Apple parer

Object Number: 
1938.213
Date: 
ca. 1853
Medium: 
Iron, wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 14 1/4 × 9 × 6 1/2 in. (36.2 × 22.9 × 16.5 cm)
Marks: 
inscribed: in pencil on obverse: "THIS BASE IS NOT/ THE ORIGINAL IS IN TALA [?] MUSEUM/STORER/WORSHIP IN BASEMENT"
Description: 
Cast iron apple parer mounted on hardwood board; three-pronged fork rotated by crank; crank also rotates gears which draw attached knife up and down the apple as it turns.
Gallery Label: 
The parer was patented in 1855, but the object is not marked.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Irving McKesson
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group