Thoreau pencil sells for $USD2200

Last week, a Thoreau pencil sold by online auction for $USD2200.

The auction, arranged by the Thoreau Society and Thoreau Farm Trust, offered a single pencil from the famous Thoreau & Company. This pencil maker, associated with the earliest organized pencil making in the United States and a family business of Henry David Thoreau, is described in the chapter An American Pencil-Making Family in Henry Petroski’s The Pencil.

I accept the provenance of the pencil, and the price seems reasonable to me. I do wish there was a better photo of the pencil itself.

For added interest, note the famous donor.

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