The New Standard Corporation, based in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania,
manufactured the majority of its patented cherry pitters
between 1910 and 1931. The version shown here is an example of a model
#50. The date of manufacture is unknown.
The founder of the company, Michael Rollman, was known
for having an intuitive knack for design and crafting.
He is credited with designing over 100 devices, ranging
from automobile construction to food choppers.
This particular tool is marked with, "patent pending".
Mr. Rollman did file a patent (#686,139) for a "Cherry-Stoning
Machine" in 1901. His stated objective was to provide
a device that would extract the seed from the pulp without
injuring the fruit or extracting much of its juice.
The device is quite simple to use. The bowl has a hole
in the bottom - just below the piercing implement -
that is large enough to allow the pit to pass through.
After a cherry is placed in the receptacle below the piercing
rod, the handle is pressed downward and the rod pushes
the pit out and through the hole below.