This is an early wood pen-pencil box of a school girl, Betty Leighton. Betty was so proud of this box she wrote her name on the top, bottom, front, and back. The wood has a lovely patina with a look of Maple. There is a design carded around the sliding lid. The construction of the box is fascinating. The lid has a hemisphere for sliding open the lid. When the lid is open, it allows the top compartment of the box to rotate revealing the bottom layer. The top layer has four troughs for storing pencils and/or pens. The bottom has three compartments. There is also an area for the pen nibs. Included with this box is 4 extra nibs. Also, there is a pen with nib that has a cap which doubles as part of the handle. The cap has a brass collar and a brass ring for putting on a chain. I am not sure what the black material is. It is embossed with a name, Juanita (I think) Reid. There is an olive green pen handle marked 71 E. Faber U.S.A. (Eberhard Faber Pencil Company) This holder has a wide brass collar. The last pen handle is rust red with a brass collar. The collar is marked Eagle Pencil Co. New York, U.S.A. This company was founded in 1856. There is some wear and the above mentions names. A few spots in the finish. The box measures 9 3/8" x 2" x 1 1/2". This is a lovely box with several goodies.
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