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Art Crayon Co.
New York, NY
1922 - 1962

 

Aliases

 

Art Crayon Co. Inc. 1922 - 1962

Sargent Art Inc. 1962 - 1966 (owned by Alleghany Pepsi Co)

Sargent Art Inc. 1966 - 1976 (owned by Mead Paper Corp).....see entry under Sargent Art Inc.

Sargent Art Inc. 1977 - 2006 (owner owned) .....see entry under Sargent Art Inc.

Sargent Art Inc. 2006 - Current (owned by Pidlite USA, Inc.) .....see entry under Sargent Art Inc.

 

American Color Works Inc., Belleville, NY (affiliate of Art Crayon Co.) 1924-1962

Sargent Colors Ltd., Toronto, Canada (affiliate of Art Crayon Co.) 1930-1962

 

Locations

 

New York, NY 1922 - 1950 (with a manufacturing factory in Brooklyn, NY

Hazleton, PA 1950 - 1962 (and current under Sargent Arts, Inc.)

 

History

 

Mack Lester opened Art Crayon Co. in 1922 with a headquarters office in New York and a manufacturing factory in Brooklyn, NY.  They trademarked their main crayon line, Sargent, in March of 1922 and came out with their initial crayon box featuring a paint palette and the trademark logo of a man framed in a circle. 

 

In the 1920s and 1930s they introduced several different crayons lines such as Gloria, Perfumed and Radiant.  Besides their flagship Sargent brand, several other brands became successful long enough to run a variety of crayon box designs under the brand name.  Brands such as Radiant, Gothic and Rainbow enjoyed some commercial success too.

 

In addition to their crayon company in New York, they also had two subsidiaries.  The American Color Works Inc. was located out of Belleville, NY and concerned itself with the wholesale color industry.  Sargent Colors Ltd. was a Toronto, Canada subsidiary used for international sales.  But by 1962 they were ripe for a buyout and Mead Paper was rapidly expanding in many directions and purchased them.  They changed their name to Sargent Art Inc. and operated as an affiliate under the Mead name.

 

Art Crayon Co. was under heat for unfair negotiations in dealing with an employee strike in 1956 where they were falsely threatening to move or close down in an attempt to negotiate lower rates for employees.

 

The recession of the 1970s didn't fare well for Mead Paper even though they had diversified across many different industries and they found themselves selling off acquisitions they had just purchased a few years earlier.  One of those was Sargent Art which was sold back into a family business in 1976.  By 1977 they were back in business and continued that way up until 2006 when they were again purchased

 

As for crayon products, Art Crayon's primary labels were the Sargent, Gothic and Rainbow.  They had other smaller crayon lines such as Diamond, Gloria, Perfumed and Radiant.  They were also known for featuring several shaped boxes with guard themes such as Sentry Guard, Color Guard and Guard House.

 

The crayons listed have the Art Crayon name on them while some of the brands continue on and are referenced under Sargent Art Inc. because they began to use that on their boxes.  I have also included the Bril-tone line.  They created these specifically for Bril-tone but they do have their Art Crayon Co. right on the front.  They also did a few that didn’t even have their company name on them.

 

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Known Crayon Boxes

 

Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

Bril-tone No 8-W

ARC0064

TFT

8

8

Orange

Border

Red rectangle for the Art Crayon ref

1930

8

$20

Bril-tone No 8-W

ARC0065

TFT

8

8

Gold

Border

No rectangle for the Art Crayon ref

1931

8

$20

Crayon Compact

ARC0079

WC

7

7

Green

Shield

Ornate décor on label

1920s

7

$25

Crayon Compact

ARC0080

WC

7

7

Red

Shield

Ornate décor on label

1920s

7

$25

Diamond No 8

ARC0037

TFT

8

8

Black

Sunburst

Black box, white sun burst design

1940s

8

$15

Giant

ARC0041

TBH

12

12

Blue

Tall Hanging

Tall box, blue, 2 large windows

1950s

7

$10

Giant

ARC0051

TBH

12

12

Blue

Tall Hanging

Tall box, blue, 2 large windows, No Roll

1950s

8

$12

Gloria

ARC0002

TFT

6

6

Blue

Girl, window

Girl with easel; window

1920s

9

$30

Gothic

ARC0003

ST

4

4

Blue

Four tips

Neon Blue with neon red lettering

1960s

5

$3

Gothic

ARC0069

TT

4

4

Blue,Yellow

Cursive logo

Blue/Yellow band

Unknown

6

$5

Gothic

ARC0052

TBT

4

4

Yellow,White

Cursive logo

Vertical White stripes in yellow

Unknown

7

$5

Gothic

ARC0050

TFT

6

6

Red

Crayon plaid

Orange/red with red label

Unknown

5

$3

Gothic

ARC0004

TFT

8

8

Red

Blue w dots

Orange/red with blue label

Unknown

4

$5

Gothic

ARC0030

TFT

8

8

Blue

Crayon plaid

Blue/White plaid design of crayons

Unknown

4

$3

Gothic

ARC0042

TFT

8

8

Blue,Yellow

Cursive logo

Blue/Yellow band

Unknown

5

$7

Gothic

ARC0067

TFT

8

8

Yellow,White

Cursive logo

Angled Text

Unknown

6

$7

Gothic

ARC0081

TFT

12

12

Red

Crayon plaid

Red/White plaid design of crayons

Unknown

8

$10

Gothic

ARC0005

TFT

16

16

Red

Blue w dots

Orange/red with blue label

Unknown

7

$10

Gothic

ARC0006

TFT

16

16

Red

Crayon plaid

Red/White plaid design of crayons

Unknown

6

$7

Gothic

ARC0007

RC

120

120

White

Large 120

White, black band at top; huge 120

Unknown

5

$10

Gothic No 5008

ARC0035

TFT

8

8

Blue,Gray

Castle

Blue and grey with castle

Unknown

4

$10

Gothic No 5008

ARC0008

TFT

8

8

Cream,Red

Castle

Red and Cream with castle

Unknown

5

$12

Gothic No 5016

ARC0034

TFT

16

16

Blue,Gray

Castle

Blue and grey with castle

Unknown

4

$10

Guard House

ARC0009

TBT

8

8

Red

Brick,2 Guards

Two guards on it and a window

Unknown

8

$25

Junior Artist

ARC0070

TFT

8

8

Blue

Window

Ornate scrolling and line border

Unknown

9

$20

Lumber No 5903 S

ARC0061

LID

1

12

Brown

Border Color

Generic black text

Unknown

7

$5

Perfumed No 408

ARC0046

TFT

8

8

Red

Girl at desk

Red box, girl at desk coloring

1930s

9

$30

Radiant

ARC0010

TFT

8

8

Green

Girl winking

Green with girl

1920s

8

$20

Radiant

ARC0072

TFT

8

8

Blue

Girl winking

Window, Arched lettering

1920s

9

$20

Radiant

ARC0011

TFT

16

16

Red

Diamond

Red, arched windows, diamond

Unknown

7

$10

Radiant

ARC0012

TFT

16

16

Red

Gold windows

Red, arched windows

Unknown

7

$10

Radiant

ARC0013

HBT

16

16

Red,White

Girl & Lamb

Red/White, girl & lamb

1940s

6

$15

Radiant No 5808

ARC0082

TFT

8

8

Red,White

2 windows

Curved windows at bottom

Unknown

9

$15

Rainbow No 8

ARC0044

TFT

8

8

Red

Sun

Red, White lettering, sunburst striping

1940s

6

$10

Rainbow

ARC0083

TFT

16

16

Red,White

Sunburst

Red, White lettering, sunburst striping, large C

1940

7

$20

Rainbow

ARC0028

TFT

16

16

Red,White

Sunburst

Red, White lettering, sunburst striping

1940s

7

$20

Rainbow

ARC0039

TFT

16

16

Multi-color

Circular

Multi-colored circular design, window

1950s

8

$20

Rainbow House

ARC0036

TFT

8

8

Multi-color

Boy,Girl,House

Shaped like house, girl at door, windows

1950s

8

$30

Robin Hood

ARC0029

HBT

8

8

Yellow,Black

Robin w arrow

Yellow; Robin Hood shooting arrow

1950s

5

$7

Robin Hood

ARC0066

HBT

64

88

White

Large 88

Rows of mock crayons below

1960s

8

$25

Robin Hood Giant

ARC0027

TFT

8

8

Red

Robin, Deer

Robin Hood with arrow; deer

1930s

8

$30

Robin Hood Giant

ARC0048

TFT

8

8

Red,Blue

Robin, window

Blue & Red; window; Robin with arrow

1940s

8

$20

Robin Hood Giant

ARC0055

LID

16

16

White

Crayons below

Crayons with black stripes lining bottom of lid

1950s

8

$15

Sargent

ARC0053

TFT

8

8

Blue

Palette

Man in middle with palette below

1922-1930

9

$30

Sargent

ARC0040

TFT

16

16

Black

Cursive logo

Black with window

Unknown

8

$5

Sargent

ARC0084

TFT

16

16

Blue,White

Cursive logo

CP, large 16 lower right

Unknown

6

$7

Sargent

ARC0014

TFT

24

24

Yellow

Blue Globe

Yellow, globe logo

Unknown

3

$3

Sargent

ARC0062

HT

64

64

Yellow

Cursive

American flag lower right, cursive

Unknown

5

$7

Sargent Best Buy

ARC0026

HBP

8

200

Yellow

8 Crayons

Yellow with black lettering

Unknown

8

$10

Sargent Drawing

ARC0015

TFT

16

16

Yellow

Circle Stripes

Yellow with white circular stripes

Unknown

5

$4

Sargent Fabric

ARC0047

LID

24

24

Gray

Thinker

Grey with large statue of "thinker"

