Archimedes Style Mixer

Archimedes style beater or whip. Fan-style mixing end, three blades, bent metal wire, which twists to form shaft and forms loop at top for hanging. Turned knob, wooden, unpainted with metal cap at bottom, wraps around twisted wire shaft, when moved up or down, creates mixing action by spinning whip. Metal cap with screw threads to attach at top to accompanying glass jar, clear glass. Jar is cylindrical, straight sides, with molded screw threads at top to attach cap. Front of jar is embossed: "Borden's"; bottom of jar is embossed: "2108-5/PAT. MAR. 30TH 1915./U.S.A./1133413" with another mark: backwards "C" overlapping upside down "V". Bottom also has white sticker attached with "418" handwritten on it. Side of jar is embossed with measurements in ounces and pints.
This beater was a promotional product manufactured by Borden, Inc., a manufacturer of milk, pasta, and snack foods founded in 1857 and based out of Columbus, Ohio. The company was active until the 1990s.
Related Patent: US 1133413 A, March 30, 1915, Turnet (or Turney) H. Stough, Jeannette, Pennsylvania, for "Kitchen utensil".
Maker is Borden, Inc.
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Object Name
beater, fan shape
date made
Borden Company
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
glass (container material)
wood (handle material)
steel (overall material)
overall: 17 1/4 in x 3 3/8 in; 43.815 cm x 8.5725 cm
place made
United States: Ohio, Columbus
place used
United States: Ohio, Columbus
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
Domestic Furnishings
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Work and Industry: Agriculture and Natural Resources
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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