Charles Fraser Smith, an agent of MI9, arrived at The Cumberland Pencil Factory in 1942 with a puzzle for the management to solve. He had an idea to create a compass pencil containing a secret map in a hidden chamber.
Given to Lancaster Bomber airman during the Second World War, these pencils were made secretly under the official secrets act, between 1939 – 1945 in Keswick . They were a vital part of the war time escape network.
This replica set is presented in a wooden box and contains one complete pencil and copies of all the component parts; compass, pencil barrel, eraser, ferrule, and OS map of Keswick showing the exact locations of the graphite mine in Borrowdale and the Pencil Museum.