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Reamer Envy

Posted Saturday, August 06 by CAG

Here is another item from the in-house appraisal from this week

Lemon or Orange Reamer

This is a lemon or orange reamer. Most of us today call them juicers, because you use them to extract the juice from lemons and oranges. Back in the 30's and 40's people also called them reamers, because of the way they are used. This one is ceramic, Made in Japan, probably in the mid to late 1930's. The bright colors and stylized clown figure give this two piece reamer/juicer a great look.

Cut your lemon in half, force the flat side down on the point of the hat, twist back and forth, and watch the juice and seeds flow down into the clowns collar, where the holes let the juices drain into the clowns base, while the seeds are trapped in the collar. Then lift off the top half (just below the collar) and use the bottom as a pitcher to pour out the strained lemon juice.

This little cutie would probably carry a price tag of about $45 today. The image of this clown in use is just one more reason to be afraid of clowns.

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