My Collection – Photos and Commentary

A. W. Faber Castell 9000 Varieties

Not 9000 varieties, but still a lot.  This famous brand began in 1905 and continues to this day.  These are from before 1993, when the A.W. was removed. 

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I have others too: without paint, variations of the back side, minor variations in lettering, and an anniversary edition.

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4 responses

  1. erstens/André

    This is my brand ;) Well done, the oldest at first. Pre 1914 (afaIk) without the scale, then the three rope scale (1914-1939). Then the two rope scale. But there are more newer ones, also before 1993. And mixing German and US produced Faber pencils or boxes is a bit risky sometimes because the signes, I can date the pencils have been used differently in the US. The round (red) circle behind the A.W: is allways a 1930′s pencils. But only if made in Germany. A red oval behind the A.W: on a US Faber pruduct can be made much later (in the 1960′s).

    May 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    • Thanks for that information, André. I’m not surprised that there are even more. If there any here that you don’t have, it’s interesting to think about putting together, temporarily, a master set of “all” varieties and photographing them together. Not a virtual set. I’m talking about having them all together physically, arranged in a meaningful way. That would be cool. And this year is the 250th anniversary of the Faber-Castell company, right?

      I’m sure I’m not the first collector to have this sort of fantasy, of Über collectors of a thing pooling their wares to create “complete” sets to admire. I use the quotes because, if it’s a truly interesting collectible, there is always the possibility that yet another variety will eventually turn up!

      May 12, 2011 at 10:47 pm

  2. erstens/André

    You are right, Faber Castell has lunched exhibitions around the world. This month in Berlin Germany in the biggest and best known department store KaDeWe. Other months in other German towns.
    All Castell 9000 together at one place sounds good. I think I can not post pictures here but I will try to put all together I have. There are some difficulties with it. (I can tell you).
    That remembers me to get to see the exhibition! But not tomorrow since it’s my birthday.

    May 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm

  3. Kevin

    Shame the FC 9000′s produced in their Malaysian facility have no country of origin stamped on them. Personally I prefer the dark green of recent 9000′s but nevertheless some great history in your photo. Thanks for sharing.

    August 13, 2011 at 11:35 pm

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