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Object ID # 1966.022.001abc
Object Name Churn
Title Stoneware Dash Churn
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date Likely late 19th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Stoneware ceramic, pottery-made dash churn (with six gallon capacity). The wooden lid has a central hole for the dash to fit through. The lid is 22.2 cm in diameter and 2 cm high. The stoneware ceramic churn body has an off-white colour on the outside, and is dark brown on the inside. There are two moulded lift handles. The underside of the bottom is rough and unglazed (with no maker's name). The front of the churn has a large numeral "6" to show the gallon capacity.

Makers mark Only has a "6" (denotes a six gallon capacity)
Provenance Provenance unknown. Last owned by Laura M. Boyd of Flesherton, Grey County. Wooden dash churns seemed more prevalent in this area during the 1850s/1860s?
Collection Food Processing Tools & Equipment
Material Ceramic/Wood/Glaze
Found Grey County, Ontario
Subjects Buttermaking Equipment
Function Fresh dairy cream was put into the churn and then the cream was hand-dashed by someone in order to create clumps of butter. Then the clumps would be taken out and worked further to prepare butter. The waste buttermilk could be used as a beverage, or for feeding livestock, or for baking purposes.