Plunger Style Mixer

Drink mixer. Thick, cylindrical glass container, bottom embossed (backwards): "ROBERTS LIGHTNING MIXER", and has sticker with "425" handwritten on it. Mixing apparatus is comprised of flat metal circle, punctured with circular openings, with four curved metal protrusions, attached to a twisted metal shaft, which passes through flat hole in top of domed metal lid. White plastic knob for handle at top of twisted metal shaft. Pulling handle creates mixing action. Metal cap sits over top of glass container. Top of lid is stamped: "ROBERTS LIGHTNING MIXER/PAT'D 1913/NATIONAL CO. BOSTON, MASS."
Patent number US 1068450 A, July 29, 1913, Henry P. Roberts, Boston, Massachusetts, assignor to Dorsey Manufacturing Company, Boston, Massachusetts, for "Beater and mixer".
Maker is National Company, Boston, Massachusetts.
Currently not on view
Object Name
mixer, roberts lightning
date made
Physical Description
glass (container material)
metal (overall material)
plastic (handle material)
aluminum (cover material)
overall: 9 1/8 in x 3 1/4 in; 23.1775 cm x 8.255 cm
place made
United States
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
place used
United States: Ohio, Columbus
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
Domestic Furnishings
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mary Eloise Green
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