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Vintage Anchor Brand Laundry - Clothes Wringer

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Lacie's hand trembled as she reread the crumpled telegram she had received a few days earlier. It was the confirmation from the young widower she had been corresponding with, saying that he would be awaiting her arrival at the train station in Sandpoint, Idaho. The Eighteen year old Lacie had accepted a job as a nanny to the farmer's two young daughters at their homestead in the wilds of northern Idaho. Now she was standing in front of the steps to a Great Northern Railway Pullman car at the St. Paul, Minnesota train station and it was her last chance to change her mind. She would be leaving family and the comforts of "civilized" life in urban St. Paul for who knows what in Idaho. Her new employer, Mr. Jonathan Eagerton had assured her in his letters that his homestead in Idaho had the latest in modern conveniences including a new Anchor Brand clothes wringer that would certainly make her laundry duties efficient and expedient.

Well, Lacie stepped up onto the train that crisp fall morning back in 1901 and made her way out west to Eagerton's farm. She ended up marrying the handsome young Jon Eagerton and after a few years filled their home with three more daughters and loads of more laundry. Through the years, Lacie never let Jon forget that the old Anchor Brand wringer was neither efficient or expedient. For their 25th anniversary, Jon bought Lacie an electric washing machine--they lived happily ever after.


Here's a piece of laundry history, an antique wooden Anchor Brand clothes wringer complete with wood handled iron crank and wash tub clamps. The printing on the wringer notes a patent date of 1898. Printing also says, "LOWELL'S ENCLOSED COG WHEELS" and includes all the features of the product. It is approx.14" wide, 14" tall and 3" thick plus the crank extends out 11" and the top screws add another 3". This wringer makes a great accessory for a farmhouse chic laundry or displayed in a country restaurant or shop.

The wringer is in really nice shape for its age. The crank and rollers turn smoothly. The roller rubber is still there but nicely cracked with age. The wood frame is in good condition with no splits and the brand name imprints are still readable. The metal nuts and bolts and other hardware have some surface rust but again is in really nice shape for its age. One of the top tension bolts is slightly bent but it still operates.

This is a heavy item (over 17 lbs) so USA shipping only. Note we may detach the crank for packing-it will be included of course.

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Vintage Anchor Brand Laundry - Clothes Wringer