Wooden Butter Worker, Circa 1920

Media Type:
Item Type:
Cooking utensils
This is a flat wooden box with raised sides that has a metal track of teeth along each side at the top edge. A wooden cylinder that has metal gear like cogs fits onto the track on the sides of the box.

The wooden cylinder also has paddles on it. The cylinder would then be rolled back and forth to create the butter. There is a stamp on the front of the box that says No.2
Found on George Hendry's farm in Sowerby. Used in the 1920s.

This is an A. H. Reid butter worker made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was originally patented on March 23, 1875 by Alban Reid. The lobed roller ran on two metal tracks and cranking the handle would run the roller back and forth over the butter. The handle side of the tray had legs that tilted the tray away from the operator so the buttermilk would drain out of a hole in the back. Alban Reid was granted a second patent on August 14, 1883 that dealt with operating this style of butter worker in a continuous manner driven by a motor.

Accession Number 992.1
Date of Original:
Circa 1920
Local identifier:
Artifact Collection
Local History
Language of Item:
Edith Wolgemuth
Huron Shores Museum
Agency street/mail address:
1 James St. P.O. Box 460 Iron Bridge, ON P0R 1H0
Wooden Butter Worker, Circa 1920
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