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Object Name Model, Patent
Catalog Number 1979.2.3
Date ca. 1875
Material(s) Wood/Steel
Dimensions H-4 Dia-4 inches
Description Patent model butter packaging device composed of two solid circular components with two thicker, smaller diameter cylindrical components in between them. All of these components are made of wood. The two cylindrical components appear to each be composed of a wooden hoop with a solid wooden circular piece glued to the end of the hoop that is facing the outer wooden component. The wood has been varnished. There are three metal rods that stretch the entire length of the object, passing through the larger wooden circular components at the top and bottom. For this purpose, the top of the object is where the rod enters and the bottom is where it exits through the other wooden circle. At the bottom of each rod, there is a bolt that has a square nut around it, holding the object together. Both the rods and square nuts are made of metal.

The piece is inscribed in pen on the bottom of the object with the name of the inventor, the name of the item and the date the model was made. A patent identification card attached to the piece shows the object's patent number, inventor, patent title, date of patent, and schematic drawing with design details.
Notes Machine for Packaging Butter, based on patent no. 171975, which was invented by A.John Bell of Ashland, Kentucky. Bell's design was patented December 17, 1875. This machine was meant to be used to process and package butter from fresh dairy on-site in order to prevent spoiling.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Bell, A. John
Subjects Patents
Search Terms Butter packaging
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS