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Updated March 16, 2017

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Vintage Scripto Pencil Lead Display - Sorry, not for sale!

We stock a variety of pencil leads, including some hard to find sizes.

Please note that especially with the early Victorian leads, supplies may be limited.

 

 

 

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LEAD DEGREES

Leads come in a variety of different degrees, also known as hardness which determines how dark or light they write. We've noted below wherever were able, the degree of the leads we offer for sale. General rule of thumb to remember is that the more H you see in the degree, the harder and lighter the lead will write. The more B you see in the degree, the softer and darker the lead will write. HB is the equivalent of the standard No. 2 pencils you probably grew up using.

Common Lead Degrees:

H - hard, light writing, equivalent to no. 3 pencil
F - hard, light writing, equivalent to no. 2 1/2 pencil
HB - in the middle, equivalent to no. 2 pencil
B - soft, dark writing, equivalent to no. 1 pencil

Common Vintage Lead Sizes

The most common sizes of lead for vintage mechanical pencils were 1.1mm and 0.9mm. 1.1mm leads were frequently referred to as "thick" lead and the 0.9mm size was often referred to as "thin" lead. Of course, today, there are much thinner diameter leads made, but we're talking antique pencil leads!

For your reference:
1.1mm = 0.046 inches
0.9mm = 0.036 inches

Victorian Lead Designations

Many old pencil makers such as Mordan, Baker and others and especially in England and Europe used a letter designation to indicate the diameter of the lead used. There was no standard for this, so it's always best to try and spec out your lead diameter with an electronic micrometer or caliper. Here's a listing of lead designations we've compiled:
AM = 1.5mm
H = 0.80mm
M = 1.0mm
VS = 1.5mm
W = 2.0mm

VICTORIAN PENCIL LEADS

LD100 $1 each 1.5mm VS, .75 inch length, pre-sharpened
LD329 $1 each 1.0mm Type M leads, 2 3/8 inches long, unusual size lead made for select Mordan pencils.

VICTORIAN DROPPER PENCIL REFILLS

Early Victorian Dropper pencils use a small diameter pencil. Refills measure .25 inch in diameter and are 3.25 inches long. Pre-sharpened.

Dropper Pencil refill $1 each

(Sorry, temporarily out of stock)

 

EVERSHARP LEADS

LD519 $5

Eversharp Leads, black, white and red cardboard tube. Holds 7 leads 0.75 in diameter(quite large!), 1 3/8 in long, GREEN lead. This is a soft consistency for checking or drawing.

LD580 $25

Eversharp Red Top Lead Display -ca. mid-1940s Eversharp pencil lead display with two original tubes of lead. Cardboard display with easel on the backside (easel is intact and never used) is printed in vivid red, yellow and black so you wouldn't miss it sitting on a counter top.

Noted on the lower edge is: "As Featured on take It or Leave It" CBS Sunday Nights and "As Featured on Let Yourself Go" Blue Network Tuesdays. Wood pencil lead tubes with black and red paper wrapper hold 12 pieces of 1 3/8 inch leads, 1.1mm diameter, Black Hard.

The two tubes with display have never been opened.

The display comes with the original outer cardboard box which is quite well worn. Display measures 5 5/8 x 12.75 inches.

Very good condition.

LD663  $3

Eversharp Red Top Lead, black and red cardboard container, Pur Copy, 0.9mm dia, 2.75 inches long.  6 leads. 

LD671  $75

Eversharp Pencil Lead Display - Wood display with sliding glass top.  Solid wood with interior printed dividers made of cardboard. We're including an assortment of over 30 tubes of Eversharp leads for you to fill the display up with.  Display measures 8.25 x 7.25 and is 2.25 inches tall.  Across the curved front edge in red is Eversharp's famous logo:  Tune In Eversharp's  "Take It or Leave It or Leave It" CBS Sunday Nights.  Eversharp used this logo throughout the 1940s, they were an early television advertiser.  While the wood is all intact and solid, there are light water stains.  This is a neat little counter display, perfect for those who collect Eversharp or just to serve as a nice organizer for pencil leads.  The pencil leads alone are worth over $100. 

