Antique Butter Churns and Kitchen Collectibles

Missouri couple whips up remarkable collection of antique butter churns

| June 2000

  • Highly sought one-quart Dazeys
    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.
  • Universal Cake Mixer
    A Universal Cake Mixer, patented Feb. 4, 1896.
  • Dea and Butch Allen
    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
    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 When the scrapers were originally made, Butch Allen says in awe, "They gave these things away."
  • An artful arrangement of churns
    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
    More of the Allens' egg beater collection.
  • Mayonnaise mixers
    Mayonnaise mixers. On the model at left, oil was added to the egg mixture through a built-in funnel.
  • Cream whippers
    Cream whippers

  • Highly sought one-quart Dazeys
  • Universal Cake Mixer
  • Dea and Butch Allen
  • Women once used pot scrapers like these to get cookware clean
  • An artful arrangement of churns
  • More of the Allens' egg beater collection
  • Mayonnaise mixers
  • Cream whippers

Butch and Dea Allen have, uh, beaten the odds ... literally. This St. Joseph, Mo., couple has combed the country in the process of building a remarkable collection of antique butter churns, cream whippers and egg beaters. The Allens are modest about their collection, quick to say it's not the biggest nor the best you'll find. But neither is it chopped liver. 

Fifteen years ago, as she moved an antique cabinet into her home, Dea fixed a sharp eye on the decor.

"I need a butter churn to put on top of that," she recalls saying.

Out-producing your average rabbit, that one antique butter churn has since evolved into 300 churns.



"We got that one, and then we found out there were other sizes," Dea says.

"There were not a lot of people collecting Dazeys then, and that's what we concentrated on at first. We started out to get a representation of the Dazey line, and when we got pretty well through that, we started looking around. We found there were a lot of neat churns."



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