This is really a unique item, a 19th century Country General Store Counter-Top Cheese Cutter/Slicer. The unique feature about this oldie is the calculator compartment. Housed inside are plastic discs with cuts and prices. Example: 70 slices @ 5 cents a cut = $3.50. This information made it easy for the grocery person but was also visible for the consumer. (Please see photos of plastic discs and how to access them by sliding top lid to the side.) The compartment is located on the side in front of the chopping blade in front of the person slicing the cheese. Beside that is a lever that when the blade is raised, the lever can be slid left to right. This action then moves the heavy wooden round block at top at increments coinciding with the plastic discs. On the wheel are metal prongs to hold the round of cheese securely on the block while turning and slicing. I find this to be an ingenious mechanism. The wooden wheel measures 15 7/8 inches in diameter and is 1 inch deep. It sits on a round metal (cast iron) base measuring the same in diameter but is 2 inches deep. This bottom base is stationery giving the top wheel a secure platform to rotate on. The blade, now this is a chopping blade and a half, measuring 8 inches by 8 ½ inches. This blade is bolted to a movable arm. The arm measures 8 ¼ inches high where the blade is bolted and 9 ½ inches at end of handle. Total handle length is 16 inches. Total length, including handle to metal hinge apparatus at back that allows the blade to move, is 19 inches. Total height of cheese cutter from base to top of handle is 13 inches. The cheese cutter is as we found it. It is clean and in age related condition. It’s a pretty unique find. Sales tax must be collected for buyers living in or picking up in New York State. Local tax rate applies.
19th Century Country General Store Counter Top Cheese Cutter