The focus this week is on cherry stoners, otherwise known as cherry pitters. Here at The Past Antiques, we have several different kinds of cherry pitters, but the one in the spotlight this week is our black Enterprise Manufacturing Company’s No. 1 cherry stoner.
Cherry pitters, at first glance, seem to be an odd and old gadget. Our Enterprise cherry stoner stands 7 ½ inches tall from the countertop. Generally, these devices were made of cast iron.
To use, first tighten the clamp in place onto a counter or table top. Then, place a small cup under the trough that extends from the stoner to catch the pits. Place a second cup, bowl or even a ready-made pie crust under the device for the cherries to fall into. Finally, simply turn the handle! The handle turns the rotary wheel so that the pitted cherries fall through.
A manual rotary cherry pitter like this one grew in popularity in the late 1800s, but there have been many similar versions of our Enterprise No. 1 cherry stoner released. There is a type that stands on four legs instead of clamping to the edge, and others include single and double-plungers. Today, there are cherry pitters that can be hand-held.
Before these types of cherry pitters, people had to pick out the seeds one by one, often tearing the whole cherry apart. The invention of the rotary cherry pitter gave the cherry a larger chance of coming out whole. A great innovation for bakers all over!
Enterprise Manufacturing Company also made items like apple peelers, coffee mills and even souvenir banks.
Cherry stoners can still be used (if kept in good condition) in the kitchen as they were used a hundred years ago. They also make for a lovely antique decorative item. Visit The PAST Antiques Marketplace at Nature’s Art Village in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of antiques and vintage collectibles.