22 cm (Chamber) x 8 cm (Internal diam.), Wood and Bronze, First half of the 18th century

The extrusion press was used to form pasta using a drawing process, and was used in homes and artisan and industrial production (scopri il nostro articolo sulla storia del torchio da pasta).

This press is very particular and the oldest in our collection. It is wooden, with only the chamber in bronze. It dates back to the second half of the 18th century according to the technical descriptions made by the French physician and chemist Paul-Jacques Malouin in Art du vermicelier (1767) and the no less famous description of Thomas Jefferson’s macaroni making machine in his 1789 notes (read our article on the history of the pasta press).

Inventory number: 018.130