ImPRESSive Guesses for This Week’s Mystery Artifact

We couldn’t pull the wool over the eyes of our Facebook family this week with Wednesday’s What-in-the-WORLD? mystery item. An especially high number of responses came in–19 in all–and most of them largely correct. Clearly that handle is a dead give-away.

Charmingly labeled a “Housekeeper’s Friend Press,” this handy item will take care of just about any food item you’d like flattened, molded, or mushed.

Made in Richmond by L. J. Little and Co., circa 1900, it was primarily used for pressing meat, cheese, and berries. The wooden ”cradle” holds an aluminum bread pan imprinted with a sunburst pattern. The steel upright handls on the cradle hold the handle that turns down to press the contents of the pan.

C. Gardner Lane, Jr., donated the item to Maine Historical Society; he purchased it from a Maine antique dealer in 2001.

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