Cucumber slicers (made from Sheffield plate) were possibly the idea of George Stephenson, the celebrated train engineer, who lived a few miles south of Sheffield. He was an enthusiastic gardener and took great pleasure in growing straight cucumbers which he did by using a large glass tube.
Stephenson entertained himself by serving his visitors thinly sliced pieces of raw cucumber of the same thickness, as opposed to the fashion of 'cucumber stew' which consisted of pieces of varying thicknesses.
This cucumber slicer has a hollow cylinder, which the cucumber is placed into and held there by sharp spikes mounted on a metal disc. As the fruitwood handle is turned, the metal disc moves forward, which gradually moves the cucumber past a steel blade which cuts it into thin slices as it is ejected.