This very rare machine cuts a rope of candy into pieces with cuts at right angles from each other. This makes the distinctive Humbug shape. These machines were popular, but at this time we think this is one of five surviving machines and possibly the only one still used in candy production.
To quote the vintage catalog we have from this company.
"The candy is fed into this machine either in round or flat stick form and is cut into uniform pieces of a peculiar shape known to the trade as "humbugs", "peach blossoms," "American cuts" etc."
This appears to be a No. 2 size Humbug machine, and it is an early model without the finger guard.