This is an old Allegro Model D Automatic Honing and Stropping Machine for Safety Razor Blades. It appears this will allow for the sharpening of several different double edged blades but not single edge or wedge blades. It has a two face body with a sharpening stone on one side and honing leather on the other side. A small button on one end is pushed downward so the blade holder can be removed, fitted with a blade and returned to its locked position. The finger bar pushes the carriage from one end to the other, turning the blade at every stroke as it runs over the exposed surface of either the sharpening or honing surface. It was made in Switzerland and the last U.S. patent would date it to the early 1920’s. It comes with its original instruction pamphlet and a maroon colored cardboard box which has graphics on the inside and the Allegro name on the paper covering. The instructions are written in numerous languages but the pictures do a great job in explaining what the words do not.
The box measures about 6 1/8” by 3 ¼” by 1 3/8” and the device fits snuggly inside. The sharpener is in good original, operable condition with minimal wear to the metal. The stone is intact, not chipped or broken but the leather pad is slit. Since it can be removed it MIGHT be possible to resurface or replace it. but no guarantee is implied or given. The box shows wear with some stains, scuffs, edge and corner wear and small tears. The back originally had a paper hinge but it has been torn off.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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