Rotary Food Mixer

Rotary style egg beater or food mixer, molded metal housed in a glass mason jar. Mixing apparatus comprised of two two-winged bulb-shaped blades, bent sheet metal, connected with bent metal wire, attached at top to two cog wheels which enable the mixing action with the connected crankwheel when turned with attached wooden handle. Molded metal handle at top. Apparatus is attached to metal cap with screw threads to attach to top of mason jar.
Mason jar is transparent blue glass, embossed on front: "Ball/SPECIAL"; bottom of jar is embossed with the number "8", has white sticker with "403" handwritten on it. Crankwheel is debossed: "HOLT'S IMPROVED PATENTED/MADE BY/HOLT-LYON CO TARRYTOWN, N.Y. U.S.A."
Related patent: US 646736 A, April 3, 1900, Thomas Holt, Tarrytown, New York, for "Egg beater".
Jar dates to 1910-1923, based on "Ball" logo.
Maker is Holt-Lyon Company, Tarrytown, New York; Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company, Muncie, Indiana.
Object Name
date made
Ball Brothers Company
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
glass (container material)
wood (handle material)
cast iron or steel (overall material)
overall: 14 5/8 in x 4 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in; 37.1475 cm x 12.065 cm x 9.525 cm
place made
United States: New York, Tarrytown
United States: Indiana, Muncie
place used
United States: Ohio, Columbus
ID Number
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
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

2/11/2017 6:09:58 AM
Tina Rolfe
Hello, I have one of these but my "beaters" are made of wood and not metal, Could earlier models have been made with wood? I think that it may be a copy of the original design but the mixer handle on top looks pretty old! I wish that there was the facility to send a photograph with this comment! Kind Regards Tina Rolfe
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