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Offline lptools

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A B Dick Planetary Pencil Pointer
« on: May 18, 2017, 03:05:26 PM »
Hello, I picked this up today, just thought it was a complex mechanism I couldn't live without.  Turns out it is missing one of the base feet, and the tray that catches the shavings. I have another post in the By Sell Trade Forum. Regards, Lou

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Re: A B Dick Planetary Pencil Pointer
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2017, 12:40:15 PM »
That thing is fantastic! I definitely would have bought it, just for the old/complex/cool factor. Even the name is awesome!

Soooo, have you tried it out yet? :-)
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Re: A B Dick Planetary Pencil Pointer
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2017, 06:37:17 PM »
 Lou, in your last picture, that bracket sticking out to the left,  if you swung it 90 degrees left, would
 it line up with the bottom hole ??

  to me, it looks like it may have been mounted on a wall,  if you rotated it, it looks like you could mount it on a desk or board.

  just a thought.  Frank

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Re: A B Dick Planetary Pencil Pointer
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2017, 03:05:12 AM »
Hello, Frank. Former owner maay have done that (mounted it to a wall), but in the process, the original second leg/foot was lost. Regards, Lou

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Re: A B Dick Planetary Pencil Pointer
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2017, 01:55:41 PM »
Hello, Bob. I put it to the test, and my efforts were pointless:-) I used a modern hexagon pencil, and the pointer struggled. I took out my pocket knife, whittled the pencil down, and got better results, but still not sharp. I will try to find an older, thinner, round pencil. Regards, Lou      P.S., Frank, the holes line up in both directions.

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Re: A B Dick Planetary Pencil Pointer
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2017, 02:09:34 PM »
 if this is the right patent, as I believe it is, it was patented in Canada.

 patent number 52038  (Canadian )  issued to George Frederick Ballou from New York and assigned to the A.B. Dick Co.

 patent issued on April 21st, 1896