This antique apothecary cast iron cork press likely dates to the 19th century and would have set on the counter (Pharmacy). The apothecarist would pour your solution into a bottle, select the proper sized cork and then use this alligator to compress the cork before inserting it into the bottle. The alligator would have been a show piece to impress the adults and children alike.
The cast iron alligator cork press is attached to a fine and heavy piece of granite by the use of screws through the alligators feet. There is rusting at the feet, but it is still firmly attached. There are signs of use where the press slammed down and some spots of corrosion, perfect to show the true age of this vary rare item.
The granite base is 9 ½” x 7 ¾” x ¾”. The alligator is by itself is 4” tall x 11” long from his nose to the tip of its tail. It is 4 ½” wide at the feet. This is heavy and was meant to last. It weighs over 10 pounds.
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