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Butter churn
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Overall: 240mm (width), 360mm (height), 145mm (depth)

This churn, from the Kakapo Bay household of Albert Guard, was likely used to make small quantities of butter for household use. It is comprised of a large glass jar with a metal screw lid, surmounted by a cream-coloured metal cylinder which has been riveted to the top. The cylinder contains an Archimedian screw, and has a metal and wood handle attached which turns a metal churn inside the jar. The metal lid has a section of airholes. The churn was made by the Taco manufacturing company of Burnley, England, and 'Taco Burnley England' is inscribed on the cylinder.

A 'new invention'

Until well into the twentieth century it was common for rural families to keep a house cow, providing them with a ready supply of fresh milk. Wooden barrel churns were available for making large quantities of butter, but glass churns like this one would have been a convenient way to make small batches. Household glass churns were advertised as a 'new invention' in New Zealand from 1906, and this churn is similar in design to the 'Lightning glass churn' advertised in the 1920s.

Collection: History
Gift of the Guard Family, 1993
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Image and original data provided by Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa
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