Unknown

9

$10

Sargent Hexagon

ARC0016

LID

16

16

Peach

CP

Peach box, black lettering, CP logo

Unknown

8

$7

Sargent Hexagons No 5106

ARC0017

TFT

6

6

Blue,Yellow

Crayon Left

Yellow/Blue; crayon down left side

Unknown

6

$5

Sargent Hexagons No 5288

ARC0071

LID

8

8

Blue,Tellow

Crayon Left

Signature name, CP upper right

Unknown

7

$5

Sargent Hexagons

ARC0018

TFT

8

8

Blue,White

Angle Crayon

Blue box, crayon diagonal front, star back

Unknown

4

$3

Sargent Hexagons

ARC0019

HBT

8

8

Blue

Angle Crayon

Blue tin, crayon diagonal

Unknown

6

$7

Sargent Hexagons

ARC0021

LID

24

24

Blue

Angle Crayon

Blue box, crayon diagona, Globel

Unknown

8

$5

Sargent Hexagons

ARC0049

LID

32

32

Blue

Angle Crayon

Blue box, drayon diagonal, no shield upper right

Unknown

5

$5

<The> Sargent Item 360

ARC0076

LID

1

12

Brown

Line border

Green text

1920s

8

$15

Sargent Junior

ARC0020

RC

104

104

White

Globe logo

White, crayons bottom, globe logo

Unknown

6

$15

Sargent No 8

ARC0068

HBT

8

8

Orange

Shield

Black banner, line border

1930s

9

$30

Sargent No 8

ARC0059

TFT

8

8

Orange

Portrait

Columns right and left, ornate flap design

1930s

9

$30

Sargent No 5180

ARC0054

LID

1

12

Tan

Block letters

Red block letters

Unknown

7

$10

Sargent No 5188

ARC0022

LID

8

8

Black,Yellow

Crayon Left

Black and Yellow, crayon down left side

Unknown

4

$3

Sargent Pressed No 423

ARC0056

TFT

16

16

Unknown

Cursive logo

Block black design, cursive above

Unknown

7

$5

Sargent Pressed Hexagons

ARC0023

TFT

8

8

Blue,Yellow

Crayon Left

Yellow/Blue; crayon down left side

Unknown

3

$3

Sargent Pressed Hexagons

ARC0058

TFT

8

8

Yellow,Black

Crayon Left

No 22-0238, CP symbol

Unknown

4

$3

Sargent Scenic

ARC0057

LID

1

12

Tan,Black

Telescoping

Telescoping logo with black blocked design

Unknown

6

$10

Sargent Wash Off

ARC0024

TFT

8

8

White

Muted design

Crayon colors making vertical stripes

Unknown

6

$5

Sargent Wash Off

ARC0031

TFT

8

8

Multi-color

Diamonds

Red/Yellow/Blue diamond pattern

Unknown

3

$5

Sargent Wash Off

ARC0032

TFT

24

24

Multi-color

Diamonds

Red/Yellow/Blue diamond pattern

Unknown

3

$5

Sargent Wash Off

ARC0063

TBH

24

24

Yllow,Black

Geometric

Window, geometric shapes

Unknown

6

$15

Sargent Wash Off

ARC0073

TBH

24

24

Multcolor

Diamonds

Tall box, 2 windows with rows of crayons

Unknown

7

$15

Sargent Wash Off

ARC0075

TBH

24

24

Multicolor

Diamonds

Tall box, 2 windows, King Size above

Unknown

7

$15

Sargent Wash Off

ARC0043

HBP

48

48

Multicolor

Diamonds

Blue/Red triangle pattern on box

Unknown

6

$10

Sargent Wash Off

ARC0025

RR

64

64

Multicolor

Diamonds

Blue/Red triangle pattern on box

Unknown

4

$7

Season Greetings

ARC0077

TFT

8

8

Green

Lined Border

Santa with sleigh

Unknown

7

$10

Sentry-Box

ARC0001

TFT

5

5

Red

Guard,window

Has a Guard on it and a window

1930s

7

$20

Sentry-Box No 5834

ARC0038

TFT

6

6

Multicolor

Guard

Red/White/Blue; Sentry standing guard, no window

Unknown

8

$20

Sentry-Box No 6-5

ARC0045

TFT

6

6

Multicolor

Guard

Red/White/blue; Sentry standing guard

Unknown

8

$20

The Artist’s First Lesson No 416

ARC0060

LID

16

16

Red

Flower Corners

Woman sitting in chair

Unknown

8

$25

Victory

ARC0078

TT

8

8

Multicolor

House

Woman at doorway, kids

Unknown

9

$25

Walt Disney Magic Pictures

ARC0033

TFT

8

8

Red

Donald Duck

Red box, Donald white outline

Unknown

6

$10