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Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 163,765, dated May 25, 1875; application filed
April 13, 1875.

To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, JOHN N. GOOLSBEE,
of Woodville, in the county of Tyler and State
of Texas, have invented a certain Improve-
ment in Vegetable-Cutters, of which the fol-
lowing is a specification:
This invention relates to that species of the
class of vegetable-cutters adapted to cut a
number of slices by a single stroke, in which
a series of knives, arranged in two converg-
ing tiers, are used in conjunction with a cen-
trally-disposed block for supporting the arti-
cle to be sliced.
My improvement-intended to so construct
the implement that the knives will operate
with a shear-cut-consists in attaching the
knives to a swinging frame or handle, and
disposing them more and more obliquely from
the lowest pair, which, where the fulcrum is
located as in- the example illustrated, may
stand at right angles to the supporting-stand-
ards to the uppermost knife, so that all will
have a like shear-cut during their passage
through the vegetable or fruit.
In the annexed drawings, Figure 1 is a per-
spective view of my improved vegetable-cut-
ter. Fig. 2 is a longitudinal section of a por-
tion of the same. Figs. 3, 4, and 5 are de-
tail views hereinafter more particularly re-
ferred to.
The same letters of reference are used in
all the figures in the designation of identical
The knives C are carried on standards Br
and B2 of the handle or swinging frame B,
which is pivoted at'a to an upright on one
end of the base A.
The knives are disposed in the manner of
steps, in two tiers converging toward the up-
permost blade.
There is a considerable space vertically be-
tweenthe back of one blade and the cutting-
edge of the next in series, so that the slice
severed by the upper knife will not be forced
against the side of the knife next below it,

which would be the case were the knives ar-
ranged side by side.
It is obvious that knives arranged accord-
ing to my method operate with very much
less friction on this account.
The knives operate with a shear-cut-the
lower ones, which are, in this instance, ar-
ranged at right angles to their standard, nat-
urally so, on account of the oblique position
they assume when the cutter-frame is lifted
above the vegetable subsequently placed on
the block D, and the others by reason of their
oblique arrangement between the standards,
their obliquity increasing from the lower to the
upper ones, as clearly shown in Fig. 1. By
this gradually increasing obliquity of the
knives they will severally operate with an
an equal shear-cut.
The standard B' is fixed between the side
bars of swinging frame B, but the standard
B, being secured by a screw-rod, b', and nut
b' to a block, b, on said side bars, is movable
between them, admitting of the stretching of
the knives. These are merely hooked upon
pins b3 on the standards, as clearly shown in
Fig. 3.
The vegetable or fruit to be sliced is put
onto spurs or pins d on a block, D, which is
firmly secured to the base in a position to
cause the knives to pass down on either side of
it on their descent. This block is made so
high that the uppermost or apex knife will
strike it before the descent of the frame is ar-
It may be of the tapering form shown in
Fig. 4, or of the straight and slitted form
shown in Fig. 5.
The swinging frame is operated by the hand-
piece B3, or in any other suitable manner.
The lower surface of block b is corrugated,
and acts in conjunction with a similarly-cor-
rugated block, a', on the base A as a pounder,
by means of which beef can be conveniently
The corresponding knives of the tiers should

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Goolsbee, John N. Improvement in Vegetable-Cutters., patent, May 25, 1875; [Washington D.C.]. ( accessed April 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.

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