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Wooden Screw Linen/Napkin Press

Linen and napkin presses were used in the 17th and 18th century for pressing clean or recently used linens. Linens were placed between the boards, and the wooden screw was tightened, which put pressure on the boards. This gave linens both a crisp fold and a slight sheen. Small wooden presses like this one were used for pressing small linens like napkins. They were generally kept in a pantry or laundry room while larger, more ornate presses were kept in the dining area or entry area for show. The base of this press has a drawer for storing small pressed linens.


Condition: Consistent with age and use

Material: Wood

Circa: 1890

Dimensions: W 16.5" x D 13" x H 29.75"

Item #: AC17-22

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