IOW-36B614: IOW-36B614 Modern Pencil Sharpener

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Unique ID: IOW-36B614

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An incomplete Modern cast-lead pencil sharpener of 19th century date (c. 1850-c. 1900).
The lower part is hollow and cone-shaped to house the pencil. It has a rim at the base and a vertical slot at one side. On the opposite side of the slot there is a raised cartouche or similar feature with initials, possibly S O. The decorative handle end is sub-triangular in plan and pointed in side view. Two scrolls rise from each side of the cone to form an opening. The scrolls support a scallop-like feature which has an almost similar design on each face with a circular hole at the base. Each of the scallop-like faces has a raised design, a crown on one side and a standing human figure on the other.
This sharpener is worn and corroded in places and has a buff patina. The iron cutting blade is missing. 40.97 x 17.13 x 11.14mm. Weight: 9.08g.

Similar pencil sharpeners have been recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database. See finds: HAMP1653; HAMP-3334; IOW-1577F3; NARC-E4E785 and NARC-52E1F8.

According to Wikipedia:
'Bernard Lassimone, a French mathematician, applied for the first patent (French patent #2444) on pencil sharpeners in 1828. In 1847,Therry des Estwaux invented the manual pencil sharpener' (accessed 09/08/2011).

Class: Pencil sharpener

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MODERN
Period from: MODERN
Period to: MODERN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 40.97 mm
Width: 17.13 mm
Thickness: 11.14 mm
Weight: 9.08 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 9th March 2012

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2012-4-121

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Regularly improved

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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