Retainer from a patented butter worker
. Possibly altered as an improvement over the original design.
that once belonged to the William Kirk family (Kirkland's namesake); an International Harvester germination tray; and a hand-cranked postmark machine from a local post office.
In the September 2013 issue of Farm Collector, the story on an early butter worker caught my eye.
Co., and was called the Waters Butter Worker. I have no exact date but assume it was made between 1810 and 1890.
Further visiting revealed that this was a butter worker
. For those not familiar with churns, this tool made it easier to push the buttermilk from butter.
There are sieves, separators, coolers, and butter workers
- even a model milking cow.
Influenced first by growing up on a farm and later by a career in food processing, Gene put together a collection that included cream separators, crocks, a goat/dog treadmill used to power a butter churn, cutters to make individual butter patties, a special table where 1-pound blocks of butter were cut and wrapped, beeswax and tallow butter substitute, oil cans, separator literature, butter workers
, a cheese cabinet, glass, stoneware, wood churns and more.
Among them were a seemingly endless array of butter boxes, carriers, crocks, cutters, molds, stamps, paddles, prints and tabletop butter workers
. Butter molds made the final product both attractive and easy to store and use.