E. Wolff & Son – Compressed Lead pencils

I'd planned on writing about E Wolff & Sons' 'Pure Cumberland Lead' pencils next, but a last-minute change and today's post is about the rather fine E Wolff & Son Manufacturers, 'Compressed Lead' pencils instead. All advertisements I have come across for this model date from the 1860s, so let’s go with around 1868 or... Continue Reading →

Staedtler 275th anniversary pencils

In 1937 Staedtler had their 275th anniversary, and with that, they released a range of '275 years' branded pencils across the range.  They also produced a 275 years anniversary book, which you can still pick up from specialist book sellers (although its published in German in case that matters). I don't really have much history... Continue Reading →

Ann Banks Pencils – Part 1 of 2

Banks is a surname you really should know if you want to understand pencil making history, with Jacob, Joseph and Ann all playing significant parts in the development of the pencil industry at Keswick. This post focuses on Ann, who in my opinion, is one of the most important female figures in pencil making history... Continue Reading →

E Wolff & Sons’ Patent Limnoscope

This post is a slight segue from my normal 'pencil specific' posts, towards a 'pencil-adjacent' post. I don't intend on doing this too often, however, should I come across something manufactured and/or marketed by any of my favourite pencil makers, it might find its way onto this blog. I have highlighted my penchant for all... Continue Reading →

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