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Stringbean Cutter

Display: Cutting Edge
Culinary Technique: size reduction

Date: pat. 1889

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dimensions: 11.25" h x 11.5" w x 7" d

Watch collection donor Mel Mickevic demonstrate this object with
Dean Christopher Koetke, School of Culinary Arts, Kendall College,
and Victoria Matranga, exhibition curator.

This rare item is a patent model, which would have been submitted to the U.S. Patent Office in support of a patent application. Its string cords date from the original hang tags tied on at time of receipt. It is not known if such a bean cutter was ever manufactured. The crank handle spun the sheet-metal disk, on which four blades angle in the direction of the beans in the feed chute to produce uniform lengths. Three beans could be cut at one time.