This device at Smith’s Tavern is a type of crank barrel butter churn. A metal barrel lying sideways (less than a full barrel as the side is open) attached to a wooden support frame with a wooden crank handle on one side. The open-top shows a wooden blender in a frame shape operated by a metal shaft turned by the crank. The device appears to be handmade vs mass manufactured. Research was unable to discover any similar styled device.
A butter churn was a device used to convert cream into butter. This was done through a mechanical process, frequently via a pole inserted vertically through the lid of the churn, or via a crank used to turn a rotating device inside the churn (latter is the style of the Smith Tavern device).
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