In 1822, the first ever propelling pencil was invented and patented by Sampson Mordan. Through into the next century the family-run business continued to develop the unique design of carrying twelve three inch leads inside the barrel, and it is from this feature that the name evolved - Yard-O-Led.
In 1934 the Yard-O-Led Company was founded and has continued the traditions of craftsmanship and excellence established over 170 years ago.
Influenced by original designs of the 19th and 20th centuries, the range of writing instruments has expanded to include ballpens, fountain pens and rollerball pens alongside the traditional propelling pencil, each handcrafted from hallmarked sterling silver or solid gold, and carrying a lifetime guarantee.
Craftsmanship and Hallmarks
At our workshops in the jewelry quarter of the City of Birmingham, we understand the importance of time-honored methods of craftsmanship. Uncompromising skill and pain-staking detail have been put into each writing instrument we make.
Every Yard-O-Led is handcrafted using traditional turn-of-the-century techniques.
All pencils contain one yard of lead (12 x 3 inches leads) from which the name Yard-O-Led derives.