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Old, Desk Top Mechanical Pencil Sharpener
This antique pencil sharpener was probably made in Germany in the early 1900's. A pencil is inserted vertically into the hole in the top that has two bars that hold tension on the pencil. When the crank is turned the pencil rotates as does the large, six bladed cutting wheel. Each blade passes over the revolving pencil to shave it to a point. The length of the lead is determined by the lever on the side that moves the cog that adjusts the depth of the pencil slot. There is a small hole at the top near the gear that was probably an oil hole for lubricating the mechanism. The cast body is attached to a heavy gauge steel base which has holes to mount it to a desk. It has a black japanned finish with a simple, double line pin stripe detail on the handle side. This is probably an early Avanti model made in Germany in the 1920's or 1930's. I believe this would have had a metal drawer-like bin to catch the wood shaving. This slip-in, unattached collector would have probably had the make or model name on it. It is being offer for sale with this in mind.
It stands about 5" high and the metal base measures about 3 5/8" by 4 3/8". Overall it is in nice condition and the mechanics of it seem to operate properly albeit rather slow to sharpen so the blades may not be as sharp as they were originally. The paint has good gloss with minor chip wear and loss. The housing at the top is slightly bent but it does not seem to hinder the use. As previously stated it probably had a shavings catcher which is missing so it is being sold as-is.
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