Hand-Operated Grape Crusher

Description
This hand-operated grape crusher with a metal hopper was used by Francesco Lee (Lia) to make wine at his home in Bound Brook, New Jersey. Like other home winemakers in the eastern United States, Lee purchased wine grapes locally that had arrived by rail from California. While one member of the family poured the grapes into the metal hopper, another turned the crank to operate the crushing rollers. Placed on top of a wide container such as a wooden barrel or half-barrel, or quarter-barrel, the crusher emptied the grape pieces and juice directly into the container.
Location
Currently not on view
Measurements
overall: 23 in x 12 1/2 in x 28 in; 58.42 cm x 31.75 cm x 71.12 cm
ID Number
1997.0154.01
catalog number
1997.0154.01
accession number
1997.0154
Credit Line
John Lee
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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