Missouri couple whips up remarkable collection of antique butter churns
Highly sought one-quart Dazeys, left to right: the 'bevel edge' (made in 1906-12); 'round label' (1912-22); and the 'slope shoulder' (1922 patent era). A one-quart churn would make about a half-pint of butter, Dea Allen says.
A Universal Cake Mixer, patented Feb. 4, 1896.
Dea and Butch Allen, with a small portion of their collection of churns, mixers and cream whippers.
Women once used pot scrapers like these to get cookware clean. Those with bright colors and advertising are hot today; some have sold for more than $1,000. When the scrapers were originally made, Butch Allen says in awe, "They gave these things away."
Playing favorites: An artful arrangement of churns (Landers Frary & Clark churns, the Cadillac of butter churns, Dea Allen says) and egg beaters at the Allen home. The Allens' collection is extensive. But if he were starting over, knowning what he does now, "I would have bought a whole lot more stuff," Butch Allen says.
More of the Allens' egg beater collection.
Mayonnaise mixers. On the model at left, oil was added to the egg mixture through a built-in funnel.