At the Art Deco exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria I noticed a diecast meat slicer made by Hobart that looked as if it was developed for the charcuterie needs of 1950s astronauts. I immediately wondered if anything of the like was available in my price range. The answer is not even remotely.
But I did find the above on Ebay for $15.
Despite a nice patina of wear, the blade remains sharp. It slices through home-made bacon with ease. It shaves salami in thin, papery slices. It has a degree of difficulty that makes it a danger to use; a little like rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time while holding a fistful of razor blades in one hand and a ham in the other. In other words, my idea of a perfect utensil.
I’d love to know any more details out there about this diecast meat slicer. Beneath the slicer the imprint reads:
Automatic Production Limited
Repetition & Manufacturing
Registered Design No. 42073
There is no date, but I’d take a guess from the fonts used on the side of the slicer that it is from the 50s.