Tongue press

Made in Ireland, 1900-1910.

This object illustrates methods of cooking, utensils used and the type of food consumed in the past. While ox tongue is still available today its popularity has declined in Australia along with other cuts of meat such as brains and offal. In addition, pressed tongue can now be bought ready made in a tin.

This tongue press is an example of wares that were commonly used at the start of the twentieth century. Many household items were passed on to other generations or repaired when broken to save ...


A metal tongue press with three parts. The first two parts consist of a cylindrical shaped container with two hooks attached on opposite sides of its top and a removable flat base with three rows of holes radiating from its centre. The third part consists of a centre press that is inserted inside the container. It has a thin circular plate at the bottom that is attached to a long screw at its centre. At the top of the screw is a handle. Intersecting at the bottom of the handle and the top of the screw is a metal piece rod that attaches to the hooks on either side of the container and locks the screw into place when the press is in use.


240 mm


The maker of this tongue press is unknown. It was made in Australia or Ireland between 1900 and 1910.


Gift of Harvey McDonald, 2007
21 June, 2007

Cite this Object

Tongue press 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 November 2017, <>
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