A Rare Set Of Six 19th Century Cucumber Straighteners
A rare collection of six 19th century hand blown glass cucumber straighteners. In very good condition, one with a small nibble to the base.
Designed by George Stephenson who built the first public railway line in the world and of course Stephenson's Rocket . Stephenson who had a problem with crooked cucumbers growing in his glasshouses at Tapton House, designed and had several of these straighteners made at his Newcastle steam engine factory. The young fruit is fed through through the small aperture at the top, which is then hung and tied by string from it's knop to the framework in the greenhouse, a wonderful piece of 19th century ingenuity.