Any ideas what this crank up contraption is? Is it an early car jack, a ticket machine (ex Pittodrie), or a teddy boys tie press?
It is in fact a machine for making candy sweeties. A strip of soft candy would go in one end and cranked through the crimpers/cutters and out the other end would come individual candy sweets.
This late Victorian machine was made by L Collier in Rochdale, a town famous for sweeties............and dentists.
Another quirky and unusual antique from Collecting the World.