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American Pencil Co.
New York, NY
1864 - Current

Aliases or Other Company Names

 

American Lead Pencil Company (1864-1885)

American Pencil Company (1885-1956)

Venus Pen and Pencil (1956-1967)

Venus-Esterbrook (1967-1971)

Berol (1971-1973)

Faber-Castell (1973-1994)

Sanford Corporation (1994-Current) through Newell Rubbermaid

 

History

 

The American Pencil Company was founded by Edward Weissenborn.  Mr. Weissenborn came to America in 1854 with the intent on establishing a pencil company having learned the trade in Germany working for the I.I. Renbach Lead Pencil Company.  He started the American Pencil Company in 1864 in Jersey City Heights, NJ.  In 1885 he sold off the company to the Reckford family to pursue his passion for Naval Engineering.  His family started up another pencil company in 1889 when his son, Oscar Weissenborn, opened the “Pencil Exchange” in Jersey City, NJ.  In 1923 they renamed the company to the General Pencil Co. which still operates today under the Weissenborn family.

 

The Reckford Family continued the operation of American Pencil Company and they stayed under that name until 1956 when they changed it to Venus Pen and Pencil.  In 1967 they became Venus-Esterbrook through mergers.  In 1971 they were bought out by Berol who then got acquired by Faber-Castell USA in 1973 and were ultimately brought in under the Sanford Corporation during another buyout/merger while part of the overall parent company, Newell Rubbermaid.

 

American Pencil, like Eagle Pencil, was one of the earliest producers of wax crayons in the United States.  It helped to establish that when a wooden canister surfaced that used their original name, “American Lead Pencil” which they changed in 1885. Their known canisters and boxes all look to be in that turn-of-the-century design with the exception of a Lone Ranger set that surfaced recently.  The surviving examples from this company now show that they were making wax crayons prior to 1885 but also well into the 1920s.

 

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Known Crayon Boxes

 

Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

Always Be Careful School House Pencil Case

APC0024

CWB

5

5

Blue

Scene

Baby in pic

1940s

9

$40

Always Be Careful School House Pencil Case

APC0093

CWB

5

5

Blue

Scene

Baby in pic

1940s

9

$40

American Lead Pencil High Grade

APC0006

WC

14

14

White,Black,Red

Black Band

Red text, white text

Pre-1886

9

$100

American Pencil No 121

APC0001

WC

7

7

Blue

Picture

Young boy

Est 1900-1916

9

$70

American Pencil No 121

APC0003

WC

7

7

Green

Picture

Young girl

Est 1900-1916

9

$70

American Pencil No 121

APC0007

WC

7

7

White

Picture

Young girl, no text

Est 1900-1916

9

$70

American Pencil No 753

APC0107

LID

24

12

Unknown

Large Window

Double-sided with holders

1912

10

$50

American Sports Pencil Box

APC0084

CWB

4

4

Green

Circle

Sports Activities

1940s

7

$15

At the Fair Pencil Box

APC0103

CWB

4

4

Blue

Scene

Ferris Wheel

1930s

7

$15

Aurora No 129

APC0002

WC

8

8

White,Blue

Text Label

Shield

Est 1900-1916

9

$50

Aurora No 5015

APC0023

HT

24

24

White

2 Sections

Orange/Black top, no 24

1910s

9

$30

Aurora No 5015/24

APC0024

HT

24

24

White

2 Sections

Orange/Black top, 24

1910s

9

$30

Aviation Pencil Box

APC0085

CWB

4

4

Maroon

Scene

Plane

1940s

7

$15

Boys and Girls of the World School 020

APC0008

LID

12

2

Green

Globe

Lots of kids

Unknown

9

$30

Buck Rogers Pencil Case

APC0025

CWB

4

4

Blue

Scene

Space Battle

1930s

7

$25

Buck Rogers Pencil Case

APC0026

CWB

4

4

Green

Scene

Space Battle

1930s

7

$25

Buck Rogers Pencil Case

APC0027

CWB

4

4

Orange

Scene

Space Battle

1930s

7

$25

Buck Rogers Pencil Case

APC0028

CWB

4

4

Red

Scene

Space Battle

1930s

7

$25

Buck Rogers Pencil Case

APC0016

CWB

4

4

Red

Scene

Buck Rogers space tank

1936

7

$25

Buck Rogers Pencil Case

APC0029

CWB

4

4

Blue

Scene

Buck Rogers floating

1936

7

$25

Buck Rogers Pencil Case

APC0030

CWB

4

4

Gray

Scene

Buck Rogers floating

1936

7

$25

Buck Rogers Pencil Case

APC0017

CWB

4

4

Green,Yellow

Scene

Buck Rogers floating

1936

7

$25

Buck Rogers Pencil Case

APC0031

CWB

4

4

Green,Red

Scene

Buck Rogers floating

1936

7

$25

Buck Rogers Pencil Case

APC0019

CWB

4

4

Red

Scene

Buck Rogers floating

1936

7

$25

Buck Rogers Pencil Case

APC0033

CWB

4

4

Blue

Scene

Buck Rogers with Giant

1930s

7

$25

Buck Rogers Pencil Case

APC0034

CWB

4

4

Red

Scene

Buck Rogers with Giant

1930s

7

$25

Buck Rogers Pencil Case

APC0035

CWB

4

4

Blue

Scene

Helmet monster

1930s

7

$25

Buck Rogers Pencil Case

APC0036

CWB

4

4

Red

Scene

Helmet monster

1930s

7

$25

Buck Rogers Pencil Case

APC0037

CWB

4

4

Blue

Scene

Large head

1930s

7

$25

Buck Rogers Pencil Case

APC0038

CWB

4

4

Red

Scene

Large head

1930s

7

$25

Buck Rogers Pencil Case

APC0039

CWB

4

4

White

Scene

Large head

1930s

7

$25

Buck Rogers Pencil Case

APC0020

CWB

4

4

Blue

Scene

Buck Rogers cycles

1936

7

$25

Buck Rogers Pencil Case

APC0040

CWB

4

4

Blue

Scene

Surrounded

1930s

7

$25

Buck Rogers Pencil Case

APC0041

CWB

4

4

Green

Scene

Surrounded

1930s

7

$25

Buck Rogers Pencil Case

APC0042

CWB

4

4

Red

Scene

Sword Fighting

1930s

7

$25

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0043

CWB

4

4

Brown

Scene

3 faces

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0044

CWB

4

4

Green

Scene

3 faces

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0045

CWB

4

4

Red

Scene

3 faces

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0051

CWB

4

4

Green

Same colored text

Boat fishing

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0047

CWB

4

4

Gray

Same colored text

Boat fishing

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0048

CWB

4

4

Red

Same colored text

Boat fishing

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0050

CWB

4

4

Blue

Diff Colored Text

Boat fishing

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0049

CWB

4

4

Red

Diff Colored Text

Boat fishing

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0021

CWB

4

4

Blue

Scene

Broadcasting

1935

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0054

CWB

4

4

Brown

Scene

Broadcasting

1935

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0055

CWB

4

4

Green

Scene

Broadcasting

1935

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0046

CWB

4

4

Red

Scene

Blocks

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0059

CWB

4

4

Red

Scene

Map

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0060

CWB

4

4

Blue

Line Border

Marching

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0061

CWB

4

4

Blue,White

Line Border

Marching

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0062

CWB

4

4

Green

Line Border

Marching

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0063

CWB

4

4

Green,White

Line Border

Marching

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0064

CWB

4

4

Red

Line Border

