|Title:||Mounted Egg Carton Jig|
|Date/Era/Period:||unknown, you can see where the nameplate was, but alas gone now|
|Description:||Have no idea, but as you pull down the handle, the dark cast iron pieces move sideways to crimp against the cast aluminum stops. And the large center blade comes straight down between both sets of triangles.|
|Condition:||its in perfect mechanical condition, but well used. what ever it does, its done it thousands of times. All the springs, levers, stops, all work perfect. No foundry marks, but a couple of casting numbers,040-1 on the aluminum frame and 040-2 on the cast iron break knife.|
|Origin:||Bought it in a box lot at an estate sale, no one there know what it was either. Heard everthing from meat tenderiser, bread kneading machine, to egg tray folder !! " Which sounds logical, two rows of six cup making devices with a center devider. However it just crushes a pieice of paper loaded into it.|
|Provenance:||No just a little old farm lady, she died. And I bought it. It was in her kitchen, not her barn.|
|Appraised By:||Bruce Taylor|
What's this clever device doing here?
A determination of history, and value along with supporting documentation will be confronted with your inquire of information, photographic illustration's, however void of a transparent image of a makers logo, or trademark distinguishing the piece as follows: Renderings depict a single antique of a mechanical nature, a domestic instrument, portable hand operated action of the at least one revolution of gearing mechnisium, mounted egg carton jig, merchants used these jigs for making egg cartons in the days when every farmer had a flock of chickens, egg cartons made on this jig would then be filled with eggs brought in to the merchant to exchange for groceries or other provisions, after the eggs were candled by hand to determine if fresh [un-fertilized] they would be shipped to the cities in crates, [folding egg crates held 12 dozen eggs a "gross" for taking to market, it was normal to receive due bills as payment which may be in the form of coins with the stores name on them, thus the due bills could be used for purchase only in the store where the eggs were marketed], this was also true of butter, cream, etc., brought to market by farmers Upper mid-west, cast iron/aluminum casting numbers, 040-1 on the aluminum frame and 040-2 on the cast iron break knife, listed as in working order, primitive circa 1848
It is strange that one sees so few old presses any more, for they were once key objects in early homesteads. Such presses are far from common, and a recent search through two major price guides to American antiques covering over 13,500 items turned up only two examples. Adding to the question of what happened to the old presses is another: once a press is found, exactly what was it once used for?
Food presses anything that had to do with something comestible can be antiques that surprise. For example, a waffle iron is a type of press, though a distant relative. So is a lemon squeezer. There is the even smaller garlic press. But most people think of food presses as much larger, and so most of them were. Various types existed, beginnmg in the 1700s, a few persist even today for specialty purposes, such as home winemaking, as the name suggests, a press, simple or elaborate, used pressure to tightly compress a material. The methods were as ingenious as the skill and imagination of the maker. Most presses consisted of a container for the food, a top portion that could be lowered by degree, and some way to focus force on the top part. A platform or frame held everything together. Most presses were human-powered, and the simplest and most popular used either a lever or somrtimes a screw for pressure. With the lever arrangement, one end was secured to a base very near the press compartment; a little weight at the far end causes great weight on the top plate Such presses were fairly simple and are generally quite old.
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