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Object ID # 1957.032.013
Object Name Wringer, Clothes
Title Anchor Clothes Wringer
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Date Early 20th-century
Place of Origin Unknown
Description ANCHOR hand-operated clothes wringer. The wooden frame lost its stencilled lettering and finish in the Febrary 8, 2001, storage fire. The rubber rollers are now damaged. The detachable wringer is designed with clamps. The handle has a curvation to its shank. It also has a wooden grip. Since 2001, the wringer has been attached to a wooden-tubbed washing machine from another donor (see 1983.087.001).
Makers mark ANCHOR (printed mark--now gone)
Provenance Unknown. Last owned by Mrs. John Wilson of RR#2, Tara, Bruce County. It is unknown where ANCHOR brand clothes wringers were manufactured. It likely dates to the early 20th-century.
Collection Household Equipment, 20th-c Collection
Material Wood/Metal/Rubber
Found Tara, Bruce County
People Wilson, John
Subjects Laundry
Washing machines
Function This item would be attached to either a washing machine, or a washtub bench stand. It was cranked by one hand, while the other hand of the laundress would guide a newly-washed garment or textile through the wringers to squeeze out the water. The squeezed textiles could then be put into a laundry basket and then taken to a clothesline to dry.