The photos above were sent to Hopedale by a lady in Connecticut, who wanted to know what the device shown is. It was manufactured by the Dutcher Temple Company of Hopedale, which, of course, mainly made Dutcher loom temples. This device has patent dates of 1884 and 1886. Eventually the answer turned up in a letter found in the Hopedale Historical Commission files. (See below) Both the letter, sent in 1988, and the pictures above, sent in 2007, came from Connecticut. It’s a pencil sharpener. Below the letter is an ad for another Dutcher manufactured device; bread mixer/kneader. 

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