Here's an early farm and household implement we found while picking through an old barn. This is a carved wooden cheese press, in exceptionally well-preserved condition! It has a hinged, 2-piece design with a threaded wooden rod that is joined using a mortise and tenon. An oval shaped threaded wooden piece is screwed on to the rod and tightens the two pieces of the press together, like a clamp. Simple yet ingenious, it's a wonderful, handmade tool that was likely used for multiple purposes. It has a folksy-looking handle with a hole for hanging on the wall when not in use. It has a fabulous, original, undisturbed patina that's smooth to the touch and has all the wonderful features of century-plus old wood! It's from back in the days when people used make-do tools and contraptions to get things done. This press is museum quality that would display well most anywhere and could serve as a very unique, decorative conversation piece. It measures 20 1/2 inches long, 8 inches at its widest and about 7 1/2 inches deep/thick.
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