothar Faber) married a count of Castell and the newly united A.W. Faber-Castell soon began producing a high-quality line of “Castell” drawing and copying pencils. The company has its headquarters in Stein to this day, now operating under the name Faber-Castell with 8,000 employees worldwide.