On February 9th, Wright presents Design in Motion: The Berkel Slicer Machine, the first-ever auction dedicated to vintage flywheel slicing machines, kitchen scales and ephemera. 

To work with a Berkel, it’s not only because it’s beautiful, but because it is the best that you can find...You want to respect your product and these are the best machines you can find for to slice the perfect way. 

Chef Cesare Casella



Wilhelmus Adrianus van Berkel with an early slicer model, c. 1900

A History of the Berkel Slicer

1869
Dutch butcher and engineer, Wilhelmus Adrianus van Berkel is born in Enschot, The Netherlands

1898
W.A. van Berkel files a patent for his Model A slicer and establishes his first factory in Rotterdam under the company name Van Berkel’s Patent

1905
The company opens its South American branch S.A. Sud Americana Van Berkel in Buenos Aires

1909
Berkel starts US slicer production at the U.S. Slicing Machine facility in Chicago

1911
Berkel begins production in Paris at A Francaise des Brevets van Berkel

1916
The company moves its US manufacturing headquarters from Chicago to La Porte, Indiana and changes its name to Berkel, Incorporated

1917
The Berkel Keileweg factory in Rotterdam produces parts for monoplanes and biplanes to support the war effort

1918
Berkel production expands across Europe and the company opens SA des Brevets van Berkel in Brussels, Auto Scale and Slicing Machine in Milan and Berkel and Parnalls Slicing Machine Mfg. Co. Ltd in Ponders End, Middlesex      

1929
The company opens its Canadian headquarters, Berkel Products Company LTD in Toronto

1933
Berkel opens the Berkel Auto Scale Co. Ltd in London

1952
Wilhelmus Adrianus van Berkel dies at the age of eighty-three in Montreux, Switzerland

Present Day
Berkel’s US headquarters reside in Troy, Ohio

Highlights from Slice Night

Design in Motion: The Berkel Slicer Machine

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Auction / Chicago
9 February 2017 Noon ct

Preview / Chicago
1 – 9 February 2017
Monday – Friday 10am – 4 pm

Reception
31 January 2017
6 – 8 pm


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