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Mechanical Pencil Sharpener Gallery
 ~ 1910-1919 ~

Model, Year, Maker

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Pencil Sharpener
Patented 1901-1910
Mayo & Co. 
Chicago, IL
Sterling_pencil_sharpener_Mayo__Co_Chicago_Pat_No_667173_972488.JPG (45670 bytes)
Littlejohn Pencil Sharpener
Patented 1903 ~ Advertised 1910
Hi-Lo Desk Co. (sole selling agent)
New York, NY
1910_Littlejohn_OM.jpg (66648 bytes)
1910_Littlejohn_Pencil_Sharpener_Pat_10.06.03_outside.JPG (104570 bytes)
1910_Littlejohn_Pencil_Sharpener_Pat_10.06.03_inside.JPG (114203 bytes)
Premier Pencil Sharpener (a.k.a. Knife Blade Automatic)
Patented 1910 ~ Advertised 1913 (Knife Blade)
W. S. Beebe & Co., New Haven, CT. (Premier)
National Specialty Sales Co., New Haven, CT (Knife Blade)
We have found no advertisement for the Premier. However, we have found one advertisement for a Knife Blade Automatic (System, Sept. 1913.) The Knife Blade pictured in the ad is identical to the Premier except that at the bottom instead of a clamp there is a base that stands on a desk. The ad states: "Where it is desired to have it portable, an enamelled stand is provided for fifty cents additional." Without the stand, the Knife Blade was $3.
1910_Beebe_Premier_OM.jpg (22087 bytes)
Right Pencil Sharpener
Patented 1909 (Germany), 1910 & 1912 (UK), 1913 (US) ~ Advertised 1910-13
Everett Specialty Co.
New York, NY
1910 Right Front TFCT.jpg (12753 bytes)
Quail Pencil Sharpener
Advertised in US 1910-12
M. Erlebach
Frankfurt, Germany
Photograph top right, courtesy of The Gemmary, shows model with circular cutter with six blades.
Stamp below and 1910 ad bottom right show model with disk milling cutter.
Quail_Pencil_sharpener_stamp.jpg (72141 bytes)
1910_Quail.JPG (48246 bytes)

1910_Quail_Pencil_Sharpener_adx.jpg (46996 bytes)
Roneo Pencil Sharpener
Patented 1910 (UK), 1913 (US) ~ Advertised 1910-13
Roneo Co. 
New York, NY
Roneo_No._1.jpg (16356 bytes)
Peerless Whittler Style A (two blades)
Introduced 1910 ~ Advertised 1911
Peerless Whittler Co., New York, NY (1910)
The Burke Mfg. Co., Syracuse, NY (1911)

1911 Peerless Whittler OM.jpg (19507 bytes)

Peerless Whittler Style B (three blades)
Patented 1910 (Germany & UK, by Peerless Whittler Co. of New York)  ~  Advertised 1911-13
The Burke Mfg. Co., Syracuse, NY (1911)
W. M. Welch Mfg. Co., Chicago, IL (1912-13)
Peerless_Whittler_3_blades_OM.JPG (45304 bytes)
Faber No. 5060 Pencil Sharpener
Advertised 1911 (Germany)
Johann Faber
Germany
Johann_Faber_No._5060_x_OM.jpg (23764 bytes)
Pencil Sharpener German_pencil_sharpener_d_OM.jpg (30935 bytes)
Rapid Pencil Sharpener
Top machine: Advertised 1911
Middle and bottom machine: Patented 1913 (Germany, by C. Spiro Mfg. Co., New York) 
~  Advertised 1912-13
C. Spiro Mfg. Co.
New York, NY

Middle photograph courtesy of Howard Levin
Rapid_pencil_sharpener_first_model_OM.JPG (21759 bytes)
1912 Rapid.jpg (18539 bytes)

