Envelope Moistener - $35.00

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4 1/4" wide x 3 1/2" deep x 2 3/4" high

Here is an Envelope Moistener from the 1930s. This is an unusual office gadget made and signed by the Pike Company. It is called a "Pike Better Moistener" and consists of a natural bristle brush that rests on a black glazed pottery reservoir. The reservoir is filled with water, and the damp bristle ends stick out beyond the chrome lid. There is an arm on the chrome lid under which the envelope flap is run. This arm ensures that the bristles contact the foul tasting glue to seal the envelope. This was probably a hot item in its day and made a great gift for the boss to buy for the secretary. The patent number was registered in 1935, so this item was likely manufactured during the latter half of the 1930s. This unusual item can be seen at BARN ON 26 ANTIQUES in Gray, Maine.

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