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Object ID # 1971.013.005
Object Name Slicer, Fruit
Title Sterling Slicer No. 10
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Rochester, New York, United States of America
Description Hand-powered metal and wood slicer for slicing fruit peel for marmalade. It is embossed with "STERLING SLICER NO. 10" and "N. R .S .A. Co., Rochester, N.Y." and "Pat. APL..FOR" [patent applied for]. There is a short, black-finished hand grip knob, that has a brass ferrule. The feeder tray has an unfinished wooden box bolted to it. On the underside of the tray is "Pat. APL...OR" [patent applied for]. The box is open-ended. It has a flat top with two hinges, as well as a hook and eye catch, which was once brass-finished. There is a wooden pushing block, made of unfinished wood. It has a thin wooden piece nailed to a bigger wood piece, in orer to make a block that fits the dimensions of the interior of the box. On the hinge side of the box, there is what appears to be the original pushing mechanism. It is a shaped cast metal piece, which runs on a slide bar and can be moved over onto the feeder tray. The bolts holding the box do not seem to have been placed by the manufacturer. It is possible that the box and pushing block were hand-made alterations that would keep the peel contained tightly against the blade without any danger to one's fingers. The cutting blade has an ogee-shaped separated (gapped) shape to it mid-area.
Makers mark It is emboss-cast with "STERLING SLICER NO. 10" and "N. R. S. A. Co., Rochester, N.Y." and "Pat. APL..FOR" [patent applied for]
Provenance Made in USA. Owned and used by Doris & Marjorie Spragge of Owen Sound, Grey County for slicing fruit peel for making marmalade.

Collection Food Processing Tools & Equipment
Material Metal/Wood/Black finish
Dimensions W-24 L-35 D-9.5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Spragge, Marjorie
Function This item would be clamped to a table surface. The operator would turn the hand grip. The blade side is likely facing inwards towards the table surface, so that the shredded peel would fall naturally into a bowl provided underneath. The operator would have to feed the slicer and tamp in the peel with one hand, while turning the blade wheel with the other one. A wooden pushing block was used to push in the peel, to help protect one's fingers.