LD588  $3

Eversharp Red 0.9mm Pencil Leads - New old Stock Eversharp Pencil Leads in original bright yellow and red cardboard tube.  12 leads per tube, 1 3/8 inches long.  Made in USA.  

LD599 $5

Eversharp Red Top Leads - early Eversharp lead container is all metal with bright red painted cap, marked Red Top Eversharp Leads Trade Mark on one side and on the other:  Indelible The Wahl Co Made in Chicago USA.  10 1.1mm dia leads in each tube.  Very good condition.  Several available at time of listing. 

LD637  $5

Eversharp Pencil Leads, black and red cardboard tube, 0.9mm diameter, 1.25 inches long, Hard (writes light), 45 leads. 

LD639  $10

Eversharp Pencil Leads, black and red Art Deco bakelite container, 0.9mm diameter, 2.75 inches long,  INDELIBLE, 8 leads. 

LD641  $10

Eversharp Pencil Lead Container Only, Black metal with silver lettering, red metal top, the silver lettering reads:  Eversharp Red Top Square Leads United States of America.  Very good condition. 

LD642  $10

Eversharp Leads, silver and bright red metal container, 1.1mm diameter, 1.25 inches long, 4H, 11 leads. 

LD643 $4

Eversharp Square Leads, paper wrapped wood tube, for 1.1mm diameter pencils, 4 inches long, BLUE, 4 leads. 

LD645  $5

Eversharp Leads, black and red cardboard tube, 1.1mm diameter, 4 inches long, HARD, 10 leads. 

 

PARKER LEADS

LD417 $3

Parker 0.7mm HB Polymer leads. Black. 3 inch length. 12 leads per cardboard tube.

LD584 $2/pk

Parker 0.5mm diameter Pencil Leads 20 pieces of 0.5mm diameter HB (#2 pencil) Pencil Leads. Length is 2 3/8 inches long. 20 leads per package. Many available.

LD646  $10

Parker Duofold Pencil Lead Container, early metal black and red small container, Marked The Parker Pen Co Janesville Wis Made in USA. Measures 1.5 inches long.  No lead inside.  Little bit of paint loss on high points, overall very good and a seldom seen item. 

LD648  $5

Parker 51 Lead, 0.9mm diameter, 2.75 inches long, B (soft and dark).  12 leads per tube. Several available at time of listing. 

LD672  $5

Parker Writefine Pencil Leads, 0.9mm diameter, 2.75in long, Soft (dark), 16 leads, Vintage Art Deco bakelite container in black with ivory lid.  Marked on one side Parker Pen Co  Janesville Wis Made in USA

LD673  $5

Parker Writefine Pencil Leads, 0.9mm diameter, 2.75in long, F, 12 leads, Vintage Art Deco bakelite container in black with ivory lid.  Marked on one side Parker Pen Co  Janesville Wis Made in USA

LD674  $5

Parker Writefine Pencil Leads, 0.9mm diameter, 2.75in long, H, 12 leads, Vintage Art Deco bakelite container in black with ivory lid.  Marked on one side Parker Pen Co  Janesville Wis Made in USA

LD677   $3

Parker Lead, 0.5mm dia, HB, 12 leads.  Also includes 4 3.0mm dia erasers, clear container, recent productions.

LD678  $10

Parker Lead Cartridge,  0.9mm dia, 2.75in long, HB, 12 leads.  In a hard to find Parker black metal container with metallic gold imprint.  From the Parker Vacumatic era.  Hard to find!  

 

SHEAFFER LEADS

LD169 $3

Sheaffer Pencil Leads, yellow metal slide out container. 0.9mm diameter, 2.75 in long, 2H (very hard), 12 leads per container.

LD185 HB Medium $3

Sheaffer Pencil Leads - Loose - These came to us in a big clear box full of loose leads! We have put them into packs of 20 leads. 0.9mm 2.75 inch length. They'll come to you in some kind of tube or container, but not original Sheaffer container.

LD378 $2

Sheaffer Ultra-Fineliner Pencil cartridge lead refills, 0.5mm dia, cartridge length is 2 inches. Instructions included.

