Plunger Style Mixer

Plunger style egg beater (eggbeater) or food mixer. Mixing component comprised of two circular metal plates, curved, with small circular holes throughout, attached to coiled metal spring, graduated in size. Metal shaft, turned knob handle at top, laquered black. Circular, tin-coated steel cover has a folded edge and flange that sits into top edge of accompanying container, flint glass, uncolored, translucent, cylindrical, with chamfered edges, straight sides. Bottom of container is embossed: "THE LIGHTNING DASHER/EGG BEATER CO./TOLEDO O/PAT MARCH 27, 1888.". One side, bottom, of container is embossed: "POWa Br &C". Sides of container are embossed with measurements for pound, pint, quart, and cups, specific to "Liquid", "Sugar", and "Flour".
Patent US 380226 A, March 27, 1888, Theron Spencer Steward and Anna Maria Elizabeth Steward of Toledo, Ohio, for "Churn-dasher".
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Object Name
mixing device
eggbeater, lightning dasher
date made
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
glass (container material)
wood (handle material)
tin-coated steel (cover material)
overall: 11 5/8 in x 3 7/8 in; 29.5275 cm x 9.8425 cm
place made
United States: Ohio, Toledo
place used
United States: Ohio, Columbus
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
catalog 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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