Monday, 6 January 2014

Pencil Lead Tubes and Cases

In the olden days pencil leads travelled well in tiny metal tubes or cases, some plain, some more decorative, sometimes inscribed with the maker's name. Wolff's solid ink leads case is an example of a decorative little container with a hinged lid, while other pencil lead holders were plain utilitarian tubes.  Pencil lead boxes have become collectibles and some command high prices on eBay. Some of these tiny tubes make ideal storage for calligraphy or writing nibs.

Johann Faber pencil lead tube


  1. These are beautiful. I have a tin, but it's probably not very old - maybe the 70s. It was my Mum's first, but she doesn't have any mechanical pencils so she gave the leads and the tin to me.

  2. Wonderful! Do you care posting a photo of it?