The mechanism is used to grind the apples and the apple chunks would fall into a container sitting on the platform below. Then teh operator would use a round heavy press plate for the threaded vertical shaft to screw down, using a T Handle, to press the apples and the juice (cider) to come out.
There would have been a tray-like piece with 1 high sides The basket sat on this and catches this juice. This vintage farm implement is charming to view and crank! The item "Vintage Apple Grinder / Cider Wine Press, Cast Iron, Montgomery Ward, Wood Base" is in sale since Saturday, May 6, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Primitives".The seller is "jonathaville0" and is located in San Francisco, California. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.