Marching

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0065

CWB

4

4

Red,White

Line Border

Marching

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0052

CWB

4

4

Yellow

Scene

Multi Cat With Bottle

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0056

CWB

4

4

Orange

Scene

Multi Cat With Coffee Cup

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0058

CWB

4

4

Orange

Scene

Multi Cat With Golf Club

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0057

CWB

4

4

Yellow

Scene

Multi Cat With Drums

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0066

CWB

4

4

Blue

Line Border

Music

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0067

CWB

4

4

Green

Line Border

Music

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0068

CWB

4

4

Red

Line Border

Music

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0069

CWB

4

4

Green

Line Border

Scarecrow

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0070

CWB

4

4

Red

Line Border

Scarecrow

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0071

CWB

4

4

Red

Line Border

School Supplies

1930s

9

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0072

CWB

4

4

Blue

Line Border

Roller skating

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0073

CWB

4

4

Green

Line Border

Roller skating

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0074

CWB

4

4

Red

Line Border

Roller skating

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0075

CWB

4

4

Blue

Scene

Swing Time

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0076

CWB

4

4

Green

Scene

Swing Time

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0077

CWB

4

4

Red

Scene

Swing Time

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0078

CWB

4

4

Black

Scene

School Companion

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0079

CWB

4

4

Green

Scene

School Companion

1930s

8

$30

Felix the Cat Pencil Case

APC0018

CWB

4

4

Red

Scene

Weiner Dog

1937

8

$30

George Washington Pencil Box

APC0086

CWB

4

4

Green

Flag

Washington in oval

1940s

7

$15

High Grade

APC0015

WC

14

14

Dark Red

Blue Band

White label

1910s

9

$50

Jr Rodeo Pencil Case

APC0080

CWB

4

4

Red

Scene

Horse kicking

1930s

8

$30

Junior Rodeo

APC0081

CWB

4

4

Green

Scene

Dog, Rodeo

1930s

8

$30

Lone Ranger Pencil Case

APC0032

CWB

4

4

Brown

Scene

Lone Ranger roping outlaw

1920s

9

$20

Lone Ranger Pencil Case

APC0005

CWB

4

4

Black, Red

Sheriff badge

Badge

1920s

9

$20

Lone Ranger Pencil Case

APC0088

CWB

4

4

Blue

Banner

Badge

1920s

9

$20

Lone Ranger Pencil Case

APC0087

CWB

4

4

Blue

Sheriff badge

Badge, Hi-Yo Silver

1920s

9

$20

Lone Ranger Pencil Case

APC0053

CWB

4

4

Red

Embossed border

Hi-Yo Silver

1920s

9

$20

Lone Ranger Pencil Case

APC0090

CWB

4

4

Green

Scene

Riding silver

1920s

9

$20

Lone Ranger Pencil Case

APC0083

CWB

4

4

Blue

Circle

Riding silver

1920s

9

$20

Lone Ranger Pencil Case

APC0089

CWB

4

4

Green

Scene

Cactus

1920s

9

$20

Lone Ranger Pencil Case

APC0082

CWB

4

4

Red

Scene

Cactus

1920s

9

$20

Lone Ranger Pencil Kit

APC0091

CWB

4

4

Green

Scene

Silver on 2 legs

1920s

9

$20

Natural History Pencil Case

APC0092

CWB

4

4

Blue

Scene

Animals

1930s

9

$20

Polo

APC0094

CWB

4

4

Blue

Ornate Border

Polo player

1930s

7

$15

Postal Box Pencil Case

APC0095

CWB

4

4

Green

Line Border

5 scenes

1920s

9

$20

Presidents of the United States Pencil Case

APC0096

CWB

4

4

Blue

Line Border

Capitol Building

1920s

9

$20

Progress Pencil Case

APC0104

CWB

4

4

Dark Red

Angled Banner

Train

1930s

9

$20

School Crayons No 20

APC0009

LID

12

12

White

Red Border

Red & Green Banners

Est 1900s

8

$40

School Companion

APC0097

CWB

4

4

Red

Scene

Native American Head

1930s

9

$20

School No 119

APC0010

LID

6

6

Pink

Line Border

Woman w red dress

1890s

7

$30

School No 119

APC0011

LID

6

6

Pink

Line Border

Boy with Hat

1890s

7

$30

School No 797

APC0012

LID

6

6

Red

Line Border

Woman w necklace

1890s

8

$40

Spirit of St. Louis Pencil Case

APC0105

CWB

4

4

Red

Scene

Airplane, blimp

1920s

7

$20

Students Pencil Set

APC0106

CWB

4

4

Orange

Scene

City with bridge

1930s

7

$20

Superman  Pencil Case

APC0098

CWB

4

4

Maroon

Line Border

Superman flying

1930s

7

$70

Superman  Pencil Case

APC0099

CWB

4

4

Blue

City Skyline

Superman flying

1930s

7

$70

Superman  Pencil Case

APC0100

CWB

4

4

Maroon

City Skyline

Superman flying

1930s

7

$70

Superman  Pencil Case

APC0101

CWB

4

4

Red

Line Border

Superman flying

1930s

7

$70

The 3 Rs Pencil Case

APC0014

CWB

4

4

Red

Banner

3 Books

1920s

8

$30

U.S. Presidents Pencil Case

APC0102

CWB

4

4

Red

Line Border

Presidents, shield, eagle

1920s

7

$15

Wax Crayons

APC0004

TFT

7

7

Tan, Red

Ornate

Banners

Est 1900-1916

6

$30

Yellow Lumber Crayon No 769

APC0013

LID

1

12

Black

Generic

Yellow label, black text

1930s

9

$10