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A.W. Faber-Castell
Stein, German
1761 - Current

Aliases or Other Company Names

 

Eberhard Faber (subsidiary from 1849 - 1903)

 

Locations

 

Stein, Germany (near Nuremberg)

 

History

 

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Faber-Castell is the oldest company to have made crayons that is still in operation.  They weren't first in making them but their origins as a company date back to 1761 when a cabinet make named Caspar Faber started his pencil company in Stein, Germany (near Nuremberg).  The company remained small until a fourth generation Faber, Lothar von Faber, took the reins.  Just as Crayola would do for crayons years later, Lothar did for Faber by creating the first branded pencils in the world back in the 1830s.  He was also responsible for the hexagon shape of a pencil to prevent rolling.

 

His son, Eberhard Faber went to the USA and opened a subsidiary under his own name.  By the 1880s Eberhard would split off and run his company separately as a USA based company and they formally separated in 1903.  Back in Stein, Germany, when Lothar died in 1896 there wasn't another family member to easily pass the business to and it wasn't until Lothar's granddaughter, Baroness Ottie von Faber, married into the Castell name that a new company was born in 1900.  Running as Faber-Castell, they competed with Eberhard Faber in the USA market up until WWI when in 1918 the company was auctioned off as a part of the declared enemy properties act that allowed subsidiery companies in the United States that were of German origin to be liquidated.  In Stein the company got passed down from royal to royal and continues to this day.  They reopened the Faber-Castell name in the USA in 1957.

 

During all this time, crayons played a secondary role in the Faber's interests but it was a historic role nontheless.  They were one of the very first to fill pencils with colored wax instead of leads.  While these were referred to as crayons, they don't necessarily adhere to the modern definition of a wax crayon which is entirely composed of wax, not surrounded by a wooden pencil outer.

 

There are some older examples of their dabblings into the traditional wax crayon market but for the most part they stuck with pencils and pens among other product.  Today they offer a wide selection of traditional crayon products.

 

Known Crayon Boxes

 

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Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

A.W. Faber

AFC0032

TL

12

12

Black

Writing

1980s

9

$20

A.W. Faber No 12

AFC0034

VS

12

12

White

Line Border

French text,. border

1890s

9

$30

A.W. Faber No 4082

AFC0013

VS

12

12

White

Border

French text,. border

1890s

9

$30

A.W. Faber Lumber

AFC0014

LID

1

12

Red

Border

White Border, NJ

1960s

8

$10

A.W. Faber Lumber

AFC0032

LID

1

12

Black

Border

White Border, NJ

1960s

8

$10

Faber-Castell

AFC0001

TBH

12

12

Red

Crayon Upper right

Red box, caterpillar, window

2000s

2

$3

Faber-Castell

AFC0006

TBH

12

12

Red

White Diagonal Band

Red box, girl and cow, 2 windows

2000s

2

$3

Faber-Castell

ABC0015

TBH

12

12

Red

Oval squiggle upper right

Red box, boy, house

2010s

2

$3

Faber-Castell

ABC0035

TT

24

24

Red

Oval squiggle upper right

Mock crayons, clown drawing, tip

2010s

2

$3

Faber-Castell

AFC0002

TBH

26

26

Red

Crayon Upper right

Red box, caterpillar, window

2000s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Beeswax

AFC0016

TBH

12

12

Red

White Logo above name

Red box, two bees, 2 crayons

2010s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Beeswax

AFC0036

CPH

12

12

Red

White Logo above name

Red box, bee holding crayons

2010s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Beeswax

AFC0008

TBH

24

24

Red

White Logo above name

Red box, two bees, 2 crayons

2010s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Chublets

AFC0018

LFT

96

96

Red

White Logo above name

Red box, Elephant, umbrella

2000s

2

$5

Faber-Castell ECO Wax

AFC0019

TBH

8

8

Red

Sharpener Upper right

Red box, mock window

2010s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Erasable

AFC0020

LID

15

15

Red

Two crayons upper right

Red box, house, tirangular grip logo

2010s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Erasable

AFC0021

TBH

24

24

Red

Oval squiggle upper right

Red box, butterfly, flowers

2010s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Erasable

AFC0010

TBH

25

25

Red

Count Upper Right

Red box, House, pond, boat, 2 crayons

2000s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Erasable

AFC0022

LID

25

25

Red

Two crayons upper right

Red box, House, pond, boat, 2 crayons

2010s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Erasable Jumbo

AFC0012

TBH

12

12

Red

Round logo upper right

Red, box, Ergonomic symbol, crayon tips hanging

2010s

2

$3

Faber-Castell First Grip

AFC0023

TBH

6

6

Red

Yellow medal upper right

Red box, tall window

2000s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Jumbo

AFC0003

TBH

12

12

Red

Crayon Upper right

Red box, kids toys, window

2000s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Jumbo

AFC0025

TBH

12

12

Red

Oval squiggle upper right

Red box, clown

2010s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Jumbo

AFC0026

TBH

12

12

Red

Two crayons upper right

Red box, elephant

2010s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Jumbo

AFC0024

TBH

12

12

Red

Blue/White round upper right

Red box, bee boy

2010s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Jumbo Triangular

AFC0030

TBH

24

24

Red

White Logo above name

Red box, tiger

2000s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Metallic

AFC0004

TBH

12

12

Red

Crayon Upper right

Red box, space scene, window

2000s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Metallic

AFC0037

LID

15

15

White

Castell Logo above

Row of crayons

2010s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Oil Pastels

AFC0027

HPC

48

48

White

Red label, round logo

Red label, round logo upper right, bird

2010s

2

$5

Faber-Castell Sample Pack

AFC0007

TFT

4

4

Red

White Logo above name

Red box, blue crayon & drawing

2000s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Short Jumbo

AFC0009

TBH

15

15

Red

White Logo above name

Red box, Green label with window

2000s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Short Jumbo

AFC0017

TBH

15

15

Red

White Logo above name

Red box, Green label with window

2010s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Street Marking

AFC0028

TBH

6

6

Red

White Logo above name

Mock window, kid

2010s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Triangular

AFC0029

TBH

12

12

Red

White Logo above name

Mock window, simple triangle logo

2000s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Triangular Grip

AFC0011

TBH

24

24

Red

Three Crayons Upper right

Red Box, fanned crayon with hand holding one

2010s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Watercolor

AFC0005

TBH

12

12

Red

Crayon Upper right

Red box, underwater scene

2000s

2

$3

Faber-Castell Watercolor

AFC0031

TBH

15

15

Red

White Logo above name

Red box, fish

2010s

2

$3

Pitt No 2899

AFC0039

HBT

1

12

Gold

Black Text

One crayon

1950s

8

$10

Pitt No 2941

AFC0038

LID

4

4

Cream,Green

Faber Castell logo

Green line border below, Green above

1950s

8

$7

Rainbow Gem

AFC0040

HBT

8

8

Multicolor

Label on metal

Outdoor scene painting, rainbow

Unknown

9

$15

Thermochrom

AFC0041

TT

18

18

Red,White

Faber-Castell logo

Window, one crayon

1990s

6

$5

Tiger Pastel

AFC0042

HBT

8

8

Black

Gold Tiger

Line borders, gold text

Unknown

8

$30