This type of small, primitive hand-held corn sheller was used to remove kernels from dried corn. Often used in the kitchen for smaller amounts of corn for use in cooking. This one was found on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
It's a beautiful chestnut brown color with a large hanging hole at the top and an iron plate in the middle with sharp teeth for removing the corn kernels from the cob. Some of the teeth are missing due to age and heavy use. Wooden strips are added along each side of the iron piece for reinforcement and as a guide for sliding the corn through the teeth. These are attached with darkened old nails (two of which appear to be square).
The lower end shows natural wear where the corn cob would have slid down into a bucket or other container after the kernels were removed and perhaps where the piece was rapped against the edge of the bucket to remove any last bits of corn. This is a great example of l9th century farmhouse kitchen wooden ware and looks wonderful hanging on the wall with other kitchen collectibles.
Corn Sheller measures 19 1/4" long x 4 1/4" wide.
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