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Lot 35J: New England Shaker Maple Wood Fruit or Citrus Press Squeezer 1800s
25 October 2016
Milton, DE, USA
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Description: The Shaker kitchens prepared an immense amount of food everyday. This utilitarian kitchen utensil was used by the Shaker sisters to press juice from lemons, oranges and other citrus fruits. The large size fruit press was handmade for the community kitchen by the brothers. The fruit press is made of solid hard maple wood with long shaped handles. The interior core of the press is made of lignum vitae. Lignum vitae is Latin for "wood of life" and derives its name from its medicinal uses. Lignum vitae has been used to treat a variety of medical conditions from coughs to arthritis and chips of the wood can also be used to brew a tea. The central press made of lignum vitae is very durable and strong wood and this type of wood resists cracking and breaking due to its strong wood properties. Lignum vitae was also used on sailing vessels for belaying pins, sheaves and blocks. The wood is an exotic wood and was very prized and treasured. The Shaker fruit press has the original iron strap hinge, wood screws and metal pins. There is a detailed pie crimping along the press edge and the opposite paddle has a beveled edge. The fruit press is already wired for hanging.
Condition Report: Excellent condition with age appropriate patina
Dimensions: 11 1/2 inches long, 3 inches wide, and 2 inches deep.