We often feature mid-twentieth century items in our blogs, but we also have a real passion for old country furniture.
We picked up this wonderful piece of rustic kitchenalia – we think it’s a potato masher.
Perhaps Irish in origin, although we’re not sure at this stage… a bit more research is required. It’s a very unusual piece.
BLOG UPDATE: 22nd June. We now think that the object in question is actually a cheese press. The wet cheese, contained within a cloth is pressed by the wooden block, the excess liquid draining through the holes. We’re still not sure about the country of origin. British/Irish is still likely, although continental Europe is a possibility – and we were also sent pictures of a very similarly designed piece which was in a U.S. auction of farm machinery. (Thanks to Erik Schepers).
If you like cottage interiors or country furniture, these books are well worth a look: