Fully Restored General Store Tobacco Cutter Marked on both sides of arches "Reading Hardware Company & Standard Tobacco Knife". Really Nice Axe Head Medallion on Cutter Pivot, and Brass Cutter base block.
This is the Only "Reading,Pa " that I've ever seen which Still Retains it's Original Cast Iron Swing-Out 6 inch Scale !
This is where the Term "To Cut a Plug of Tobacco" comes from !
Graduations of Cutting scale lines are Embossed on the cutter's scale : Each 1/2, and full inch mark up to 6 inches..
Embossed Underneath: "Reading Hdwr.Co. Pat'd Nov.2,1880 ."
Condition : Cast Iron has been Complete Disassembled,Stripped,Cleaned , and Repainted by a Professional Restoration Shop. Cast iron has normal overall pitting under the paint, but is without any cracks or chips, and has the 2 mounting beveled Eyelet Holes intact. Blade edge shows normal roughness, but has a Really Neat Brass Lower stationary block .
Measures 18 inches Long, and 4 Wide at Base. The Arch Frame is 6 inches High from base. The Cutter Arm is 14 3/8 inches long.
Weighs 8 Pounds and 3.9 Ounces.