LD473 $3

Sheaffer Pencil Leads, yellow and black slide out tin container, 0.9mm diameter, Medium HB, 1 3/8 inches long. 18 leads per container

LD498 $5

Sheaffer Ultra Fineline Pencil Leads, 0.5mm diameter, 2.25 in long, BLUE, 9 leads in tube. Bright yellow plastic tube with blue lettering. Unusual imprint on the tube: W.A. Sheaffer Pen Co Fort Madison, Iowa Made in Japan, Caution: Designed for use in Sheaffer Ultra Fineline Pencils Only".

LD527 $4

Sheaffer Fineline Pencil Leads in yellow and blue metal slide out container. 18 leads in container. 0.9mm diameter, 1 3/8 in long, H Medium Hard.

LD534 $4

Sheaffer 0.9mm 4H (hard to find!) pencil leads in metal black and yellow tin slide out container. 15 leads, 2.75 inches long.

LD553 $3

Sheaffer 0.9mm /.036 in diameter Pencil Leads - 0.9mm diameter. Package contains 12 black HB (equivalent to No. 2 pencil) leads. Each lead is 2.75 inches long, commonly referred to as long leads.

LD556 $5

Sheaffer'S Short Fineline Leads - Bright yellow and blue cardboard tube, there are 25 leads in each tube. HB which is equivalent to a No. 2 pencil. Leads are 1 3/8 inches long. Not a very common package for Sheaffer leads. Excellent condition.

LD566 $4

Sheaffer Short Fineline Pencil Leads, bright yellow and royal blue cardboard tube, 0.9mm diameter, 1 3/8 in long, F, 25 leads per tube.

LD567 $4

Sheaffer Short Fineline Pencil Leads, bright yellow and royal blue cardboard tube, 0.9mm diameter, 1 3/8 in long, H, 25 leads per tube.

LD568 $4

Sheaffer Short Fineline Pencil Leads, bright yellow and royal blue cardboard tube, 0.9mm diameter, 1 3/8 in long, 2H, 25 leads per tube.

LD570 $4

Sheaffer Fineline Pencil Leads, bright yellow and blue metal pull out container, 0.9mm diameter, 1 3/8 in long, Blue, 16 leads in tube.

LD572 $4

Sheaffer Pencil Leads, bright yellow and black metal pull out container, 0.9mm diameter, 1 3/8 in long, Red, 12 leads in container.

 

LD573 $4

Sheaffer Fineliner Pencil Leads, bright yellow and blue metal pull out container, 0.9mm diameter, 2.75 in long, F, 14 leads in container.

LD575 $4

Sheaffer Fineliner Pencil Leads, bright yellow and blue metal pull out container, 0.9mm diameter, 2.75 in long, H, 12 leads in container.

LD577 $4

Sheaffer Fineliner Pencil Leads, bright yellow and blue metal pull out container, 0.9mm diameter, 2.75 in long, Blue, 12 leads in container.

LD579 $4

Sheaffer Pencil Leads, bright yellow and black metal pull out container is marked with the stylized Sheaffer "S", 0.9mm diameter, 2.75 in long, HB, 15 leads in container.

LD620  $10

Set of Four Vintage Sheaffer Fineline metal lead containers, bright yellow with blue imprint.  All contain 0.9mm lead. One each of F Firm, 2B Soft, 2H Hard and HB Medium.  6-12 pieces of lead per container.  The metal containers are in great condition.  

LD628  $3

Sheaffer Leads in yellow and blue metal tube, 0.9mm dia, H, 1.25 inches long.  24 leads. 

LD629  $2

Sheaffer Leads in yellow and blue metal tube, 0.9mm dia, H, 1.25 inches long. 18 leads. 

LD630  $2

Sheaffer Leads in yellow and blackmetal tube, 0.9mm dia, RED, 1.25 inches long. 6 leads. 

LD631  $3

Sheaffer Leads in yellow and black metal tube, 0.9mm dia, HB, 1.25 inches long.  18 leads. 

LD632  $3

Sheaffer Leads in translucent yellow plastic tube, 0.9mm dia, B, 2.75  inches long.  12 leads. 

