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Planetary Pencil Pointer

This is a circa: 1896, all cast iron, Planetary Pencil Pointer by A B Dick of Chicago, Illinois. It is working but needs sharpening and adjusting. It is missing its shaving drawer, has a small piece shipped off its base (see photos) and we would grade it as a 3,3. It does stand well and is structually sound. It is approximately 7 inches wide, 4.5 inches deep and 5.5 inches high.

$265.00

SOLD


Perfect Pointer Pencil Sharpener c. 1890

This all wood pointer used a file to sharpen the pencil point to perfection. The pencil was held in place and would turn as the round handle was slid back and forth across the file. One still had to use his pen knife to shave the wood off the lead before using the Perfect Pointer. In was made in or around 1890 by Boodell Company of Anirim, New Hampshire. Some of the detailed instructions is still visible on the bottom of the base. The condition rating is 2,2.

$425.00

SOLD


Antique Eros Pencil Sharpener

This pressed steel antique Eros pencil sharpener dates back to around 1900. It is working but needs sharpening and adjustments. It is approximately 4 inches wide, 4 inches deep and 5 inches high. We estimate its condition rating at 3,3, due to some paint losses and the above mentioned required adjustments.

$295.00

SOLD


Avanti Mechanical Pencil Pointer

We believe this six bladed Avanti to have been made in Germany and probably sometime in the first decade of the 20th century. Its' graphics are very clear and easy to read. It is functioning properly and as intended. It is adjustable for sharpening different size pencils. The front panel is the shaving drawer and easily pulls out for disposing the shavings.

It is four inches wide, 4.5 inches high & 3.5 inches deep.

$425.00

SOLD


Eagle Pencil Sharpener, circa 1880 The 1st Sucessful Pencil Sharpener

I have been doing this for almost 35 years now and this is the first such pencil sharpener I have had. I believe it to be the first successful pencil sharpener. While there were earlier patents, and some dating to the 1850s, most of those never were successfully and continually manufactured until years after this guy. It was made by the Eagle Pencil Company, the largest manufacturer of pencils during the 19th century and manufactured from 1880 to 1883.

Eagle didn't know whether or not one would purchase such a device just to sharpen their pencil. Everyone was using any available pocket knife at that time. So when Eagle first advertised it they added comments like "it is also ideal for cutting ones' cigar".

It operates by manually sliding the blade out when using it, locking the blade in place, and then sliding the blade back into the housing for storage and safe carrying in ones vest pocket or purse. It is approximately 4 inches long when closed and about 5.5 inches long with the blade fully exposed and locked in place. It does have a ring on one end for fastening to ones watch bob or key chain.

In 1883 Eagle discontinue this model and modified it a bit making it gravity fed and a bit smaller. The gravity fed model does show up much more often then the earlier slide model like this one. We have estimated the condition rating at 2,2.

$285.00

SOLD


LUNA Pencil Pointer item# 9TOO100

Luna Pencil Pointer marked J.S. Staeddtler, from Bavaria. This little wonder has 8 cutting blades that all move as the handle is cranked. The front is actually the drawer to catch the shavings. The gear to turn the pencil as one cranks the handle is all in tack but the pencil isn't gripped tight enough to rotate as the cutting blades turn? The graphics are very clear and easy to read. I would guess this unusual pencil pointer dates back to around 1910. The estimated condition rating is 2,3

$360.00

SOLD


Plane Facts - Miniture Woodworking Pencil Sharpener

This little woodworking plane is from the late 19th century and it was among the very first incentive merchandise gifts. It is in fact a pencil sharpener and one would simply plane the pencil in the same manner a carpenter might plane a piece of wood. It is approximately 3 inches long, one inch high and about .5 inches wide. On one side it is marked "PLANE FACTS" and "It pays to buy Artists, Draughtsman's Engineers & Surveyors supplies from us." The other side features an antlered elk head (trademark) and "HIRSHBERG ART CO of Baltimore, MD".

