Handheld reamer made from pressed opaque glass for juicing citrus. Pouring spout with tabs to keep seeds back. Individually hand-pressed in cast iron molds. Made in Ohio since 1959. (
Made by Mosser Glass, one of the oldest pressed glass companies in the U.S., this handheld reamer is intuitive and easy to use, especially when a quick splash of citrus is needed. Grip the ergonomically shaped handle in one hand, press cut fruit against the juicing ridges, then use the spout to pour the juice into your recipe. Two carefully placed tabs against the opening of the spout keeps pesky seeds from roaming into your iced tea or salad dressing.
Reamers were invented 200 years ago in Europe to help administer citrus to cure scurvy patients. In the United States, the first reamer to be registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 1867 was a handheld model similar to this one.
This reamer is made of an opaque pressed glass also known as “milk glass” because of its color. Opaque glass was first invented in Venice in the 16th-century and came in many different shades. To create the opaque color, a chemical compound known as an “opacifier” is added to the glass solution. In the United States, this type of glassware gained widespread visibility during the Great Depression, when glass collectibles were placed as giveaways in cereal boxes, or given away with movie tickets.
To preserve the longevity of the glassware, hand wash only. Do not place in dishwasher. Not for use in microwave.
Tom Mosser first gained insight into the glass business as a child. His father, Orie, was plant manager of the famed Cambridge Glass Company, an imprint that continues to be much sought after to this day by glass collectors. Glassware was an important component of the financial development of Cambridge, Ohio, and had been implemented in the city starting in 1901. Tom began to work at the plant as a teenager, and when Cambridge Glass closed in 1954, he knew he wanted to start up a new glass business. It took him five years to gain the capital and acquire enough vintage glass molds and raw materials. In 1959, he opened his glassware manufactory in an abandoned chicken coop.
In 1971, Tom established the name Mosser Glass. Today, Tom and his family – including his wife, son and two daughters – employ over 30 people. They continue to use vintage Cambridge glass molds, as well as innovating original designs.
To create the glassware, artisans gather glass from a furnace heated up to 1800-2500 ºF. The artisan, or “gatherer,” will then press the molten glass into cast iron molds. When ready, the mold is opened and removed to reveal a new piece of glassware. The items are allowed to cool slightly and harden before being polished. The pieces are then put through an “annealer” that provides a controlled temperature to slowly and gradually cool the glass over the course of several hours.
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