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Advert for WS Hicks, American pencil & gold pen depot

Advert for WS Hicks, American pencil & gold pen depot

Printer: Unknown

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Evan.9051

Item number: 9051

Genre: Leaflet

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Graphite had been used for hundreds of years to make marks on paper, but the first known illustration of a modern pencil is dated to 1565, when it was mentioned by a Swiss botanist, Conrad Gesner. Graphite was originally glued into wooden holders so that it did not come off on the user’s hands. The pencils sold by Hicks were much more elaborate than this.

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