Sunday, December 04, 2005

Mystery #53


Do you know what this is? Post your guesses in the comments.

10 comments:

Michael said...

Looks like it might be the pressure valve release on an old radiator.

Insanity Infusion said...

Hmm - something in a basement is about all I've gathered so far...

Adam said...

Maybe a tea kettle or a butter churner?

Paul said...

A pencil sharpener. Probably most blog readers don't remember pencils.

Wabi-Sabi said...

I'm with paul. I think it's a pencil sharpener.

Dale B said...

It's not just any pencil sharpener. It was used for sharpening drafting pencils. The pencil was a mechanical pencil with a big thick lead that was positioned by pressing a button the top. You let out the lead a fair ways and then stick it into the sharpener and then rotated the top of the sharpener. Inside was a conical piece of sand paper that put a very fine point on the lead.

peter hoh said...

I used one of these mechanical pencils during high school -- mostly to be different. The lead was much more durable than the old #2 Ticonderoga. At least that's how I remember it. The sharpeners created a much finer point than the Boston sharpeners.

Rick Lee said...

Yep... it's one of those fancy old pencil sharpeners. I wondered if anybody would remember them.

Dennis said...

It's a lead pointer, as opposed to a pencil sharpener.

soupablog said...

yup: a lead pointer.