Basic seed cutter knife holder, Littleton, ca. 1920

Contributed by Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum


To use this seed cutter, one sat in the chair and sliced the potatoes by pushing them against the knife blade. When used by a skilled cutter, hand cutting was faster than many mechanized systems. When cutting potatoes for seed, it was necessary to cut them so that each piece had at least one eye in it.

Cutting seed by hand enabled the cutter to make informed decisions on how best cut a potato because potatoes are irregular and mechanized systems could not alter their cutting pattern to accommodate the unique qualities of each potato.

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  • Title: Basic seed cutter knife holder, Littleton, ca. 1920
  • Creation Date: circa 1920
  • Subject Date: circa 1920
  • Town: Littleton
  • County: Aroostook
  • State: ME
  • Media: Wood
  • Dimensions: 80 cm x 38 cm x 58 cm
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum
1678 U.S. Route 1, Littleton, ME 04730
(207) 538-9604 (Debbie)

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