Churn Style Food Mixer

Churn style cream whip, egg beater, or food mixer. Metal housing, rectangular body with rounded bottom, sheet metal. Four curved, bent metal legs. Sheet metal lid, rectangular, embossed with a incurved rectangle and has a folded edge and flange that sits into top of body. The arched, split-center handle on the cover and arched, angled handles on the sides below rim are cast and riveted in place. Exterior metal arm with turned wooden handle (laquered black), rotates interior mixing component, comprised of single horizontal steel rod, with four arms on each side, with thin wires stretched across lengthwise. Side opposite crank is embossed "FRIES" in sans serif letters inside an oval.
An advertisement for this mixer is discussed in Don Thornton, Beat This: The Eggbeater Chronicles, The Stirring Story of America's Greatest Invention, p. 149, the ad was published in an early catalog of Thos. Mills & Bros. Inc. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and read: "Egg Beater, Batter Mixer and Cream Whip", with an illustration of the mixer, as well as the available sizes ( No. 1-4; 3, 6, 9, 18 pints), and cost $1.85, $2.25, $2.50, or $5.00, depending on the size.
Maker is George Fries' Sons of Philadelphia, PA.
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Physical Description
metal (overall material)
tinned sheet iron (overall material)
overall: 8 3/4 in x 7 1/2 in x 8 1/8 in; 22.225 cm x 19.05 cm x 20.6375 cm
place made
United States
place used
United States: Ohio, Columbus
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Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mary Eloise Green
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