LD633  $2

Sheaffer Leads in yellow and blue metal tube, 0.9mm dia, 2B, 2.75 inches long.  4 leads. 

LD634  $3

Sheaffer Leads in yellow and blue metal tube, 0.9mm dia, 2H, 2.75 inches long.  12 leads. 

LD636  $3

Sheaffer Leads in yellow and blue metal tube, 0.9mm dia, HB, 1.25 inches long.  14 leads. 

LD649  $5

Sheaffer Pencil Lead, metal tube with bright red lid, 1.1mm diameter, 1 3/8 in long, H-Hard, 12 leads. 

LD650  $5

Sheaffer Pencil Lead, metal tube with dark blue lid, 1.1mm diameter,  1 3/8 in long, H-Hard, 12 leads. Several available at time of listing 

LD652  $5

Sheaffer Pencil Lead, metal tube with blue lid, 1.1mm diameter, 1 3/8 in long, Blue leads, 12 leads. Several available at time of listing 

LD654  $3

Sheaffer Pencil Lead, yellow metal container, 0.9mm diameter, 2 11/16 in long, B Soft, 10 leads 

LD655  $3

Sheaffer Pencil Lead, yellow metal container, 0.9mm diameter, 2 11/16 in long, H Med Hard, 10 leads  

LD656  $3

Sheaffer Pencil Lead, yellow metal container, 0.9mm diameter, 1 3/8 in long, HB Medium, 18 leads 

LD658  $4

Sheaffer Pencil Lead, yellow metal container, 0.9mm diameter, 1 3/8 inches long, 2HB, Medium, 25 leads.  

LD659  $5

Sheaffer Pencil Lead, black and white metal container, 1.1mm diameter, 1 3/8 inches long.  H Hard, 24 leads. 

 

AUTOPOINT LEADS - VINTAGE

LD271 $3

Autopoint pencil leads, HB Medium, 0.5mm dia, 1.5 inches long, silver and black cardboard tube. 12 leads per tube.

LD594  $3

Autopoint Lead, black and metallic silver container, 0.9mm diameter, HB, 1 3/8 inches long.  12 leads per container. 

 

BEROL

LD321 $2

Berol Pencil Cassette Cartridge, 0.5mm dia leads inside cartridge, HB, erasers still erasing, but not as soft as original. Fits Berol Cassette Pencils.

 

EAGLE LEADS

LD545 $2

Eagle Turquoise drafting leads, 2.0mm diameter, 3H degree, 5 in long. 1 piece of lead available, not packaged.

LD546 $6

Eagle Turquoise drafting leads, 2.0mm diameter, 2H degree, 5 in long, 3 pieces of lead in original turquoise slide out container.

LD547 $14

Eagle Turquoise drafting leads, 2.0mm diameter, F degree, 5 in long, 7 pieces of lead in original turquoise slide out container.

LD602  $10

Eagle Mirado Faux Metal Pencil Container with friction fit eraser lid, faceted metal, marked on container:  8174 Eagle Mirado Made USA Red, includes 13 pcs 1.1mm dia red lead.  Tube measures 2 5/8 inches long.

STAEDTLER MARS LEADS

LD-300 $3

Staedtler Mars Micrograph leads, 0.9mm diameter, 2H, 12 leads per tube.

LD-301 $3

Staedtler Mars Micrograph leads, 0.9mm diameter, 4H, 12 leads per tube.

LD-303 $3

Staedtler Mars Micrograph leads, 0.9mm diameter, 3H, 12 leads per tube.

LD-304 $3

Staedtler Mars Micrograph leads, 0.9mm diameter, H, 12 leads per tube.

LD-306 $3

Staedtler Mars Micrograph leads, 0.9mm diameter, HB, 12 leads per tube.

LD607 $20

Mars Lumograph Drafting Leads No. 1904, Germany, 2.0mm diameter, 5H, 10 pieces of lead, pre-sharpened, 5 inches long. Pull
out cardboard box with beautiful graphics.