Rapid_Pencil_Sharpener_2_OM.jpg (31927 bytes)
Roneo No. 2 Pencil Sharpener
Patented 1913 ~ Advertised 1911-12
Roneo Co.
New York, NY
1911 Roneo No. 2 with Decal ZLC.jpg (20279 bytes)
Roneo No. 6 Pencil Sharpener
Patented 1913 ~ Advertised 1912-13
Roneo Co.
New York, NY and London, England
1913_Roneo_No._6_OM.JPG (26675 bytes)
Boston Pencil Pointer
Patented 1910 ~ Advertised 1912-13
Boston Pencil Pointer Co.
Boston, MA and New York, NY
Machine lists a 1901 patent, but no machines were produced by Boston before this one.
1912_Boston_Pencil_Pointer_adx.jpg (52137 bytes)
Boston_Pencil_Pointer_Boston_Specialty.JPG (74385 bytes)
Climax Pencil Sharpener
Advertised 1912-14
Automatic Pencil Sharpener Co. (APSCO)
Chicago, IL
APSCO lists 1900-06 patents on this and many of its other machines;
those patents were purchased from the Olcotts.
1912_Climax_OMx.jpg (79663 bytes)
Jumbo Pencil Sharpener
Patented 1911-14 ~ Advertised 1912-14
Automatic Pencil Sharpener Co.
Chicago, IL
1912_Jumbo_OM.jpg (22925 bytes)
Atlas Pencil Sharpener
Patented 1911-14 ~ Advertised 1912-14
Automatic Pencil Sharpener Co.
Chicago, IL
Atlas_pencil_sharpener_760_May_1908_e.jpg (46301 bytes)
L. E. B. Draw-Cut Pencil Sharpener
Advertised 1912-13
Cushman & Denison Mfg. Co.
New York, NY
1912_L.E.B._Drawcut_x_OM.JPG (18252 bytes)
Courant No. 9 Pencil Sharpener
Patented 1912-13 ~ Advertised 1925-39
Eugen Courant
Germany
Early Courants are made of steel while late ones are made of aluminum, according to www.spitzmaschine.de.

Stolzenberg_pencil_sharpener_2.jpg (164009 bytes) 
The Stolzenburg pencil sharpener is similar or identical.
Courant_9_with_clamp.jpg (29531 bytes)
Courant No. 9
Stolzenberg_pencil_sharpener.jpg (93338 bytes)
Stolzenberg
Courant No. 5 Pencil Sharpener
Patented 1912-13 ~ Advertised 1925-37
Eugen Courant
Germany

Courants were produced in several other slightly different shapes, 
and were probably marketed with other brand names,
such as Koh-I-Noor
1913_Courant_with_rectangular_base_OM.jpg (23222 bytes)
Courant No. 5
Koh-I-Noor_PS_OM.JPG (105223 bytes)
Koh-I-Noor
Boston Model B Pencil Pointer
Advertised 1913-26
Boston Specialty Corp.
New York, NY
1913_Boston_Pencil_Pointer_Model_B.jpg (19797 bytes)
Duplex Pencil Sharpener
Advertised 1913
Automatic Pencil Sharpener Co.
Chicago, IL
1913_Duplex_OM.jpg (41103 bytes)
Victor Pencil Sharpener
Patented 1913 ~ Advertised 1913
Roneo Co.
New York, NY
1913_Victor_pencil_sharpener.jpg (23252 bytes)
Louis Myers Pencil Sharpener
Patented 1912 ~ Advertised 1913
Mechanical Products Co.
Brooklyn, NY
1913 Louis Myers japanned OM.jpg (29032 bytes)
1912_Myers_1x.jpg (28336 bytes)
New Era Pencil Sharpener
Patented 1913 (Germany & UK, by B. O. Fanslow, New York), 1916 (US) ~ Advertised 1913-15
New Era Mfg. Co.
New York, NY
1913 New Era Mint Front.jpg (7932 bytes)
Climax No. 2 Pencil Sharpener
Advertised 1913-36
Automatic Pencil Sharpener Co.
Chicago, IL
There is also a machine labeled Climax No. 1.
The Climax No. 3 was advertised 1937-38
Climax_No._2_x_OM.JPG (43467 bytes)
Courant Pencil Sharpener
Patented 1914 (UK) ~ Advertised 1914 (US)
Eugen Courant
Germany
1914_Courant_Pencil_Sharpener_adx.jpg (55427 bytes)
Bilt-Rite Pencil Sharpener
Advertised 1914
Porter-Cable Machine Co.
Syracuse, NY

