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A home-use opener named the "Bull's head opener" was designed in 1865 and was supplied with cans of pickled beef named "Bully beef". The American designed opener was made of cast iron and has the shape of a bulls head. A two part steel blade is fastened to the bulls neck, one short vertical spike rising from the head is intended to pierce a hole in the lid, the other cutting blade (under the chin of the bull) for see-sawing around the lid of the tin. The bull-headed design was produced until the 1930's and was also offered with a fish-head shape. Donated by R.W. Wallace
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Last modified on: December 19, 2014