Brand: A.W. Faber
Made in: USA
A very old Faber pencil, approx. 137 years old to be exact. 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! NOTE: The bottom black model in the gallery pic is available to purchase here.
The company was originally established in 1761 when a carpenter by the name of Kaspar Faber (1730-1784) opened a small pencil factory in the town of Stein, Germany. The business was named "A.W. Faber" after his son, Anton Wilhelm Faber (1758-1819). After his father’s death, Anton grew the company into a flourishing pencil manufacturer. In 1906, the heiress to the Faber castle married a 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.