Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Pencil Museum Pencil Hearts

One of my favourite museums is without doubt the excellent Pencil Museum in England's Lake District. Located near the area where in the 16th century a large deposit of graphite was discovered starting the manufacturing of the famous Cumberland pencils, the little Museum is a paradise for pencil history enthusiasts. The museum displays have been a source of inspiration for Inklinks pebble paperweights. Here are three of those currently on sale in the Etsy shop and at Things British in central London.

The Pencil Heart is shaped entirely of (images of) pencils from the Museum's "circular" displays (click on the image for more detail):

The Pencil Heart is currently on sale at Things British as is the Orange Heart made up of the images of the yellow/orange pencil arrangement:

Joseph Gillott was a famous steel pen magnate of Birmingham with the largest nib manufacture in that city in the 19th century. This small English pebble features some of the blue nibs from Joseph Guillot's nib advertisement displayed in the Museum. 

If you are in Keswick in England's Lake District, this museum deserves a visit. The museum shop is also well stocked with Derwent pencils.

The Cumberland Pencil Museum   
Southey Works,
CA12 5NG

Things British
(Shop 1.11) Kingly Court (First Floor)
Off Carnaby Street
London W1B 5PW

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