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Pencil Sharpeners & Pointers

Pencils had been around for a long time, Abe Lincoln used one to write his famous Gettysburg Address, but they were sharpened through the use of a pen knife until the late 1880s and the 1890s when several pointer type devices started to show up. The earlier machines still often required the use of a pen knife to expose the lead and then used files, unique cutting devices and even sand paper to provide just the right point. Most early ones were cast iron and the most collectible ones are from around the turn-of-the-century and earlier with some exceptions for unique specimens.


Tru Point Pencil Pointer & Box

This Tru Point Pencil Pointer still has it orignial box and original instructions. It is approximately 3.25 inches in diameter and about 2.75 inches high. we have estimated its condition rating as a 2,2.

$60.00

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1883 Eagle Pencil Sharpener

The first pencil sharpener patent was issued in the 1850s and was the very simple technology still being used in the 1890s incentive merchandise pencil sharpener giveaways. They were very small so that they could easily be carried in ones' pocket or purse. Unfortunately, they performed a marginal job at best and people often preferred to use a pen knife instead.

The Eagle Pencil Company, one of the largest pencil producers throughout the 19th century, introduced their pencil sharpener in 1883 and it was no more than pen knife. The blade would use gravity to be exposed and locked in place and then again to retract and stay safely hidden away.

This Eagle pencil sharpener with retractable blade is marked the "Eagle Pencil Company" and is dated 1883. It is in very good and fully working condition. It is approximately 3 inches long when closed and with a 1.25 inch blade about 425 inches long when opened.

$75.00

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Roneo No 1 Cast Iron Pencil Sharpener

This is the first model Roneo Pencil Sharpener (Roneo NY,NY) and was made around 1910. It is all cast iron and still has its original cast iron drawer to catch the shavings. It is in good working condition. It was designed to be clamped to the desk and the original clamping mechanism is in tact and in working condition.

Unfortunately, its original decal is long gone and it does have some paint losses but still, it is all in tact and in good working order. We would grade it at 3,2 because of the decal and paint losses.

It is approximately 8 inches vertically, 8 inches wide and 3 inches deep.

$200.00

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Milling Machine Pencil Sharpener serial# 855

This is a Jupiter style pencil sharpener from Czechaslovakia. There are no markings just the serial number and a component number. It is pretty similar to the turn-of-the-century Jupiters from Germany and, like them, it is really a miniture milling machine. I would guess this pencil sharpener to be from the 1940s or 1950s era and I have never seen one before so I would guess there are not a lot of them around. I am not sure if there ever was a shavings container or not but this one does not have one.

The machine appears to be working and in pretty good condition so we have estimated its condition rating at 2,2. This pencil sharpener is monted on a wooden base and measures approximately 13 inches wide, 5.5 inches deep and 5 inches high. There is free shipping anywhere within the USA and an additional charge of $60 to ship anywhere outside of the USA via US International Priority Mail.

$165.00

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The New Era Plunger Pencil Pointer

This was made by the same New Era firm that made several check protectors (see check protectors for 3 examples). We estimate the date at around 1910. It is a very unique and the only plunger type sharpener in that the user pushed or plunged the pencil down to operate the cutting blade. This is a relatively rare and hard to find pencil pointer. See the photo showing the cutting blades. condition rating 3,2.

$250.00

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1939 World's Fair Pencil Sharpener

This little Bakelite pencil sharpener was a souvenir from the 1939 New York World's Fair. Condition rating 2,2

$135.00

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Kin 512 Art Deco Pencil Sharpener

This plastic Pencil Sharpener has a great Art Deco look and dates to the 1930s. Condition rating 2,2.

$165.00

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Brass & Leather Pencil Sharpener item # 5TOO728

This brass & leather pencil sharpener has an Art Deco look to it. It has a plastic interior liner and a condition rating of 3-,4.

$165.00

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Giant Cutters Only

This is old new stock. The original carton and a pair of Giant Pencil Sharpener Cutters. The box and cutters look new but there is evidence, some shavings, that the cutters had been used at least a few times.

$25.00

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