Wine press

By Chief / July 12, 2013

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This wine press was used for making small quantities of wine for home consumption. It was built around 1890 by Karl Kinzinger, a blacksmith who emigrated to the United States from the Weinstadt area of southern Germany. Kinzinger settled in Philadelphia and, like many immigrants from winemaking regions of Europe, considered wine an essential part of everyday meals, as well as family and community celebrations. He built both this press and a hand-operated grape crusher, which he used for making wine from grapes he bought at local fruit stands. According to his grandson, the wine was probably made from Concord grapes, a type native to North America.

Currently not on view

Object Name
wine press

date made

Kinzinger, Karl

Physical Description
wood (overall material)

place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Credit Line
Gift of Walter Kinzinger

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Retired Battalion Chief with 27yrs of experience in the Fire Service. Serving the people of Hudson County New Jersey in a department called North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue protecting West New York, Union City, Weehawken, North Bergen, and Guttenburg. This area is one of the most densely populated in the the United States. The department is operating with 10 Engine companies, 4 Ladder companies, 1 Rescue company, 1 Safety Officer, 3 Battalion Chief's and 1 Deputy Chief. Some of my specific skill areas are Staff development and leadership, Emergency response procedures, Standard operating procedure writing, Training Instruction, Incident management, Radio communications, Fire Safety, Fire Prevention