Joshua Butler began his business as a smallworker in London around 1822. Not long after Mordan's patented ever-pointed pencils hit the streets, Butler began making and marketing his own "improved" version of the ever-pointed pencil. His early (1820's) pencils had hobnail finials, with "Butler, London" imprint. while later pencils had a fuller description, eg. "J. Butler Maker, London". Butler retired in 1836, with Thomas Wise and Eliezer Nash subsequently taking over the business, but continuing to produce Butler pencils in addition to their own brand "WN".