Artist's Drafting Materials Box Enclosed with Original Pencil Lead

Artist's Drafting Materials Box Enclosed with Original Pencil Lead


Still in its original box, this drafting lead rests in a miniature paper envelope. The thick sticks of graphite are about a half-inch in length, fitting comfortably within the envelope enclosure. These supplies were first purchased by a drafting student or professional at The Gordon Company Artists & Drafting Materials store that was once located at 219 West Madison Street in Chicago, Illinois. Today, the store’s address is home to a parking garage for a La Quinta Inn & Suites.

The box’s label helps to date the set to the 1940s. The slender box has a cobalt blue base and a dulled metallic silver lid, on which the Gordon’s label sits. These supplies are difficult to come by as an original set due to the nature of their purpose and their fragile material. Together, these items are a rare addition to any collection.

  • Maker: The Gordon Company

  • Material: Paper, graphite

  • Epoch: 1940s

  • Dimensions: 1.75” x 4” x .5” box; 2.75” x .75” envelope

  • Procurement: Dallas, Texas

  • Origin: Chicago, Illinois

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