What a great piece for a country kitchen! Patented on February 22, 1898, by the Catawissa Specialty Mfg. Co,, this 20 ¾” long wooden vegetable slicer still slides as smoothly as it probably did when it was made 125 years ago. The slicing box is 3 ½” wide and 2 ¼” tall not counting the handle that sticks up. The rectangular wood slicing handle has a heavy wire “cage” that holds the vegetable in place while you slide it across the serrated blades, which the old instructions call “knives”, thinly slicing your vegetable of choice. The heavy wire on the handle fits into a groove on each side of the slider box, guiding it down the slicer. The instructions are fascinating – serving not only as instructions, but also as an advertisement for the piece. It starts out by stating “It is highly important that you read these instructions.” It does state that “In case of accident to knives (blades), we will furnish new ones for 6 cents.” It advises that that there is no danger to cutting your fingers while using the slicer and it will do more and better work than a slicer costing ten times as much. It states, “The knives being toothed cut easier than a plain knife and always remain sharp.” It also claims that since the slices are corrugated, they cook faster and more evenly, and “A great many fancy dishes can be prepared with it.”
In addition to the paper instructions on the back, there is also impressed into the wooden back the date Feb. 22 '98. From the way the bottom of the slicer block looks, it was used, so it has a few dings, but not many, when you consider this was a kitchen utensil possibly used every day. When not in use, it does have a hole at the top so that it can be hung. It was made in Catawissa, PA. If television had been invented when this was made, I feel sure that it would have been advertised late at night with the “But wait!” offer of getting a second one for only the cost of shipping.
This would be a fabulous addition to your country/farm kitchen decor! Please contact us if you have any questions.
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