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Vintage Primitive Mexican Wooden Tortilla Press

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This unique, antique wooden tortilla press is from Mexico, I believe. Mesquite or pine.....This is an original, not a decorative reproduction.

Before I knew what happened, my hand shot up and I had bought this thing at auction! In my head I was thinking ‘paper press!’ for my papermaking studio. Once I got it home, I realized it wouldn’t work for my studio purposes and that I’m not so hot on making homemade tortillas the old fashioned way.

Still, it’s a cool, vintage piece so I’ve kept it around a few years and now I’m ready to send it off to someone with another purpose in mind. I know these tortilla presses have become stylish accent pieces atop a kitchen shelf or ledge, or on an armoire or sideboard as a rustic, Texas Style conversation piece. Or maybe you want to smash something flat as a pancake…um...I mean tortilla.

This primitive press from Mexico has iron hinges and heavy wooden blocks covered in sheet aluminum (?) that fit flatly together with a 10” long handle to press on them. It measures about 10" x 10" square x 5 ½” tall, partly due to the two wooden feet screwed into the bottom to raise up the plates. The flat sheet metal plates show no signs of rust but they are secured on each side of the press with dozens of little rusty nails. Faint writing on the side of the handle may give some clue as to origin but all I can make out is "Stubby No. 3"...

I do not know how old it is but this one’s been around awhile and has some scuffs and dry wood cracks. The metal hinges are rusty but strong and work just fine. The press weighs just under 6 lbs.

I’m not so hot at restoring wood or metal, and I’ve watched enough TV shows to know I could lower the value by “fixing it up” so I’ve left it ‘as is.’

Restoration project, or not, is up to you!

Vintage Primitive Mexican Wooden Tortilla Press


Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Material: vintage wooden press
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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