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Object ID # 2005.027.001
Object Name Tester, Cheese
Title Cheese Trier
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Montreal, Quebec
Description Cheese-sampling tool (cheese tester). There is a T-shaped, semi-hollow tubular handle. On the short shank is an impressed maker's mark "...MONTREAL". The rest of the tool is a gouge-like steel tool. This tool allowed one to extract a sample from a wheel of cheese, to ascertain if the cheese had ripened properly.



Makers mark Impressed in the metal of the shank
It is hard to read, can only see "Montreal".
Provenance Factory-manufactured in Montreal.

The last owner, William R. Smith called this item a "cheese trier". He told museum staff that it was formerly owned by a Meaford, Grey County grocery store owner, Mr. J. H. Barry. A 1903 grocery bill from the Barry store reads that Barry sold "Groceries, Canned Goods, Fruits, Vegetables, Etc." The store is not listed in an 1894 directory.

The business was subsequently owned by Mr. Barry's son-in-law, and then by William Smith's father, ______ Smith and called it Smith's Store.

Collection Commercial Equipment Collection
Material Metal
Dimensions W-10 L-56.5 cm
Found Ontario
People Barry, J. H.
Subjects Cheese
Stores & shops
Grocery stores
Search Terms Meaford
Function Factory-made hand tool, designed for commercial establishments that needed to test their cheese wheels for ripeness. It is a sort of gouge that takes a sample from the wheel, using a twisting motion of the handle. It was used at Meaford, Grey County grocery store.