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Image of Reading 2B Return Parer

Reading 2B

Reading Hardware's first return pare is known as the "Reading 2B" to collectors. As you turn the hand-driven gear the small bevel table gear rotates the returntable. After the apple is pared, the paring arm is pushed up onto a ridge near the center of the returntable. At the same time teeth that line the perimeter of the returntable gear engage a small spur gear. The spur gear is also meshed with teeth that line the inside of the quadrant, which carries the paring arm. This small spur gear rotates the paring arm quadrant in the reverse direction. During this time the push-off is engaged by a lip that protrudes from the returntable gear. When the reverse motion returns the paring arm back to starting position it is dropped off the small ridge with a snap. The movement of this machine is beautiful to watch. This parer is marked PATENT MARCH 2, 1869 & MAY 17, 1870 on the paring arm quadrant. Near the push-off on the frame the parer is marked HARBSTER BROS. & CO. The hand-driven gear is marked READING HARDWARE WORKS READING PA

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