The apple parer allowed the process of peeling an apple easier. The apple would be placed on the three spikes, the crank would be turned, and the apple would run against the parer or the blade. The blade would peel the skin off of the apple almost flawlessly. (The Virtual Apple Parer Museum, http://bit.ly/1emVTEu) Tabletop apple parer located at Warren County History Museum. Donated by Frank McVey. Photograph taken by Ashley Atwell and Megan Haynes on October 7, 2013.
The cherry pitter efficiently removed the pits from cherries. Two cherries would be placed in the small holes on the device. Then, the hook arms are moved into the upright position and pressed down onto the cherries. This motion would pop the pits out of the cherries. The hooks were sharp and were able to cut the pit out with squashing the cherry. This utensil was created during the late nineteenth century. ("Objects, 1800-1850: Food Preparation," http://bit.ly/1cPSDnb) Tabletop cherry pitter located at Warren County History Museum. Donated by a local resident of Monmouth. Photograph taken by Ashley Atwell and Megan Haynes on October 7, 2013.
Apple Parer Advertisement
Apple parer advertised in the 1902 Sears Roebuck catalog.