|Object ID #||1957.018.001ab|
|Object Name||Peeler, Fruit|
|Title||Screw-Type Apple Peeler|
|Lexicon category||4: T&E For Materials|
|Place of Origin||Unknown|
Screw-type apple peeler (apple parer). It is made of iron. It has coiled springs. There is a short, cranked handle, with a short, black-finished, turned wooden handle grip. The clamping attachment is 4.5 cm long. There is a winged screw. The clamp screw can be removed. There is a horizontal threaded screw piece which ends with three tines / skewers for holding the apple. Turning the handle either retracts or forwards the screw piece from the pivoting blade holder at the end.
Function: A mechanical device that would be clamped to a table or counter edge. It would be hand-cranked to peel an apple. If you did not use an apple peeler, you would have to use a paring knife to prepare your apples. Often peeled apples were sliced and then the pieces were strung on cord to allow them to air-dry in a kitchen or storeroom. They later could be stewed up when you needed them. If you often made apple sauce and apple pies, this would be a handy kitchen tool.
A patent for a similar screw-type parer was given to a United States manufacturer in 1849. A similar parer was the "Little Star" (patented in 1888). In the 1908 Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalogue, similar screw-type parers were advertised. Potatoes and quinces and pears could also be pared with them, according to the catalogue, and at the time a screw-type apple parer cost $0.51 (American). Some were a combination parer, corer and slicer.
|Makers mark||No maker's name seen|
|Provenance||Unknown manufacturer. This apple peeler likely belonged to either the Charles J. and ____ Lister family or the George S. Miller family of Owen Sound, Grey County, in the 19th-century. Last owned by Mary Miller of Owen Sound (a descendant).|
|Collection||Food Processing Tools & Equipment|
|Dimensions||H-17 L-23 cm|
|Found||Owen Sound, Grey County|
Lister, Rev. Charles J.
Miller, George S.
|Function||Used to peel apples.|