Friday, May 2, 2008

What Is It?

We found this in my Mother's garage. We were told that it is a lard press. I imagine it could have also been used for fruit.

30 comments:

Lilli & Nevada said...

I was trying to read the name on there and do a search but couldn't get it to come out. Neat old thing tho. Hubby said definitely some kind of a press

photowannabe said...

Love the looks of this. I like rusty old things. They are perfect photo ops. Sorry I don't know what it is but I do agree that it is some type of press.

evlahos said...

great textures. well done

quintarantino said...

Maybe a press to do some kind of drink?

June said...

Dunno, but I like the shot.

Dick said...

It must be a press and I think so to it's for fruit. Have a great weekend.

Kerri said...

Wow, that is really neat looking! I wonder how old it is!!

Mike said...

Looks as if it would be extremely effective!! Ouch!

judy said...

Hmm...I'm not sure what it is, but I would love to have that for my garden.

Sheila said...

Hi Dot,
my first thought was a press.
I don't know anything about processing lard. That's interesting.
x

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Whatever it is, it's a wonderful find. Old, rusty, beautiful and loaded with character.

granmal said...

Cool - I haven't a clue - but I love old finds like that - It could be in a cracker Barrel

DeeMom said...

cider press or apple butter press?

alexander said...

Interesting captures! Yes that is unusual. I bet it would be a good fruit presser if it is not rusted. :P

Have a good weekend.

Alexander
Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

Paulie said...

Because of the holes, I think its a press for juice. Hmmm maybe its for making beer?

Daryl E said...

I knew it some sort of press .. I was going to jokingly say its a cork remover/bottle opener for Magnums of wino .. :-Daryl

Old Wom Tigley said...

I love old things like these.. can you imagine the use it must have had....

deborah wilson said...

Dot, I would be cleaning up the rust and painting with some rust-o-leum paint. It's definitely an antique and worth keeping. I'm not sure what of press it is, but if I find out, I'll let you know. If there is an antique shop near you, they would probably know for sure.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I will try to sort this out. When people butcher hogs, they take off the skin and try to cut it and not get any meat. All of this skin is cut into pieces or squares or strips. And it is cooked over a fire and gets hot and the skin is eventually dipped out and put into a cracklin press (we called them). The hot skins are put in here and the screw is turned and this pressed the skin pieces down to form a cake of skins all stuck together and about 2 inches thick. The grease drips out and you are left with a cake of skins we call "cracklins." Some people call them pig skins. There isn't a lot of lard that comes out as most is cooked out before the skin pieces get here.

If it isn't a cracklin press then I don't know what it is.

luiz.ramosforest said...

Beautiful antique.

david mcmahon said...

I would have guessed a fruit press. Gotta research lard presses now.

Sorry I've been AWOL - blame it on the new job.

God bless. Have a great weekend

GMG said...

Hi Dot! Nice pictures this week.
Loved to see those flowers!
I'm exploring a new country at Blogtrotter. Enjoy!
Hope you have a great weekend!

Sharon said...

What an interesting old piece. If only it could talk!

Andrea said...

At first glance I thought it was a hand crank ice cream freezer. Very interesting antique.

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Abe Lincoln may be right. There is a brief reference to a cracklin press here http://www.rumely.com/Stories.htm

The Texican said...

The company was a Hardward company in St. Louis. The press is for lard or fruit circa 1920. Most of the ones I've seen have a solid canister. The one with holes may have fit inside the solid one. 85 to 110 dollars I would imagine.

Anonymous said...

I think that this is an apple press.....to strain fruit for jelly or cider....So my guess is a fruit press.

but the creacklins post sounded like that could be it also.

Hmmmmmm maybe somebody will find it on a google search.

fishing guy said...

Dot: What an interesting find. I'm glad you got a lot of help on what it is. It sounds like it has a dual purpose. Take good care of it.

mrsnesbitt said...

Hi Dot, not een over much as we are spending a few days out on the motorbike...back soon! Off to Lake District today!
Denise
xxx

Max-e said...

Whatever it is Dot, I think it has the potential to make quite a mess as whatever is being pressed spews out the holes :)

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