Brand: A.W. Faber
Made in: USA
A very old square lead Faber pencil dating to the late 1800's. Eberhard Faber had its first US operations at 133 William St. NY until 1877 which is labeled as such on the reverse of the pencil. I've seen Railroad pencils before, but never a Steamboat pencil.
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.