A relatively heavy vintage, possibly antique, bully beef can opener believed to date from the First World War (some have dated these can openers to the American Civil War, but we are not sure about that).
The opener was called a bully beef because of the bull head and because it was used to open cans of beef etc during the WW1. It is made of heavy cast metal (probably cast iron). No visible makers marks.
Although structurally sound, the opener would probably benefit from expert cleaning and the metal itself is pitted and oxidised in some places. Its use as a can opener has not been tested.
The can opener measures approximately 6in long from the tail to the tip of the opening mechanism (which is believed to be steel). Weighs around 220g.
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