Historic Tools of North Castle

Vegetable Food Grinder

This device at Smith’s Tavern is a vegetable food grinder made by the Thomas H. Houchin Manufacturing Co. of New York City.  Written on the drum is “Houchin Mfg CO’ NY - Pat Jan 11 ‘70 - Apr 9 ‘72” and the manufactured date “May 29, 77”.  


This revolving grater was patented by Thomas W. Houchin, of Morrisania, N.Y. Patent # 126,144.  According to the patent information, this "Vegetable-Grater" is complete and is described as a "cutting-surface" and as a "grating-surface" and represented for the purposes stated.  {As a cutting-surface, formed of perforations, each having two lateral triangular cutters or teeth with an open throat in front. As a grating-surface, used as described.}


The device is made of cast iron and consists of a wooden handle on the crank that is connected to a large gear wheel whose teeth move a smaller gear that turns a circular drum with perforated sides.  The device would be clamped to a work area with the vice attached to its bottom.


Reference:  http://www.lonehand.com/antique_utensils.htm

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Location:Right Shelf - Bottom
Length: 18 cm
Width: 14 cm
Height: 10 cm
Weight: 691 g