Jean has found and restored this interesting rustic antique household implement.
Every rural home in Limousin would have possessed one of these as they were used for skinning one of the area's staple foods; sweet chestnuts.
Anyone who has tried skinning their own sweet chestnuts knows how fiddly it is to take off the inner soft peel in any great quantity.
French country people, once the hard outer skins had been boiled off, would put the chestnuts in a pear shaped cast iron pot and quickly and repeatedly open and shut this tool with its scissor action thus agitating the chestnuts sufficiently to rub off the inner skins on the grooved ends of the tool.
Measures 66cms in length and 5cms in width.
Shipping by Colissimo with tracking.
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