Does anyone know what this is?

by Jo-Anne King
(Pomfret Center, CT USA)


This is a souvenir of Bolivia. I am bringing it to my children's class for a cultural arts week about Bolivia and I'd like to know what this wooden piece actually does.

Does anyone know? Thank you in advance.
Jo-Anne

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Oct 30, 2014
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table
by: Anonymous

Can anyone throw any light on this table, origin dates approx. I originally bought this some 40m yes ago from a saleroom because I thought it was unusual. But I don't have any background on the item. Can anyone out there identify, I have trawled the internet but cannot find anything like it.

Feb 26, 2010
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Trapiche
by: Cambita

Es el típico Trapiche para moler la caña, del jugo de la caña se hace la miel, el empanizado, y tambien azúcar, antiguamente en cada casa de campo se tenía un trapiche para moler la caña y poder contar con el delicioso jugo de caña, y preparar la miel y el empanizado. Actualmente utilizan otro tipo de máquinas pero esta es tipica de la zona cañera.

Nov 03, 2009
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Suger cane press
by: Anonymous

It is a miniaure cane-press. The real are powered by a horse or an ox hooked to the one end of the top bar and the cane is fed between the rollers and sent back through on the other side.

Apr 06, 2009
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sugar mill
by: Anonymous

Not 100% clear from the photo but it looks like an antique sugar mill. They were actually very large, nearly as tall as a man. The horizontal stick on top was a large log that a man pushed against and walked in a circle around the mill, round and round he went pushing that log which caused the 3 cylinders (and cogs) to turn as well. Sugar cane stalks were inserted between them and the round and round action ground the sugar cane separating the stack and juice from the pulp. The juice flowed into a small channel under the cylinders and into a the "bowl-like" area at the bottom right. The stack (or peeling if you will) was thrown out or burned and the pulp was what they turned into sugar.

But antique coffee mills were similar so it could also be a coffee mill.

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