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Henry C. Stephens Ltd.
London UK
1832 - 1967

Aliases


Stephens' Ink Company, 1832 - 1925

Henry C. Stephens Ltd. 1925 - 1967

Royal Sovereign Pencil Company 1967 - 1978

Dickinson Robinson Group 1978 - 1990

Mitsubishi Pencil Company 1990 - Current

 

Locations

 

London, UK

 

History


The Henry C. Stephens Ltd. started out as the Stephen's Ink Company in 1832 by Henry C. Stephen's father, Henry Stephens who was born in London in 1796.  Henry C. wasn't born until 1841.  He takes over the company after the sudden death of his father in 1864 at the young age of 23.  It wasn't until 1925 that they changed their name and incorporated.   Though they primarily focused on inks, they obviously expanded into crayons at some point (which would have to have been after 1925 based on the only known boxes).  Henry C. died in 1918 at the age of 77.  The direct family kept their hand in the business until the late 1940s at least.  In the end, the company was bought out and then changed hands through mergers and acquisitions until the final remaining pieces were with Mitsubishi Pencil in 1990. 

 

Known Crayon Boxes

 

Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

Artline

HSC0004

FOB

8

8

White

Window

Airplane below

1960s

8

$7

Artline

HSC0007

FOB

8

8

White

Window

Animals below

1960s

8

$7

Artline

HSC0008

FOB

8

8

White

Window

Formal Event below

1960s

8

$7

Artline

HSC0009

FOB

8

8

White

Window

Dancing below

1960s

8

$7

Stephens Marking

HCS0003

TT

1

12

Brown,White

Rounded logo

Triangular

1930s

9

$5

Stephens Play

HSC0006

TBH

8

8

Yellow

Window

Clown

1990s

5

$5

Stephens Warehouse

HCS0001

LID

8

8

Tan

Outline

Angled cursive logo

1930s

9

$10

Stephens Wax

HCS0002

TT

8

8

Blue

Splotch Circle

Diagonal Window

1930s

8

$10

Stephens Wax

HSC0005

TT

8

8

White,Red

Rounded logo

Window, black shadowing

1940s

8

$10

 

Photos

 

Stephens Warehouse - 8 colors.jpg

HCS0001

HCS0002

HCS0003

 

HCS0004

HCS0005

HCS0006

HSC0007

 

HCS0008

HCS0009