Monday, June 6, 2011

Unusual Collections: American Pencil Collectors Society meeting | The Holland, MI Sentinel

Collectors show off wooden wares at American Pencil Collectors Society meeting - Holland, MI - The Holland Sentinel:
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"To be collectable, a modern pencil must have a full eraser and be unsharpened, Horsting said. Antique pencils bear different hallmarks of their age. For instance, those made in the 1850s have no eraser, and a square lead, a byproduct of making the pencils by hand. It’s a cheap hobby, with most pencils often going from 5 cents to 25 cents each.

Two pencils manufactured by the family of “Walden” author Henry David Thoreau once went at an auction for $1,800, said collector Tye Arnold."

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