S. S. Hersey of Farmington, Maine was granted two apple parer patents during the American Civil War. One for a quick return parer and a second for a slow return parer that could pare in both the forward and reverse directions (Hersey, 1861 & 1864). Hersey produced two versions of his quick return parer (Lambert, 2014).
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Hersey, S. S., inventor; 1861 June 18. Apple Parer. US32561.
Hersey, S. S., inventor; 1864 Aug. 30. Improved Apple-Parer. US43990.
Lambert, J. (2014). The Three Marvelously-Designed Herseys. See article section of this website.