Made in: Russia
Pencil dates to 1941. This is a rare example of an early WWII Soviet pencil. Most of Europe was destroyed during the big war. Consequently pencils were as well.
Was known as A. Hammer Pencil Company until around 1930. Founder Armand Hammer was a shrewd American businessman and avid art collector who capitalized on personal relationships with top Soviet leadership, including Lenin himself. A New York Times article had this to say: "[Mr. Hammer] negotiates with them in their own language, using what a Russian diplomat tactfully described as “fluent but not entirely flawless Russian” acquired during his sojourn there from 1921 to 1930." However, after Stalin came to power, the foreign-owned pencil company was no longer welcomed on Soviet soil. Mr. Hammer was bought out, and the company became Sacco & Vanzetti Pencil Factory.