Posted 7 years ago
Manufactured in Leominster, Massachusetts, the Gem Pencil Sharpener was made of solid cast iron with the only non-iron piece being the wooden handle cover on the crank. It measures 7.5"W x 7.75" H x 7.5" L and weighs over 5 pounds. The Gem Pencil Sharpener was patented on May 25, 1886 by Charles Gould and Frank Cook of Leominster, Massachusetts. The patent number is 342350. The sharpener was first advertised in 1887 and the last reference found is from 1914 from a local advertisement. This would have been the time period all of these sharpeners were manufactured.
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