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Object Name Churn
Catalog Number 1991.20.4
Date ca.. 1875
Material(s) Wood/Steel
Dimensions H-27.5 W-38 D-17.5 inches
Description This rocking butter churn is made of an oval barrel tub reinforced with flat steel bands on each side. The sides are solid pieces of wood with the top and bottom being slats joined by tongue and groove. There is a rectangular hole in the top with edges molded to provide a lip for the lid. The lid has a lip so it will rest in the opening on top of the churn. The wooden handle is bolted to the top of the lid. The handle has angled sides to create a hand hold. There are two holes drilled through the handle and the lid. The tub is suspended from a steel pipe rocker frame. The frame is arched on the sides and has metal crossbars on each end. The tub is attached to the frame by two pieces of metal that are attached to the tub by metal hinges. The metal hooks onto the frame on each side.
Notes The old card that came with this churn from Old Waveland says, "Churn belonged to Miss Mitchell's grandfather, George S. Mitchell (died 1880) and her father, Alonzo Porter Mitchell (1859-1946), Nicholasville, KY. Donated by Marion Mitchell, 269 Houston Avenue, Paris, KY, 9/28/65." The University of Kentucky began collecting in 1958 for the Kentucky Life Museum, an endeavor to "provide a permanent place for the hundreds of articles that have had a bearing upon the way people in Kentucky lived and worked..." Eventually, Waveland entered the Kentucky State Park System and was reinterpreted as a house museum. These artifacts were transferred to the Kentucky Historical Society as part of that reinterpretation.
Collection Waveland State Historic Site Collection
People Mitchell, George S.
Mitchell, Alonzo Porter
Subjects Churns
Butter churns
Butter making
Food processing
Food processing machinery
Search Terms Nicholasville (Ky.)
Jessamine County (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS