Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | September 9, 2015

Artifact of the Week. Cradle Churn, for butter or cheese.



A wooden 19th century, Eastern Ontario cradle butter or cheese churn.  The handle on one end allows for a tight grasp while rocking the churn back and forth.  The curved wooden pieces on each side, stand between the churn’s body and the pedestal it rocks on.  There is a wooden box inside the churn with four stationary rods.  During the rocking action the cage helped in mixing the ingredients.scan0018


The cage inside the churn.

A museum visitor related that her grandfather attached a churn similar to this to his wife’s rocking chair.  In this manner she could rock, sew and churn butter all at the same time.

Dimensions:  85 cm long; 39.4 cm wide and 63.5 cm high.

Donated by Mrs. Glenn Shaver of Lunenburg, Stormont County, Ontario in 1956.

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