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Cheese Plane

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T2400
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1700 - 1800


This carved oak plane appears to have been designed as a woodworking tool. However, judging by the inscription written on its side, it was used instead to slice cheese. The inscription reads:
"When with long grinding, Nature's tools are spent
To shave the cheese, Art found this Instrument"
It differs from a carpenter's plane as it is used upside down. The cheese slides over the top of it between two guiding rims. The cutter is adjustable so that the thickness can be varied.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century
Medium:Carved and joined.
Place of Origin:England


Height:9.5 cm
Width:12.2 cm
Depth:30.6 cm