Antique hand carved limestone press, used to press apples into cider. Imported from England.
In the earliest days, fruit was hand crushed with mortar and pestles. Later a more mechanical process was discovered using a circular horse powered mill. This used an upright millstone (usually carved from the local stone) and was pulled by a horse to crush the apples laying in the circular trough. As the horse went round, the apple cider maker would add water and scrape the pump off the sides.
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