LD608 $24

Mars Lumograph Drafting Leads No. 1904, Germany, 2.0mm diameter, 4H, 12 pieces of lead, pre-sharpened, 5 inches long. Pull
out cardboard box with beautiful graphics.

LD609 $20

Mars Lumograph Drafting Leads No. 1904, Germany, 2.0mm diameter, H, 12 pieces of lead, pre-sharpened, 5 inches long. Blue
plastic box with clear front.

LD610 $20

Mars Lumograph Drafting Leads No. 1904, Germany, 2.0mm diameter, 2H, 12 pieces of lead, pre-sharpened, 5 inches long. Blue plastic box with clear front.

 

MISCELLANEOUS LEAD

LD390 $5

Red Supreme Checking Leads by the General Pencil Co in Jersey City, NJ. Bright red and white paper wrapper encircles this old wooden lead container. This tube has been opened and it has several sticks of red lead inside. Very good condition.

LD391 $5

Highest Grade Blue Lead No. 2507. Dark blue and white paper wrapper covers the wood lead container. There is no indication at all as to who made or was distributing this particular lead, very odd since in this day and age brand name and as much info as they could squeeze into the space was always included! The tube has been opened, no leads inside. Very good condition.

LD497 $3

Scripto F350 Pencil Leads, 0.5mm dia, 2.25 inches long, HB, 12 leads per tube. Transparent grey plastic tube with white lettering.

LD539 $3

General Pencil Company, Jersey City, NJ USA vintage pencil leads, black and red cardboard box, wood tray inside holds 8 RED leads, 0.9mm diameter, 4 inch length. Box originally held 12 leads, flaps on one end of box are torn. Otherwise very good condition.

LD581 $3

Cross 0.7mm lead, HB, 2.5 inch length. 15 leads per tube. New stock in clear plastic tube.

LD585  $3

Scripto 2H 1.1mm Pencil Leads - New old stock Scripto Pencil Leads in original dark blue, red, green and white cardboard box. Small wood tray inside the box holds 6 leads, 4 inches long.  Made in Atlanta, Georgia  

LD587 $5

Rite-Rite Purple Copying 1.1mm Pencil Leads - New old stock Rite-Rite Pencil Leads in original wood tube with purple and white paper wrapper.  12 leads per tube, 1 3/8 inches long.  Made by H.E. Golber & Co Chicago.  These date to very early 1920s,  wrapper advertises that these leads fit Autopoint, Eversharp, Fyne-Poynt, Sharp-Point, Pal The Pencil and all pencils using same size leads.

LD589 $2

Pentel Lead, plastic container (recent production), 0.5mm, 4H, 12 leads per container. 

LD590  $2

Pentel Lead, plastic container (recent production), 0.9mm, 2H, 12 leads per container. 

LD597  $3

Dur-O-Lite Pencil Lead, Melrose Park, Ill.  Wood container with green and white paper wrapper. Green leads. 1.1mm diameter, 1 3.8 inches long, 12 leads per container.  

LD598  $10

Techromatic Colored Lead by TEC Pencil Co in Beverly Hills, California.  Bright yellow cardboard box holds 12 pieces of dark blue crayon type leads.  Each lead is pre-sharpened.  3.6mm diameter, 3.75 in length.  Box is full with 12 leads.  

LD592 $3

Listo Marking Leads No. 162, small cardboard black and white pull out box with checkerboard pattern, 4mm dia, 1.5 inches long, 5 leads per container. 

LD600 $10

Aluminum cylindrical tube with screw on cap, includes 5 pcs of 2.0mm lead.  Confession:  Not really a lead holder, but it did come to me with lead inside and definitely has some history!  The tube is embossed:  Physician's Sample Lapactic Pills Sharp & Dohme Baltimore MD.  Definitely NOT a child proof container and the leads are
pre-sharpened, so remove leads with caution!  

LD603  $10

E Faber Polished Brass lead holder, embossed E Faber USA on side.  No lead inside.  Measures 1 7/8 inches long.  

LD605 $8

Eberhard Faber Mongol Pencil Leads, 1.1mm diameter, 4 inches long. 12 leads per package. HB equiv to No. 2 pencils. Cool yellow, red and blue packaging, push the end out as indicated and a little wood tray with 12 leads magically appears. New old stock - of course the leads writes perfectly and the packages are in excellent
condition, too.