$75.00

SOLD


The Spiro Pencil Sharpener

Wow, of all the antique pocket pencil pointers I have had, this one is one of the more interesting. It has an approximate 1.5 inch diameter. It has very clear and easy to read graphics. On one side it has two (2) female inserts. The larger one for filing the wood off the pencil and the smaller one for the lead only. It clearly states The SPIRO Pencil Sharpener, patented Jan 14, 1908, and The Spiro Mfg. Co of NY, NY. It also provides information where replacement blades can be purchased. The other side has an adjustable gauge from 1 to 10 which allows placement adjustment for the cutting blade so as to assure even and efficient use of its blades. This pocket pointer is scarce and a must for most collections. circa: 1908

$225.00

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Little Shaver Pencil Pointer, circa 1904

This little cast iron pencil shaver is called the Little Shaver. One simply shaves the pencil much like a carpenter might use a spoke shave or a draw knife. The bottom still has its original paper label with detailed instructions. It was patented on March 24, 1904 and manufactured by E.L. McDivitt of Belvidere, Illinois. This little guy is in good working order and all writing is visible and easily read. We estimate its condition rating at 2,2.

$225.00

SOLD


Antique Wooden Pencil Sharpener

This antique pencil sharpener doesn't have any identification markings but is most likely a US Automatic from 1907 and on a custom made wooden box with a wooden shaving drawer. It is pretty cool and probably one of a kind. It is working as the sharpener will "automatically" hold and turn the pencil as you crank the handle and turn the three blades.

$225.00

SOLD


Little Shaver Pencil Sharpener, circa: 1904

This is an all cast brass pencil shaver (pointer) from 1904. It is named "The Little Shaver". It does have a patent date of March 29, 1904 recessed into the bottom of the sharpener. One uses it by moving the blade holder up and down to shave the wood and the lead until the desired point is achieved. It is full and complete and working as intended. It still has its original blade and was designed so that most safety razor blades of that time could be used as replacement blades. The base piece has an approximate 3.25 inch diameter. We estimate its condition rating at 2,2.

$235.00

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Roneo No 1 Pencil Sharpener w/ Full Escutheon

This Roneo No 1 is all cast iron and still has its original steel shavings drawer. It is in working order. The pencil sharpener and especially the drawer do have paint losses. The escutcheon is very clear and easy to read. It dates to circa: 1910.

$345.00

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Antique Eagle Pencil Sharpener with Wooden Case

This 1903 vintage Eagle pencil sharpener is in very minty condition. It comes in its original wooden case which kept it in like new condition. It also comes with the original replacement blade indicated on the wooden case. Both the sharpener and the extra blade are marked Eagle Pencil Company. The case is approximately 1 inch in diameter and 2 inches high while the sharpener is about 2 inches long.

$160.00

SOLD


US Automatic Pencil Sharpener

This three blade classic antique pencil sharpener dates back to 1906. It is in good condition with most of the writing easily read. It is in good working condition in that the pencil does turn and the blades do shave the pencil as the handle is cranked. It still has its original shaving drawer which has a little separation but is structurally sound and working as intended.

Our price includes free shipping anywhere within the USA and there would be an additional $35 USPS Priority International shipping charge for anywhere else in the world

$225.00

SOLD


Roneo Model 1 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 decent working condition. It was designed to be clamped to the desk and the original clamping mechanism is in tact and in working condition.

It still has much of its original decal in place with good color and most of it is easily read. It has a little paint loss but almost all of the original japanning is in place. It is all in tact and in decent working order. We estimate its condition rating at 2-,2-.

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

$185.00

SOLD


Baker's Chocolate Pencil Sharpener

This is La Belle Chocolatiere (Baker's Chocolate trademark logo). It is a painted cast iron pencil sharpener from the late 1880s or thereabouts. It is approximately 2 inches tall and 1 inch wide. It is working and most of the original paint is still quite vibrant.

While the Baker's Chocolate Company was started in 1765 by John Hannon and Dr. James Baker in Dorchester, Massachusetts, it wasn't called the Baker's Chocolate Company until Dr. Baker purchased Hannon's share of the business from from his widow after Hannon's death in 1780.

The La Belle Chocoiatiere trademark logo was adopted in 1883 and soon thereafter all types of incentive merchandise give aways featuring this new logo were used to promote the brand. They included tableware, logo pins, this pencil sharpener and a few other items and were widely used until 1896 when the Baker family sold the company to the Forbes Syndicate. Some time later the company was sold to the Postum Cereal Company (General Foods). In 1969 the company and production facilities were moved to Dover, Delaware and in 1989 Kraft Foods acquired General Mills.

Baker's Chocolate, having started business in 1765 and before the United States was born, is among a very few of the oldest American companies still in business.

