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United States Patent 215,521 “Lead and Crayon Holder” 1879

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1879 February 7
1879 May 20
Joseph Hoffman
Joseph Reckendorfer
United States
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Eagle Automatic Pencil
This is, it seems, the first pushbutton spring clutch pencil. This is the first time it was patented in the US certainly, but I find it hard to believe it wasn't used earlier when as early as 1822 mechanical pencils were being developed that had actual propelling mechanisms.