LD607 $10

Onoto Two Tone Pencil Lead Containers with Lead - Fun celluloid two tone lead containers with screw on lid. Each lead container holds 6 pieces of 1.1mm diameter lead, 1 inch long, HB (like a number two pencil!). Container measures 1 7/8 inches long and is 0.25 inch diameter. Each one is different, please allow us to select for you.

LD612  $3

Scripto Extra Strong Drawing Writing Leads No. 18, gold, red and black box, wood tray holds 8 1.25 inch long green leads. 

LD613 $3

Scripto Thin Lead, 12 leads in wood tray inside lime green, white and black box, 12  leads. 2.75 inches long, 0.9mm diameter.  HB.

LD614 $2

Scripto Thick Crayon Leads No. G920, Red, 3 leads. 2.75 inches long.  2.70 mm diameter. 

LD615 $3

Scripto Thin Leads No F840, black, HB, 0.9mm diameter, 2.75 inches long.  10 leads in clear tube with white, black and red wrapper. 

LD616  $3

Scripto Long Lead No E430, red, 1.1mm diameter, 4 inches long. 9 leads in clear tube with bright yellow and red wrapper. 

LD618  $5

Scripto Lead in wood tube with original perfect dark blue and white wrapper:  Quality Thin Leads Guaranteed by Scripto  Atlanta, Georgia.12 short leads, 1 3/8 inches long.  Thin leads usually equate to 0.9mm diameter, but the wrapper has not been broken and we'll leave it intact so unable to check diameter.  Excellent condition. 

LD620  $1

Pentel Lead, 0.5mm dia, 4H, 12/tube 

LD621  $1

Pentel Lead, 0.5mm dia, B, 12/tube 

LD622  $1

Pentel Lead, 0.5mm dia, HB, 12/tube 

LD623  $1

Pentel Lead, 0.7mm dia, 4H, 12/tube (4 avail) 

LD624  $1

Pentel Lead, 0.7mm dia, B, 12/tube (13 avail) 

LD625  $1

Pentel Lead, 0.9mm dia, HB, 12/tube 

LD627  $1

Pentel Lead, 0.7mm dia, RED, 12/tube (2 avail) 

LD664 $10

Eberhard Faber No. 529 Black Crayon Leads, pre-sharpened.  3.8 mm diameter, 3 3/8 inches long. Four leads.  Wood tube with black and white paper wrapper.  Wrapper is aged, but in excellent condition.

LD665 $5

Eberhard Faber No. 529 Black Crayon Leads, pre-sharpened.  3.8 mm diameter, 3 3/8 inches long. Four leads.  Wood tube with black and white paper wrapper.  Wrapper is very well worn and one end missing.

LD666  $4

Scripto Long Leads, black and white cardboard package, inner wood tray holds the leads. 1.1mm diameter, 4 inches long.  6 leads. HB medium. Several available at time of listing. 

LD667  $3

Scripto Smooth Writing Leads, full color cardboard package, inner wood tray holds the leads.  1.1mm diameter, 4 inches long.  Five leads. HB Medium. 

LD669  $3

Scripto Smooth Writing Short Leads, full color cardboard package, inner wood tray holds 9 leads, 1.1mm diameter, 1.25 inches long.  HB Medium.  Package intact, but marked on with magic marker.

LD670  $6

Scripto Extra Strong Drawing Writing Leads, metallic gold and red cardboard package, inner wood tray holds 23 black HB leads, 1.1mm diameter, 1.25 inches long. 

 
 

Refilling your Vintage Mechanical Pencils

Most mechanical pencils made before the late 1960s and some even after that are refilled by feeding lead in from the Point End. Those that feed from the barrel (below the eraser) are a fairly modern invention!

Don't be fooled by leads in the barrel, in older pencils, that was simply a space to store a few extra leads, but that's it - just storage. As always with vintage writing instruments, exceptions will crop up!

The instruction below are from a Sheaffer package insert, but apply to most older mechanical pencils.

 

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