$60.00

SOLD


1886 GEM PENCIL SHARPENER

This is a very early (dated 1886) Gem sandpaper pencil sharpener by Gould & Cook of Leominster, Mass. It is the only one I have ever seen with a hand made wooden case featuring a shaving drawer. The wooden case is approximately 10.5 inches by 10.5 inches and about 12 inches tall.

While the wooden case sure shows wear including nicks and scratches, etc. the cast iron sharpener itself is in good condition with all parts present and without any cracks or chips and all the teeth present on the gears. It does crank and work as intended but he wooden handle has a small chunk missing.

Our price includes free shipping anywhere within the USA and there would be an additional $145 USPS Priority International Shipping charge for anywhere else in the world.

$975.00

SOLD


Lifebouy Soap Pencil Sharpener

The first incentive merchandise promotions in the USA & England became popular in the late nineteenth century and pencil sharpener giveaways were among the very first ones. Pencils with advertising were also popular but a pencil was soon used up while the sharpener could last decades. The simple technology was descended from the first pencil sharpener patent issued in the 1850s.

This litter pencil sharpener is in the shape of a box of Lifebuoy soap and is complete with advertising. It does closely resemble the exact packaging of an 1890s box of Lifebuoy soap,

It is in working condition and all the lettering is clear and easy to read. This little guy is approximately one inch wide, 1/2 inch high and 5/8 inch deep.

$60.00

SOLD


The Perfect Pointer item # 1728

This all wood pointer used a file to sharpen the pencil point to perfection. The pencil was held in place and would turn as the round handle was slid back and forth across the file. One still had to use his pen knife to shave the wood off the lead before using the Perfect Pointer. In was made in or around 1890 by Boodell Company of Anirim, New Hampshire. Much of the detailed instructions are still visible on the bottom of the base. The condition rating is 2,2.

$385.00

SOLD


Chivern Cottage Cheese Box Pencil Sharpener

The first incentive merchandise promotions in the USA & England became popular in the late nineteenth century and pencil sharpener giveaways were among the very first ones. Pencils with advertising were also popular but a pencil was soon used up while the sharpener could last decades. The simple technology was descended from the first pencil sharpener patent issued in the 1850s.

This little pencil sharpener is in the shape of a box of Chivern Cottage cheese and is complete with advertising. It does closely resemble the exact packaging of an 1920s box of Chivern Cottage Cheese.

This little guy from 1920s England was made to resemble a very popular and well known cottage cheese product of the time, "Chivern Cottage Cheese". It is in working order and all the lettering is clear and easy read, although my poor photos do not do in justice. It is approximately 1 inch wide, 1/2 inch high and 5/8 inch deep.

$60.00

SOLD


Early (1883) Black 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 black 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 3.75 inches long when closed and with a 1.25 inch blade about 5 inches long when opened.

$150.00

SOLD


Gem Sandpaper Pencil Pointer item # 3TOO23

This sandpaper pointer has no markings but is most likely a Gem made by Gould & Cook of Leominster, Massachusetts. It was patented by Charles E. Gould and Frank H. Cook in 1886. I have had a few of these in the past and have seen others and all of them were missing some parts or the casting broken in some very visible or important place. It does appear that the casting on one side of the base of this one is very rough and may indicate that a piece was broken off but, it is pretty straight, not very noticeable and does not seem to effect the balance of the piece since it does stand by itself without being bolted down. The estimated condition rating on this pointer is a 2,2.

$935.00

SOLD


Webster Pencil Pointer item # 1757

The Webster Pencil Pointer made in 1892 by F.S. Webster with offices in New York, Boston and Chicago. Condition rating is 2,3. It works but not as well as it should.

$285.00

SOLD


Boston Ball Bearing No 1 Pencil Sharpener

The Boston was appreciated and respected. People wanted them and most schools used them. The first Boston was made in 1899 and the first successful patents granted in 1901 and 1910. Those first machines were called the Boston Ball Bearing No 1. Much later models were made for over 100 years and are still being made, now in China, but no longer considered of the quality when they were made in the USA.

Boston Pencil sharpeners were probably the most prolific and most recognized desk top sharpeners ever made. Unfortunately, since they were that popular, so many were made that today they generally are not considered very collectible. Collectors want the unusual and more rare specimens rather than the common place and readily available ones. That first one, Boston Ball Bearing No 1, is somewhat rare and not that easily found so it has become a must addition for any serious antique pencil sharpener collection. In about 30 years of dealing and collecting antique pencil sharpeners this is only the second Boston Ball Bearing No 1 that I have acquired. That first one sold immediately after I collected it about 15 years ago.

