Patented Sept. 10, 1878, our "new" broom press. It is old and grumpy, but still going strong for over 125 years.
The broom press, or broom vise, was invented in the 1820's by the Shakers. Up until then, most brooms were round. This powerful clamping devise, clamps down on the broom corn and holds it in place to be stitched with needle and thread. We still stitch by hand in our broom shop. The old press is still working great after all these years!