Peelers, Parers, Pitters and Other Labor-Saving Tools

Early labor-saving tools made of iron helped make kitchen chores not only easier, but quicker.

Sargent & Foster peeler
This Sargent & Foster peeler was based on the 1853 Pratt patent. Manufactured by Sargent & Foster, Shelburne Falls, Mass., it was the first mass-produced, all-metal peeler. In use, it was mounted on a board.
Photo courtesy George Wanamaker