Charcuterie fetish object

Diecast Meat Slicer

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.

Diecast Meat Slicer, clamp detail
Detail of the clamp. I like that the designers added an overhanging lip that secures the meat slicer to the edge of the table.

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I’d love to know any more details out there about this diecast meat slicer. Beneath the slicer the imprint reads:

Automatic Production Limited
Diecasters
Repetition & Manufacturing
Engineers

Brompton
Adelaide
SA

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.

7 Comments Charcuterie fetish object

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  2. Graham

    We picked up one at Camberwell Market last Sunday, same price! Ours has yellow plastic rather than black, was missing the g-clamp (and nameplate) but came with an elongated U-shaped chrome-plated wire. It’s held in place with a knob (same as the feet) and a small plate, where the two grooves and threaded hole are on the side. It reaches as far as the nameplate, and I’m told is a safety device that stops the moving guide from moving too far, but I can’t see it being very effective. Any idea what the three little holes in a row on that guide are for?

    Wish I’d paid more attention to the one at the Art Deco exhibition!

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