Posted 8 years ago
This item is made mostly of cast iron, with a steel cutting blade, and a rotating steel disc. It is 180 mm long, 38 mm wide. Appears to have been Nickel plated originally. As can be seen on the cutting knife, is dates from 1902, and is branded Victor. The can opener was operated by piecing the curved point though the centre of the lid, then pushing the knife point through the outer edge of the lid, then simply pulling the handle around to cut the lid off. Ingenious, I think! The tools on the other end seem to be bottle and jar openers, and a hammer to tap the lids back on.
However, something is missing. The steel disc must have had a purpose, but I'm not sure what. My guess would be that it once had a corkscrew which folded into the handle, but I can't see how it was mounted. The little punch mark on the disc appears to be a stop, as the disc only rotates about 200 degrees. I've owned it so long I don't know where I got it, but it was like this when I got it. I'm in Australia.