Early American Pencil Sharpener

Photo by Audra Swearingen
This is  an early-20th century pencil sharpener from Automatic Pencil Sharpener Co. of Chicago. This design was patented in 1906. The design is made of steel, tin and cast iron and mounted on a wooden base. It has a removable bottom drawer to trap shavings.This was the best-selling pencil sharpener until 1914 when it was slowly surpassed by a side loading model.

(via Country Living)

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  1. Hi. Where do I get one of these early pencil sharpeners for my fifth grade classroom? How much should be expected to pay? Thanks.

    1. I pulled this image from Country Living magazine several years ago as a curiosity so I really don’t know how much these sell for nor where you might find one. I suspect antique markets would be the best place to look. Best of luck.

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