Cork squeezer

Object Number: 
1933.223
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/4 x 9 1/8 x 3 in. ( 5.7 x 23.2 x 7.6 cm )
Description: 
Cast iron cork press ( or squeezer) with molded acanthus leaf pattern on top legs; three molds for corks of different diameters.
Gallery Label: 
According to the donor, this cork squeezer belonged to her father, John Vaché Cox. The properties of cork were perfect for the irregularly formed mouths of free-blown bottles which had finishes that were hand tooled with a commensurate lack of precision. Corks were soaked in water and then squeezed into the proper shape for insertion into the bottles with a tool called a "cork press." Often customers, in an attempt to reduce cost, would bring in their own bottles to be decanted. These then needed to be sealed with a cork before the customer took them away.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Isabella Vaché Cox
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group