Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum . . . A Portal to the Past

 

What's It?

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What's it? 

 

A Napkin Press

 

Napkin presses were first used by the Romans.  Pressure on cloth flattens it and gives it a sheen.  Presses were used on both freshly washed linen and for recently used linen to "refresh" it before re-use.  Presses were made into the 19th century.