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American Centennial

In honor of the recent 238th anniversary of the American Declaration of Independence in 1776, I present to you a very special pencil produced for the 100th anniversary in 1876. 

Appropriately, it is Centennial, from the American Lead Pencil Company.

The pencil is triangular, with red, white, and blue sides: 

CentennialCentennial CoCentennial blue

Centennial Triangular

It shows a patent date of 1873:

Centennial close

I also have this Centennial 1876 made somewhat later by Dixon.  But in my opinion, it’s not quite as nice:

Dixon Centennial

Wallace

Wallace Pencil Company, Missouri, USA (acquired by Dixon in 1982) —

Graphite and copying brands:

Wallace, Graphite and Copying

Colored:

Wallace, Colored

Sussner Nopitsch Glocken Bell

From Georg Büttner’s site about German pencil companies in the Nuremberg area, here’s what I gather (imperfectly — I don’t speak German) about the relationship between these companies:

G.W. Sussner founded a pencil company in 1846. Moritz Nopitsch founded a company in 1861, which was passed on to his son Gebrüder Nopitsch.  Nopitsch and Sussner were joined in 1900. In 1925, the company was named Glocken (in English, Bell); the name was acquired from another company named Glocken.  (Was that whole company acquired?)

Sussner:

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M. Nopitsch:

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M. Nopitsch and Sussner:

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Gebrüder Nopitsch:

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Glocken:

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Bell:

Bell

Some of the older hexagonal pencils have what appears to be factory sharpening in the form of six facets —

Facet Sharpened

Staedtler USA

J.S. Staedtler is another (see Swan) German pencil company that had a manufacturing subsidiary in the United States.  Hackensack and Monteville, New Jersey, are locations mentioned on the pencils. 

Brands:

Staedtler USA

Some of the brands have German counterparts, while many (Competitive, Deadline, Pinstripe, and others) are only American, as far as I know.

Round Mirado

A round Eagle Mirado, paired with the hexagonal version:

Round and Hex Mirado 174

While it’s fairly common for a particular brand of pencil to be made in different forms, usually the models are given different product numbers (Mongol 480 and 482, for example).  Here, both are 174.

Wrong

From time to time I’ll be exhibiting pencils with errors or odd features, grouped into categories, of course.  This post will feature problems with pencil tips. 

But does “tip” refer to the end of the pencil that may have an eraser (its usual meaning), or to the sharpened end (which seems better described)?  The ambiguity of this term has always bugged me.  I will mean the former, usually.

Missing ferrule:

Missing Ferrule

Wrong end:

Wrong End Pairs

Wrong End Ferrule

Wrong color:

Stabilo-micro Swan

Mallard

Mallard Pencil Company, Georgetown, Kentucky.

Brands:

Mallard Pencil Co.

Pencils Advertising Advertising Pencils

Some advertising pencils advertise themselves as models of ad pencils available from suppliers.  They often have a brand name and product number, but collectors don’t consider them to be “brand-name” pencils. —

Ad Pencil Models

Here are wood-toned types:

Natural Wood Tone

These show some companies that produced ad pencils:

Ad Pencil Companies

Indiana Pencil Co and Union Pencil Co also made brand-name pencils, as shown in my Obscure U.S. Pencil Companies post.  Pencil Specialty Company was a division of American Pencil Co.  It is often ambiguous whether or not specific pencil suppliers did more than the printing, but its pencil confirms that Wilkerson-Akers did manufacture pencils.  Note that Cincinnati Pencil Company was located in Nitro, West Virginia.

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