all original reinforced oak wood antique american wine or fruit press. the early 20th century vintage press is comprised of nicely aged varnished oak wood with multiple wrought iron and steel components. the wine maker's press is used to extract juice from crushed grapes during wine making. there are a number of different styles of presses that are used by wine makers but their overall functionality is the same. each style of press exerts controlled pressure in order to free the juice from the fruit (most often grapes). the juice flows through openings in the basket, which is positioned above a raised edge wood tray that collects the juice. the press has a low and wide stance for greater stability. the strong hardwood pressing basket is original to the wine press. the central cast iron acme large threaded screw and pressing plate remain in excellent working condition. original hand painted red design motifs are found along the vertical support posts. manufactured by the red cross mfg. co., bluffton, in. measures 21 1/2 x 18 inches.