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In the 1870s, Dixon introduced their American Graphite Polygrade pencils which had a natural cedar finish and were graded from VVVS (very, very, very soft) to VVVH (hard). These were the first American made pencils to compete with Europe's high-end drawing pencils. In 1917, the Eldorado was introduced and graded in the now familiar European style of 2B, B, HB, H, 2H, etc. The Eldorado was very popular among draftsmen for a time, but it seems to have disappeared by the mid 1950s and was replaced by the Dixon D.T.R. (Drafting Tracing Reproduction) pencil.
Dixon's Eldorado

Dixon’s Eldorado

(single sided imprint, crucible logo)

Joseph Dixon Crucible Co., Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

production date
origin
available degrees
circa 1917
USA
17: 6B–B, HB, F, H–9H
 
see also Dixon's Eldorado Artists' and Draftsmen's Refill Pencils
New York Blue Print Paper Co. catalog, 1921, p 261
Dixon's Eldorado

Dixon’s Eldorado

(single sided imprint, “made in U.S.A.”, gold degree)

Joseph Dixon Crucible Co., Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

production date
origin
available degrees
circa 1920s
USA
17: 6B–B, HB, F, H–9H
 
see also Dixon's Eldorado Artists' and Draftsmen's Refill Pencils
New York Blue Print Paper Co. catalog, 1921, p 261
Dixon's Eldorado
Dixon's Eldorado

Dixon’s Eldorado

(single sided imprint, blue degree)

Joseph Dixon Crucible Co., Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

production date
origin
available degrees
1920s
USA
17: 6B–B, HB, F, H–9H
 
see also New York Blue Print Paper Co. catalog, 1921, p 261

side 1


side 2

Dixon’s Eldorado

(three sided imprint)

Joseph Dixon Crucible Co., Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

A one-dozen box of Eldorados from the 1920s.


The two sides of an insert from the 1920s Eldorado box.

side 1


side 2


side 3

Dixon’s “Typhonite” Eldorado

Joseph Dixon Crucible Co., Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

"Typhonite" was the trade name for a process of forming graphite leads developed by Dixon in the 1930s, I believe.
 
The two sides of an insert from the Eldorado Typhonite box.



A case of six one-dozen boxes of Dixon's Typhonite Eldorados (1/2 scale).

side 1


side 2


side 3

Dixon’s “Typhonite” Eldorado 175

Joseph Dixon Crucible Co., Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

production date
origin
available degrees
1950s
USA
17: 6B–B, HB, F, H–9H
 
see also Defiance Sales Corp. catalog, 1955, p 246

Dixon Typhonite Eldorado 175 metal box of one-dozen pencils.