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Steamboat No. 2

Brand: A.W. Faber

Made in: USA

A very old Faber pencil dating to the late 1800's. Apparently Eberhard Faber had its first US opertions at 133 William St. NY until 1877. Depicted above is the front and reverse of the same pencil. The lead is square. I've seen Railroad pencils before, but never a Steamboat pencil.

About A.W. Faber

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.