This particular Boston Ball Bearing No 1 bears patents and dates of 1901 and 1910. The frame is mostly cast early aluminum with a very distinctive pearlized plastic housing and a handle with wooden knob. It is larger and heavier than most later Boston models. This machine was likely made between 1910 and 1913 and at that time sold for about $6.00. It is approximately 5 inches high, 6 inches wide and 3 inches deep. It is in working order and we would estimate its condition rating at 2-,2.

Our price includes free shipping anywhere within the USA and there is an additional international shipping charge of $30 for anywhere outside the USA.

$325.00

SOLD


Antique Webster Pencil Sharpener

This all cast iron pencil sharpener was made around, and is patent dated, May 1, 1900. It is also marked "FS Webster, New York, Chicago & Boston" It is in working condition and we have estimated its condition rating at 2,2.

It is approximately 7.5 inches high, 4 inches wide and 6 inches deep. It was designed to be bolted or screwed onto a desk top and we are displaying it on a wooden base. Our price includes free packing and shipping to anywhere within the USA.

$285.00

SOLD


Planetary Pencil Pointer item# TOO900

This Planetary Pencil Pointer on board dates back to 1896. It was manufactured and distributed by A.B. Dick in Chicago. The condition rating on this is a 2,2.

$475.00

SOLD


Automatic True Point Sharpener No 3419

This unique sharpener features eight (8) cutting blades and is in good working order. It is approximately 5.5 inches tall, 3.5 inches wide and
4 inches deep. It is a somewhat rare machine and not a lot is known about it. Some think it was German made but I tend to think it is either English or American. I would guess it to have been made just after the turn-0f-the-century somewhere in the 1900 to 1910 range. We have graded this piece as a 3,2.

$450.00

SOLD


Jupitor Pencil Pointer

This machine was the product of Guhl & Harbeck of Hamburg, Germany and distributed in the United States by A.B.Dick in and around 1890s and post turn-of-the-century. While there are no model markings we believe it to be Jupitor Model 2. If you think about it, this machine is really a miniature milling machine and up to 40 different cutting blades could be used to get just that right point but you still would use a pen knife to expose the lead. This machine has a condition rating of 2,2 and come with four cutting blades.

$435.00

SOLD


Courant

This is a plastic art deco era pencil sharpener. It was designed to be clamped down to the desk top. Condition rating 3,2

$150.00

SOLD


Little Shaver Pencil Pointer

This little guy actually shaves the pencil point to perfection. It was made around 1904 and has a condition rating of 2-,2.

$250.00

SOLD


Roneo Pencil Sharpener

The Roneo Automatic Screw Cutting Pencil Sharpener by The Roneo Company, 371 Broadway, New York, New York. Probably a Model 6 and made somewhere around 1910. A very distinctive and unique pencil sharpener and an absolute must for any serious pencil sharpener collection. condition 3,3.

$400.00

SOLD


Roneo Pencil Sharpener item# 902

The Roneo Automatic Screw Cutting Pencil Sharpener was designed to be bolted down on the desk top and used a spiral milling type device to shave the pencil. The Roneo was made by the Roneo Company of New York and dates to around 1915. Condition rating 2,2

$185.00

SOLD


US Automatic

This was called automatic because it automatically held and turned the pencil as the operator cranked the handle. This one is mounted on a wood base. It was manufactured around 1906 by The Automatic pencil sharpener company of Chicago. condition rating 3,2.

$245.00

SOLD


Jumbo Pencil Pointer item 3TOO23

The Jumbo was also made by the Automatic Pencil Sharpening Company of Chicago and is very similar to its sister product, The US Automatic. This machine dates to around 1906. While it otherwise operated OK, it is missing the gear attachment to turn the pencil while the operator cranks the handle and the reason for the 3,4 condition rating.

$425.00

SOLD


Boston KS Model Pencil Sharpener item# 1404

This Boston KS pencil sharpener still has its original box and we believe it dates back to the 1950s. The box and sharpener are both in good condition and it comes with two screws for fastening the sharpener to a desk or wall.

$60.00

SOLD



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