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Marmalade cutter. This strange machine was used to slice up orange peel ready for making marmalade. If you look at the bottom, you can see the screw which fixed it onto a table. The handle at the top moves backwards and forwards to slice the peel, which comes out shredded from the hole in the centre of the gold paint. The piece of wood is used to push the peel towards the blade and fits into a hole at the back of the machine. Victorians made a lot of jams, marmalades, curds and pickled vegetables themselves. Remember that they did not have freezers and this was a good way of using and storing all that lovely fresh fruit and vegetables.

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