Branford House Antiques
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Lifebouy Soap Pencil Sharpener

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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.


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