This offering will fall in the who cares? category (especially at 50 bucks a pop!) for all but the antique writing instrument collector or the mid-19th century personal item enthusiast who appreciates the rarity of the many every day personal items, common in their day but seldom surviving. This rare example remains as newand in out of the box condition while offering good evidence of age and period originality. Guaranteed to please this rarely surviving writing instrument was fashioned from raw, unfinished, red cedar with the clearly period attachment of its vulcanized rubber eraser. Our photo illustrations will offer the best description short of holding the pencil in your hand. I suppose the origin of the common pencil, fitted with a rubber eraser has not been the subject of crushing interest but for those who care, it all began in 1839 when Charles Goodyear developed a method of curing raw rubber called vulcanization. Aside from making his name common to today's Civil War era rubber goods collectors, (see: India-Rubber & Gutta-Percha In The Civil War Era by Mike Woshner ) the application of Goodyear's process gave the now durable product wide application potential with the rubber eraser becoming just one of innumerable uses for Goodyear's vulcanized rubber. The idea of permanently mounting a rubber eraser on the end of a common wood and graphite pencil first occurred just prior to the Civil War when in 1858 Hymen Lipman of Philadelphia received the first patent for attaching an eraser to the end of a pencil. In 1862, Lipman sold his patent for $100,000 ! Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! COLOR=#0000FF>

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