Historic Tools of North Castle

Butter Paddles/Scoops (3)

These items at Smith’s Tavern are wooden butter paddles or scoops.   One of the simplest ways to mold butter was to use these paddles/scoops to work the buttermilk out of the butter.  One could then form the butter into the desired shape with a butter mold or press. If there was no mold or press, the butter was free-formed into a shape like a loaf.

There are three different butter paddles or scoops at Smith's Tavern:

Catalog Items:

Item T203

Location:Right Shelves - 2nd
Length: 22 cm
Width: 11 cm
Height: 2 cm
Weight: 67 g

The first item (T203) has a short handle but a large wide flat spade-like end. 

Item T205

Location:Right Shelves - 2nd
Length: 24 cm
Width: 13 cm
Height: 3 cm
Weight: 117 g

The second item (T205) also has a short handle with a carved hook so it’s like a grip handle with a larger deeper spade-like bowl.

Item None

Location:Right Shelves - 2nd
Length: 35 cm
Width: 13 cm
Height: 2 cm
Weight: 169 g

The third item does not have an identification number; it is entirely flat with a short handle (with a small hole to hang) and a large spade-like end.

Reference:  https://mcleodhistory.pastperfectonline.com/bysearchterm?keyword=Butter+paddles