Rotary Food Mixer

Rotary Food Mixer

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Rotary style egg beater (eggbeater) or food mixer, with accompanying container. Mixer comprised of two bulb-shaped, two-winged blades, bent sheet metal with third bent wire wings, attached at top to two cog wheels and large metal crankwheel. Horizontal handle (coiled metal wire) on crankwheel, vertical handle at top, light green with pale yellow stripe, painted, wooden. Mixer is attached to single piece of sheet metal, lid, which sits on top of glass measuring bowl, handled, transparent bright green glass. Bowl has pint, ounce, quart, and cup measurements embossed on side; "H(over)A" and "A&J" diamond trademarks are embossed on bottom. Crankwheel is engraved/stamped: "MADE IN U.S.A./PAT. OCT. 9 1923" with "A&J" diamond trademark. Tag attached with white cotton string, white paper, "408" handwritten.
Patent referenced is likely: US 1470169 A, October 9, 1923, Charles E. Kail, Binghamton, New York, for "Egg beater".
Maker of mixer is A&J (A & J) Manufacturing Company, Binghamton, New York (which was purchased by Ekco Housewares Company, Chicago, Illinois in 1929, all products thereafter had both companies' trademarks).
Maker of measuring bowl is Hazel-Atlas Glass Company, Wheeling, West Virginia, who had manufacturing plants in Wheeling, WV; Washington, PA; Clarksburg, WV; Zanesville, OH; Grafton, WV; Ada, OK; Pomona, CA; Blackwell, OK; Lancaster, NY; Oakland, CA; Montgomery, AL; and Plainfield, IL.
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Object Name
date made
place made
United States
United States: New York, Binghamton
United States: West Virginia, Wheeling
place used
United States: Ohio, Columbus
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
glass (bowl material)
wood (handle material)
steel (overall material)
overall: 11 1/2 in x 6 3/8 in x 5 in; 29.21 cm x 16.1925 cm x 12.7 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Mary Eloise Green
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Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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We have one from my wife’s family and it would still work
My great aunt obtained one of these mixers with a clear bowl when it was new and used it to make instant pudding for her nieces and nephews. It is still in the family.

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