Walking past the local antique/junk shop today, I saw an old Spong mincer that looked like it was in great condition. I walked in and, after hearing it would cost less than $10, I bought it.
Then, I remembered my mom’s old french bean slicer, I asked if they had seen something similar.
And, sure enough, they had one in stock.
The owner, however, had no idea what it was, and she had thought it was some sort of cutter for cigarettes.
It isn’t in as good shape as the mincer, but it’s easy to take apart, sharpen the blade, clean and grease the mechanism and the handle. I’ll have it back in business by the time broad beans come back in season, for sure.
The mincer came with three different blades (one is missing), the guarantee, label and instructions included… though a little worse for wear:
To tie it all in to the Internet, hmmm, well, the domain old-kitchen-gadgets.com is available. So is vintagekitchengadgets.com. And taking a look through the related categories on eBay, it’s definitely a niche worth looking into.