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Image of Bergner Apple & Peach Parer Patented May  29, 1877

Bergner

George Bergner of Washington, Missouri manufactured some very interesting lathe apple and peach parers. As you turn the crank the threaded-shaft, which is opposite of other lathes, moves in reverse or towards the hand. The threaded-shaft is connected to a rack, which drives a pinion gear. The paring arm is attached to the pinion gear and is made to pare around the apple as the rack is pulled back. Once the apple is pared the threaded-shaft is no longer locked. At this point the person uses their palm to shove the shaft forward, which simultaneously activates a push-off and drives the rack and pinion back to starting position. This parer measures around 11 inches and is marked BERGNER'S APPLE & PEACH PARER PATENTED MAY 29, 1877. Other versions of Bergners design can be found, some are longer and have segmenters.

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