Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | June 19, 2014

SD&G Historical Society Director Mary Ann Hug’s Artifact of the Week, Raisin Seeder

raisin seeder0001This raisin seeder is made of metal and has several markings. On one side it reads “Pat. Nov. 24,96” and “Wet the Raisins.” On the other side it reads “Landers Fray & Clark, New Britain, Conn., U.S.A.” On the top the inscription reads “The Grown” and No2.”

The reason for this invention, which came along much later than the cherry stoner (or pitter) was that raisins, “the dried form of sweet grapes, were used in mincemeat pies and in puddings and cakes. They were obtained in bulk from the grocer, and came complete with seeds, which were a nuisance if not removed before cooking.” (Russell, pg 66.)

The seeder has a screw like clamp that attaches to the edge of a work table.

raisin seeder0002There were various patents issued for different types of seeders, but this one consists “of an upper hopper and a lower chamber in which is mounted a horizontal cylinder attached to an external hand crank. This cylinder is made up of alternating large and small washers having toothed edges. Pressing against the cylinder is a rubber roller. Within each of the grooves formed in the cylinder by the small washers there is a loose metal ring, with a pointed extension projecting outward. In using this seeder, the wetted raisins are dropped into the hopper, from which they pass between the cylinder and the roller. Here the pulp is pressed into the grooves, leaving the seeds to be scraped off by the upper edge of a spout. The pulp is freed from the grooves by the projections… of the loose rings, which being unattached to the cylinder, remain in one position while the cylinder revolves.” (Russell, pg 67.)

The raisin seeder was donated by Miss Holmes in 1971. The seeder is dated circa 1896.

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