This kitchen item reminds us of the Universal table-top meat grinders that almost every household possessed during the early and mid 20th Century. This item, however, is a fruit press. One feeds the fruit into the top and turns the screw with the crank handle. The juice is pressed through a metal mesh that lines the bottom of the press, which, in turn, will empty into a container under the press. A turn screw at the end of the chamber controls the pressure of the press. The length of this #55 Universal press from rear crank handle to the end is 12 inches. On the side of the press it says: “Landers, Frary & Clark, New Britain, Conn, United States of America.” It weighs 10 1/2 pounds. It can be taken apart for washing. A nice old complete piece.