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Carter Lathe Parer

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Charles Paige Carter (1829-1910) of Ware, Massachusetts was granted letters patent for an Apple-Parer on August 26, 1856. Carter's inventive claim stated,

"I claim--The disk H with its corer L, and slicing knife c, operating in the manner and for the purpose substantially as set forth, viz: the purpose of the said disk being to regulate the motion of the apple as herein described, by pressure of the hand, without the necessity of any other screw, it being understood that I do not claim merely the use of the slicing knife for slicing the apple into a spiral as that is not new."

This parer takes some practice to use. While cranking the apple forward just the right amount of pressure must be applied to rotate the apple through the disk slicer. Slices come out as rings and some chips. While making this video we found it necessary to cut a flat surface on the end of the apple. Two paper labels on an another example of this parer are shown below.

Reference

Carter, C. P., inventor, Apple-Parer, 1856 Aug. 26. US15603.

 

Carter Lathe Parer
Carter Lathe Label 1
Carter Lathe Parer Label 2
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