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Caran D'Ache
Geneva, Switzerland
1924 - Current

Aliases

 

Caran D’Ache

 

Locations                                                                                         

 

Geneva, Swizterland

 

History

 

CaranDAche.jpg

 

Caran d’Ache was created by Arnold Schweitzer in Switzerland.  He was already into art products as early as 1915 but formally opened his company in 1924.  The name Caran d’Ache came to be because a leading artist of the time was a Russian, Emmanuel Poiré, and in his native tongue “Karandash” meant pencil.  It was possible that neither he nor Arnold Schweitzer knew the true origins of the word which comes from the Turkish “kara tash” meaning “black stone”; the  natural pigment that makes marks. It is graphite, the material that helped to develop drawing and writing and is so valuable for artists and for Caran d’Ache pencils.

 

They expanded into crayon products later on and created quality artist crayons under the Neocolor product name.  It is unclear exactly when that expansion started.

 

Known Crayon Boxes

 

Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

Electric Blackboard

CDA0006

ST

5

5

Red

3 crayons

Red with Black design, 3 crayons

1990s

5

$3

Neocolor I

CDA0001

SP

10

10

Red

Mock tips

Mock tips, 1 green crayon

2000s

2

$3

Neocolor I

CDA0004

SP

15

15

Red

Mock tips

Mock tips, 1 green crayon, AP logo

2000s

2

$3

Neocolor I

CDA0008

SP

10

10

Blue

Scene

Mountain scene, blue crayon, mock tips

2010s

1

$3

Neocolor II

CDA0011

HBT

16

16

Multicolor

Mock tips

Fish with paint brush

1970s

7

$15

Neocolor II

CDA0002

SP

15

15

Blue

Scene

Mountain scene, blue crayon, mock tips

2010s

1

$3

Neocolor II

CDA0003

SP

30

30

Blue

Scene                          

Mountain scene, blue crayon, mock tips

2010s

1

$5

Neocolor II

CDA0009

SP

84

84

Blue

Scene

Mountain scene, blue crayon, mock tips

2010s

1

$7

Neocolor II

CDA0010

LID

126

126

Blue

Scene

Mountain scene, blue crayon, mock tips

2010s

1

$10

Neopastel

CDA0007

SP

48

48

Gray,Brown

Wood,Cement

Gray pastel, wood above, cement below

2000s

2

$5

St. Gotthard

CDA0005

HBT

18

18

Green

Chariot pic

Horses, chariot pic

1990s

4

$7

 

Photos

 

 

Caran D'Ache Neocolor 1 - 10 colors.jpg

 

 

Caran D'Ache Neocolor II - 15 colors.jpg

 

Caran D'Ache Neocolor II - 30 colors.jpg

CDA0001

CDA0002

CDA0003

 

 

Neocolor1 - 15 colors.jpg

 

 

St. Gotthard - 18 colors.jpg

 

Electric Blackboard - 5 colors.jpg

CDA0004

CDA0005

CDA0006

 

 

Neopastel - 48 colors.jpg

 

 

Neocolor I - 10 colors.jpg

 

Neocolor II - 84 colors.jpg

CDA0007

CDA0008

CDA0009

 

 

Neocolor II - 126 colors.jpg

 

CDA0010

CDA0011