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Antique Universal No1 Food Chopper Patented 1897
Being exceptionally well built had allowed these Universal grinders to survive a century-plus, which is why they aren't exactly rare. But what IS rare is to find them in immaculate condition, such as this Universal No.1 Food Chopper. Due to age and use, usually these are found in a rusty or tarnished condition; this one has almost no weathering and still has its glorious 'silver' finish upon the cast iron base. Made by L.F. & C. New Britain, Conn. USA.
This Universal No.1 Chopper is a charming display piece to adorn any rustic retro kitchen or shabby chic decor. Mounts to a counter or tabletop, just in case you actually want to use it.
Embossed lettering reads:
• Front body - "L.F. & C. New Britain Conn. U.S.A. No.1. UNIVERSAL Food Chopper"
• Back body - "Pat. Oct.12, 1897. Apr. 18, 1889. RE. Sept. 5, 1899."
• Outside arm - "GREAT BRITAIN 24326-97. BREVETTE SG. DG. 1897. D.R.P. No. 104762. BELGIUM 139446."
• Inside arm - "PAT. MAY 15. 1900 CANADA PAT. OCT. 12. 1897."
CONDITION: Light wear to the grinder with some scrapes and such. The wood handle has some nice patina. The grinder 'attachment' piece appears to be reversible (as we were unable to separate it into two pieces). Possibly they were fused together on purpose, or else they're just stuck. The original attachment wingnut has been replaced with a hexagon nut. Grinder still works smoothly. Handle turns effortlessly.