Agitator
Agitator
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DesBrisay Museum

Agitator


Accession number: 82.13X.120 C-D
Object type: Butter
Date: circa 1900
Materials: Wood
Measurements: 74 cm L x 18 cm W
Marks/Label: Small paper label attached with two small nails reads:  David M. Moland Chester Lunenburg Co., 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: (d) Long round wood pole known as the staff which is inserted vertically into two pieces of shaped wood which cross at centre to form a stand.  (c)  Two round pieces of wood to form the top of the churn which are attached to each other.  Top piece is larger than bottom and is formed to create a slope in the middle for collecting the cream.  Small paper label attached with two small nails reads:  David M. Moland Chester Lunenburg Co., N.S.    Churn is missing.
History of Use: Part of a butter churn used for churning cream to form butter.