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