Agitator
Agitator
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DesBrisay Museum

Agitator


Accession number: 82.13X.120 A-B
Object type: Butter
Date: circa 1900
Materials: TURNED WOOD
Measurements: 59 cm L x 16.1 cm W
Marks/Label: WRITTEN IN PENCIL ON BOTTOM OF BOWL: DAVID MOLAND CHESTER  N.S.
Subject: LUNENBURG COUNTY, CHESTER, PEOPLE, DAVID M. MOLAND
Narrative: A butter churn is a device used to convert cream into butter.  This is done through a mechanical process.  Frequently via a pole inserted through the lid of a wood churn known as an adjitator, or via a crank used to turn a rotating device inside the churn. 

The most historically prominent types of butter churns are the plunge churn, which is a container, usually made out of wood, where the butter-making action is created by moving in a vertical motion a staff that is inserted into the top. This type of churn is also known as an ‘up and down’ churn, churning tub, or plunger churn.

David Mitchell Moland was born in Dartmouth, N.S. in 1915, the only son of Ira W. and Fanny (Mitchell) Moland.  Prior to joining the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, David worked at Hawboldt's Gas Engines in Chester.  Following the war, he worked at Sea Craft Industries, operated his own electrical business and worked for Charlie MacCulloch until his retirement.  David married in 1953 to Mary B. Northrup (1921 - ).   They had no children.  David Moland had a sister Frances, who predeceased him.  David Moland died 29 January 2008 in Chester and is buried in Pinehill Baptist Cemetery, Golf Course Road, Chester, N.S.
Description: (A) BUTTER AGITATOR WITH BOTTOM SHAPED LIKE A CROSS WITH FOUR HOLES, ONE  IN THE END OF EACH CROSS BAR.  POLE (OR STAFF)  HANDLE SITS VERTICALLY IN CENTER OF CROSS BASE. (B) COVER WITH TOP SHAPED LIKE A BOWL FOR CREAM. HOLE GOES THROUGH CENTER OF BOWL.  WRITTEN IN PENCIL ON BOTTOM OF BOWL: DAVID MOLAND CHESTER  N.S.  BARREL IS MISSING.
History of Use: PART OF A BUTTER CHURN.