Manually-operated, tabletop cylinder churn with a removable cast-steel crank and mortise-and-tenon joined paddle. The tin drum is nailed along its top edges to those on the rectangular wooden box, also of nailed construction, which has a wooden-knob-handled cover. Cast steel socket for crank is screwed to one end. Two bungholes, on one each end, open into the drum and the area between the drum and box; one hole has wooden plug. No marks.
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date made
late 19th or early 20th century
Physical Description
iron (cylinder material)
tin (cylinder material)
cedar, white (box; dasher material)
steel (hardware; crank material)
wood (crank handle material)
paint (crank handle material)
overall: 13 5/8 in x 13 1/2 in x 10 3/4 in; 34.6075 cm x 34.29 cm x 27.305 cm
curn: 13 5/16 in x 13 1/2 in x 10 3/4 in; 33.81375 cm x 34.29 cm x 27.305 cm
lid: 1 9/16 in x 11 3/16 in x 5 1/2 in; 3.96875 cm x 28.41625 cm x 13.97 cm
paddle: 2 1/8 in x 9 7/8 in x 8 5/16 in; 5.3975 cm x 25.0825 cm x 21.11375 cm
crank: 1 1/8 in x 8 1/2 in x 6 5/8 in; 2.8575 cm x 21.59 cm x 16.8275 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Group 1
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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