On one of my Sunday afternoon trawls around e bay I came across this delightful bundle of pencils up for grabs. Like my other Air ministry stamped pencils, these ones, made by the Cumberland Pencil company up in Keswick, (ahhh Keswick, Cumbria, Gods county I miss you so much) are marked ‘war drawing’ instead of AM. They are HB lead pencils. Tied up in their original bundle and in immaculate un used condition. I can’t bring myself to break up the grouping. These pencils were not painted as paint was on short supply during the war. The cumberland pencil company are releasing this year a replica of the RAF escape pencil that amazingly contained a map inside it. The user would snap the pencil to reveal an escape map. I have never seen one of these but unlike other utility pencils of the war, this one was painted green.