Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | September 17, 2014

Artifact of the Week. Harvest time.

Fall has arrived and the museum is chock full of harvest tools, here is a small selection.

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This homemade workboard or lap table is one of the most unique artifacts in our collection.  This long, (101.6 cm) flat board with rounded edges and an indentation in the middle was used as a laptop work table for pea shelling in Stormont County, Canada.  It was donated to the museum in 1959 by George Dempster.

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Raisin seeder, circa 1896 made by Landers Fray & Clark, New Britain, Conn., USA.  In the 19th century, raisins “the dried form of sweet grapes, were used in mincemeat pies and in puddings and cakes.”  They were purchased in bulk from the grocer complete with seeds, which needed to be removed before cooking.

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The seeder was donated by Miss Holmes, in 1971.

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Apple peeler, circa 1882.  This metal instrument was clamped to the edge of a work table to keep it stationary while an apple was peeled.  The fork-like pick held the apple in place while a spring-loaded arm forced the cutting edge against the apple, removing the peel.

The raised marking reads “Mfd by Hudson Parer Co. Leominister, Mass. Pat. Jan. 24 82.

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Overhead view of the apple peeler.

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