A unique American invention – the apple parer

Found in an old cabin

In mid 1850s America, a growing middle class sought out new mechanical aides and labor-saving machines for the home. The birth of American industry saw a proliferation of these mass produced items made of cast iron with interchangeable parts. The apple peeler below was the first labor-saving machine invented by David Goodell.


Circa: 1861 – 1901

“White Mountain” apple parer/corer. Made by: Goodell Co., Antrim, New Hampshire. 

Cast steel frame with thumbscrew for clamping to table. Threaded shaft with three prongs on end. Turned by a crank with wooden handle. Swiveling cutter with blade.

Raised cast letters on horizontal frame member: White Mountain Apple.

Raised cast letters on vertical frame member: 3 Made by Goodell Co. Antrim, N.H. USA

The first four decades of the 19th century apple parers were mostly made of wood by artisans for local communities. The Shakers of Massachusetts produced lovely wooden apple peelers. The invention and proliferation of cast iron apple peelers coincided when orchards were transitioning from planting with seed to grafted varieties.

The “White Mountain” apple peeler is an example of the genius of Yankee ingenuity.

Happy Trails, Dohn

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