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Just in case anyone was interested further, the seller on this eBay ad included a bit more information on the history of the knife cleaners. As Tom mentioned the machines were for cleaning older knives, pre-stainless…"
"Knives in the 1800s or before were made of poor quality steel and became rusty. The rust transferred to the meat, etc. and ruined the flavor. Your "knife cleaner machine" removed the rust and other stuff, dried blood, dirt, etc. I googled,…"
"I saw two similar Victorian mechanical pencils (to yours) on line, both were 14 kt gold. One had a ring on the finial-end of the cap, the other was on the side of the cap. The ring was to attach it to the chatelaine. Yours appears to be missing.
"Tom no assumption that this is def gold but in my experience of having about two dozen and selling many others they were often 9 kt gold or gold filled. Also I collect chatelaine pieces and have several pencils with a sorta loop that…"
"Yellowish gem might be amber or citrine or glass. In order for it to be used or carried on a chatelaine it would have to have an eyelet or ring. They are made for desktops too. A chatelaine is a type of necklace worn around a…"
I apologize for the poor quality of my photos. (best I can do)My step-grandfather was an architect. A clue to what this item is?The pointy end that slides out of the body is hollow, much like a mechanical pencil you see today. A yellowish gem / glass is on one end. What am I??? …See More