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Eberhard Faber Company
New York, NY
1861 - Present

Aliases and Other Company Names

 

A.W. Faber Company 1761 - 1898

Faber-Castell 1898-1902

E. Faber Pencil Company 1898 - 1904

Eberhard Faber Pencil Company 1904 - 1987

Faber-Castell 1898-1902, 1987 - Current

 

History

 

Eberhard Faber.jpgThe Eberhard Faber Pencil Company was one of the earliest to adapt to the new medium of crayons.  Originally the A.W. Faber Company, the renamed Eberhard Faber Pencil Company was founded by Eberhard Faber (1822-1879) in 1861 in New York. Johann Lothar's youngest son, Eberhard Faber (1822-1829), came to the United States in 1848.  He settled in New York City, and by 1850, had opened a store selling pencils and other stationery items in Manhattan.  In 1861, Faber opened the American manufacturing branch of A.W. Faber, in a factory close to the East River, near 42nd Street, where the United Nations now stands.  It was the first pencil factory opened in the United States.  After a fire destroyed the original factory in 1872, they moved their location to the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn.  The original New York City office of A.W. Faber Company was located at 133 William Street in Manhattan. 

 

When Eberhard Faber died on March 2, 1879, his sons Eberhard II (John) and Lothar W. took over the management of the company. After years of conflict between the German and U.S. branches of the company, the U.S. branch split ties with A.W. Faber Company in 1902. First incorporated as E. Faber Pencil Company in 1898 and finally as Eberhard Faber Pencil Company in 1904, the factory in Greenpoint grew to envelop two square city blocks bounded by Greenpoint Avenue, West Street, Java Street, and Franklin Street. In 1923, a new six-story building was also added. By 1924, Eberhard Faber Pencil Company had sales offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Dallas. The factory remained at its Greenpoint location until 1956 when it moved its operations and headquarters to Wilkes-Barre, PA. In 1987, Eberhard Faber Pencil Company was sold to A.W Faber-Castell

 

Eberhardfaberfactory.jpg    Faberfamilytree.png

 

On January 1, 2010, Faber-Castell AG acquired the rights to the brand name Eberhard Faber that was previously owned by the Staedtler group of companies.  This reunited all the Faber companies back to the original A.W. Faber Company (now Faber-Castell).

 

The company is primarily credited with bringing German lead pencil-making techniques to the United States.  The Faber family was known for lead pencil manufacturing in the village of Stein, Germany, near the city of Nuremburg as early as 1761 when the business was founded by Kasper Faber.  His son Anton Faber took over in 1784 and the company came to be known as the A.W. Faber Company. Anton's grandson, Johann Lothar, took charge of the business in 1839.


Faber also developed his own line of wax crayons, initially surrounded by cedar wood, by as early as 1883.  E. Faber's wax crayons were available in packages of 6,12, 18, 24 and 36 assorted colors.  Later in the century they would offer traditional all-wax crayons as well.

 

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1906 Mar Eberhard Faber Crayon Ad Pic (Teachers Monographs).jpg

 

 

1915 Apr Eberhard Faber Crayon Ad (School Arts).jpg

 

Known Crayon Boxes

 

Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

Artists Assortment No 663

EF0001

HS

12

12

Gray

Ornate lettering

Border

1905-1909

6

$15

Charlie McCarthy Pencil Box

EF0023

LCB

6

6

Blue

Scene

Charlie McCarthy with microphone

1930s

8

$15

Duramark

EF0012

LID

1

12

Yellow

“EF” Logo

White polkadots

Unknown

8

$5

Duramark

EF0017

LID

1

12

Yellow

Line Border

Lots of black text

Unknown

8

$5

Eberhard Faber

EF0020

SPP

10

10

White,Yellow,Clear

Wide Box

Visible and Mock crayons with holders

2010s

3

$3

Eberhard Faber

EF0024

SPP

10

10

White,Yellow,Clear

Tall Box

Visible and Mock crayons with holders

2010s

3

$3

Eberhard Faber Artist Sketching No 2823

EF0010

LCB

12

12

Black

Line Border

Gold lettering

1910s

9

$20

Eberhard Faber Coloring Set

EF0007

TFT

8

8

Gray,Orange

Girl coloring on table

Unknown

8

$10

Eberhard Faber Drawing No 661

EF0006

LID

12

12

Unknown

Border

Border

1900-1905

10

$20

Eberhard Faber Pencil Box

EF0019

LCB

6

6

Blue

Diamond Grid

Three dog heads

1930s

7

$15

Eberhard Faber Triangulars

EF0011

HPP

6

6

White,Red,Yellow

Hand

Grass at bottom

Unknown

5

$3

Kwix

EF0015

LID

1

12

Yellow

Border

Black text

Unknown

6

$5

Large Hexagon Marking

EF0022

TT

1

12

Yellow

Line Border

Black text

Unknown

5

$5

Lumber No 835

EF0002

LID

1

12

Yellow

Diagonal crayon

Diagonal black crayon

Unknown

6

$5

Lumber No 836

EF0003

LID

1

12

Yellow

Diagonal crayon

Diagonal orange crayon

Unknown

6

$5

Lumber No 837

EF0018

LID

1

12

Yellow

Diagonal crayon

Diagonal yellow crayon

Unknown

6

$5

Nupastel Color Sticks

EF0004

LID

24

24

Brown

Circle

Solid Line

Unknown

4

$7

Nupastel Color Sticks

EF0014

LID

24

24

Brown

Circle

Multiple Lines

Unknown

6

$7

Penguin No 308

EF0008

TFT

8

8

Blue

Globe

No on flap

1920s

4

$7

Penguin No 308-M

EF0005

HBT

8

8

Green

Striped

Diamond

1940s

7

$10

Penguin No 312

EF0009

TFT

12

12

Blue

Globe

TM on flap

1920s

8

$10

Television by Radio Pencil Box

EF0021

LCB

8

8

Green

Two Pictures

Television by Radio

1930s

8

$20

The Victory Pencil Box

EF0025

CWB

4

4

Red

Scene

Washington crossing the Delaware

1932

9

$30

Tintola No 774

EF0016

TFT

8

8

Yellow,Black

Shield

Yellow shield, diagonal striping

1930s

9

$10

Tintola No 778

ER0013

HS

16

16

Brown

Window

Arching

1930s

9

$10

 

Photos

 

 

Artists Assortment - 12 colors.jpg

 

Lumber Crayon No 835 - 12 blue.jpg

Hexagon Lumber Crayons No 836 - 12 colors.jpg

EF0001

EF0002

EF0003

 

 

Nupastel Color Sticks - 24 colors.jpg

 

Penguin No 308-M - 8 colors.jpg

Eberhard Faber Drawing No 661 - 12 colors.jpg

EF0004

EF0005

EF0006

 

 

Eberhard Faber - 8 colors.jpg

 

Penguin No 308 - 8 colors.jpg

Penguin No 312 - 12 colors.jpg

EF0007

EF0008

EF0009

EF0010

 

 

 

EF0011

EF0012

EF0013

 

 

 

EF0014

EF0015

 

 

 

EF0016

EF0017

EF0018

 

 

 

EF0019

EF0020

 

 

 

EF0021

EF0022

 

 

 

EF0023

EF0024

EF0025