Balloon Style Whisk

Early balloon style whisk or beater, with "archimedes" up-and-down mechanism. Long wooden handle, painted black, with circular metal eyelet at end for hanging. Twisted metal shaft with encased coil spring which allows for circular mixing motion when handle is turned. Bulb-shaped mixing end, comprised of four thin bent strips of metal, with four rounded projections at bottom of bulb. Handle is stamped: "MADE IN U.S.A./ PAT'D", with the A&J Manufacturing company logo/trademark stamped to the right: "A&J". The A&J trademark stamp is the 1922 version, which was modified in 1932. The company was purchased by the EKCO Housewares Company in 1929.
Maker is A&J Manufacturing Company of Birmingham, New York.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (handle material)
overall: 13 5/8 in x 2 1/4 in; 34.6075 cm x 5.715 cm
place made
United States
place used
United States: Ohio, Columbus
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accession number
collector/donor number
catalog number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mary Eloise Green
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