Ancient pencil sharpener?? ✏️

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Ancient pencil sharpener?? ✏️

Post by Emily » Fri May 17, 2019 9:22 pm

Evening everyone,

So my husband actually accompanied me on the weekend for a couple of hours!! A first and probably the last. Haha. 😂 He claimed that it wasn’t as bad as he thought it would be. 🤔

The field we ventured onto has thrown up many items all from vastly different eras, so as it hadn’t been planted yet, I thought I’d give it a quick going over with my husband in tow to dig the holes. 😁

I was using my 400i with the Nel Tornado coil. Other than a few bits of rubbish (and a part of a buckle that I’ll upload in a couple of days for dating) it was pretty quiet. My best finds being a beautiful 1844 Silver Sixpence (found about 3” down and gave a clear 85 signal) and this item, which was about 5” down and gave a slightly mixed 80’s signal.

Identifying it eluded me for a little as it’s so odd looking, but I now think it could be a pencil sharpener. I haven’t seen anything like it before though, so any thoughts would be very welcome. :)

Also, I’m going detecting tomorrow on a small area where a ‘settlement’ of some kind is believed to have been based. The issue is that the land is quite overgrown, so wondered if anyone had any advice on how best to tackle it if I can’t get as close to the ground as normal. Thank you. :)
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Re: Ancient pencil sharpener?? ✏️

Post by Easylife » Fri May 17, 2019 9:29 pm

Yep, a Victorian pencil sharpener. ::g
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Re: Ancient pencil sharpener?? ✏️

Post by BAMBAM » Fri May 17, 2019 9:31 pm

I have a few but that's a nice example. Great Pics.
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Post by Ladybird66 » Fri May 17, 2019 10:37 pm

Really nice find Emily. :D

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Post by Elbasstardo » Sat May 18, 2019 12:10 pm

Nice finds! One of those is definitely on my want list!
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Post by djm666 » Sat May 18, 2019 9:08 pm

More examples of the pencil sharpeners at https://www.officemuseum.com/sharpener_small.htm. That site also has some images of adverts which can give an idea of date.

Is there any manufacturer on the other side?

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Re: Ancient pencil sharpener?? ✏️

Post by Emily » Mon May 20, 2019 10:37 am

djm666 wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 9:08 pm
More examples of the pencil sharpeners at https://www.officemuseum.com/sharpener_small.htm. That site also has some images of adverts which can give an idea of date.

Is there any manufacturer on the other side?
Thank you for the link. No, there doesn’t appear to be any markings on it whatsoever.
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