Market Lavington Museum

Slicing the beans

In our recent post A couple of mincers, we saw one of the products made by Spong & Co. Alongside that small mincer on Market Lavington Museum’s kitchen table, we have another Spong machine.

Coloured a cheerful red, it looks more modern than the duller mincers, and we believe it dates from the mid 20th century. Nontheless, it is still a sturdy item, clamped rigidly to the table edge.

It offers a choice of two holes, to accommodate runner beans and smaller, possibly French, beans. As with the mincers, there is a handle to turn, moving the bean through the slicer.

The beans are cut by these blades, before falling out at the rear of the machine.