Marjan found the old tin opener that was used by my parents for so many years. My brothers will immediatly recognize it. It has opened many tins. And opened a lot of skin too ! It was important to keep the cut in the metal as smooth as possible!
It was made by Crosse and Blackwell
I found some info about it on the internet :
|THE ISLANDER WHO INVENTED A KITCHEN CLASSIC|
|Research among 19th century patents has revealed it was a Ryde man who invented the classic tin opener: a basic design which has since generated many variants.|
| It is not always the big inventions that cause the greatest changes in our lives and, yes, canned food was around long before the tin opener. For decades the instructions for opening cans involved a hammer and chisel. The process of preserving food in cans was developed early in the 19th century but initially they were handmade of wrought iron. By the middle of the century lighter materials had speeded up production but it was not until the 1880s that the first automatic can-making machinery was introduced in Britain. Lighter materials also created the opportunity for a tin opening device.
In 1881 Henry Knight patented his tin opener, a design which has probably opened more tins (and caused more cut fingers) than any other. He was the owner of the Arcade in Union Street, Ryde and described himself as an importer of Italian sculpture. He sold the patent to Crosse and Blackwell who brought it into common use.
He had several patents under his name, including an automatic weighing machine and a horse clipping machine. A controversial member of Ryde Town Council, he earned little from his inventions and was declared bankrupt in 1890 following the failure of his import business.