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Bread Slicing Machine - Hand operated, circa 1940 Object Reg. No: SH 850280

Hand operated bread slcing machine used at Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, Victoria, Australia, circa 1940
Hand-operated bread slicing machine is long, thin metal structure on 4 bowed legs. Consists of long flat trough (for loaf) with circular blade, in flat, circular, metal housing at one end, and large turning wheel with wooden handle attached to rim at the other. Wheel attaches to blade via several cogs and axle running parallel to trough. A flat, spiked plate pushes the loaf along trough to blade. This is connected to second rod, parallel to blade one and also connecting via cogs to wheel. Plate has double wooden handles protruding above it. There is a hinged shute (extension of trough) leading out from far side of blade.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 54.00 cm (Height), 50.00 cm (Width), 122.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: diet nutrition, mental health, mental health institutions, psychiatric hospitals, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Institutional Life
Tertiary Classification: food & drink preparation
Place & Date Used: Beechworth Mental Hospital (Beechworth Asylum), Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, circa 1940
References: Card with exhibit

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