UP FOR AUCTION IS A......."RAADVAD" SLICER or CUTTER from DENMARK I believe this beautiful antique was made in the 1800's. I have done some research and have seen it described as a BREAD SLICER , a TOBACCO PLUG CUTTER , or a MEAT SLICER . Whatever it's intended use, it is a beautiful piece of history that has been kept in excellent condition. Why, it could even be used as a BOOK SHELF in your Kitchen or Den! Slicer measures 12" wide, 9.5" high and 13.5" depth with handle. The wooden tray measures 5.5" by 4", by 11 1/4" long. I have discovered a similar antique cutter in Raadvak's current catalog showing it as a bread slicer. I always thought it was a meat slicer and it has been in my family for many years. Tobacco cutters were used in General Stores in the early 1900's to cut plugs off the tobacco plant for chewing or the making of cigars and cigarettes. The overall condition is excellent. The cast iron has no rust and the wood has been wonderfully preserved. The blade is a little pitted, but it is still sharp. E mbossed on the top front of the cutter is "RAADVAD" in red lettering with a crown and "R" underneath. T is a # "294" with a "2" under it stamped in the cast iron on the inside of one of the legs. A little about the RAADVAK company: Useful implements ... Since 1758 "What is being manufactured is not luxury goods but practical, useful implements, the Professional's Toolkit". In 1758 in Raadvaddam, the Danish King Frederik V presented his butler Nicolai Jacob Jessen with a gift. And so began an era of developing and producing all manner of kitchen utensils. The little industrial community based next to Mølleåen in the north of Denmark (North Zeeland), had just 150 inhabitants at the start of the 19th century. 78 of which were working for the innovative company Raadvad. 1924 saw the company change its production to the exclusive manufacture of knives and bread knives. This antique would make a lovely display in your home or a great Christmas gift for that collector on your list! Thanks for looking!!