Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sterling Plastic #526 Roll Top Pencil Box

The Supply Room is one of the few places where you can find posts about Sterling Plastic. They were one of the last makers of office and school supplies in the US. Not the only one but they were one of the biggest. I still remember the Sterling Plastic school supplies in my local TG&Y. They are gone now but their items can be found on eBay and garage sales, antique stores all over the country. I have a very large collection of their office and school supplies but one item that has been missing was the #526 Roll Top Pencil Box. I have never seen it go for less than $100.00 and there have always been plenty of bidders. Now I have one. This one is used but in great shape.
This #526 is almost complete. There are three pencils with a SP# pencil sharpener and a 6" SP #525 plastic ruler. A small eraser that would be hard as a rock by now should also be in the box. The older roll top pencil boxes made by Sterling Plastic and Hasbro are very collectible. Add one to your collection.


  1. I had one of these when I was a kid in school. It brings back a lot of memories. It's a bit of a surprise they go for so much now. I am fortunate that I bought a Japanese wooden pencil box I also had as a kid, for something like five dollars, several years ago.

    Nice yours has the original goodies inside. Thanks for posting!

  2. I had a Sterling no. 526 when younger and recently found one with the no. 525 ruler and most of the original eraser (pretty sure it is). It's 2 tone orange and yellow with the frosted slide top (like the one shown above).
    Here is a link to a picture on imgr.
    I am willing to part with it.

    1. Hello, you say you have an old Sterling pencil boxes for sale? I'd be interested in it. Thanks you.

  3. I would love to purchase to keep for myself and hand down to my daughter

  4. There was this dime store in our neighbor called
    TG&Y where we bought all our school supplies every September when school really started around September 11 or 12?
    Not in August like now days

  5. When I was young I also went to TG&Y. I do miss those days.

  6. I'd really like to get ahold of one if these. If anyone has an idea where I can get one, please let me know. Thank you.