Plunger Style Mixer

Plunger style food or drink mixer, also butter churn. Mixing element comprised of two circular pieces of sheet metal, circular holes throughout, mounted on thick metal shaft, one on top of the other, shaft protrudes through hole in top of domed metal lid, black plastic handle at top. Accompanying glass jar, straight sides. Bottom of jar is embossed: "SILVER & CO/ PATD/APL 30-78/MAY 11-86/NEW YORK". Exterior of jar is embossed with measurements in ounces, pints, pounds and cups and mixing instructions: "POUND/FLOUR/SIFTED/EVEN FULL"; "1 POUND SUGAR MAKES 1 PINT"; "1 QUART/EVEN FULL"; "10 WHOLE EGGS MAKE 1 PINT"; "LIQUID/WEIGHTS"; "1 POUND BUTTER MAKES 1 PINT"; "8 T CUPS OR/4 COFFEE CUPS/EVEN FULL"; "GOOD MILK CONTAINS 10% CREAM".
Patent number US 341697 A, May 11, 1886, William H. Silver, New York, New York, for "Egg-Beater"
Maker is Silver & Company, New York.
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Object Name
device, mixing
date made
Physical Description
glass (container material)
metal (overall material)
steel (overall material)
nickel (overall material)
plastic (handle material)
overall: 11 3/8 in x 4 1/4 in; 28.8925 cm x 10.795 cm
place made
United States
United States: New York, New York
place used
United States: Ohio, Columbus
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accession number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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