Photograph courtesy of The Porter-Cable Collector
1914 Porter-Cable Bilt-Rite.jpg (13384 bytes)
Ballou Pencil Pointer
Patented 1905 ~ Advertised 1914-15
Ballou Mfg. Corp.
New York, NY
1914_Ballou_OM.jpg (22233 bytes)
Boston Model F Pencil Pointer
Advertised 1914-15
Boston Specialty Corp.
New York, NY
1915_Boston_Model_F_OM.jpg (32361 bytes)
Stewart Pencil Sharpener
Patented 1915 ~ Advertised 1914-15
J. K. Stewart Mfg. Co., Chicago, IL
1915 Price $2
The 1915 model in the photo to the right has an adapter that can be positioned in front of the aperture for use in sharpening thin pencils. 
The machine was marketed in 1914 without this adapter.
1914_Steward_No._2_OM.jpg (100457 bytes)
Junior Pencil Sharpener
Advertised 1914-15
J. K. Stewart Mfg. Co.
Chicago, IL
1915 Stewart Junior OM.jpg (13901 bytes)
Penny Pencil Sharpener
Penny Pencil Sharpener Co.
Pittsburgh, PA
This is a coin-operated Stewart Pencil Sharpener with self-feeder, mounted on a coin-box.
1914_Penny_OM.jpg (39622 bytes)
Dexter Pencil Sharpener
Advertised 1914 onward for many years (at least until 1936) with model changes
Automatic Pencil Sharpener Co.
Chicago, IL
1914_Dexter_1900_1906_patent_dates.JPG (47725 bytes)
Wizard Pencil Sharpener
Advertised 1914 onward for many years with model changes
Automatic Pencil Sharpener Co.
Chicago, IL
1913_Wizard_OM.jpg (25684 bytes)
Junior Pencil Sharpener
Advertised 1914 onward for many years with model changes
Automatic Pencil Sharpener Co.
Chicago, IL
1900_1906_Junior_pencil_sharpener.jpg (17132 bytes)
Matador No. 2 Pencil Sharpener
Advertised 1914 in Germany
Germany
Image courtesy of www.spitzmaschine.de.
An earlier Matador model was introduced c. 1910-1912.
Avanti Pencil Sharpener
Patented 1909 & 1917 (Germany), 1910 & 1912 (UK), 1913-1915 & 1926 (US) 
~ Advertised 1914-39 with variations (Germany)
Avanti
Dresden, Germany
The 1909 (Germany), 1910 & 1912 (UK), and 1913 (US) patents are the same as those for the Right Pencil Sharpener, which had the same inventor. Many machines with this cutting system were produced in Germany and elsewhere on the European continent in the 1920s-1960s.

The two Avanti pencil sharpeners to the right have different labels.
Avanti_x_OM.jpg (25350 bytes)

Avanti_pencil_sharpener_Germany.jpg (77947 bytes)
Automatic True Point No. 3419 Pencil Sharpener
Germany
Automatic True Point HOC.jpg (15279 bytes)
Dandy Pencil Sharpener
Advertised 1915 onward for many years (at least until 1936) with model changes
Automatic Pencil Sharpener Co.
Chicago, IL
Dandy_Pencil_Sharpener_earliest.JPG (100188 bytes)
Dollar Boston Pencil Pointer
Advertised 1915-17
Boston Specialty Corp.
New York, NY
1915 Price $1 (postpaid) "The price permits one in the home."
Dollar Boston Pencil Pointer OM.JPG (13844 bytes)
Chicago Pencil Sharpener
Advertised 1915 onward for many years (at least until 1936) with model changes
Automatic Pencil Sharpener Co.
Chicago, IL
1915_Chicago_OM.jpg (26764 bytes)
Chicago Giant Pencil Sharpener
Advertised 1915 onward for many years (at least until 1936) with model changes
Automatic Pencil Sharpener Co.
Chicago, IL
Chicago Giant OM.jpg (29206 bytes)
Ideal Pencil Sharpener
Advertised 1915-28
Automatic Pencil Sharpener Co.
Chicago, IL
1915 Ideal OM.jpg (33191 bytes)
Kon Kave Kut Pencil Sharpener (a.k.a. Triangle Pencil Pointer)
Patented 1914 (UK), 1916 (US) ~ Advertised 1915-16 (Kon Kave Kut), 1927 (Triangle)
Traut & Hine Mfg. Co., New Britain, CT (1915-16)
Shavings receptacle and celluloid cutter housing not shown in top photo.
1927_Triangle_Pencil_Pointer.jpg (23816 bytes)
Triangle
1915 Kon Kave Kut Front MLCT.jpg (10626 bytes)
Kon Kave Kut
Triangle_pencil_sharpener_OM.JPG (47771 bytes)

Triangle
Roneo Pencil Sharpener
Roneo Co.
London, England

Photograph courtesy of Robert Ennor
Roneo_vertical_OM.jpg (46980 bytes)
Koh-I-Noor Pencil Sharpener
Advertised 1915
L. & C. Hardtmuth Co.,
New York, NY, and Budweis, Austria (now Czech Republic)
1915_Koh-I-Noor_Pencil_Sharpener.jpg (39272 bytes)
1915_Koh-I-Noor_OM.JPG (9128 bytes)
Pencil Sharpener Early_Pencil_Sharpener_1_H_Levin.jpg (69476 bytes)
K & M Pencil Sharpener
US
K & M Pencil Sharpener OM.jpg (22438 bytes)

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