'72 is a simple, well built turntable of a design that would remind
of the Keyes's turntable apple parer. The '74, not pictured, added a push-off and
removable crank handle to the '72 design.
The Reading '72 Apple Parer is believed to be named for the year it was introduced and others would follow, the '74, '75, '76, and finally the '78. An 1885 Reading Hardware Company Catalog stated the '72 Apple Parer, "...has been many years in use and given satisfaction, is made without push-off, and performs its work in a thorough manner" (Reading Catalogue, 1885, p. 6). In fact, the '72 and '78 parers were Reading Hardware Company's most successful turntable designs and remained in production well into the 20th century.
Price List and Illustrated Catalogue of Hardware Manufactured by the Reading Hardware Company, Reading, PA., U.S.A. 1885. Reading, PA: B. F. Owen, p. 6.