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Apple Peeler. All iron with a wooden handle. Has a springloaded cutting device and turn handle. Attached to wooden base. 15.75" long. Has no patent date or marks. In 1803, the first American patent for an apple peeler was issued to Moses Coates of Chester Co., Pennsylvania. Over the course of the century, peelers and pitters increased in popularity. Housewares dealers sold these manufactured gadgets under the heading of Yankee Notions. Apples and cherries were even more popular than they are today. The peeler and pitter were invented in response to the common use of apples and cherries in American cooking. Women made pies, cakes, sauces, crisps, butter, from apples and cherries because they were inexpensive and tasty. Pitters and peelers were among the first mass-produced devices that became popular in American kitchens. How we learn about communities; American Communities in History; Food Time Line 16 History; 15 Economics; 17 Geography; 18 Social Systems
|Early American Museum|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library|
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