Here's a charming, 19th Century wooden butter churn just as we discovered it! It's right out of the attic of an old farmhouse and is in very good, well-preserved condition. It's still a bit dusty from decades of storage. This is actually a child-size churn, as making butter was one of the chores often delegated to youngsters long ago.
The bottom portion measures just 14 inches tall, excluding the dasher stick, and 25 1/2 inches high including it. The opening measures about 7 inches in diameter and the churn widens out to 8 inches at the bottom. Though it developed a few age splits along the way, it appears to have been made of a log, rather than staves, and has a couple of iron bands to keep it tight and secure. The splash cover is fitted and has a cute, folksy-looking handle.
In addition, the surface is old and original, showing wonderful wear patterns as well as stains and coloring that make up an old patina. The wood is very well-preserved and is free from active woodworms, termites, and dry rot. Only the plunger part of the dasher looks to have been replaced; that's the part of the churn that takes all the punishment!
This churn is solid, tight, and rugged, with proper care, it'll last another 100 years. Charming, petite, and unique, if you like authentic country antiques, this is a very nice old butter churn that you'll be proud to decorate your home with. The winning bidder adds postage
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