Mysterious cutter tool

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Once a month, The Ensign features objects housed at Hokonui Pioneer Village and Museum Inc that lack details needed to explain its history. The museum is appealing to the public for information to fill in the gaps.

This month’s artefact has been stored in the Hokonui Pioneer Village and Museum Inc for some time, but nobody seems to know what it was used for.

Committee secretary Nancy Stronach said it was described as a cabbage cutter.

“The blade chops up and down when the handle is moved.

“I have only ever seen one other. That was described as a meat slicer, but I do not think this would have the strength to slice meat,” she said.

The museum has no record of where it may have come from or who donated it.

“We are not even sure the colours are original, but someone has taken the time to restore it.”

The chopper is made from cast steel and is substantially heavy.

“We would love more information on this unusual cutter.”

If anyone has information about the object, they can phone the Hokonui Pioneer Village and Museum on (03)208-1161.