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Object ID # 1970.041.001
Object Name Agitator, Laundry
Title Vacuum Washer
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Year Range from 1894
Year Range to 1914
Made C. T. Childers Co.
Place of Origin Illinois, U.S.A.
Description This is a hand-plunged laundry agitator (known as a "dowser" or vacuum washer). It has a long wooden replacement handle (the original one was broken when it arrived at the museum in 1970). The working end has a somewhat conical-shaped tin part. C.T. Childers Co. (Galesburg, Illinois) is the manufacturer.
Provenance This laundry agitator (vacuum washer) was manufactured by the C. T. Childers Co. of Galesburg, Illinois.

Last owned by Laura Misselbrook, who did not say which family originally owned it, just remarked that it was used prior to the First World War, so it would be pre-1914.

The design might have been patented in 1894?
Collection Household Equipment, 20th-c Collection
Material Metal/Wood
Found Tilbury, Ontario