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Image of Monroe Apple Peeler

Monroe

This Monroe Brothers quick return is petite, well engineered, and aesthetically pleasing. As the hand-driven gear turns a small table gear rotates the returntable. Hidden on the underside of the returntable is a semicircular gear meshed with teeth on another semicircular gear which, is part of the paring arm apparatus. As the returntable rotates these two semi-circular gears rotate in opposite directions, thus the blade travels in the opposite direction of the returntable and pares the apple. After three turns of the crank an extension on the blade meets an incline or cam on the returntable pushing it away from the apple. At this point, the half gear beneath the returntable and the paring apparatus disengage and the paring arm snaps back to starting position. This parer is marked MONROE BROTHERS FITCHBURG, MASS. PATENT SEPT. 9, 1856 and PATENTED MAY 6, 1856, SEPT. 9, 1856 AUG. 21, 1866.

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