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WORLD WAR ONE ERA SURGEONS SKIN MARKING PENCILS IN THE ORIGINAL BOX – EXCELLENT CONDITION:  An unusual offering of a scarce medical collectable, this original box of “Skin Marking Pencils Especially Adapted For Use Of Physicians and Surgeons”.  Manufactured by Eberhard Faber, these blue pencils were made with a blue lead which would contrast against the skin and be readily visible to the surgeon.  From what research I have done on these, apparently the type of blue lead used in these pencils would not leave the residue as a graphite or standard lead pencil would which could lead to an infection.   

John Eberhard Faber (12-06 1822 – 03-02 1879) founded his well known writing pencil manufacturing firm in New York City in 1861, and the company continued in business under that name until 1994.  Since then, through a series of acquisitions, the company has been absorbed into the Papermate Corporation.  

This box was obtained from the estate of an elderly, retired US Army Medical Department officer.  While the inside of the box lid is annotated in hand written ink, “Bought through Lloyd’s 3/15/26”, these same skin marking pencils were available during the First World War and would be very appropriate for a US Army Surgeon’s display.  

The box, measuring 7 ½” long, 2 ¼” wide, and ¾” deep, is full form with a complete legible label and with all of the corners and seams intact with no apparent damage.  The box contains five (5) “like new” unused pencils, all full length, all with the original points intact and all complete with the silver metal point protectors.  The pencils and the point protectors are marked with the Eberhard Faber manufacturing legend.   Note that the lead in these pencils appears to be white, but it marks blue - why?  I dunno, but that's the way it is. 

In excellent condition, this would be a unique addition to your World War One medical display.  (0123)  $175

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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