1890s' Most Unnecessarily Complicated Apple Peeler [Restoration]by Hand Tool Rescue   2 months ago


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Some say, it's necessarily complicated. Some, not me, but some. This restoration was on an 1891 patented apple peeler. These were made by the Goodell Co. in Antrim, New Hampshire beginning in the 1890s. I do not know when they halted production of this apple parer, so a more exact age of this specific peeler is unknown. Later models even had a spiral slicer attachment. Personally, I love tools with tons of moving parts that all work synchronistically.

You can see the patent document here: https://patents.google.com/patent/US449050A
You can see a 1918 advertisement here: https://i.imgur.com/EfGZlJZ.jpg

This specific tool was previously repainted and so I decided to leave the metal parts completely bare after paint removal. I really do like the "raw steel" look for a type of restoration where you still want the tool to look "old".

I ended up only replacing the brass bushings on this unit and the rest of the restoration focused on making sure the peeler looked great and was safe to use.

It would be fun to remake the parts that touch the apple out of stainless steel, so that you didn't have to oil everything again after you cleaned the metal parts.

Finding more complicated apple peelers is definitely moving up on my list!

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