By Gretchen Sawatzki
Manufactured in around 1860, this antique butter churn was likely used by a farming family of the same era. Farmers would add cream to vessel and churn the liquid until the cream curdled into butter. A simple design with its long handle and ceramic vessel, this very basic design hasn't changed much over the centuries of butter production, which was typically considered as women's work.
While still a functioning vessel in its own right, today most antique butter churns are used solely for decoration. Like many farming implements, this butter churn would make a great decorative addition to any country style home.
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