Log Cabin Memorial - Veterans 314th Infantry Regiment A.E.F.



BULLET PENCILS OF THE 314th INFANTRY A.E.F.

These bullet-shaped pencils were sold as souvenirs and given out as a "Thank-You" for donations to the 314th.

I learned from this site that the bullet pencil "came about during the civil war. Soldiers would stick a pencil
in the end of used rifle cartriges so the tips would not break off while the pencil was stuck in their packs."
 

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The oldest pencil has a slightly narrower neck, and a slightly longer top (23 mm versus 19 mm)

The oldest pencil also does not have the smaller center circle on the bottom, indicating where the primer would be.

A few have erasers, but note that these are the ones with a steel rather than brass neck.


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I believe the original pencils were round, the replacement pencils have the more modern six-sided cross-section.


(my newest acquisition, with a unique red-painted neck, the body including under the paint is brass not steel)
 
Here is an interesting advertisement from the 1948 Reunion Booklet, on page 42 listing the company manufacturing/selling the Pencils to the 314th:
 

 
Even earlier on the 1936 financial statement we see mention of 1,534 penciles in inventory - purchased at a cost of 10 cents each!
Pencils on the 1936 Financial Statement of the 314th Infantry Veterans
 
Perhaps the world's largest collection of 314th Infantry Memorial Log Cabin Bullet Pencils? (more than 100)
 
Perhaps the world's largest collection of 314th Infantry Memorial Log Cabin Bullet Pencils?  Tony Patti collection March 2018
 
Another 314th Infantry - Log Cabin Memorial - souvenier was a Celluoid Mirror
(front shown above, reverse is the mirror)


 
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