A Pencil Sharpener

Today we look at a practical device with a different appearance. It’s a pencil sharpener and probably about eighty to ninety years old
It was made in Germany but used by a White Street family in Market Lavington.

Pencil sharpener in the shape of a Zeppelin airship. This item probably dates from the 1920s or 30s and can be seen at Market Lavington Museum.

As can be seen, it takes the shape of an airship – sometimes called a blimp. Being German, it is actually based upon Count Zeppelin’s ideas, with a rigid light alloy framework. It is not really a blimp at all.

If the airship had an era it was in the 1920s and 1930s, Because hydrogen was used, the outcome was not always good and, in the case of the Hindenburg, the end was almost explosive and certainly utterly tragic.

But during the era of hope and popularity, no wonder youngsters were keen to have their own models and a pencil sharpener had utility as well as beauty.

Our pencil sharpener is not in good condition but we are pleased to have it as a reminder of that past era.

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