Item #: 5023A Patented 1888 Star Tobacco Cast Iron General Store Plug Tobacco Cutter Nearly every general store a century ago or more has a plug tobacco cutter mounted on a counter for the use of cutting slices of plug tobacco for the male customers, usually sold by the inch. This is a very heavy cast iron cutter, with the words “Star Tobacco” with a star on each end cast into the base of the cutter, and “Star” with two stars cast into each side of the arch of the cutter in fancy lettering. The blade of the cutter has flat blade screws to allow the blade to be detached for sharpening. There is a place on the front of the cutter marked in ½ inch segments to measure the tobacco for purchase. The numbers “3919” are cast on the handle of the cutter, and the underside of the base is impressed “Made by Enterprise mfg. Co., Phila. USA, Pat. Jan. 20, 1888,” with the numbers “5837” cast above. There are holes on each end of the cutter to attach to a counter. The outlet is 19” long, 4 5/8” wide, and 7” tall. The patina of the cutter is dark, showing a little light surface rust in spots. There is a spot in the arch of the cutter that has a small possible old weld, not sure, but must be mentioned. This is a very fun and collectible advertising general store piece, which would go great with item “09540, our Star Tobacco advertising clock!