1) A large cupboard, usually with shelves.
1444 1 pressur pro pannis, Beverley
1454 To the making of a presour for the capys to be kepyd in, Hull
1495 a presse of waynskott, York
1528 In the Prasse ... a gowne of rede scarlet furred, York
1556 on presse, on almery and on gret chiste standing in the firehouse, Scarcroft
1559 Item one presser ... one greate chist, Ripon Park
1559 one greate cubbord ore prasse, Treeton
1570 One cupboard, a prysser and one old almerie, Hutton Conyers
1592 one presser standing at my bedd head, Birstwith
1646 Item one Presse & a Safe xxxs, Lepton
1693 one presse or cupboard, Slaidburn
1700 2 cupboards, 2 prasses, Ł2 10s 0d, Holmfirth.
2) Implements used by clothiers in the finishing processes, possibly two boards between which the cloth was pressed.
1541 unto ... my sone the best half of all my lomes, walker sheres, cloth presses, and sherbordes, Halifax
1558 all my sheres, sherebord, lowmes, and clothe presses, Warley
1560 a paire of tenters, ij payre of loymes, a paire of my best sheyres and a prasse, Birstall
1582 A pare of prasse bordes, Slaithwaite
1599 one sheareboarde, one prasse, lowmes, Cottingley
1607 sheares, sheareboard and prasse, Golcar
1758 Shalloons when prest to bee made up on a board ... and before you fast the end put them in press
1762 a master dresser ... is obliged to have tenters and preses of his own, Wakefield.