Thursday, November 13, 2008

Antique Butter Churn - Show and Tell Friday

Show and Tell I am joining in on Kelli's Show and Tell Friday. Visit her blog and enjoy all the lovely treasures.


This butter churn was passed down to our family from my husband's grandmother. Her name was Viola Amanda. We knew her as Grandmother. She was married to Clarence and lived her adult life in or near Shelbina, Missouri. She used this to make butter when her family lived out in the country.




Her son, Bob,(Lon's uncle) told us he didn't look at this churn with nostalgia at all. He remembered hours spent as a child, churning butter when he would rather have been doing something else--anything else!:) The lower area of the crock is a darker color. I wonder if this is from being set in cold water after the butter was churned.


This butter churn is a reminder of Grandmother and what the life of the homemaker was like in earlier times. We think that it is near 100 years old. This churn sits by our curio cabinet in our living room and is one of the first things you see as you enter the front door.


The label on the side of the crock reads, "J.L. Cluskey, Lakeman, MO (with a large number 3 below)




Grandmother was a sweet Christian lady. She was a gracious hostess in her home, and loved to grow large hybrid tomatoes from seed, and beautiful flowers.
Our memories of her are precious to us, and our daughter Amanda Leigh has her middle name.

25 comments:

Carrie said...

I enjoyed reading about your wonderful family heirloom.

Dianne said...

What a neat item to have! I heard that churning butter and making ice cream from scratch is no small job.

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Linda
What a great family heirloom this is! You are so lucky to have it still and in such great condition!
~Ann

Kathy said...

What a great churn, Linda. I have an old wooden churn but I really do like the crockery kind better.
Kathy

A Hint of Home said...

What wonderful history to know about your family. That is a prized family heirloom.

Hootin' Anni said...

For goodness sake! Hang on to that treasure!!!!!

My show n tell this week is all Thanksgiving ---come by if you can find time...won't you?

Happy weekend!

Lady Katherine said...

I love the churn, I have around 4, but I loved hering the story. As a young girl I would use the dasher and make butter at home and at grandma! I have post on sugarcane syrup, The man still makes his butter the old way. I told him I have a electric glass churn. Thanks for sharing the churn story.

ceekay said...

Wonderful post. I also have a crock butter churn. It is one of my most priceless possessions.

Mrs. Miles said...

Boy, THIS is a find! My husband's family had a farm long ago and they had some interesting things they saved from there, too.

Kinda makes us grateful for the butter we buy ready made from the store, doesn't it?

Thanks for sharing today

Grandma Faith said...

I enjoyed getting to see your butter churn and reading the wonderful story about it.

Michelle said...

What a great family heirloom. Probably reminds us that things were tougher back then. You probably need some good strong arms to churn!

Carla said...

That would be neat on its own, BUT coming from family really makes it special! (my mother-in-law's name was Viola:)

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

What a wonderful family treasure.

Angie said...

That is a wonderful family treasure. What a great thing to have in your home.

Melinda said...

My mom has an old antique butter churn too and it was one of my favorite items around the house.

hip chick said...

Oh that is beautiful. I love any kind of old pottery but it is so sweet that it was your grandmother's.

Susie Homemaker said...

What a wonderful family heirloom to be treasured for all time...

Blessings,
Susie

Melissa Wertz said...

That is a wonderful family heirloom. Thanks for sharing!

char72 said...

I love these reminiscing posts. I remember my grandmother and then my aunt had churns like this on the farm in Oklahoma when I was little. Thanks for bringing back the memories.
Charlotte

Lisa said...

What a neat butter churn. Thanks for sharing a bit of your family history with us this week.

Kelli said...

What a beautiful and special treasures...I love it!
~Kelli

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Brings back memories, my grandmother had a churn like that. I remember helping her churn too, and the butter was so delicious!

Katherine

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