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Sargent & Foster
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Sargent & Foster of Shelburne Falls Massachusetts made one of the first quick return apple parers based upon a patent granted to Ephraim Loriston Pratt (1817-1869) on October 4, 1853 (Pratt, 1853). A worm gear drives the mechanism that rotates the blade. The paring arm is under spring tension to follow the apple's profile. Once the apple is pared the paring arm is no longer in gear and snaps back to starting position under spring tension.

An advertisement for Sargent & Foster's Patent Automatic Apple Parer appeared in the September and October 1855 issues of The Ohio Cultivator (The Ohio Cultivator, 1855).


Sargent & Foster's Patent Automatic Apple Parer
 


References

Pratt, E. L., inventor, Machine for Paring Apples, 1853 Oct. 4. US10078.

The Ohio Cultivator: A Semi-Monthly Journal, Devoted to the Improvement of Agriculture and Horticulture, and the Promotion of Domestic Industry, September and October, 1855, Vol. 11, pp. 271 & 320.

 
 

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