Apple parer

Apple parer
Title
Apple parer
Date 
ca. 1800-1830
Medium 
Wood, metal
Dimensions 
Overall: 18 1/2 x 9 x 14 in. ( 47 x 22.9 x 35.6 cm )
Description 
Wooden apple parer with two wheels run by leather thong; spring 'kicker' to push off pared apple; U.S. copper cent used as washer.
Credit Line 
Gift of Charles L. Robinson
Object Number 
1946.182
Marks 
typed: paper affixed to wooden wheel: " The parer is distinctive as the first/ and only primitive with a kicker to knock/ the apple from the fork, that I have yet seen./ It was apparently fastened to a bench or a table/ by means of a wedge. Note the long slender pin/ of wood, that fastens the large wheel to the/ square end of its shaft and that the face of/ this wheel was slightly hollowed and finished/ after the pin was put in. It might be that/ be that [sic] a triangle or wedge shaped piece of wood/ was fastened to the underside of the table top/ and the machine slid in place over it which/ would prevent it wobbling when in use."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group