Littlefield's Patent Food Press and Strainer

Manually-operated kitchen or food press and strainer, consisting of a wire-rimmed cylindrical container with cast grate bottom and stationary arm riveted at one side, to which is attached a removable lever with long, curved handle; a second hook on the lever links to the cast post with hardwood disc press or follower inside the container. Four horizontal legs extend from the grate to fit over a bowl or pot. Comes with three screens, coarse, medium and fine. Lever cast with raised serif letters along one side "LITTLEFIELDS PAT JUNE 16 1868".
Joseph Littlefield, of Cambridge, MA, received U.S. Patent No. 78,981 on June 16, 1868 for his "improved combined press and strainer" .
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Object Name
Press, Food
press, food
strainer, food
date made
ca 1868
patent date
Physical Description
iron (cylinder; screens material)
tin (cylinder; screens material)
iron or steel, cast (grate; arm; post; lever material)
paint (grate; arm; post; lever material)
overall: 7 1/2 in x 16 1/2 in x 9 1/4 in; 19.05 cm x 41.91 cm x 23.495 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Cambridge
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
Group 1
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Group 1
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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