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Apple parer

Apple parer
Title
Apple parer
Date 
1800-1830
Medium 
Wood
Dimensions 
Overall: 32 1/2 x 37 1/2 x 12 in. ( 82.6 x 95.2 x 30.5 cm )
Description 
Hand-operated apple parer; hand-cranked fork and knife holder mounted on rectangular board; separate knife with long, cylindrical wooden handle; board nailed to the top of a box-like base on one end of a wooden bench supported at each end by a pair of slightly splayed legs joined by a stretcher.
Credit Line 
Gift of Charles Larned Robinson
Object Number 
1946.29
Marks 
typewritten: on tag attached to object: "Four legged parers / are the oldest and / rarest. Being both / bulky and fragile / they quickly, had to / make way for first, / the more compact / straddle board paper / which was soon follow- / ed by table attached / wooden and iron ones."
Provenance 
The Charles Larned Robinson Collection of Early American Apple Parers
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group